Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Guide on how to choose the right surfboard

This is a short guide to help you choose the right board for your specific needs.

 

1. What is your current surfing ability?

Beginners are best to start off with a soft surfboard or longboard if your budget permits. This way you will have a surfboard that will provide you with the stability you will need as paddling, catching waves and balance will all be new to you.

2. Size? - A good average size board for a beginning surfer would be around 7 feet long and 19-21 inches wide and at least 2-3 inches thick. We recommend that your surfboard should be at least 12 inches / 30 cm longer than your height. Also take into consideration your weight. If you have a heavy muscular build then adding a few centimetres to your selected board length is recommended.



This chart below can help you as a general guideline.  

Height Weight Surfboard Length
Feet Centimetres Pounds Kilogram Feet Centimetres
5'2”-6’0" 158 - 183 110-140 50 – 63.5 7'0"-7'6" 213 - 232
5'4"-6’2" 165 - 189 140-180 63.5 - 82 7'4"-7'10" 226 - 238
5'10"-6'2" 177 - 189 150-200 68 - 91 7'10"-8'0" 238 - 244
5'11"-6'3" 180 - 193 170-220 77 - 100 7'11"-8'3" 241 - 253
6'1"-6'6" 186 - 201 190-260 86 - 118 8'1"-9'6" 247 - 293

For children up to about 5’6” and about 100 pound we can recommend a smaller softtop board in the 5’6” to 6’0” range.



1 comment:

  1. Hi, I'm the Digital marketing guy in hudsonmart. Thanks for this informative post. I'm a beginner and surely preferred your suggestion.

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