Choosing the right surfboard for you can seem daunting at first, but knowing a few factors about yourself and your skill level will help you pick the perfect surfboard.
What to consider when choosing a surfboard
- Experience Level – Do you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced?
- Wave Type – Every surfer has their favorite location. Your surfboard shape should be tailored to the type of surf you are expecting to ride.
- Height and Weight – This plays an important role in how a board will perform under your feet.
What is your experience level?
Your experience level plays a big role in choosing the right surfboard’s size and shape.
Beginner Surfers –
You may have never been surfing, or maybe you’ve only gone a handful of times. It’s important that you have the right beginners surfboard so that you start out on the right foot. For a beginner, we recommend going with a longer and wider surfboard. Longboard surfboards have a higher volume which provides a great amount of floatation. Larger, wide boards are very stable which is the main reason that they are the perfect board for learning how to surf. Additionally, soft top surfboards are great beginner boards — affordable and durable. For a more in-depth explanation, read our Beginner’s Surfboard Guide.
Intermediate Surfers –
You’ve gone surfing a number of times, and it’s time to start exploring other styles of surfboards. Your trusty beginner board has helped you get to your current skill level but it’s time to step up your game and try something new on a wave.
If you are looking to start carving and trimming on a wave, fish surfboards are the way to go. Fish surfboards are ideal for smaller waves. They are very similar to shortboards on how they handle on a wave but provide just the right amount of stability for someone who is learning how to shred.
Advanced Surfers –
As an advanced rider, you know exactly which type of board should be used in certain surf conditions. Most likely you have a few different boards to choose from, allowing you to catch most waves, but do you have a board for every type of surf condition? Be prepared to ride any wave with our complete selection of surfboards for sale, and fill the missing spot in your board collection.
What type of waves will you catch?
Knowing exactly which type of wave you are expecting to ride can be a difficult task. Wave types change from beach to beach and conditions can change by the hour. With that said, the expected wave type is more of a personal preference. What is your favorite type of wave or one that you surf the most frequently?
If your local break is typically slower, often referred to as musher waves, a longboard surfboard is the recommended board. The longer, higher volume board will make catching the slower waves easier, and your wave count will be much higher for the day than if you were on a shorter board.
A fish board is better suited for steeper, hollower waves. The shorter board fits the geometer of the wave better and allows for added maneuverability while on the wave.
Choosing a surfboard based on your height and weight
Skill level aside, boards will perform very differently depending on your height and weight.
As a general rule – the larger you are, the bigger the surfboard should be. A larger board has more volume and as such provides more floatation than its smaller counterpart. If you try out a board and it keeps sinking under your weight, you’ll be happier on a larger board.
Use the above size and weight chart to get an idea of the surfboard you should consider.
Our mission is to put you on the surfboard that matches both you and the surf conditions. Our 60 Day Ride It Guarantee assures that if you’re not happy with your surfboard, you can send it back for a refund or swap with another board, no questions asked. Now, what are you waiting for? Shop our selection of surfboards and start shredding!