hey, im thinking about taking up surfboarding when i go out to the cape this summer. my cousin lives out there and i am assuming he could teach me some stuff. i was just wondering how much a decent board will run me and how it is compared to snowboarding. thanks
First, don't ever call it "surfboarding." It's just plain "surfing." You'll be instantly marked as a noob a rental shop will likely put you on the crappiest equipment they have because they'll know you don't know any better. I know it sounds minor, but not to surfers.
I also agree, you should start with a rental, preferably a foam board. You'll get bonked by it, and the foam boards are much more forgiving. Try to rent as new a board as possible, because foam boards do get waterlogged, and a waterlogged board is heavy as shit and won't perform for you. A decent one will be easier to learn on, and once you figure out the balance and turning, you can move on to a regular board. Surfing is the opposite of snowboarding, in that you want to start with a longer board (single fin) and you progress to a short board. The longer board is slower, picks up the wave easier, and is better for cruising straight across the face of the wave. Short boards are for shredding, lip smacks, air.
I thought snowboarding would be just like surfing. It's not, really. You're not strapped onto the board, for one. You control speed and direction by actually walking back and forth on the board. On a longboard, you move to the front to catch the wave, gain speed; move to the back to make turns. I tend to snowboard a lot like I surfed. I like to do lots of "off the lips" off the powder at the edge of the trail, pushing down hard on my back foot for short poppy turns. On the open piste it more just bombing it straight down, or long carving turns.
You'll love it. Surfing is awesome. I wish I still lived in Cocoa Beach (BTW, Kelly Slater is an old friend of mine...he used to hang out at my beach-front office. We went to the same school, but I'm a few years older than he is).