If you’re new to surfing, you may be a little confused by the vast selection of boards available. Do you opt for a Shortboard or a Longboard, a Funboard or Foamy, and if so, which size should you get?
We will address those questions and more in this guide.
What Size Surfboard Do I Need For My Weight?
As a general rule of thumb, taller and heavier surfers will need longer boards. These boards have more volume, and so they provide more buoyancy. After all, a surfboard isn’t magic and if you’re too heavy for your board, you’ll sink long before those big waves hit.
To simplify the process of shopping for an adequate board, just look for the volume, which is often displayed in liters. As a beginner, you want something with a 1:1 ratio of kilograms to liters. In other words, if you weigh 90kg, look for a board with 90 liters.
Advanced surfers can afford to go much lower (to around 30/40%) but higher buoyancy is key when you’re just starting out.
How To Size A Surfboard For Beginners
Longboards are always best for beginners and you should look for something that is around 3 feet longer than your height—if you’re 6 foot, get a 9 foot board. It doesn’t have to be exact, though, and it all comes down to what makes you more comfortable when you’re on the waves.
How To Pick Out A Surfboard
Look for a board that suits your style, experience level, and the waves you’re surfing, as well as your height and weight.
It sounds complicated, but as a beginner, it’s relatively simple: Buy a Longboard.
Longer really is better, and once you have some experience, you can look to reduce the length of the board and opt for something quick and more maneuverable.
A Longboard should take your weight and height and it will also manage all small waves. It won’t turn as quickly or as easily as a Shortboard or hit those big waves like a Gun or Semi-Gun, but as a beginner, you won’t need that turning ability and shouldn’t be going anywhere near those big waves!