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Do you want to look like a pro?

SURFING: Ah, the sweet sound of a child who thinks they know what they want, “Mummy mummy, I want to go surfing but I only want to use THAT board.”


Tim Campbell

Sunday 28 August 2016, 01:42PM


Phuket surfer Harry hits a wave during a recent session.
Phuket surfer Harry hits a wave during a recent session.

A question I often get asked on the beach is “what surfboard is good for me?” Simple, what’s your current surfing ability? How much do you weigh? How regularly will you go surfing and where will that be?

These four questions will determine what board is good for you. I know the small, slimline surfboards make you look cool, but will you be able to surf on it?

Trust me, a surfer who can actually ride the waves and uses a bigger board is way cooler than someone with a performance looking board who can't surf.

I’ve been watching a lot of you surf this season, and yes, fitness and technique still play a huge part in your surfing, BUT a lot of you are surfing on the wrong board.

Here’s an example which will to help: you weigh75 kilos and surf at best three times a week. You can catch, stand up and go straight along the wave, maybe even do a basic bottom turn. If this is you, I would recommend a 6’2 fish up to a 7’2 mini Malibu style surfboard.

Also you should take into consideration that Phuket’s waves are generally not powerful which means a board with more volume and length will help you get that much needed speed which is harder to get on a shorter board.

See you in the water!

Tim’s Tip: For fun, try a surfboard one foot bigger than what you ride now and work on the fundamentals of catching a wave, popping up and turning before you try a smaller board again

 

 

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