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Old 09-19-2016, 10:39 AM
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Iíll be in Hatteras village Oct 16-30. Iíd like to take a few surfing lessons while I am down there. Any recommendations on a surf guide or instructor? I usually rent a cheap board while I am at the beach and try to surf for a few sessions. Iím not very good so I think itís time for some lessons. Iím willing to drive to any part of the island to meet the guide and I assume we would travel up/down the island to find a good break.

Also, itís time to stop renting and buy a board. Any opinions on the Torq mini-long for the hatteras surf? http://www.torq-surfboards.com/long-80.html#slide-1 Looks decent for under $500. Iím 5í11, 185 and in pretty good shape. I plan to surf hatters island, ocean city/Assateague, MD, and VA Beach. I donít have any aspirations of making hard aggressive turns off the bottom and snapping off the lip or pulling a 360 floater. I would like to comfortably catch a variety of wave sizes and shapes and ride down the line.

Thanks, Jeremy
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i don't know much but i'll get things started by saying give Natural Art in Buxton a call and ask them. They are the only real surf shop in that area and the people are friendly. I know there are some surf school business in Nags Head in the summer but down in Hatteras it will probably just be someone who would do this on the side and Natural Art would know. They sell boards too called In the Eye but I don't know anything about them.
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In my opinion, I would get a 9'0" performance longboard. look for something with a single and two side bite fins. Will be easy to turn, easy to paddle and you can ride it in pretty much whatever conditions you want.

Contact a local surf shop for lessons. they can only teach you so much as most of it is reading the ocean and then understanding the timing and balance of the take-off which really comes from repetition.
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I'd call Natural Art in Buxton and they do give lessons. I'd also wait on buying a board until you talk to a professional that can put you on the right board. I know NA has been around sense the early 80's as I got my first custom board from them.

http://www.surfintheeye.com/rentals
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Thanks guys. I've set up some lessons with Rob at Natural Art. Looking forward to it.
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NA is a fantastic shop to work with!
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Most high end shapers now use Liters to measure the volume of a surfboard in relationship to what size you should be riding. Go to Lost or Channel Island and use their volume calculators to determine what size board (mostly for short boards). At 185 lbs, you would probably need a board that has at least 31 to 33 liters, get a board that is a little wider and has a fuller nose, it will help you catch waves
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In you shoes, head on down to OBX and pick up a used 9 footer. too many great boards to but that now one. I would look hard for an August -What I Ride, or similarly styles WRV or Frierson down in OBX.

Perfect time to head down
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In you shoes, head on down to OBX and pick up a used 9 footer. too many great boards to but that now one. I would look hard for an August -What I Ride, or similarly styles WRV or Frierson down in OBX.

Perfect time to head down
Thanks - Consider me a barney/noob/howie or whatever surfers call the inexperienced tourists, but what are the advantages of the boards you recommend over something cheaper like the Torq 9' longboard? Will someone with my limited experience even notice the differences?

I appreciate the suggestion, just looking to understand the options.
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As a beginner there are really no advantages to the local shapers, other than you are supporting a local guy and not a factory in Taiwan. I would say the 8' log you are looking at would work, but the 7'6 funshape might be better. Also you may be able to pick up something on Craigslist at a good price. Either way work on your fitness level for the next couple of weeks and you will get more out of the experience. Swimming, stand up paddle boarding, cross training are all good options. Above all have fun.
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7'6 - 8' funshape to learn. Big enough to catch waves and be stable but will turn when you try to. Then go shorter, not longer.

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Best waves I ever rode where at the Hatteras Light House. The waves were only 3 to 4 feet but breaking perfect. They were breaking in only 2' to 2 1/2' of water so they were fast and steep. Came home beat to hell from hitting the bottom when falling but it was worth every bump and lump we took.
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my feeling is that you will not know the difference early on, so get something big with a lot of float. Down the line you will get something else that fits your own style. maybe shorter, maybe longer, either way, you now have the second board you chose, and a quality log. everyone needs a good longboard.

That torq kinda looks like pop up junk to me.

Had a great epoxy board that I gave away (150) at a yard sale last month. wish you had posted sooner.

Have always wanted to check out what this guy has but I simply have too many boards already.

http://baltimore.craigslist.org/spo/5798119762.html
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Friday looks like it will be a good day to learn!
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
Best waves I ever rode where at the Hatteras Light House. The waves were only 3 to 4 feet but breaking perfect. They were breaking in only 2' to 2 1/2' of water so they were fast and steep. Came home beat to hell from hitting the bottom when falling but it was worth every bump and lump we took.
That groin in front of the house, pumps.
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So much bad advice here it is insane. 31-33L for a beginner that is 185LBS?

Been surfing nearly my whole life, including working in surf shops and teaching in the areas you will be surfing.

Lessons are useful to teach you, by being pushed into waves, how it feels and timing for when to go from paddling/prone to popping up, and where to position yourself on a board when paddling. Once you can get up consistently, and can paddle into your own waves, they are useless.

Go for an 8' fun shape/longboard shape. You want enough volume that it paddles well and is stable, but not so much that you are getting tossed around paddling out and waiting for waves. This would be a problem with a standard longboard.

No reason to spend a ton of money. Buy a used funshape, and to those bashing the foreign boards, they are often epoxy and made of more durable materials, which float more and are great for learning.
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Gain 50 or so lbs and I'll put you on my Frierson 10' longboard that's in excellent shape.
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Originally Posted by chasvb1 View Post
Gain 50 or so lbs and I'll put you on my Frierson 10' longboard that's in excellent shape.
you selling your frierson?
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Get the Torq. Im one of the first Torq dealers from the introduction. At $499 you cant get a lighter, stronger nine footer. Stronger is important because begginers get hit by the boards a lot and the Torq will still look showroom new after years of you bashing it.
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cjd, sent you a pm.

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