People who are surfing for the first time should be informed in the different types of surfboards available, as this will help to determine the amount of fun that they will have and whether they continue with the sport.
In learning to surf, it's normally suggested that you rent surfboard so you get used to the feeling of being in the ocean with a board strapped to you. Once you have rented the surfboard, it's believed that people are better prepared to buy a board that suits their surfing needs. Learning the different types of surfboards will aid you in selecting the right one for you.
There are various types of surfboards available to people that want to surf, some of these boards are:
Shortboard Surfboards - These kinds of surfboard allows for better wave control and uses a great deal of speed as oppose to the longboard. People are capable powerful turning and cutting back more rapidly so that they can stay ahead of the wave. Having a shortboard allows the surfer to stay in the pocket (where the breaking part of the wave meets the shoulder of the wave) more easily.
Funboard Surfboards - This type of surfboard falls in between longboards and the shortboard. It has some of the characteristics of the longboard, as it is wider and longer than your typically styled shortboard, but the shorter length relative to a longboard lends to better maneuvering. Funboard Surfboards and Longboard Surfboards are similar in popularity.
Longboard Surfboards - This type of surfboard is the oldest kind, as it was the first type of surfboard that people rode the waves on. The physical appearance of the boards was wider and longer and heavier than those used today. The older boards where constructed of balsa and boards could weigh upwards of 70 lbs. If your decision is to ride the waves on a longboard, then you need to choose a board that is suitable for your weight and athletic ability. The long boards are much simpler for learning although many opt for the funboard surfboards too.
There are many surfers who only ride longboard surfboards on the flip side there are people who are die-hard short boarders. In the world of surfing, you will find most people have ridden both styles surfboards and will have both the long and short so as to match the type wave at the time.