Choosing the right surfboard
(A must read for the beginner surfer)
I started Phase One Surf on the foundation of helping surfers get the right equipment and boards to enjoy surfing and develop in the sport. In 1999 I started working for UCSD teaching surf lessons through the recreation program and I came face to face with the challenge beginner surfers faced everyday; finding the right board. I was working daily with students and locals that were attempting to learn to surf on 7′6″ big wave guns, performance shortboards, and waterlogged boards that belonged in the surf graveyard. Needless to say teaching students how to surf on these boards made my job very difficult, not to mention I was the one who had to inform them the board they bought was wrong for them…I realized that my students (surf class after surf class) were buying the wrong boards for a few reasons:
* A surf shop simply wanted to make a sale and sold them any board they could
* They simply went to buy the cheapest board available not realizing there was an ideal board for them
* They had no surf resource to assist them
I learned how to surf at an early age so although I was well versed in surfing the process of looking for a suitable beginner board was somewhat foreign to me. I like 99% of all surfers just assumed beginners should get the biggest and cheapest board they could afford and if money was not an issue just get a longboard. I quickly realized…
through my lessons and instruction that this is not always the best solution. Overall a beginner surfer needs to look at a few criteria to help them determine what board is best for them
* Size (Height and Weight)
* Level of athleticism
* Surfing Preference in the future (Shortboarding vs Longboarding)
* Surfing Experience
Most beginner surfers fall into the category of fairly good shape, a decent level of athleticism and coordination, and little to zero surf experience. Beginners in this category that are unsure if they want to longboard or shortboard should choose to purchase a Funboard. What is a Funboard you ask? The Funboard is a versatile wave magnet and an excellent board for a Beginner Surfer. The Funboard is often referred to as a mini malibu, malibu, mini mal. mini longboard, and Hybrid. The Funboard is great for the following reasons:
* It is a versatile board and works well in most surf conditions from knee high to overhead surf.
* Board is wide, thick (2.5 – 3 inches), and fairly flat. This results in more volume and surface area providing the surfer with more stability.
* The Funboard allows for a smooth transition to either longboarding or shortboarding.
* A Funboard is a great addition to any quiver. Even the best surfers enjoy taking out a funboard especially if the conditions are sub par.
* Funboards hold their resale value. If you decide you hate surfing you can easily sell your used Funboard in good condition for as much as $400.
* They’re tons of Fun!
There is no proven formula to select the perfect board for each beginner but generally speaking most beginner surfers should choose a Funboard in the 7′6″- 8′0″ range. Things to keep in mind when choosing are that the larger the board the easier it will paddle, more stability when standing, and potentially easier to overall surf. The reason you do not want to get too large of a board is that a large board is cumbersome to manage in the water and will overall add difficulty to your progression in surfing.Surfers over 5′7″ and 150 pounds should consider funboards 7′6″ and larger while surfers smaller than 5′7″ should stay on boards 7′6″ and smaller. In most cases you should not consider boards under 7 foot. Surfers over 6′2″ and 190 pounds can consider using funboard shapes from 8′0″ to 8′6″. Advanced Beginners or surfers who want to eagerly transition to shortboards can elect a smaller funboard or even a hybrid shape. Surfers that know they want to pursue Longboard surfing can invest in a longboard as their first board as there is no major advantage to start on a Funboard.Phase One Surf is here to help all beginner surfers find the right board for them. We realize there are many unique cases. If you would like to get some personal advice from our expert team please drop us an email at email@example.com and we will help you directly. If you are in the Los Angeles area email us and we can make an appointment with you at our showroom to show you your board options in person.
At Phase One Surf we carry a wide range of Funboards from 7′0″ – 8′6″ and in a wide variety of color options from a classic pin stripe funboard to a pink hibiscus funboard.
Check out our full line of Funboards here: http://phaseonesurf.com/surfboards-funboards-eggs-hybrids-c-21_39.html?osCsid=ba1cd09888f52e6ca25dd268c0094c4c