Whether you’re a complete newbie learning to surf or you’re a seasoned pro, the type of surfboard that you invest in is critical to getting the best possible surfing experience.
When it comes to surfboards, there’s no one-size-fits all type of board! Before you go ahead and make a purchase, there are a number of things you’ll need to consider when choosing the surfboard that’s going to give you the most enjoyable wave ride.
Keep reading to learn how to find your dream board!
Skill level: First things first, are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced surfer? A surfer that’s just starting out may choose a soft board that provides maximum stability and lots of float. The extra width, thickness and shape (rounder nose and wider tail) on these types of boards also provide added stability when you’re trying to stand up on the wave. As you become more advanced in your abilities, you’ll be able to refine your surfboard shape to suit your favourite wave types and personal abilities.
Height and weight: Your height and weight plays a major role in determining the kind of boards that are best suited for you to ride. This then allows you to determine how much volume you need for a particular style of surfboard. And if you’re wondering what ‘volume’ is? No stress! Volume is the calculation of area in litres contained in a board, and is calculated using length x width x height = volume. Note that the majority of volume calculators rely heavily on your height and weight to find your perfect surfboard volume. The bigger the rider, the bigger your surfboard!
Fitness Level: Your fitness level also plays a key part in figuring out what kind of board will give you the best of the best surfing experience! For example, if your physical fitness level isn’t at its peak, you may invest in a board that's a little thicker and slightly wider to ensure that you still have enough paddle power to avoid missing waves. This means you’ll still be able to paddle into more critical waves, supported by a board that offers a decent amount of performance.
Wave type: From fluid cruisy surfing to new-school performance and big wave surfing, the type of wave you love to ride plays a crucial role in finding the right board for your outdoor adventures. What type of waves do you plan on surfing? Since conditions differ substantially from beach to beach (and even day to day), most avid surfers will invest in a variety of boards.
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