How to choose the right size of the surfboard [beginner surfing]!

The right way to choose a surfboard/size for beginners

When you hear the word "surfing," you probably think of gliding briskly across the water, making cool turns, and splashing &helliping with gusto.

In fact, such an image of surfing is
the only one that I can think of. It is mostly done by "shortboarding".

There are three main types of surfboards.
Fan board

So, which board do you recommend if you want to start surfing now?

Many surfing-related information sites are
referring to the It's a great way to get the most out of your time on the road, but it's also a great way to get the most out of your time on the road. Conclusion! It doesn't matter which one!

However, it's hard to know what to choose based on, so we
really don't. In this article, we will tell you the advantages and disadvantages of each.

”The most important factors in choosing a board are length and buoyancy. ”


Longboard with a great sense of stability and easy to start


First, the longboard.

As the name suggests, it is the longest of the three boards.
The length is over 270cm, so the board is wider and floats the most.

When you start surfing, the first thing you have to struggle with is the takeoff.
The take-off is the process of paddling with the wave until it slides out
It's hard to ride a wave well on a board with little buoyancy.

But the longboard is already buoyant, so
it's not as easy as it sounds. It's easy to take off, even for beginners, and it's also very stable after the board. The advantage is that you can feel the sensation of riding the waves and the fun of surfing.


As I mentioned above, a long board will be a board over 270cm.
This means that your PC will be able to quickly and effortlessly adjust to suit your needs. There is a lot of trouble with the administrative side.

Also, depending on the size of the car you drive to the ocean,
It can't be loaded, so it has to be carried on the roof of the car.

Fun Board

Flexible and popular with beginners


Next up is the fanboard.

Of the three types of boards, this is the most balanced board in terms of length and buoyancy
This board is very popular with beginners.

The length is approximately 200 cm or more but less than 270 cm
It is somewhere in between a short board and a long board.

We all do, but we rarely practice in big waves when we're beginners.

First of all, you'll want to learn how to take off and glide in small small waves
so you can get a feel for it. You will need "buoyancy" to take off, even in small waves.

The best way to do that is with a fanboard.

I want a certain amount of buoyancy, but if it's as long as a long board, it gets in the way.
I think there are many people who think so.

For this reason, it is important to have a well-balanced fanboard with good buoyancy and longevity. It has become popular with beginners.


It's good to start with, but it's getting a little bit more rideable
When you want to make a cut or turn or some other fine movement
, you can do it. You may feel a lack of substance.

Still, I think it's not a loss to have one because the versatility is high.

Short board (excellent agility and coolness)


The third one is a shortboard.

It's the kind of thing that goes without saying, but when you think of surfing
you know what you're talking about. I think the first thing that comes to mind is this shortboard.

The main attraction of a shortboard is its agility

There are a lot of different techniques for surfing, including detailed movements,
and a lot more. A shortboard is a must if you are looking for advanced technique.

In terms of size, it is mainly a board of about 160cm to 190cm.


The shortboard is agile, yes, but
it's also agile. As a result, it is shorter in length and narrower in width, making it less buoyant.

If you have some surfing experience and would like to improve your skills, or if you're just looking for a better way to surf, then this is the place for you. I'd recommend it if you're looking for more variation in your technique, but
it's not the best. If you're a beginner and you buy a short board with little buoyancy
, you're not going to be able to get it right. I can't ride the wave, "surfing is not fun … You may feel that you're not going to be able to do it.

How to tell the size

I've been thinking about buying a surfboard for a while now
and I've been thinking about getting one. Many people don't know how to tell what size to wear or which size is right for them.

As we mentioned at the beginning of our article, the most important thing to remember when choosing a surfboard is
to make sure that you are getting the best out of it. It's "length" and "buoyancy.

First of all, let's talk about "length"
It's an unfamiliar number like "5'8"" or "hellip;

The length of a surfboard is expressed in feet (FT) and inches (INCH).


In other words, 5'8" is 5ft (feet) 8inch (inches)
Calculating the length, (5×30.48) + (8×2.54) = 172.72cm.

If you're considering a longboard or a fanboard, don't worry,
it's a good idea. If you're considering a shortboard
I would recommend buying a board that is larger than your height to begin with.

It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your time. I often judge my "buoyancy" by what percentage of my body weight I am.

Advanced: 30% to 35%
Intermediate vehicles: 40% to 50%
Beginners: 50% to 70%

It's just a rough guide, so it's just a reference. If you're a beginner, make sure your board is at least 50% of your body weight
You can get firm buoyancy and clear takeoff relatively smoothly.

For now, as long as the length and buoyancy are kept under control, it will be a good choice. I don't think it's going to be "I can't ride~" or "I can't take off~".


A lot of people who start surfing and quit right away
have no idea what they're doing. ”Most of the time I don't pick the right board for me ”s.

If a beginner weighs 80kg and chooses a board that is only 20L
in weight, he will not be able to do so. The lack of buoyancy makes paddling difficult and the board sinks.

In the beginning, you can feel the feeling of riding a wave and the fun of surfing
Try to choose a board with a little more "length" and "buoyancy".

It doesn't matter if you have a cheap board to start with.
As you get used to it, work on your board selection.


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How to choose the right size of the surfboard [beginner surfing]!