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Entry-level advice on picking the right board for you



Board Design

The best beginner boards are long and thick for float & stability

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 April, 2016 - Surfers are spoiled for choice - surfboards come in all shapes and sizes. For the most part, surfboards fall into one of a few principle groups.  These categories differentiate the types of surfboards by their basic shape and how they are best ridden.

In the past, board designers were constrained to “what the pros were riding” as well as living inside a very small box of acceptable dimensions. Today, the restraints on acceptable dimensions have been removed by designers and the surfing world at large.

If you’re a beginner, longboards and funboards are for you. In general, the best beginner surfboards are long and thick for good floatation and stability. These kinds of boards allow you to catch more waves with less effort.

Intermediate and advanced level surfers experiment with everything from longboards to fish surfboards. Look on the profile of any of your favourite pro surfers and you’ll see a shortboard craftily manoeuvring across the face of an epically flawless wave. Why? Because shortboards are highly manoeuvrable and suitable for fast, steep waves. Experienced to moderately skilled surfers love fish boards because they go fast in slower breaking waves while also giving you a different feeling ride than a shortboard.

Each year, there are over 400,000 surfboards bought all over the world. The biggest companies and shapers in the surfboard industry are located in Australia, USA and Europe. There are thousands of surfboard brands and producers.


With the most experienced manufacturers working in the shaping room for more than five decades, competition is fierce. The Hypto Krypto is the best-selling surfboard in the world. Its versatile shape allows you to use it in an extensive variety of wave types and conditions. It’s designed to be a fast flowing board - allowing you to connect different wave sections with ease. The Hypto Krypto has extra volume under the chest so that you will never have a problem making it out to the break.

When buying a surfboard, the most important thing is to first ask yourself before buying your board is what you want from the board? Secondly, what is your surf ability? You have to take your age, height, size, weight and surf fitness into consideration when determining your ability. Other questions you have to ask yourself are: How often will I surf? Where do I normally surf or where can I surf nearby? Do I want to surf for fun or do I really want to improve?

It’s common for people to want a board that will last them as long as possible leading to them buying smaller starter surfboards. The problem with this is that if the board is too small, it’s much harder to catch waves which will result in no improvement. Longer boards will help you improve faster and are easier to sell after you have finished with the board.

Based on sales numbers and demand, surfers today are looking for something that’s a little shorter and wider to help them catch more waves and have more fun.  If you're 100% sure of the board that you want, you can get it from anywhere - the local surf shop, by mail order, or online. The surf shop is probably the best place to buy a surfboard because you can really have a good look at what you're buying.

Every wave condition offers a surfer a new experience.  Some surfboard shapes lend themselves more easily to excel in particular conditions than others. By understanding what the waves are doing and choosing a board that is best for those conditions, you will allow yourself the best chance to have the best time in the water. Remember, you should always ride the board that lets you have the most fun in the water.  It doesn’t matter what other people are riding or what anyone tells you, do what is fun, that's the point of surfing. 

Clayton Beatty

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