Surfboards seem to just keep getting more and more popular. While some riders will always want to stick to a high performance twin tip for strong winds, just about everyone will benefit from having a surfboard in their quiver. Getting on a surfboard for the first time should actually be a pretty easy and fun expierience. Even for beginner and intermediate riders, a surfboard can offer some great, easy light wind fun. Here are a few tips to get started.
1. Stay with it – Many times we have beginner or intermediate riders think that riding on a surfboard is to hard, but the reality is it is just as easy if not easier than riding a twintip. If you have the skills to go upwind on a twintip, then you should be able to get upwind on a surfboard within an hour or less.
2. Choose the right board. Going with a little shorter and wider shape will let you get upwind easily, will feel fast through turns and be easy to throw around. Shapes such as the F-One Fish, Naish Fish, and Spindrift kitesurfboard are a blast in any condtion and are perfect for small waves, chop, or even flat water. For bigger waves a little longer rail will help you feel more in control and more float will let you surf the wave more without worrying so much about the kite. Some good examples are the Slingshot Tyrant, Naish Gun, F-One Surf, and F-One Signature surfboards.
3. Start Small – Don’t try going out immediatly in the waves. Ride in small chop or flat water for a day or two and get it down. Trying out a surfboard in head high surf for the first time is an almost guaranteed way to end up frustrated.
4. Jibing – Jibing, or turning around, can be tricky at first but it is just all part of the fun. There are tons of ways to do it and we will be covering a few in some future posts. One of the big tricks is don’t hesitate and be sure to go into it with enough speed. If you are going slow your board will be unstable and shakey.
5. Use your shock absorbers – Riding a surfboard is different from a twintip. Don’t just blast through the chop. Try and adjust to each wave and be as smooth as possible. This will put way less load on your body and let you be as efficient and fast as possible.
6. Go Strapless!!!! – Its not anywhere near as hard as it looks, and adds a whole new element of fun to kiteboarding.
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