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With hundreds of products on the market and when you’re new to the sport, finding the right equipment can be totally overwhelming. On top of that, it is all too often that we see beginners buy the wrong board for their skill level. In this video, we’re going to run through the best equipment to support your learning, and make surfing more enjoyable.
Let’s Start Out With What NOT To Look For In A Board
As a beginner, do not go out and buy a shortboard, or the “coolest” looking board you can find. To be completely honest, I started out on a Wavestorm. I recommend getting a soft top longboard to help you pop up easily, and maintain balance.
Okay, this is a beginner surfboard, and this is one of my favorite boards, now as you can see this is a nice soft surfboard compared to your fiberglass boards and that’s something you’ll move to in maybe a more intermediate stage.
To look for a good quality soft board you want to find something that has lots of foam around the rails and also the nose of the board, and that’s really just to absorb any force that may occur if the board hits you or someone in the water when you’re learning.
I’m just going to run through the parts of the boards; in case I refer to that later, then you’re going to know what I’m talking about.
So down here we have the rails, at the front is what we call the nose, down the back is the tail, on here this is the deck, and this is wh-at we’re going to stand on, through the middle is the stringer, and this is going to help with our feet placement later.
We’ve got our fin plugs here at the bottom, that’s the bottom of the board, and that’s nice and plastic, and then we’ve got our nice plastic fins as well.
Now when you’re looking for a good quality soft board, you want to look for something that has the right length and also buoyancy for your weight and your height, and finally don’t forget this is our leg rope it goes on our back foot, I’m a natural footer which means my leg rope goes on the right foot.
It doesn’t matter which foot you have in front or behind, and it’s just whatever feels comfortable for you, we’re going to get Candice to help us find our back foot.
I’m going to give Candice a little push and as she steps forward the foot that comes forward is going to be her front foot, and the foot that stays planted at the back is going to be her back foot, so here we go, awesome.
Okay so Candice step forward with her right foot, and that means she’s a goofy footer, her leg rope is going to go on the back foot which is her left foot.
Now when you’re putting it on make sure you keep your stringer pointing out to the side, and that way you’re not going to trip over it when you’re walking.
When it comes to wetsuits and bikinis, you really want to look for something that’s both functional and fashionable, if you’re surfing in cold water you want to look for a steamer suit which has got long arms and long legs, if you’re surfing in warm water you want to look for something that’s going to protect you from the sun, that makes you feel supported and it also makes you feel great.
So really you just want to find something that works for you, again you can check out our site for all our favorite brands and products, thanks for your help, Candice.
So just finally this little guy’s our wax, he’s going to help you grip to the deck of your board, so you’re going to apply the wax in a circular motion to the areas where your chest and your feet land on your board.
Wax comes in a variety of different formulas to suit different water temperatures, so just ask your surf shop what is best for your local conditions.
To apply, I’d highly recommend hiring a board before you go on buy one, that way you can get a feel for what feels good for you. I suggest selecting a board that fits under your arm or with one hand to keep it in place.
When walking into the surf ensure the nose of the board faces directly into the oncoming wave, lift the nose up over the approaching whitewater and jump over the wave at the same time, never allow your board to become between you and an oncoming wave otherwise it could flick up and hit you.
So that’s our equipment section, I hope you found it helpful if you do have any additional questions, please post a comment below!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A SURFBOARD?
So you want to start surfing and, of course, you want your very own surfboard. Most people think it’s easy to buy the surfboard. I mean
what’s there to think about? You just hit the keyword in Google search or go to the nearest surf store and pick the one you like the most.
Sure, that would work in a movie maybe, but in the real world, things are different. You cannot and should not buy the first surfboard you see or decide to make a purchase without taking some factors into consideration.
Remember, as a be-ginner your surfing skills will improve only when you get proper equipment. Without adequate surfboard, you won’t be able to learn at your own pace or make gradual progress.
What I’m going to do now is to provide some useful tips and tricks that will help you get the right surfboard. Here’s what beginners should consider when buying this type of equipment:
when buying your beginner surfboard you need to consider the type of rocker which can be continuous, nose, flat, and tail.
Increased or higher nose rocker is usually characteristic for boards that are created for bigger or more hollow waves. This type of rocker enables a shape that won’t just plunge right into a steep, large wave.
On the flip side, flatter rocker allows the surfboard to plane faster, but it decreases maneuverability while increasing the likelihood of pearling as you take off.
Tail rockers are found in surf-boards that are specifically created to provide optimal maneuverability.
As a beginner, you’ll want to look for a less overall center rocker that allows the board to glide better. On the other hand, the intermediate and experienced surfer may benefit more from more rocker
refers to the amount of space a surfboard occupies. Now, before you start thinking this is not a math class or that all this is way too technical for a video of this kind hear me out first; too little volume won’t allow you to catch many waves and you’ll find it difficult to generate speed due to increased resistance.
That being said, too much volume makes the surfboard seem kind of bulky too fast, but at least resistance or drag is not that high
marks the distance between the nose and tail. Surfboard length is one of the most important factors to consider when buying equipment, particularly if you’re a be-ginner.
The reason is simple; length is absolutely vital for your progression. In fact, many beginners make a mistake by buying a board that is too short for them.
That way, they limit their own progress and don’t get to develop their surfing skills as much as they would be able to do with a longer surfboard
as a beginner you’re just learning how things work and are trying to get more experience in order to develop surfing skills.
Expect to hit a thing or two with your board, you may even fall on it, and stuff like that. Let’s be honest, and you don’t want to end up buying a new surfboard every month.
Nobody’s got enough time for that, and it’s need-less to mention that’s not a good thing for your wallet either. To avoid all this hassle and allow yourself to make the desired progress make sure the surfboard is durable
when looking for a surfboard to buy make sure you hold it for a mo-ment. If you can’t hold it under your arm properly, then you’ll struggle to control it in the water too. Never buy a board without checking for maneuverability first. Always go for the surfboard that you can easily hold and control
basically, the wider the board, the better it is for you to control it. Wider surf-boards are easier to ride, and it’s not that difficult to stand on them
this is yet another crucial factor to consider. Thicker surfboards may appear bulky to some people, but they make paddling easier. Depending on your weight, you should go for surfboards that are 2 ¼ to 3 inches thick
I know, I know, not everything’s about money, but it’s still an important factor to consider. You’ll probably come across very cheap surfboards, and it’s natural to want to buy them immediately.
We all love getting nice stuff without spending too much money. However, if the board seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
Chances are there’s something wrong with the board that seems like a great buy but comes at a very very low price.
Determine the budget you’re willing to spend on the surfboard and look for equipment within that price range. Remember, expensive boards, aren’t necessarily bet-ter.
So, while you’re keeping your budget in mind, you should still focus to make sure the board meets other criteria that make it a great investment
Money back guarantees –
although this is not something we usually think about, refund policy speaks a lot about the brand and the way it works.
If you’re not able to get a re-fund for a product that you don’t like or find unusable, then you’re definitely considering the wrong board.
Always pay attention to find out whether the board you want is cov-ered with the money back guarantee that protects your right as a customer
SURFBOARD FOR BEGINNERS CHECKLIST
I mentioned various factors worth considering when you’re looking for the beginner surfboard, but come on let’s be honest, it’s easy to forget about those things.
I’ve been there myself. Don’t even know how many times I have decided to buy my first surfboard back in time only to realize I really didn’t know what to look for, although I had read different buying tips earlier.
I’m going to make it easier for you now. Take a piece of paper and a pen or just open “Notes” app on your phone and write down the following checklist. Here are the most important qualities that your first surfboard should have:
- Easy to control
- Easy to catch waves
- Easy to paddle
- High volume
- Soft topsWhen you’re in the store looking for surfboards, take out the list and check each item.
Go for the board that meets all or a vast majority of the criteria. This makes surfboard shopping easier and more fun.
BENEFITS OF LONGBOARDS
I’ve seen beginners buying short boards all too many times. Okay, it probably seems more logi-cal that one should start with shorter boards because they appear easier to use and navigate.
Reality is entirely different. Shorter boards can make it difficult for you to take your surfing skills to a whole new level, in fact, that type of board is probably holding you back.
Before I discuss some of the useful surfboard options to consider, it’s important to address longboards and their benefits, and they are:
- Greater responsiveness
- More maneuverable than shorter boards
- Fast track progression
- Opportunity to surf in bigger waves that are above head high
- Hold their resale value well
- Easy to catch waves
- More volume than shorter boards
- Easy to learn various moves
The most frustrating thing in all this is that even some shop assistants recommend their cus-tomers to start with a mini mal board.
Why they always insist on these boards is beyond me, but it could explain why beginner surfers tend to repeat this mistake over and over again. As a beginner, you trust that a shop assistant who works with this type of equipment knows best and you follow their advice.
As an adult who wants to improve surfing skills and get the maximum out of this whole experience, you need to go for longboards because they allow you to catch more waves and obtain other benefits that I mentioned earlier.
Shortboards may look cool and are easier to carry underarm (although longboards aren’t un-practical either), but when you’re in the water and can’t catch a wave to save your life, you’ll figure out why going for a longboard was a better option after all.
Since the whole purpose of this video is to show you the best surfboard for beginners let’s get it started, shall we?