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    Looks like a fun board, $350 seems like a pretty good price.
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    idk what would be a better board to learn to surf well with, im leaning more towards a retrofish if i can find a nice one for a good price

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeus View Post
    idk what would be a better board to learn to surf well with, im leaning more towards a retrofish if i can find a nice one for a good price
    If you want to learn how to get better a retro fish is not the way to go.

    Just get a regular fish and make it a 4 fin, and also a little thick so you can catch smaller stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeus View Post
    would a 5'6 al merrick pod be a good buy if i found one for cheap and its in great condition?
    i want to get serious into surfing
    i weight 160 pounds and am 5'10
    a 5"6' would be a great buy if it was in good condition, but not for you and your interests. Good thing is that your height is average and your weight is easy to work with. This means you won't have to buy a board thats more specific to your body type. If you want to get serious, buy a board with the qualities i mentioned above, and alway surf with a friend who is better than you. Its great to be able to ask "what did i do wrong there?" and its always more fun to surf with others in general.
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    what advantages do traditional fishes have over retros, i have experience on waves due to skimming mainly lines in nj, so im not new to that aspect. what worries me is paddling/dropping into the wave.

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    5'6 is gonna be way too small for you to learn on. I'm about your size and weight and I'm riding a 5'10 and I've been surfing for a long time. If you gonna start look for something in the 6ish to 7ish range. 6'0 to 6'6 would be a good board to start on.

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    oh, btw need something smell enough to fit in my dorm/car without roof racks. kind of kills me

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeus View Post
    what advantages do traditional fishes have over retros, i have experience on waves due to skimming mainly lines in nj, so im not new to that aspect. what worries me is paddling/dropping into the wave.
    the rocker on the retro fish is typically much less extreme than a rocker on a traditional fish. Also, the retro fish has a wider bottom than traditional fishes. Both of these factors give a change in maneuverability. Its obvious that you have experience riding a wave, therefore there is no reason to limit yourself by buying a retro fish that doesn't allow room for better cutbacks and sharper turns.

    Now with the rocker, yes the retro fish may have a slight speed advantage but in your case, you know how to generate speed with a skimboard, so a board with actual fins i'm sure will be a big upgrade. What im saying is the rocker on the traditional fish most likely won't be as flat, but thats okay.

    Now with your worries about standing up/dropping in, Fishes in general also have a larger width, typically exceeding at least 19", this is much easier to manage when standing up.

    Finally, I agree with YellowSnow, a traditional fish 6'0-6'6" would be a great board to buy. And will most likely fit in your car.
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    a 6 foot will fit in most cars (you'll have to fold the backseats though) easily and definitely in your dorm. Also, imo, dropping in on a wave is muuuch easier to learn than a one step drop. But, if you're really worried about dropping in, make sure you get a board that has a pretty decent rocker. fishes tend to have very little rocker, making them a little more tricky to drop in on, however you can probably learn pretty quick (start setting your rail earlier and don't drop directly down the face). I've noticed skimboarders pick up surfing very fast. my brother and I learned how to surf in about two days after skimming for several years. Learning how to surf was nothing compared to learning how to skim.

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    back seats dont fold down (or so i think)

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    traditional fishes i have found to have almost the same rocker as thrusters...

    either way zeus, you know what to get now.
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    gotta wait 24hrs to get u guys some rep

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    MJS i'm going to that premiere too, hopefully ill see u there or something, I'm goin to Year 0000 tomm by globe too, realll frackinggg stokeddd for that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuji View Post
    traditional fishes i have found to have almost the same rocker as thrusters...
    hmm. well to be honest I don't know a ton about fishes. the fishes that am thinking of are nearly flat and built for speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeus View Post
    back seats dont fold down (or so i think)
    you can fit a board easy in the front seat. just sit it up from the floor up and itll fit fine. ive fit up to a 6'6" in my tiny ass jetta and even funboards 7"+ if i lay the front seat down.
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    or just buy a soft rack for $20

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    meh, not worth it really. gonna be at school in a few weeks, and wont have a car for 8 months

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    yea probs not best time to buy a asurfboard haha
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    im gonna keep the surfboard in my dorm, its a 5 minute walk to the beach

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    oh lulz stoopid me
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeus View Post
    im gonna keep the surfboard in my dorm, its a 5 minute walk to the beach
    wuuuut. super jealous. Its a 30 minute drive from my dorm...

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    get somthing super thick and wide and youll have no problem with length really. ive ridden a 5'6 that rides like a long board. all about volume, but if you have any wave skill at all you wont have a problem. and youll be able to progress nicely. if you get somthing 6 ft plus youll probably hate it in a few months if you get pretty decent.
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    since this is the surfing thread I'm gonna throw this in there. One of my proudest moments as a father, my daughter's first day surfing:


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    @:33 DAT GOING DOWN LINE

    she may have a future in this

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    haha thats so awesome to see. must be a sick feeling. steezin on that second to last one.
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    idk she looks 17 but im gonna have to go with 6

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    Haha, 8.

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    so pitted. I wish my dad surfed/taught me how to surf when I young.

    my brother and I literally learned how to surf as well as the dynamics of the line up from other angry surfers. It usually went something like this: "frack you kooks. fracking paddle around you dipshits."

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    I'm not so sure about that... My Dad taught me how to surf, but it was really us going out and him scaring me shitless by pointing his nose at me and turning at the last second as i was paddling out. Aka i typically got at least one face full of saltwater every time we went out. He didn't really teach me much but rather supervised and expected me to learn on my own.

    8 years later it is the most fulfilling thing to spray my dad on a wave using a cutback. Zap, don't become like him!
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    sounds like your dads a dick. but at least you he showed you the etiquette through example. I still remember the first time I snaked a guy. It's just so intimidating being a young grom by yourself against all these adults who rip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeus View Post
    what advantages do traditional fishes have over retros, i have experience on waves due to skimming mainly lines in nj, so im not new to that aspect. what worries me is paddling/dropping into the wave.
    First a retro fish has less rocker because it's shorter than a regular board (that's why it's faster). Also more rocker makes the board harder to drop in (it pushes water). Even though the retro fish is shorter it's wider in the nose, middle and tail, which makes it easy to paddle. Because the outline of the shape (template)which is straighter in the tail it has a lot of holding power & thrust. And because it's shorter it can still turn fast. As you see I really love the retro fish, I guess because I have rode and made hundreds of surfboards. So I kind of know what works and what doesn't. BTW, that's why my skims have the retro shape. All I can say is, you really need to try a retro fish for yourself to see if you like it as much as I do.
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    I won't be a dick.

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    I was trying not to be, I just wanted to get my point across.
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    tch'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuji View Post
    I'm not so sure about that... My Dad taught me how to surf, but it was really us going out and him scaring me shitless by pointing his nose at me and turning at the last second as i was paddling out. Aka i typically got at least one face full of saltwater every time we went out. He didn't really teach me much but rather supervised and expected me to learn on my own.

    8 years later it is the most fulfilling thing to spray my dad on a wave using a cutback. Zap, don't become like him!
    When I use to surf all the time, guys would do that to scare you out of the water. It really didn't work, it just made everyone ......
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