6 Things To Consider When Choosing a Surfboard

December 31, 2021

Whether you're a pro surfer or just starting out, knowing how to choose the right surfboard for your needs will be of big help to you.

Choosing a surfboard can be a difficult process. There are so many factors to consider, and you have to keep all of them in mind at the same time. If you're new to surfing, there's no way you could know all of the factors involved. That's why it helps to have an understanding of those that have been there before. This article will give you some basics on what to look for when choosing a surfboard.

What to consider when choosing a surfboard

6 Things To Consider When Choosing a Surfboard

    What to keep in mind when choosing a surfboard


    If it's your first time to choose a surfboard, don't panic if you don't know where to start. You can begin with these six things to find your perfect surfboard. Here they are:

    Material and Thickness


    Different boards have different thicknesses so knowing your needs can help determine which is best suited for you. For example, boards made out of epoxy are more durable making them great for beginners who want something that will last longer without worrying about dings or even snapping mid-surf. 

    On the other hand, if you're looking to drop some cash on investment or spend less time fixing your board, soft boards made out of polypro are thinner which means less paddle weight. As seen at https://www.ultimategearlists.com/gear-reviews/best-soft-top-surfboards, these soft boards are sensitive, and responsive making them great for both beginners and advanced surfers. 

    If you're not sure what type of board to get, consult some experienced surfers at your local break.

    Length


    Different lengths work for different wave conditions, but there is no "perfect" length. Shorter boards are better suited for small breaks at low tide or with weaker tides, where paddling the board out is the only option because their smaller size makes it easier to catch waves. 

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    Larger surfboards can be used in any conditions but excel at performing down the line and off-the-lip maneuvers in bigger stronger waves because their increased volume and thickness help keep you afloat and even catch a few waves before needing to paddle again. 

    However, knowing your skills will help you determine what best suits your preference. If you're a beginner surfer who just wants something easy to paddle around on, go for something shorter like 8 feet long. If you're looking for a board to master big barrels, you should consider going a little longer.

    Volume


    Volume is the amount of space inside the surfboard that has been filled up with foam. The less volume there is, the lighter your board will be which means you have more control over it and makes it easier for paddling and getting waves. 

    However, a board with low volume won't catch any waves which might make catching a wave frustrating at times. The opposite side of the scale consists of boards with high volume meaning they are much heavier so surfing requires a bit more effort but holds on bigger waves better. 

    A good average would be around 30-44L (liters) for beginners. Just make sure to always consider your weight combined with the volume of a surfboard before you paddle out for a wave.

    Tail Shape


    The most common tail shape is round with a straight or gradual curve up towards the nose. There are also different variations of the "round" tail including squash, pin, bat, diamond, and swallowtails. Typically, each type of tail has its own benefits when it comes to wave conditions. 

    It's personal preference which one is best suited for you but if you're not sure what to get-go with something that works well on your local break (consult some experienced surfers at your break). The best way to choose which tail shape is right for you is to find a few surfboards with different tails and try them out. You can even have your own customized.

    Fin Setup And Positioning


    Most new surfboards come with thrusters - 3 fins set up in a standard position where two fins are placed in front on either side of the board while the third fin is positioned behind the board in the center. 2 + 1 is also a popular fin setup which means instead of having 3 fins, you have only two and a smaller back fin to steer with.

     It's a similar concept as a kayak - where there would be one larger paddle on each side and one small paddle on top for quick turns. The thruster is arguably more versatile compared to 2+1 though because it offers greater stability at high speeds making it easier to catch waves as well as drifting around down the line when going off-the-lip or re-entering from tricks.

    Price


    As with any sport, price depends on what features you're looking for. More often than not though, beginner boards are cheaper even without customizing so spending a bit extra is worth it if you're willing to invest in your future as a surfer. That being said, always consider how much use you will get out of it and how long it will last before making a final purchase decision

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    If you're just surfing every now and then but still want something that works well for your needs, head down to your local shop or ask around to see what they recommend. Another thing to consider when looking at price is whether or not the board has already been customized. 

    Customization price depends on how complex it is, so although investing in customization might seem like a must, it's best to save some coins if you know you don't need it.

    Epilogue


    It's a matter of personal preference and determining all your needs to pick the right surfboard. Despite what other people say, finding a board that works for you isn't an easy task but it doesn't have to be too complicated either. 

    With these tips in mind, you're on your way to finding the perfect fit for you and before you know it, you'll be rippin' through those barrels like a pro.

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    1. Thank you for sharing po dadi iv and sa ideas na din big help sa mga gusto bumili ng surfboard.

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    2. Isa ang surfing sa gusto kong try. I love these guidelines, I'll take note of these for future reference.

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