You’re nearly guaranteed to pick the wrong board without any assistance if you’re a beginner surfer, barring a good break.
Flashy surfboards aren’t the only thing to consider.
Beauty plays a significant role in your decision-making process when purchasing goods and services. There is no difference between a surfboard and a skateboard. If you’re purchasing something new, this is especially true.
There are plenty of gleaming, polished beauties in the shop and quirky logos and eye-catching designs to draw you in. However, this is the only reason to buy a surfboard.
It will inevitably play a role in the selection process, but it’s nowhere near the top of the priority list.
Aside from that, your brand-new surfboard will not remain as gleaming as you’d like it to. As soon as you put your feet on it, the exquisite design will be obscured by the coating of wax a surfer uses to make the deck of his board non-slippery.
Don’t place too much emphasis on the deck’s appearance.
You’ll be tempted to choose based on the deck design more frequently than not.
Once you realise what a terrible mistake you’ve made, the confident swagger you’ll have from carrying around your extremely friendly board will quickly vanish.
Short surfboards should be avoided at all costs.
In addition, many newbie surfers make the blunder of trying to jump right onto a shortboard.
Starting on the wrong board can prevent you from becoming the airborne stuntman of your dreams. You may see yourself riding a 6-foot longboard with no more comprehensive than the width of your teeth, but that’s not how it works. If anything, it will take you a long time to advance (unless, of course, you are a highly gifted and natural surfer, which, unfortunately, most of you are not).
But aren’t shorter surfboarders cooler than their longer-boarded counterparts? It could be a tricky proposition to sell to a giant Hawaiian chief who rode a 10-foot-long board long before your grandparent’s grandparents were ever a glimmer in the eye! That is an entirely unrelated subject.
Even if you catch a wave, you won’t appear very cool if you fall off right afterwards. Make the right decision upfront, and you could wake up one day as the surfer of your wildest fantasies.
Consider a Mal or Mini-Mal Board as an alternative.
Size does matter when you’re a newbie surfer learning the ropes. In the surfing world, a longboard, or Mal (short for Malibu), is a board that is longer than 9 feet with rounded ends.
It is possible to get a tiny Mal or funboard anywhere from 7 feet 6 inches to 9 feet long, which is a smaller version of a Mal. The term “shortboard” refers to any surfboard with a length under seven feet.
This is all you need to know about the situation for the time being.
Mals and micro Mals are decent options for newbies. A tiny Mal will work for you if you’re shorter or lighter. To give you an idea, here are four of the reasons:
- Longer boards provide a more sturdy platform because of their increased surface area. To begin with, it’s simpler to get on your feet and stay on the
- The ability to paddle more easily is another benefit of adopting a longer board (the term used for lying down on your board and using your arms to propel yourself through the water).