1) Bigger is Easier. If you're coming off a surf lesson or teaching yourself for
the first time, we highly recommend riding a surfboard at least 9ft. long. Novice surfers over 6 ft.
tall and/or 200 lbs. should ride a surfboard at least 10ft. long. Bigger surfboards, known as
longboards, have much more buoyancy and stability than shorter
surfboards which in return will give novice surfers a much easier
and enjoyable time surfing for his/her first few times.
2) Waikiki Surfing. Bigger is better when surfing Waikiki. The waves at most main Waikiki surf breaks tend to be long, lazy and rolly so a bigger surfboard than you normally ride would help to ensure an easy paddle, longer ride and an upper hand when competing against other longboarders and stand up paddle boards in the line up. The most common size surfboard for Waikiki is between 8'0" to 12'0".
3) Epoxy vs Fiberglass. Epoxy surfboards are stronger and lighter than traditional fiberglass boards. Epoxy resin is used in many applications other than surfboard building such as boats, electronics and aerospace parts. The epoxy resin is stronger and more ding resistant than the polyester resin used in traditional fiberglass boards. Epoxy resin can only be used with EPS foam and boards made in this fashion are referred to as EPOXY/EPS surfboards. EPOXY for the resin and EPS for the core.
4) Surf Hunting 101. During
Hawaii's summer season (June - Sept.) most waves can be found on the South and East shores. During Hawaii's winter season
(Oct. - Feb.) most waves can be found on the North, West
and East shores.
5) Storage. Surfboard storage
is provided by the bell hop at most hotels on Oahu. Hotels that do not have adequate storage space for surfboards will require their guest to store the surfboard(s) in the room. Most hotel elevators can fit up to 10 ft. of surfboard and may also have an oversized service elevator.
6) Transportation. Transporting
surfboards on a vehicle soft rack is safe and easy when correct
measures are followed. Soft racks should be placed evenly
apart to prevent any sort of "see-saw" effect. Lay surfboard(s) fin forward. Fins forward will ensure
that even in the worst case scenario of your straps coming
loose due to strong winds, the fins will prevent your surfboard
from slipping out.
For transportation of multiple surfboards,
please remember to place a towel between each surfboard to prevent
wax build up on the bottom of each surfboard being stacked.
Last but not least, never exceed speeds of 55mph when driving
with surfboards strapped to the car.
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