This is one question that newbie surfers have problem answering. Picking a surfboard can certainly be a difficult choice. But here’s one idea to keep in mind: no matter what type of surfboard you choose, you want to make sure that you can have fun with it and experience success. With that out of the way, let’s have a look at the common surfboard types you can choose from:
All of the above mentioned options come in either hard or soft versions, and choosing between a hard and soft board type is yet another decision you will have to make.
In case you’re just starting out, it is suggested that you choose a soft Longboard. This is a board large enough to float all your weight and fit your height while also being easy to paddle. Apart from that, you would obviously need to make sure you’re surfing at a spot where the waves are gentle and suitable enough for an amateur. In the early stages, the bigger your board, the easier it will be for you to learn.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. If you’re familiar with the waves and are in good shape, you can start off with a shorter surfboard, or perhaps even a hard fiberglass surfboard. Of course, this is an exceptional and not a rule. Your learning curve will likely be longer.
Keep in mind that your primary goal should be to have fun and be successful while riding the waves. The kind of surfboard you opt for will definitely play a huge role in determining this.
If you’re beyond the beginner level and believe you’re at an intermediate stage, you can choose a shorter Funboard. A Funboard is typically between 7 and 9 feet long. Other than that, you can also pick a performance board which is usually shorter than 7 feet.
Having the ability to surf on shorter surfboards will mainly depend on your skill and physical conditioning. Again, if you’re only a beginner, you should certainly choose a longer board unless of course, you’re happy with a longer learning curve. It all depends on your personal skill level so make the right choice by precisely judging what level you are on.
In case you don’t really wish to ride the waves, the best option for you would be a Standup Paddleboard (more commonly referred to as an SUP). With this board, you will be able to learn quite faster and as such, you’ll have more chances of success since you’ll be on smooth and gentle bays, rivers, lakes, or ocean waters.