We get this question all the time and wanted to address, “Is a Retro Fish Surfboard a good choice for a beginner”. There is no simple answer. If you are referring to a 6'0" 190 lbs person who is trying to ride a 5'10" retro fish, the answer is no. If you are referring to a 5'7" 150 lbs person who is considering a 6'10" retro fish, the answer might be yes. There are many factors to consider when looking at retro fish surfboards. We believe this shape is the best for surfers who have gotten through the fresh beginner stage are looking to move to a smaller board.
We highly recommend retro fish surfboards for those who are comfortable catching waves with a funboard, mini-longboard, or longboard and are looking to move down to more of a shortboard feel. Retro fish surfboards are great as transitional boards because they still offer the responsiveness of a shortboard but have the paddle power of the longer board. Typical thicknesses of retro fish surfboards range from 2-3/4” – 3-1/4” which provide the ease of paddle characteristic.