Pete is dead on. A Stand Up (SUP) board is designed for both
windsurfing and surfing. Although if you are new to both sports you
will find it probably isn't the type of surfing you see in the
SUP boards are long and narrow. Similar in look to the original
windsurfing boards many of us learned on in the 80's and 90's. Being
long and narrow they are a little more challenging to learn on than
the new "wide style" boards that many shops and instructors use now.
So the learning curve may be a bit more challenging. Thousands of
people have done it so if you are looking to learn on a SUP don't let
the challenge deter you. I must insist you find a good instructor
that will help you learn the proper technique. If you try this on
your own, without insturction, it will be frustrating and possibly
As far as surfing these boards, you don't lie on your belly in the
line up and use your arms to "swim" the board onto a wave like you see
in movies. Instead you use a paddle and paddle onto the wave. This
type of surfing is not what most folks think of when they think modern
day surfing. But the stand up board and surfing from a stand up board
is a blast and even though the art of stand up is ancient it has just
recently been re-popularized. Not to mention you can use the board
and paddle on days where the wind is light and there are no waves to
go out and get a great workout.
As far as the intent of your original message I have tried surfing on
windsurfers. Back in the 80's and once in the 90's. It doesn't
work. The boards are very rough, like Pete mentioned. And even with
a rash guard shirt on the boards are not designed to be swum (called
paddled even though you don't use a paddle) onto a wave. The fin is
the wrong size and the rocker and flotation are in the wrong place for
surfing without the sail attached.
> Hi all.
> I've already tried this post on the surfing group but didn't get much
> sense out of them unfortunately!
> My partner and I are planning to take up surfing.
> I already windsurf following advice from this group....thanks!!
> As I already have a relatively small windsurf baord, could this be
> used for wave surfing rather than buy more 'stuff'?!
> Has anyone else done this before? Any tips? Or am I being ridiculous?!
> Any advice gratefully received!