If you just finished one of ours surf courses and you are determined to continue learning this sport, then it's time to buy yours first surfboard!
For a beginner it is certainly not such an easy choice.
There are many types of surfboards, which is why those who do not know well the difference between one and the other may find themselves in difficulty.
"Choosing your first surfboard correctly is more important than you think."
Thanks to this article we will guide you to choose the most suitable board for you!
Your first surfboard is up to you
If you have attended one of ours surf courses, you will have noticed the difference between the boards we use for the lessons.
As a rule, for beginners it is appropriate to use soft boards, so called softboard or sponges.
These boards guarantee one adequate security.
Being coated with a soft material and not with a hard resin, in the event of an impact they do not hurt like a normal surfboard.
The fins are also more flexible and less sharp than those normally used.
Also thanks to their material composition they float easily, more than normal boards.
So it is easier to paddle, catch the wave and stand up.
"They are the perfect boards to practice and learn!"
You need a board that allows you to learn quickly and effectively, adapted to your specific measurements.
You need a board that suits your needs and that allows you to take as many waves as possible.
In fact, the only way to improve in surfing is to practice it and stay up on the board surfing the wave as long as possible.
By choosing a board that is not suitable for you, your learning is slowed down.
Most common mistakes when choosing your first surfboard
In the collective imagination we all have in mind the surfer with a small pointed board and an aggressive design.
It makes a great impression to carry her arm in arm to the beach, but once you're in the water if you have no experience it will be a disaster.
As mentioned previously, in fact, large and possibly foam boards are more suitable for beginners.
It's easy to get carried away by the captivating image of the short boards that we usually see in photos or videos.
But the choice to buy too short a board will prove fatal for your learning.
In fact, being small in size it has little volume.
Volume is used to denote the buoyancy of a table.
Another mistake could be to buy a first board hard resin board deeming it more suitable for you just for looks.
It is certainly more appreciable than a softboard, but being hard it is much more "dangerous".
Not only for you that maybe during a wipeout or while you are being turned underwater the board could hit you and hurt you. But also for other people in the water.
Being a beginner you will not always have control of your board, which could throw you off and hit other people.
You may be attracted to a board that is still soft but not of the length suitable for you, for example more manageable but too short.
How to choose the first surfboard
Having clarified the speech that a softboard is more suitable for a beginner, let's now see i several parameters to choose your first board.
There are many softboard models, some modern very performing, on which some brands are focusing their market.
For a beginner the needs are generally few but not to be underestimated.
First of all the volume.
This figure is not reported by many board manufacturers, but it can be roughly calculated.
It depends on the length, thickness and width of the board and indicates buoyancy.
Generally all softboards have one good buoyancy due to the materials with which they are composed.
The length of the surfboard is perhaps the most important.
This is because in softboards the length is the data that most determines the volume.
To generalize it can be said that compared to the surfer's height:
"The board must be 30 to 45 cm longer".
It still remains a relative value which varies according to the weight and build of the surfer.
The longer the board, the more volume it has. It will therefore be easier to catch waves and not lose speed.
But on the other hand, the bigger it is, the more difficult it is to maneuver it.
So a very long board will be easy to get up the first few times, but then difficult to start turning the board and surf the wave wall.
The width of a beginner board is usually irrelevant as the softboards all have a width suitable for their use.
The thickness instead it can be relevant as it affects the maneuverability of the board.
The thinner this is, the easier it will be to maneuver it along the wave wall, as well as to carry it by hand.
The best way to find out which board is right for you is to do some lessons with the our school, thus having the possibility to try different sizes and have the personal assistance of an instructor in the allocation of your table.
You will take advantage of the opportunity for learn faster and safer this sport, and visit the magical island of Fuerteventura!
Measurement of surfboards
Surfboards are measured in feet ['] is inches [“] Also in Europe, without converting into meters.
1 inch corresponds to 2.54 cm
1 foot (12 inches) matches 30.48 cm
The boards suitable for surf initiation are generally included between 6'6 " until 8 '.
Above 8 feet only for very tall and large build people.
Below 6'6 ”the boards begin to approach the size of the shortboards.
They turn out to be more manageable and practical, but at the same time more difficult to paddle and takeoff as the board floats less.
However, they may be suitable for people of short stature or children.
Indicatively if you measure less than 170 cm you can use a board of approx 7'0 "
If you measure within 170 cm and 185 cm you can start with a 7'6 ".
And if you are taller than 185 cm you can use a 8 '.
Depending on your weight, you can increase or decrease these measurements.
Furthermore, these numbers refer to a first approach to surfing.
If you already have some practice you might consider decreasing these measures a bit.
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