Equipment and Clothing
As a beginner to the exciting world of surfing, nothing is more important than making the right choice of board to begin your adventure. Don't let yourself be swayed by the short, narrow boards the top stars are riding with ease. Your opportunity to ride these boards will come with experience and time. To begin with, those who are new to surfing should start with a longboard.
Longboards are the most traditional type of surfboard and have been around for the longest period of time. They are the ideal board for beginners, with their sheer length and width making them much more stable than other board types. Additionally, they are far easier to paddle and stand up on than shortboards.
Intermediate level surfers may well find themselves looking to transition from longboard to shortboard. To do this, a funboard is absolutely perfect as it combines the best elements from both long and shortboards and gives the surfer chance to adjust before fully committing to the shorter board.
A surfer's own personal weight is a crucial factor when it comes to choosing an appropriate board. Heavier surfers should ideally try to stick to longer boards which are also quite thick. Conversely, surfers which are far lighter in bodyweight will find shorter, more lightweight boards easier to paddle and turn. If you are a heavier surfer who wants to ride a smaller board, then the hybrid model is a good option. Hybrids combine the performance of a shortboard with the stability of a fish, so are well suited to heavier surfers of an intermediate skill level.
Type of surf
It goes without saying that wave types vary enormously and certain boards are only suited to certain conditions. For those occasions when the waves are smaller and the surf is said to be 'mushy', both longboards and fish boards are good options. The flat design of the fish means it can maintain speed in the flattest of conditions.
When the conditions are in complete contrast to the above and the waves are immense in stature, then the gun is the perfect board to ride. Long, narrow and with a pointed nose, gun boards are easier to paddle out further to the really big waves and provide a far greater degree of control when riding the big waves.
Of course, one of the major factors which always comes into play no matter what kind of product you are looking to purchase is price. If you are a surfing beginner, it is probably wise to not spend too much money on your very first board. After all, there is a far greater chance of you scratching or marking your board while you are still learning, so keep this in mind when considering the retail price you are willing to pay