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The Beginner's Guide To Choosing The Right Surfboard

Aug 13, 2008
When you are just getting started with surfing, you'll find that you are excited about your new hobby, but you might be a little bit nervous about buying your own surfboard. You love the hobby, but chances are, you are not yet ready to commit the hundreds of dollars to a top off the line surfboard. If you are just getting started and want a surfboard that will serve you well but won't break the bank, remember that there are options open to you. When you go out to get your first surf board, remember to keep some of the following tips in mind.

When you are first getting started, remember that beginners tend to put a notorious amount of wear and tear on their boards. You might want to start with a used board or borrow one from a friend that has already seen a lot of use. You'll find that there are plenty of old surfboards to be found when you are looking around and that you can get a pretty good price on boards that are practically like new. Before you take a used board on the watter, though, remember that you will want to make sure that any dings and cracks are taken care of with a ding repair kit. This will keep water from seeping in and damaging the foam.

When you are getting started, go for a surfboard that is large and thick. This type of board will help you when it comes to giving you better flotation and make for ease of paddling. One typical size recommended for new surfers tends to be around seven feet long, two to three inches thick and about nineteen inches wide. Find a board that's about a foot taller than you are, and remember that should have a board that you are comfortable carrying and maneuvering in the water; this will go a long way towards keeping you safe while you learn the ropes.

While choosing your first surfboard, don't pay any attention to tail shape or fin. For your purposes, as you are starting out, remember that you aren't going to be worrying about anything like turning or doing trick out there, just ignore this factor. For future reference, though, remember that 3 fin boards are the easiest to turn and that they have the best fin set up for more advanced surfers. While you are just starting out, remember that your main concern will be staying on the board. Also keep in mind that you should stay leashed to your surfboard, as this can keep you from injuring yourself or other surfers.

Overall, remember that you are taking a look at a surfboard that will about a foot to a foot and a half taller than you are. If you are looking for smooth action, keep an eye out for a full nose and rounded tail shape, which will be easy to move and maneuver in the water. This can help you get started as you are working out the basics of surfing!
About the Author
Cade Denton is a surfing nut and an editor for www.SurfWonders.com, a great source for the wide selection of surfboards and surfing gear you're looking for.
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