What Is the Best Surfboard For Me?

Whichever surfboard type you choose, you want to make sure that you have fun and that you experience success. Your surfboard choices are:
· Shortboards
· Longboards
· Funboards
· SUPs
You will have to choose between a Soft or a Hard surfboard type. All of the aformentioned surfboards come in either a soft or a hard version.
If you are a beginner, you should probably start with a soft Longboard, a large enough board that will float your weight, fit your height, and be easy for you to paddle. You will also want to make sure that you are at a surfing spot whee there are small gentle breaking waves suitable for a beginner. The bigger the board, the better it will be for you and the more fun and success you will have.
There are exceptions to this rule. If you are familiar with the ocean and have been riding a Bodyboard or Bodysurfing and you are young and in good shape, you may want to start with a shorter surfboard or maybe even a hard fiberglassed surfboard. This is the exception and not the rule. The learning curve will be longer.
Remember, your main goal should be having fun and success riding the waves. The type surfboard you choose will make this happen along with your dedication to surfing.
If you are past the beginner stage and consider yourself an intermediate skilled surfer, you may opt for a shorter "fun" board or a short "performance" board. The Funboard is typically in the 7' 0" to just under 9' 0" range. Performance type surfboards are normally shorter than 7' 0".
Being able to surf the shorter type surfboards will depend on your skill level, physical conditioning, and the type of surf you will be surfing. If any one of these items is less than ideal, you should probably be on a longer board unless you are happy with a much longer learning curve. You also could end up frustrated and quit the sport when you find that you cannot catch waves on the shorter board.
Your physical health could also determine what type surfboard you should be riding. Some people have physical ailments or conditions that require them to be on a soft surfboard or on a SUP.
For those of you who really don't want to ride waves, you can start on a Standup Paddleboard or SUP as they are commonly referred to. You will have much faster success learning to ride these boards because you will be on smooth gentle lakes, bays, rivers or oceaan waters.
Many beginners prefer to start on soft type surfboards, either short or long. At the beginner stage, you do not know if you will like surfing, so you may want to purchase a soft surfboard because they are typically less expensive.
Your local surf shop will be able to council you on what direction you should take or if you have surfer friends they can advise you.
Whatever type surfboard you choose, I wish you fun and success in your new Surfing Life.

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