If you are an adult just starting out, look for a board that is relatively thick and wide, something that will float you well. BIC Sport Surfboards offer shapes to cover all surfers starting out. As you progress, you will look for a board that can carry you when paddling but with sharper edges/rails. If you are an adolescent just starting out, a board that is a little larger in height than you is best suited, with enough volume to float you on top of the water when not moving. As you progress, you’ll want to look for a board that is a little thinner with sharper rails. With a little less volume, but more maneuverability on the wave.