After the lessons on the foam boards, that was it…I was hooked. So the question was – which beginners board do I get?
The main reasons for the purchase were:
1. These boards are very durable – I’ve had my board for 4 years now and it has had its fair share of bumps and knocks. But, the only damage visible is superficial in nature and limited to the topcoat layer. The board remains as sound and as watertight as the day I received it.
2. Steady in the water and great to learn on for my size (5ft 8″) and weight I (13.5 stone) I wanted a board that was fairly easy to handle in the (white) water and buoyant and stable enough to allow me to practise my pop-ups. Unfortunately, it doesn’t duck-dive very well and the board is a bit heavy to turn well, but that doesn’t matter so much when your just learning to ride in a straight line. Once I had learned to pop-up 9 times out of 10 and learned to turn, I knew it was ready to move on….but that’s another post!
Where to buy:Your best bet is Ebay for a good bargain and I’m all for re-using rather than buying from new.
NSP 7’6″ Surfboard stats
Length – 7 feet and 6 inches (stating the obvious I know)
Width – 21 3/4 inches
Weight – 6.9 kgs
Thickness – 2 7/8 inches