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!