1) Ladies, we all know that size matters. Volume is your friend. If you’re only catching two or three waves per session then the likelihood is that you’re riding a board that is too small for you. Don’t just accept your boyfriend’s reject surfboards. The reality is that women generally have less upper body strength than men, so we need more volume in our boards to get into waves. Board manufacturers often now include volume in litres as a size measurement and this is really helpful in making comparisons.
Channel Islands ‘Average Joe’
Channel Islands ‘Wierdo Ripper’
Channel Islands ‘Dumpster Diver’
JS ‘Blak Box’
Here’s a little video that former pro surfer Holly Beck put on youtube of her surfing her Rusty Dwart…
3)”But I won’t be able to duckdive it!” Oh, if I had a ham sandwich for everytime I heard that. Yes, the Channel Island Average Joe is going to be much harder to duckdive than the Flyer … but guess what, the trade off is that you’re going to catch a lot more waves on the Average Joe. That’s a trade off I’d be willing to accept. When duckdiving just remember those sage words from Salt n’ Pepper “ahh, push it … push it real good”
4) Type of wave. A lot will depend of course on where you surf. One New Year’s Eve I went to a hot sweaty dance party wearing a backless dress and adhesive bra cups. Half way through the night (after performing my signature dance moves: low-level kicks and the ‘almost’ splits) I realised that one of the cups had become dislodged and lost. I spent the rest of the night feeling lop-sided and self-conscious. I had made a bad bra choice. Similarly if you’re surfing 2 foot mushy waves on the south coast of the UK then the Channel Islands ‘Semi-pro’ is probably not going to keep the smile on your face.
6) Price. I once spent 20 minutes in a department store dressing room agonising over whether I could justify spending 40 pounds on a Calvin Klein bra. You get what you pay for, and several years later I still love that bra with its sturdy straps and comfortable memory foam cups. It’s the same with boards, it’s worth spending more to get something that you’re going to have a good time on. Many women will spend 500 pounds on a Coach handbag when for the same amount of money we could buy a brand new surfboard. Admittedly, you can’t carry your packed lunch to work in a surfboard, but it will give you magical experiences and a confidence boost that goes far beyond zips and leather linings.