Anyone done a Surf Camp?

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    Sep 25, 2012 1:37 PM GMT
    I have been thinking about one of these for a long time, but am a little nervous about it given I'm in my 40s

    Anyone got positive or otherwise experiences of this kind of thing?
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    Jun 19, 2013 2:51 AM GMT
    It's been a while since you posted this. I can tell you that I was 45 when I went out on a board for the first time. DO IT! It is amazing.

    I did not do a camp, but I did small group lessons (3 people) which gave me enough one-on-one attention from the instructor. I have an amazing, older instructor who is very experienced and knowledgeable. He is a great teacher, whom I will take a lesson with in the future, as I get a little better, and a LOT more practice. I'm still a novice, but I don't really care at this age about looking cool. Give it a go, and have a great time. Age is not a factor. People surf into their 70s.
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    Jun 19, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    I live by a beach so most every day is surf camp. :-)
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    Aug 12, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    About how much is a surf board ? i want to get into it .
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    Aug 12, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    I started surfing when I was 12. I traded a train set for my first used board - which was a long board. My friends and I begged every adult to take us over the hill to the beaches. We learned by getting up and taking spills, and had no real lessons except those we got from some of the older guys. The boards got smaller, and then I got a twin fin board. I surfed up and down California (The Hook, Pleasure Point, Four Mile, Lighthouse, Steamer Lane and Ft. Point were my usual favorite places). I'm not into it anymore - I got more and more into skiing instead during my undergrad years. I'd say if you're just starting out, you need to get to the beach and learn all you can. Get hooked up with a good shop, like O'Neil's if you're near Santa Cruz, CA. There is so much to learn about the 'vibe' of a surf spot. You don't want to make enemies with the locals. Get together with some more experienced surfers and have them clue you in on things you need to know.
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    Aug 12, 2013 8:29 PM GMT
    CopperDevil saidAbout how much is a surf board ? i want to get into it .


    Depends. $300-500 should get you started on either a nice, used board or a cheap import.
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    Aug 12, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    groundcombat said
    CopperDevil saidAbout how much is a surf board ? i want to get into it .


    Depends. $300-500 should get you started on either a nice, used board or a cheap import.


    i think i'll rent one first
  • cg220

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    Aug 31, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    I was on holiday in New Zealand and did a 5 day beginner camp. Think I was in my late 30s. Absolutely loved it and the people. Highly recommended and it is a fun sport. Get into it mate. You'll not regret it.
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    Aug 31, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
    Well, that was a let down; I thought this said Smurf Camp.
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    Aug 31, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Yes, I did one in my mid 30s. The camp owner was a bit of a jerk but the instructor was fun and helpful. I would probably do lessons over a camp if I did it again to avoid being stuck with someone for a week that wasn't very good. I would say, just do it.
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    Oct 25, 2013 6:54 PM GMT
    Would love to learnicon_confused.gif