For a beginner, surfing can present itself like a simple matter. You need a surf board and some waves to make it happen. Well, things are not that simple, because you need more than that. But yes, the board and the waves are two elementary things that must exist. Still, before you rush into the first surf shop you have around and buy a board you think it looks cool, stop and read the following lines. You will see that there are several types of boards for surfing, some of them helping you learn to surf faster, while others are for more experienced surfer.
Shortboards have dimensions ranging between 5’ to 7’, being shorter than any other types of boards and narrower as well. These boards have a tip that is turned upwards, to prevent the board to get under water. Shortboards are used for their speed and high maneuverability, being perfect for fast waves, having from 3 to 4 fins for quick turns. But, they are not recommended for beginners, because it is much more difficult to try and stand up on such board, so leave it until you get some experience.
- Big wave board
This type of surfboards is destined only for large surf and for the most experienced surfers. Having lengths of 8’ or 9’, it is not the easiest to handle, and will require some serious waves as well. It has a pointy tail and tip, for maintaining balance and speed while riding a huge wave. Again, it may sound tempting, but you should have quite some experience for surfing with these boards, and proper conditions as well.
One of the longest types of surf boards, with lengths ranging from 8’ to 10’6, the longboard is suitable both for experienced surfers and for beginners as well. For the best surfing experience, this board will have to be ridden from its back, meaning its section from the middle towards the back of the board. Because it is thick and long, you can practically catch any waves coming towards you, this is why this board if the best choice for beginners.
- Fish surfboard
The Fish surfboard is shorter and wider than a traditional shortboard, getting its name from the shape that resembles a fish. Because it is wide, it is a board that makes paddling easy, providing a fun surfing on waves that break slower. It can be an option to consider for beginners, although the experienced surfers may not like it, because they cannot make tight turns with it.
If we could name a surf board that is suitable for anyone and anywhere, it must be the fun board. It has a length ranging between 7’ to 8’2, so it is shorter than the longboard, making it faster at tight turns. It is also sufficiently wide to allow beginners to stand up with ease and catch any wave.
- Stand-up paddleboard
With a length ranging from 10’ to 12’ and quite a considerable width, this board will allow the surfer to paddle while standing up, regardless of conditions. It is a great board for practicing or relaxing, as you can easily paddle in silence, enjoying the sun and the views that are usually seen only by the ones traveling with a boat, and having a great time. Because it is easy to stand up on it, the surfer will see the waves as they approach, being able to catch one fast. It can be another great option for a beginner.