With the ever-growing popularity of surfing, surf schools and suppliers have honed the choice of equipment to a fine science. Buying the right surfboard can make your surfing experience even more fun. Build some mad skills with a surfboard that is right for your size, shape, and abilities. If you need help making the decision, check in with a Bude Surf School to get a “fitting.” You’ll be amazed to see how helpful it is.
Your surfboard dimensions can be customized. Various dimensions of your board will fit different skills levels. For example, if you are fairly new to surfing, you may want a surfboard with a wide tail. This makes it easier to maneuver your board at slow speeds. With advanced skills, you would want a narrow tail so that you can turn easily at high speed.
The width if the middle of the board has similar impact on your skills. A wide board has more flotation in it, and is better for those who are not as experienced and skilled. A narrower board is faster and more maneuverable.
The length of your surfboard matters, too. You may actually want a longer surfboard, because it has more foam in it. This gives it stability in soft, slow waves that might otherwise be difficult to navigate on a short board.
Surfboards have rockers. This is actually the curve of the board, from one end to the other. The amount of curve your surfboard has on the nose will determine how fast it can go and how quickly it will climb waves. The tail rocker will increase in curve as you gain more skills and are capable of making quicker turns.
The foil is part of the overall rocker construction, and is the way the foam is distributed through the board. If there is uneven distribution, the board will not flow across the waves property, digging in when you don’t want it to.
The bottom contour of your surfboard can make a huge difference in the performance. A flat bottom is good for a beginner, because it provides easier manipulation in soft or soggy surf. If you are more advance, however, you will find this type of board frustrating because you won’t have the ability to make hard, fast turns.
If you are skilled enough to make fast, tight turns, setting your board on edge, the Vee bottom will give the most maneuverability. A concave bottom contour will channel the water the length of the board, compressing it and increasing your speed. It also makes turning faster. Cnallel bottoms are a combination of flat and concave, where you have a series of flat planes arranged in a concave shape. This channels the water without building up pressure.
There are other features of the surfboard, such as the tail design, that affect performance. Your instructor at Bude Surf School can advise you on which one to use as your skills improve.