Surfboard For The New Surfer
Choosing the right beginner surfboard is critical to learn how to surf and one of the mistakes a lot of people make.
I know I got the exact wrong surfboard when I started to learn how to surf.
I bought a used 6 foot Breezin three fin/thruster. I will never forget that board, I have had so many other surfboards since then but there is nothing like the surfboard that started it all.
That being said it was absolutely the wrong beginner surfboard for me, I wanted what was cool and what all my friends had. But what’s the point of having a cool surfboard if you cant surf it.
There are so many options and types of surfboards these days its hard to know what to get if you aren’t clued in, luckily you are in the right spot!
So what is best surfboard for you.
It depends on what your goals are.
Let’s assume you want progress to a shortboard.
I would advise for a beginner surfboard you get something like a funboard- a cross between a longboard and shortboard.
Looks something like this.
I say pick a funboard because :
• 1. It will be easier to lug around In and Out of the ocean.
• 2. It will be fairly easy to paddle.
• 3. Once you become a better surfer you will be able to progress with it. You won’t have to look for another surfboard, at least not for a little while.
This is pretty important…..Its going to vary depending upon your height. (see chart below). Try to keep it about a foot to a foot and a half taller then you.
Going a bit wide is better than getting something not wide enough, the thought being that the wider the surfboard the more stable it will be…….Just go with a standard 20 to 22 inches across if you are average size, you want to be able sort of fit it underneath your arm, of course this won’t be possible if you got short arms.
Very important…..this is important because the thicker the surfboard the more buoyant it is and it will be easier to paddle…. stay with in 2-1/4 to 3 inches thick dependent on your weight.
If you are a small person then the thickness can be around 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches
If you are average size then go for something 2 1/2 to 3 inches.
If you are a big dude then 3 to 4 inches should float you.
Don’t get something to big and thick because then you will have a very hard time maneuvering it around.
A beginners surfboard will be completely different if you are a 6’5″ 250 lb man compared to a 5’3″ 100 lb girl.
Now if your goal is just to ride longboards -any thing over 9ft -then have it, get on a longboard and don’t look back nothing wrong with that.
One thing for certain the wider and longer a board the quicker you will be to stand up and ride a wave, although these tend to be heavier then most other surfboards, therefore paddling will require a bit more effort to get it going.
Here is a chart to kind of point you in a direction. These dimensions are in no means definitive, there are many variables that will come into play. How well you can swim, how in shape you are etc..
How to Buy a Beginner Surfboard
There are tons of options for buying surfboards now a days besides heading down to the local surf shop. Online Surf Shop, craigslist etc… point being its not like the old days, so take advantage of all options at your disposal.
Just remember what your objectives are and what your skills are, you are just learning and the beginner surfboard is the way to go.
Don’t worry to much about fin set up- a single fin or three fin is good, don’t get a twin(two) fin, if you do chances are you are getting a fish type board or one of the fins is broken off of a three fin, either way its not good to learn on.
The tail (bottom of the board) is not that important at this time just try to get something that is a bit rounded, If you cant don’t sweat it.
Don’t worry much about the actual surfboard design, once you get better is when you actually can feel the difference between round and square tails, at that time you can give the design and shape a closer look and start fretting over rails, foil, contours etc etc….
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