G'day all. I just started out a few weeks ago on a 7 foot foamie G-board. Really enjoying it and am getting out at least 4 times a week. I am 6'2''/75 kilos. This winter (assuming I will have progressed past this board) I am going to hunt for a second hand board and thought I would ask for input.
Thanks for your time.
Stick with the foamy until you are 100% sure you are ready to move on to a different board. The more waves you can catch means more repitition of the basics ( positioning, popping up, generating speed) you get allowing you to progress faster. Learning as an adult requires basically committing to get your arse kicked for at least a year.
When the time does come to get a new board your still looking for paddling power, something that allows you to get into waves early and easily, lots of volume and flatter rocker. The earlier you can get plaining on a wave as a learner the more time it gives you to get set for a successful pop up and feet placement, which is the key to everything else you want to do on a wave.
Brilliant advice mate. I appreciate it.
In addition to the above, don't go too short too quick, i.e. avoid a 6' shortboard as your next purchase. You'll find your ability to progress will plateau significantly.
A number of people I've known over the years were too keen to progress to a shortboard, and whilst duckdiving is obviously easier than on a longer board, their ability to progress on the basics like being able to catch waves effectively, placing their feet correctly on the board consistently, finding the sweet spot on a wave, doing a proper bottom turn to set you up for the rest of the wave etc. all suffered greatly. All should have stayed on their longer & more bouyant boards longer to work on these skills, and develop a good style.
Thanks for that mate. Yea, really enjoying the foamy - that is when I'm not attempting to duck dive under a wave. I take a pretty good beating but I reckon that's all part of it. This won't be anything I let go of any time soon, so I'm happy to take it slow and take advice from those that have been in the game far longer. I am thinking of just staying with this G-board all the way through winter - perhaps looking for a good buy when things go cold, but continuing to drill the basics on this very buoyant board.
Thanks again and have a great week.