Choosing your first
beginner surfboard comes with a lot of anxiety.
What shape is best for me? Which
surfboard will help me learn faster?
These are common questions that people encounter when choosing their
first surfboard. Choosing beginner
surfboards doesn’t have to be that stressful.
This guide will assist you in understanding the best board for your (1) height
/ weight (2) athletic ability and (3) surfing goal. Take into consideration each person is
different and the best beginner surfboard might not be the same for all
people. We should be able to get you on
the correct board and surfing in no time at all.
BREAKDOWN OF VARIOUS SURFBOARD SHAPES
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Different Board Shapes
Longboard Surfboards are thought of as the traditional, quintessential surfboard; they conjure up images of the forefathers of the sport. When considering a longboard it is important to understand that although longboards have the most stability and wave catching ability of any board, they are also more difficult to handle in the surf. In other words, it will be the hardest board to get out past the waves, but it will be the easiest to catch a wave with.
Mini Longboard Surfboards are exactly what they sound like, a smaller, more maneuverable version of the traditional longboard. While they still maintain excellent wave catching ability, mini-longboards offer more precision and a little more forgiveness when dropping in on a wave. Plus, once you are up on a wave these boards offer more performance than a true longboard.
Funboard Surfboards are arguably the best boards to learn on, while also being an excellent performance board for more advanced surfers in smaller surf. These boards offer an excellent balance of wave catching ability and performance. Because funboards have more contour and shape, they are far more forgiving when dropping in on a wave than a longboard setup—and this contour also provides the performance attribute to these boards. In other words, funboards are the most versatile all-around boards; from beginners to seasoned veterans and from ankle high surf all the way up to overhead surf, Equinox will provide the experience you are looking for.
Retro Fish Surfboards have sprung up everywhere in the industry in the last 5 years, these boards offer excellent performance and great throwback styling. Both an expert surfer looking to rip every wave in sight, and a novice surfer looking to shift down to a smaller board will find everything they are looking for. Equinox offers both classic twin fin and the quad fin setups, either way these will get you out there and change your surfing forever.
Shortboard Surfboards are regarded as the most high performance shapes of all our different options. They are usually thinner and narrower and allow for aggressive turning and excellent hold on steeper hollow waves. These boards are typically ridden by surfers who have intermediate ability and are comfortable on the larger size boards. They usually have an increased rocker for larger surf. Not the best option for beginner surfers, the boards offer and performance driven ride.
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
These two factors are very important in choosing the right
board. A 250 lbs guy who is learning
doesn’t need the same board as an 85 lb girl.
Although there is no definitive rule, it is broken down as follows:
|| Board Length
| Under 80 lbs
|| 7’0” – 7’6”
| 80-125 lbs
| 125-150 lbs
|| 7’6 – 8’6”
| 150-175 lbs
|| 7’10” – 9’0”
| 175-200 lbs
|| 8’0” – 9’6”
| 200-225 lbs
|| 8’6” – 9’6”
| 225-250 lbs
|| 9’0” – 9’6”
|| Board Length
| Under 5’0”
|| 7’0” – 7’6”
| 5’0 – 5’6”
|| 7’6” – 8’6”
| 5’6” – 6’0”
|| 7’6” – 9’0”
| 6’0 – 6’5”
|| 8’0” – 9’6”
Now this is only our starting point. I’ll take you through
other factors a beginner will want to keep in mind.
Be honest with yourself on this
one. If you are one of envied people who
pick up most new sports with ease, you might have the ability to go a little
bit shorter on length. There are some
people that just pick up surfing but the VAST majority has to work at it. Many years ago, I was one of those people who
over estimated their ability and bought a board to short cause that’s what my
friends had. I made the mistake of an
uninformed beginner. A few months later
I bought more fitting size and was able to learn much quicker. If you pick up other related sports easy,
then you might want to lean towards the shorter choice from the recommendations
above. Beginner surfboards are just
that, beginner surfboards. You will have
the opportunity to move down in size once you are comfortable with your first
When I first started surfing, the
idea of where I wanted to be in 1, 3, 10 years was taken into
consideration. If you desire on being a
weekend surfer and will be casually taking out a longboard, I would stick to
the larger size range. If you would like
to be surfing a shortboard as soon as possible, I would stick to the smaller
sizes. This is up for you to
determine. Beginner Surfboards are
always easy to sell so if you progress at a faster pace, you can always recoop
some cash for you new shortboard.
-Performance shortboards are good beginner surfboards – This
is simple not true. Although your friend
rides one, doesn’t mean you should be.
Shortboards are designed as high performance boards for people with
experience. Progressing to this shape is
a process. Get comfortable on a larger
board and work your way down to a smaller one.
You’re learning curve will be much short if you choose the correct
beginner surfboard. Beginner Surfboards
are designed to be forgiving while shortboards and other smaller shapes are
-Soft Boards (Foam boards) are a great tool to get started –
Partially True. Foam boards are a good
choice to get started but typically they fall apart or get waterlogged within a
few months. They also hinder your
ability level once you progress past the very first steps of surfing.
-“I can snowboard and skateboard, I should be able to pick
surfing up easily” – Not necessarily.
Although it helps, just because you can snowboarded and skateboard for
years doesn’t mean you know how to surf.
They are different sports and you shouldn’t go with a shortboard because
your friend has one. Learning how the
ocean works and where you have to be to catch a wave is one of the biggest
challenges when starting and have past board sport experience doesn’t help with
Understanding safety is at the forefront of learning to surf, not only for your sake but also for every other surfer’s well-being. There are many rules of etiquette that go along with surfing in any line-up and most of these are in place to make sure that nobody gets hurt and/or their gear gets damaged. Trust me, the quickest way to make enemies in the water is by not knowing the basic rules of surfing.
- Know your ability level: Don’t try to surf breaks or conditions above your ability
- Know characteristics of the break you are going to surf: Learn about breaks in your area that are suitable for learning and breaks that are for experts (particularly for Localism, more on this later). Learn the structure of the break (i.e. Sand Bottom, Rock Bottom, Reef)
- Use the appropriate equipment for the type of break discussed above: ALWAYS use a leash to prevent a runaway board; this is the best way to protect your investment, as well as other surfers.
Learning proper etiquette is essential to surfing and making sure you and everyone else is safe in the water. Without etiquette surfers and surfboards would be flying all over the place, making an extremely dangerous free-for-all. If you don’t obey the simple rules of surfing you are sure to get some stink eyes in the water, if not something worse.
Ideally, waves come in an A-Frame shape, where the wave breaks in the center and ‘peels’ both left and right.
This is something we have to get out of the way, it may sound surprising, but it is imperative that you are aware of Localism. Surfers can be extremely territorial about their surf break (particularly at Point Breaks). This can be related to a whole host of issues, but typically it has to do with particularly good waves and previously outsiders may have crowded the break, thus limiting the waves for the locals that are out there everyday. In other words, locals will surf their spot on good days, bad days, great days, and they don’t like it when ‘fair-weather’ surfers show up for just the good days. They pay their dues by surfing the sub-average days and then they are rewarded with the good to great days—so they get upset when people crowd their break on the good days. It seems a little odd, but this is an extremely important aspect to surfing. Now, there are varying degrees of localism, from you absolutely cannot surf in a location unless you live in front of it, and all the way to everyone is welcome. It’s just a matter of figuring out what breaks are of what type and how to make yourself welcome.
Whenever planning on going to a break for the first time, research it on the internet (Surfline.com is a great source) and learn about the vibe and set-up of that break. The following holds true for all breaks:
- When you get there, watch the hierarchy (from the beach) of the surfers in the water for at least 10 minutes.
- If you paddle out, make sure not to paddle out in front of the take-off zone
- When you reach the outside, make sure to stay off to the side of the main line-up and take off zone.
- Watch/Learn who the experts and the locals are and give them the right of way.
- When you are ready to go after a wave, make sure no one else is on the wave or directly around you, and for your first few waves always give the right of way to other surfers even if you have priority.
I hope this guide makes you a little bit more confident in
choosing the best beginner surfboards as well as understanding a few more ideas of surfing.
Although taking advise from your friend who has surfed for 20 years is
helpful, always remember one simple idea.
Going with a little larger board will help you learn faster. Whether a retro fish surfboard, funboard surfboard, mini-longboard, or longboard surfboard,
we’ll help you get out there in no time at all to catch your first waves. You’ll be Kelly Slater in no time at all….
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