How to Select a Beginner Surfboard

What Size Surfboard Do I Need As a Beginner?  What Size Surfboard Do I Need As a Beginner? 

Time to figure out How to Choose the Right Surfboard Size?  The choice you make determines how much you will enjoy your life as a surfer. Since most surfers tend to remember their first surfboard more than any other, it is important that you be cautious when purchasing your first board. Unlike pro surfboards, beginner’s surfboards have very special features that allow them acquaint themselves with riding the waves.

You can find additional information on the types and of kids and beginner surfboards at one of the best resources for beginner surfboards…   Liquid Shredder Soft Surfboards   Each Surfboard on the Liquid Shredder Website has a Suggested Novice Rider Weight.   This helps making your board size choice easier.

You might be tempted to buy a cool short surfboard, but it will be useless if you cannot surf it. When buying a surfboard, it is important to choose the one that matches your abilities and surfing conditions. To avoid making mistakes, consider the following elements when first learning How to Choose the Right Surfboard Size.

Be Certain any Beginner Surfboard you Purchase has a defined Written Warranty.  If you can’t find warranty details you should not purchase the surfboard.  Liquid Shredder has provided a written warranty on boards since our Founding 20 years ago.

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 60 liters. Such a board will help you surf in any kind of water including catching unbroken green waves and white water surfing.

Size

Rider height and weight are the major determinants of how much volume you will need for your surfboard. As a beginner, you need a longer and thicker surfboard since it offers extra floatation and stability. However, your height and weight will highly 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 surfboards.

 

Beater, Short & Fish Tail Boards  

Body Weight (Lb.) Board Size
50- 140 4’11- 6’4”
140- 160 6’9- 7’5”
Soft Surfboards FSE foamie surfboard Liquid Shredder
Ez Slider Liquid Shredder 7ft


Funshapes

Body Weight (Lb.) Board Size
100- 140 6’4- 7’5”
140- 200 8’- 9’

Longboard Size/Weight Chart

Body Weight (Lb.) Board Size
95- 140 7’
140- 160 8′
160- 180 9’
180- 220 10”

SUP

Body Weight Lb.) Board Size
100- 140 6’10″- 8’2”
140- 160 8’0- 10’”
160- 280 11’- 12”

Fitness 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 volume surfing board to help maximize the number of waves you catch. A high volume board also helps lengthen the surfing sessions.

Surfboard Construction

Although 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.