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First board question

Postby mikecim » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:51 am

Hello, I am new to this and I was wondering what type of board would be easier to learn on? A surf type board or a twin-tip?

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Postby sc-surfer » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:17 am

Are you a surfer?


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Re: First board question

Postby mikecim » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:34 am

i have done some wake boarding/snow boarding years ago and have attempted surfing as well.
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Re: First board question

Postby NCKite_Ryder » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:39 am

First step is to go take professional lessons, do not buy anything until you have had lessons. I would purchase a twintip for my first board then look for a surfboard after you learn to stay upwind.

Sounds like you may not of had your lessons yet??
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Re: First board question

Postby mikecim » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:21 pm

I take my first lesson this Saturday in Benicia.
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Postby sc-surfer » Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:15 am

Twin tip.


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Re: First board question

Postby jwest21 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:16 am

Twin tip is probably easier to learn on for most, but I loved that first day romping through the chop on my surfboard after learning for a bit on a twin tip. You'll really probably want both eventually if you're considering either, then just try each and see.

I did get to the point where I was just beginning to stay upwind before moving to a surfboard but really don't know that it matters all that much.

Twin-tip advantages for beginners include: no switching feet direction, easier to manage when concentrating on kite flying, usually has a handle for easy grabbing and putting on your feet.

Surfboard advantages include: generally need less wind to get up to speed, less body dragging as a surfboard catches more wind and waves to move downwind toward you, easier to spot in the water, usually better at handling choppy conditions.
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