You’ve had a few lessons and caught a few waves and now you’re hooked.
It’s time to get your own board! If you’re looking to purchase your very first surfboard, the options and features available can be a bit overwhelming. The most important thing to keep in mind when picking out your first surfboard is your height and weight.
You want a board that has a high level of buoyancy. This will make it easier to stay on your board while you make the rookie mistakes that are unavoidable for beginning surfers. Choose a soft top board, even though they’re bigger and heavier than shortboards because it will be easy for you to paddle and pop up in the early stages of a wave.
Foam boards are a great choice for beginners because they’ll also last a LONG time. Most are between six and eight feet long. If you’re an adult, you should opt for a longer model, while kids can usually get away with a 6-footer. A general rule is the larger the board, the easier it is to get the hang of surfing.
Now that you have a basic idea of what to look for in a board, here are some specific board recommendations.
Verve (by Gold Coast Surfboards)
This is a good beginner’s board in the adult 8-foot range. It’s designed for riders up to 180 pounds, and for around $270 you get the board, leash, travel bag, traction pad and even some pens so you can customize your board.
A great budget board, the Giantex is a good choice for kids. It comes with durable foam construction and an HDPE bottom. Best of all, it will only set you back about 70 bucks.
The Wavestorm 8 is the most popular surfboard in the United States. It’s easy to ride and comes with an HDPE slick bottom and traction pad. You can pick one up for under $200.
If you’re on the bigger side, the Heritage 8’8” is a good choice. It’s hefty board that will accommodate riders up to 220 pounds. The foam core, three stringers and reinforced HDPE hull make it a very stable ride. Expect to pay around $330.
Another great option for kids, the FSE 6’0” has a durable foam top and HDPE hull. It’s yours for around $150.