Beginner Surfboard Buyers Guide

Beginner Surfboard Buyers Guide

How do I Choose My First Surfboard?

Are you tempted to buy a cool, short, pointy nose fiberglass surfboard?  You know, like the Pros Ride in Surf Contests?   Don’t do it, this is the last thing a beginner needs. So, check out our beginner surfboard buyers guide.

A surfboard will be useless if you cannot surf on it. This guide will help you learn to catch surf and buy a surfboard.  When you buy a surfboard, it is important to choose the one that matches your weight, athletic level, balance skills and surfing conditions in which you’ll ride it. To avoid making mistakes, consider the following elements when choosing your first surfboard and carefully read this beginner surfboard buyer’s guide

The MOST important is your weight related to board size and wave strength. Just like a heavy vehicle requires more horse power to go as fast as a lighter one.  Generally, a bigger stronger vehicle can handle more towing weight, etc.  Surfboards are the same.

Small board, weak wave, heavy rider is a receipt for 100% failure.  Boards are like pants too big, you can make work.   Too small and they’re useless.

Volume

The volume of a surfboard determines how well it is going to float. As a beginner, you need to make sure your surfboard has plenty of volume. The greater the volume, the easier it is for you to stand and catch the waves. Volume is usually measured in liters and as a beginner, you need to ensure your surfboard is at least as high as in the chart below relative to your body weight. Such a board will help you surf in any kind of water including catching unbroken green waves and white water surfing.

To find the right volume for your board, you simply divide your weight, by the volume of your surfboard. The resulting number will give you the best size of board you should go for in which case a higher number means a smaller board. The following chart should guide you when choosing the right surfboard size.

Beginner Suggested Board Flotational Volume:

Your Height Your Weight Board Volume Volume/Weight
5’9” 72 kg (160lbs) 24 liters 6.6lbs/L
5’10” 75 kg (165lbs) 26.3 liters 6.3lbs/L
6’0” 81 kg (180lbs) 29.2 liters 6.2lbs/L
6’1” 81kg (180lbs) 33.0liters 5.6lbs/L

 

Size

Your height and weight are the major determinants of how much volume you will need for your surfboard. As a beginner, you need a longer, wider and thicker surfboard since it offers extra floatation and stability. However, your height and weight will determine the volume of surfboard you should go for. For instance if you are tall and heavier, you will need a slightly bigger board than a short and light surfer. The following chart will guide you when purchasing your first surfboard.

Longboard Size/Weight Chart

Body Weight (Kg.) Board Size
45- 63 (99-139lbs) 9’2- 9’4”
63- 72 (140-160lbs) 9’4- 9’6”
72- 81 (160-179lbs) 9’6- 9’8’
81- 90 (179-199lbs) 9’8- 10”
>90 (199+) >10’0”

 

Fish Board

Body Weight (Kg.) Board Size
45- 63 (99-139lbs) 6’1- 6’4”
63- 72 (140-160lbs) 6’3- 6’8”
72- 81 (160-179lbs) 6’5- 6’10”
81- 90 (179-199lbs) 6’9- 7’4”
>90 (199+) >7’8”

 

Malibu

Body Weight (Kg.) Board Size
45- 63 (99-139lbs) 7’2- 7’4”
63- 72 (140-160lbs) 7’4- 7’6”
72- 81 (160-179lbs) 7’6- 7’8”
81- 90 (179-199lbs) 7’8”
>90 (199+) >7’8”

Fitness and Balance Skill Level

Your level of fitness matters a lot when choosing your surfing board even at advanced levels. If you are not particularly fit, consider choosing a high Beginner Surfboardsvolume surfing board to help maximize the number of waves you catch. A high volume board also helps lengthen the surfing sessions.

Surf Conditions

The wave is the engine of your surfboard.  You can compare it to an airplane engine.  A plane with a weak engine cannot reach takeoff speed as quickly as the same one with a more powerful one.  Too weak and it may hit the trees at the end of the runway before it ever takes off.  To solve this “low Power” issue you can lighten the load, increase wing surface and add more horsepower.  On a beach, you cannot dial in more horsepower or lose 20 lbs.  You’re stuck with what you’ve got.  So, more wing (longer wider surfboard) is the key to success in low powered waves.

Surfboard Construction

The best Choice for a beginner is a Soft Surfboard.  These board are generally designed for use in training and surf camps.  As such they are wider and have more volume.   The softer construction pays off in two ways.  First, you’re not as likely to damage the board transporting it as the material is more durable to bumps and bangs.  Fiberglass & Epoxy are easier to damage and repairs require skills which most beginners don’t have.  Second, if a glass or epoxy board hits you, its like a brick.  It is going to hurt.   Softboards are like the padded dash of your car.   They’re made to absorb some of the shock of impact with the human body.

Kids Surfboards Liquid ShredderAlthough not as crucial as volume and size, each surfboard construction material offers certain characteristics that determine your surfing experience. When considering this feature, you can choose from the following material:

  • Fiberglass– this is the most common type of surfboard. It has the advantages that it’s easy to repair should it break in future. Most people prefer it due to its traditional gloss and matt finish.
  • Epoxy surfboard– generally, boards made from this material are lighter and durable enough to overcome everyday dents. Their lightweight nature make them suitable for kids and women.
  • Softboards– these are the most suitable for beginners since they are affordable and safer. They have soft and rounder fins which minimize chances of cutting yourself when surfing.

 

Conclusions:

The best surfboards for beginners are softboards.  It is easier to learn on a larger board as a board that is too small simply won’t work.

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