Tips on buying a surfboard

What kind of surfboard should I buy?  This is a common question that beginner surfers face.  Surfing has come a long way and the technology used on today’s boards can make it ever so difficult to filter out which one is right for you.  When buying a surfboard, it is a good idea to start talking to a surfing instructor or your local surf shop.  Advice would be invaluable based on their expertise of local surf conditions and experience.  Some tips for buying the right surfboard are listed below.

  1. Know your skill level. Buying a surfboard that matches your skill level is important for your progression in surfing.  This is especially true in a sport that requires technique, balance and the ability to catch a wave.
  2. How often do you intend to surf? There are a variety of boards on the market and some a more suited to those that less frequents the waves.  Foamboard, Longboard and Mini Mal are best suited to first time buyers and are easier to catch waves.
  3. Choose the right length. Many beginners choose shorter boards for convenience and portability; however this is a common mistake and one that should be avoided.  A board that is too short will only slow your progression in the sport.
  4. Reduce the drag. Surfing requires you to paddle in order to catch waves and having a board with the right volume for your body weight is crucial.  Too little volume equates to more downward force which creates more drag.  This results in less acceleration and a lower chance of catching waves.  You will also need to take into account your fitness, skill level and riding style when considering the right volume.
  5. The numbers of Fins have a huge impact on the whole feel, stability and control of the surfboard. Typically one fin is common on beginner boards to maintain stability and increased control.  Three fins or thruster setup is the most common choice and provides stability as well as maneuverability.  This would be a better choice if you plan on progressing you skills.
  6. Choose a board that is durable. Although surfing is a water sport, there will be instances where your board will need to resist heavy impacts.  You may fall on it or the waves may crush it into the sea bed.  Regardless the situation, you made an investment and you would want to ensure your board is made from durable materials that can take on anything the ocean throws at you.