- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BODYBOARDING EQUIPMENT?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR KITESURFING EQUIPMENT?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SURFING EQUIPMENT?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SWIMWEAR?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WINDSURFING EQUIPMENT?
How to choose the right surfing board?
To choose the best surfing board, you will have to take different factors in consideration. First, you have to choose your board depending on your size and your level.
SIZE AND PRACTICE
This table sums up the different models you can choose from regarding your level of practice and your weight:
|Models||Size (cm)||Board's Weight||Level||User's Weight|
|177 X 49.5 X 7.8||3 kg||Beginner||Child < 40 kg|
|198 X 53 X 6.3
213 X 52 X 7.8
220 X 53.8 X 6.7
|4.4 kg||Beginner or Intermediate||Adult < 60 kg|
|238 X 56.5 X 7.1
235 X 56 X 8.3
|4.9 kg||Intermediate or Experienced||Adult < 70 kg|
|258 X 59.2 X 10.6||6.7 kg||Intermediate or Experienced||Adult < 100 kg|
9' and more
|274 X 55.9 X 7.3||8 kg||Experienced||Adult > 70 kg|
For beginners, surfing boards will have a more stable shape, easier to maneuver, made of special foam, with blunt fins. Every board comes with its leash.
For regular surfers, surfing boards will be rigider with more shapes, to fit every size.
MANEUVERABILITY AND STABILITY
You have to know that the maneuverability of the board depends on its size and its shape. The larger the board, the easier it will be to begin, but the board won't be as easy to guide. The shorter the board, the more physical the practice will be.
If the outlines of your board are wide, the board will be for larger waves. If the outlines are rounder, the board will be for smaller waves.
A larger board will float more than a shorter one. The wider surface will have a better absorption of the waves' energy, which is a good point if you are not trying to work on your speed. A large board will not be efficient enough when you want to go faster and will lose some maneuverability.
And the opposite is verified, a smaller board will offer less support but will be more efficient on powerful waves and more control.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF BOARD
Shortboards from 1.50 m (4'9) to 2.10 m (6'9)
Shortboards are for experienced surfers. Their practice is more technical, but a shortboard is more performant.
Hybrid boards from 1.90 m (6'2) to 2.20 m (7'2)
Between the shortboard and the shorter-malibu, the hybrids are boards made for surfers who want to improve their level. They offer a great support and stability and are performant on every type of waves.
Egg boards and Malibu from 2.20 m (7'2) to 2.60 m (8'5)
Malibus are boards for beginners. Their size and width are specially made to offer you your first surfing sensations in the better conditions. Lighter, they are more comfortable and easier to ride on smaller waves.
Longboards from 2.74 m (9') and more
With its 60's inspirations, the longboard is a large and stable board. Ideal for little waves, its dimensions require a good technique for lineups and curves.
TRANSPORT AND SMALL REPAIRS
- Protective cover: to protect the board and avoid chocs during transport.
- Noseguard (for shortboards): to protect the nose/front of the board. Useful for quick repairs on a damaged nose.
- Repair kit: a small kit to be a be able to repair and take care of your board yourself.
To surf with the maximum security, you will have to respect some rules:
- The leash have to be 1.9 m maximum for shortboards and 2.4 m for longboards.
- Wax will give your board more grip. Choosing the wax will depend on the water's temperature.
- The pad is a surface positioned at the end of the board for more grip at this particular point, it is used for figures. With more grip comes more precision.
- An anti-UV top will give your more protection against sun exposure.
- Respect priority rules.
- One surfer per wave, except for the case of two surfers going opposite directions on the same wave.
-The surfer present at the wave's peak is the owner of this wave.