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.

The basics of Surfing – What you need to learn to surf

Since surfing is dubbed as the king of sports, it is no doubt the most exciting and popular type of surface water sports there is. Riding on a surfboard on waves of the ocean brings a whole new dimension, thrill and rush of adrenaline chasing the big waves. When you look at it for the first time, it may seem like a very difficult type of sport to learn but in fact, mastering the basics of surfing would take a bit dedication and practice each day to really become a good surfer easily. There are a few basics that must be learned carefully in order to become a good surfer in no time and then you can enjoy the sport anywhere in the world.

Surfing is an interesting sport to learn as well and if you want to learn it then, you need to pay special attention to a few basic things such as ‘Understanding the Ocean’, ‘What the basic essential equipment are’ and ‘Various styles of Surfing’. Like any type of sports, the most beneficial and easy way to learn the sport is to just do it and learn. Australia is a top surfing location that attracts surfboarders all over the world every year. So there is now doubt plenty of surfing instructors at all the tourist beach locations who are happy to teach for a small fee.

About the factors to start the learning process

First you must equip yourself with the right type of equipment to before you start with surfing. The market can be found flooded with various brands and types of surfing equipment to consider from nose protectors to armbands and helmets. You can spend money on any type of equipment you would like to wear while learning as it would be handy and good for beginners. When it comes to buying surfboards there is no need to spend big when only starting out, you can always find a good bargain on last season’s models or if you don’t mind a used surfboard will also do at the start. Remember as you advance your skills you most likely will need to advance your equipment too so there is no need to spend on expensive surfboards while you are learning. All the equipment you invest in will be able to help you surf safely, and remember when starting out you don’t need to venture too far out, particularly if swimming is not your strong suit. That way you will avoid any mishaps during learning.

When you are making the selection of your equipment, you must be careful with the type you choose. It’s really important that you pick the right one and for that you can get tips from experts. Choosing the right surfboard is really important because it’s helps with your balance and buoyancy and hence will help you stand up on them with only a couple of attempts. Choosing the right type of surfboard would make it easy to paddle as well in order to gain the speed required.

Types of skills you need to master to become a good surfer

Paddling is the most basic part you need to start with when you begin to learn surfing. You need to be able have strong arms to generate enough speed so that when the wave comes at the right moment you can stand up and catch it. Paddling is the most vital part and beginners would be able to learn it very. To learn paddling precisely, one must spend some time and practice a lot. Paddling must be learnt first and in order to proceed with other parts and styles of surfing. The second and third part of learning would be duck diving and wave breaking.

With duck diving you will learn to gracefully go under any unwanted oncoming wave. Without duck diving, you can get washed away very easily with a strong wave. The other technique is wave breaking where you go with the wave in the same direction to enjoy surfing.

With these basics in mind you can be sure that you’ll be off to a flying start when learning how to surf and remember nobody became and expert without putting in the hours so the way to get good is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Good Luck.