Friday, September 27, 2013

New Holiday Nixon Watches

We received our new shipment of Nixon Holiday watches this week (see our selection of Nixon Watches).  New colors like Matte Black Camo and Black / Brown look nice.

Best Style Surfboard for the Beginner

There's an old surfing saying, "You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." But what's the right surfboard for a beginner? Choosing the correct board for the newly-minted surfer is vital to learning how to surf. And with so many choices available, picking the wrong one may discourage you and cut your career very short. Making it very important that you know the basics before you begin. 

What's the best surfboard for you?

The answer depends on what your overall goals are as a surfer. In the old days (say, early twentieth century), you pretty much had one choice: a Tom Blake board, which was a piece of carved out buoyant wood, weighing about 60lbs, and measuring around 10' long. Which would make your decision pretty simple. Now, there are three kinds that come in a variety of different styles and shapes. So which one is the best? Let's look at the choices first.

Long boards: About 8' or 9' long, that will float anyone, easy to paddle and catch waves with, but sort of difficult to maneuver at first, especially for the beginner.

Short boards: Fast, short, and easy to get around on, but really require some expertise to use effectively. 

Fun boards: A great hybrid board. Easier to paddle and maneuver than a long board, and much more buoyant than a short board, making it easier to catch a wave on.
So the answer? A fun board. More specifically, one that is light, wide, and thick. Because the lighter and thicker a surfboard, the easier wave catching is, especially in small or weak waves, which is what the beginner will be surfing in most often. In addition, having a nice three fin combo with down rails and edges will give the board a much greater ability to carve (cut a path i nthe water). Also, you'll want your bottom rocker (or bottom curve) to have more of a deep entry, this will keep the board's nose out of the water and keep the rider standing.

Or, try out a mini-mal. It's a shorter version of the traditional long board, with the added benefit of more maneuverability, and little loss of paddling speed. These are typically for people who ride long boards but want to be able to get around faster, but they are also great for the beginner. 

The bottom line is choose what is right for your body, height, weight, and what you hope to accomplish as you progress. And starting off with the right board will help to guarantee your success and keep you surfing for a long time. 

Surfboards Etc has a huge selection of surfboard gear, accessories and apparel in stock and ready to ship with fast, often free, shipping. For more information, contact us anytime.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fiverr Experiment #18 - Surfboards Etc Written in The Sand

These are kind of cool.  Thank you mysticandmuse.


Fiverr Experiement #16 - Flyers in Jacksonville, Pasadena, Cypress College, CA

50 Surfboards Etc flyers in Jacksonville (not sure this happened), 25 at Pasadena City College (thanks tapper1986), and 5 at Cypress College, CA (thanks jimmy1231238).


Fiverr Experiment #17 - Surfboards Etc Halloween Pumpkin

Thanks adiebrown.

Fiverr Experiment #15 - Shop Surfboards Etc Sand Castle

Thanks annamorris.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New to Surfing? Here are Some Tips to Help You Pick Out the Perfect Surfboard

So you have finally decided to take the plunge and join the ranks on the waves. As you learn to ride, you will begin to realize that surfing is a complete experience. You must use your senses to take advantage  of a sport that sets an individual in a precise and delicate dance with nature.
You may be a beginner, but one of the most important choices you will make as you embark on the lifelong quest for the perfect wave, is what surfboards will be best to suite your needs. 
There are a few things to consider when sizing up what board will be best; namely, your skill level, body size, and how much you are willing to spend. Balancing these three factors will gauge the difference between the perfect ride and no ride at all.
  • Take into account your size first. Longer, wider, and thicker are usually the ideal for a newbie because they are more forgiving of technical mistakes. These size boards offer more buoyancy in the water, are a bit easier to paddle, and are easier to stand up on. Those who are a bit heavier should stick with a board that is two inches or so thick. Bigger boards can also take much more abuse since wipeouts are common for beginners.
  • Cost is a big issue when deciding which board is best. There is no shame in investigation which board fits into your budget during your learning period. Check out a few that interest you, remember as you get better you more than likely will want to upgrade. Take your time and price things out.
  • Surfboards come in a few sizes; mainly Fish, Hybrid, Longboard, and Shortboard. Fish style boards for all intensive purposes usually prove to be a good starter board. Shortboards are built for speed and may be difficult for a new surfer to handle. 

No matter what board you choose, you are in for the ride of your life. Remember as you learn, you are going to have a lot of fun in the process. Give the experts at Surfboards Etc. a shout; they have a variety of boards and gear available to suite your needs. Please, contact us for more information.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fiverr Experiment #14 - Flyers in UT, Carlsbad, and Chicago

More Flyers.  This time 50 at the University of Texas.  Thanks chewinggumfreak.

5 in Carlsbad, CA.  Thanks everythingquest.

70 Flyers in Chicago.  Thanks heltho.


Fiverr Experiment #13 - Flyers at UCSD and SDSU

drockdizzle posted 60 fliers throughout UC San Diego. 

He also posted at San Diego State University.  Thanks drockdizzle


Nixon Lodown Product Review Video

We added another short product review video.  This time it's the Nixon Lodown watch.  It's a super popular tide watch so It's about time we posted a video.

For all our videos, check out our YouTube channel at Surfboards Etc YouTube Channel

Free Shipping on Everything at Surfboards Etc

Thru Friday.  See the Free Shipping Email

Military Support Program

Surfboards Etc Military Support Referral Link

We donate 10% of every sale referred thru the link above to military and veteran causes. We use Referzo to automatically track and administer the program so you, and those you refer, must share and click the Referzo link for the order to qualify. The specific beneficiary may change over time – we like the Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project and others – but I always try to select organizations that fund veteran care and/or active duty military welfare.

So take a moment and share the link on Facebook, Twitter, or in an email. We promise to distribute the resulting funds to organizations that are making a difference. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fiverr Experiement #12 - Format our Blog

This one cost $25 but debbie_ph added our logo and changed the colors to look more like our website - I think he/she did a nice job.  What do you think?

Fiverr Experiment #11 - SEO Report

turnkeyz ran an SEO report and delivered it in a .rar file.  I don't have the software to open a .rar file (nor do I want more software) so I'm not sure what the report said though I'm sure it was very enlightening.

Fiverr Experiment #10 - Tweets to Golfers

Our target market also golfs.  So we asked neolithic to tweet about Surfboards Etc to his golf followers.  See the screenshot.


Fiverr Experiment #8 - Post Flyers

Several people posted flyers on our behalf.
catmaster posted 50 flyers at the University of Florida and another 50 in their computer lab.
catchmeifyoucan handed out 50 flyers at USC
scottgade121 posted 50 flyers at San Francisco State and even took pictures of them hanging (see attached).  Nice touch.

from scottgade121:


Fiverr Experiment #9 - on an LA SUV

Mylion wrote on his/her suv and drove around Los Angeles for three days. No way to measure if anyone read it.