Surfboard Shopping Part 3

You may be familiar with New Smyrna Beach, FL.  It’s a cute little beach front town in Central Florida.  It’s our little not so hidden treasure.  We go there at least 3 or 4 times a year for surfing and beach time.  It’s definitely one of my favorite places.  A few weekends ago my hubby and I spent some time in New Smyrna Beach for our Anniversary.   While we were there, we did a little surfboard perusing.

First we went into the Rip Curl Surf Shop.  It’s a cute little store that’s two stories with the boards lined up on the second floor.  I perused the boards for a little while.  Mounted to the railing,  I saw a few CB boards that made me want to buy a classic.  But since I’m trying to move forward with something a little newer I didn’t entertain the thought for very long.  I didn’t really spend much time before I moved on to the next store.

Just a few steps away is a Quick Silver Surf Shop.  Steve and I walked in and looked around for a bit.  The surfboards were standing up on display and easy to check out.  There was a young blonde surfer working the floor.  He was pretty entertaining as he spoke about the boards and his personal experiences.  I asked his opinion on the Epoxy boards and considering the liters and brands.  I like his perspective.  He suggested sticking with the same or a similar shape and size board that I have now but purchasing a good quality board since I’ve been surfing long enough feel the difference in an inferior product.  He confirmed that the newer boards would have a little more floatability but thinks I should stick to a size that I’m already comfortable riding.

So, although I’ve not purchased a board yet, I’ve decided to get a newer board about the same size as the one I have now.  I may give a little on the size to go down very little of necessary.  But, it would give me the floatability and easy wave catching of a bigger board, but I should be comfortable riding it and it would be easier to carry.  Do you see where I’m going here.  I’m getting a little older and it may be easier to just purchase a long board but I’m not quite ready for that yet, unless I get one as a backup for ankle high days.

The decision’s not yet been made but I’m getting closer.  I probably won’t purchase until next year but I think I’m prepared to take my time and find the right board for me.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

See you at the beach!