6’6 softie for a 6ft adv. beginner?
If you're up and riding and doing a few turns then it may be time to get off the softboard.
look for boards with a lot of foam to get you into waves early. you want to get your wave count up. plenty of info online. once you get an idea what models are of interest, look on gumtree and ebay for 2nd hand boards. after a few years and a few boards you’ll be in a better position to buy a new board from a shaper if you’re so inclined
What do you weigh mate
IMHO you would want at least 45l more would better. Your foamy may just feel sluggish due to the plan shape rails, fins etc. See if you can demo a few boards and that way you can get a feel for the size and volume you need. Just remember as a beginner you want to be catching lots of waves and getting into the wave early, volume is your friend
have a look at the al merrick biscuit, webber fatburner - most of the big shapers have boards something along these lines designed with more foam to paddle in but shortboard/fish rather than mini-mal. you’re right - trial and error but err on the side of more volume rather than less. don’t be worried about fibreglass boards - just don’t ditch the board when u duckdive
I live near Bondi and try to surf early AM every day,
I can paddle decently, get up, do angled take offs and turn a little (not exactly carving it up) on small-medium sized waves
I ride a 8ft softie right now but don’t feel like I’m getting the few of the wave enough or something. The first thing I want to do when I get up is move and turn but it feels slow and big.
Been looking around for something a bit shorter, like a 7. Then saw this which I like really the look of
Doesn’t say volume but looks reasonably wide.
I don’t want to be a long boarder. So I figure I have to step down at some point.
Probably a little short but I figure if I’m surfing everyday ... could be alright?
What do you think?