CHOOSE YOUR SURFBOARD
Welcome to the world of surfboards, exploring the different types and essential tips to help you find the ideal board that suits your style.
As we gain stability and confidence in our surfboard, we realize how essential equipment is to keep advancing and improving in this exciting sport. Although there is no perfect board, we are going to discover some essential aspects that you should consider when going from a softboard to a hardboard, so that you can find the one that best suits your surfing style.
Let’s talk about the most common table types:
These boards, which range from 8 to 12 feet, are ideal for small waves. They are an excellent option for beginners, since their stability helps to learn basic techniques. Due to their size, they have great buoyancy, which allows for faster paddling. However, its size can also make it difficult to ride the roughest waves. Although they compromise maneuverability, they are ideal for smaller wave days.
Designed for extremely big waves, like the ones at Nazaré in Portugal, these long, pointy boards offer plenty of speed and acceleration. They are intended for high level surfers.
Boards short but wide and thicker than conventional ones. They are ideal for small and medium waves, with a special tail that facilitates paddling and fluid turns.
- Funboard / Mini-Malibu
Halfway between a longboard and a fish, the funboard is perfect for beginner surfers looking to progress. Measuring from 6.5 to 8.5 feet and with a wide, round shape, it combines ease of paddling with greater maneuverability for practicing turns.
The most common, but intended for advanced surfers. They are ideal for maneuvers such as cutbacks and aerials. They offer great maneuverability and their design makes it easy to “hit” the critical areas of the wave. Better in medium-big waves, they are less resistant due to their narrowness.
Combined designs that offer performance and speed. Ideal for intermediate surfers looking to progress to a shorter board.
For example, by increasing the volume of the board, we gain stability but sacrifice maneuverability. Opting for boards with more camber or rocker increases control and performance, although it can reduce speed. In short, it is a delicate balance between factors. Instead of looking for the “perfect board”, it is crucial to ask ourselves what type of surfer we are and what conditions we are going to surf in.
Choosing the right board is not an easy task, but considering factors such as weight and height, surfing level, types of waves and the shape of the board is essential. Reflect on your style and goals to make the right decision. Once you choose it, enjoy every moment on the waves.
If you want to learn to surf safely, do not hesitate to join us in Huanchaco, Peru. The Urcia Surf School team awaits you to take you out to sea.