Peter, there is more to the story.Peter_Frank wrote: Dont ride toeside - you will lose upwind very fast, you will be tired on your rear leg, and you will not be able to cope with breaking waves at all
Just JIBE, no matter if surfing around or turning the board by hand. Peter
plummet wrote:I'd just like to throw another idea out there.
Because your wave riding is so infrequent is learning to use a surfboard really worth while? Do you enjoy riding the surfboard on the flat? do you relish the idea of learning a new skill? Or are you learning to use a surfboard because that is what most people use in waves?
Is your primary goal to run down the line like a surfer with little input from the kite?
or do you want to have fun in the waves, boost a view jumps and slash up a few waves?
If you've been riding tt's for years and want a new challenge or really want that surfer feel over and above everything else then carry on down the surfboard track.
If you just want to get out and maximise your fun factor on the occasional times you are in the waves then I think using a surf styles TT/mutant is the better choice.
The reason I say this is that you could spend a lot of your time learning the board, practicing the jybes to get to the beach find a solid double overhead condition and still feel out of your depth on the surfboard and have a less enjoyable time than you would have otherwise had on the TT.
I'm in the surf 99% of the time and ride a mutant TT. Why? because I want to ride the waves like a kiter. I want to boost, I want to fang at high speed, blast the shallows and use the waves as my own personal amusement park. I also want to slash waves and run down the line when it suits me. But my own personal joy is to boost as high as possible on the way out and then ride the wave upwind back to the beach. For me the best board to do that style is a surf orientated TT or mutant. Not a surfboard.
The advice the guys are giving on how to ride a surfboard is bang on. But is riding a surfboard in the first place the right advice for someone so infrequently in the waves? My personal opinion is no its not.