Buying Your First Surfboard? These Factors Will Narrow Down Your Search


Last Updated on June 18, 2021

Your first surfboard is something that you’ll always remember, and quite rightly too because it’s the one that you first learned to ride the waves on. But buying one that’s suitable for a newbie surfer can seem overwhelming because of the range of choice, design, and price of surfboards. You can’t just purchase any board, you need one that will help you learn to regularly ride those waves. But fear not, we have some factors that’ll help you narrow down your search, so you find the right surfboard.

1 Type 

The experience of a surfer will dictate the type of surfboard they need. The design can also impact performance, so innovation in the construction of a surfboard, from design, materials, and creation, as can be found with firewire surfboards, can be groundbreaking. However, as you’re a beginner, you’ll need to focus on boards that are designed with your surfing level in mind.surfboards

  • Foamboard (Foamie)

These are designed for beginners and are made of foam. This material provides newbie surfers great stability when they’re in the water, making it easier for them to catch waves with ease and stand on the surfboard too. 

Obviously, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the water as you’re learning to surf, because foams are soft, you’re less likely to get hurt or hurt other surfers. 

Ideally, you’ll find a place to surf that’s not busy or is beginner-friendly, like Mancora in Peru, which is considered a perfect place for beginners to learn to ride waves because of the sunny weather and consistent swell. Additionally, there is no shortage of instructors who charge competitive prices.

  • Funboard (Mini Mal) 

These are generally considered good boards for beginners because of their width and thickness, which you’re able to select to suit your ability. They also provide new surfers with the stability they need to balance whilst standing on it. Funboards have the paddling ability of a longboard, along with the turning ability of a shortboard, making it a  fairly versatile surfboard, especially for a beginner.

Due to its size, as a learner, you may want to surf somewhere like Kuta in Bali. It’s known for its big waves, but also has enough space for a beginner to use their funboard without needing to consider dropping in, which is a huge no in the surfer world. Kuta is always sunny, has a consistent swell and warm water, taking the edge off of falling into the water, making it ideal for learning to surf.

  • Fish Board

Although shorter than a shortboard, the fish board is wider, which is great for a new surfer because they’re able to balance better on it. Suitable for medium waves, they can help beginners to improve their wave catching ability. A dashboard can also help newbies to maintain their speed during messy break waves.

Byron Bay in our very own country is known for the different types of perfect waves that come in all year round. Nestled in a chilled town and with a surfing community deeply embedded in the surrounding area, it’s a great place to learn to surf and doesn’t require you to get on a plane to ride some waves.surfboard

2 Volume

The volume takes into consideration board length, width, and thickness, along with the weight and skill of the surfer. A smaller and light-weight surfer will require less volume of surfboard than a taller and heavier-weighted person. In turn, a beginner surfer will need more volume for stability, as an intermediate skilled surfer will, to catch better waves and speed, whereas pros need less volume due to their experience and ability. There are sites that can help you determine whether the volume of a surfboard is right for you, based on your weight and surfing experience.

3 Design

Your skill, type of wave, and conditions you’ll be surfing in will determine what tail, rail, and fin your surfboard should have. For instance, a bigger tail will provide more stability, floatation, and speed, making it ideal for beginners to have. Additionally, if you’re surfing somewhere like Biarritz in France, where the waves are decent, a square tail would be a good choice as it’s considered good for most types of waves 

4 Dimension

After design and volume have been decided, the next step is to think about the dimension of your surfboard. Longer boards are better for riding bigger waves, whereas smaller boards are better for smaller ones. Wider surfboards are good for beginners because they have more buoyancy and enable a learner to paddle, glide and stay more stable than a narrower one. Thick surfboards are great for beginners because they are easier to pedal.surfer

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