The most important information first: Around 90 percent of surfers ride their waves on the wrong surfboard. It is essential to hit the waves with the right board. If you have the wrong surfboard, it not only means not much fun on the waves but in the worst-case scenario, it can throw you and your surfing holiday into the water.
How well you get along with a surfboard is largely determined by four factors: the length, the width, the thickness, and the rocker scoop line. The longer e
It’s on a surfboard, the faster it is too. This applies not only to surfing but also to paddling. As the width increases, your board is more stable and you need less wave pressure. Small waves are much easier to ride with a wide board than with a narrow one; the thicker the board, the more volume it has. Such boards are not necessarily suitable for risky and radical maneuvers, but they are much faster. The “rocker scoop line” is the name given to the sideways curve of the surfboard. The rule here is the flatter the curve, the faster the surfboard. If the “Rocker Scooper Line” is strong, the surfboard is the most maneuverable.
We’ll tell you about the different surfboard types and shapes in a small, clear summary:
The longboard is best suited for beginners. With a length of 8 to 10 feet, the longboard is one of the longest boards and is also the oldest. It was the only model on the market until the 1960s. The large volume ensures high stability and makes paddling and planning easier. It is suitable for almost all wave conditions and most of them have only one single fin or three fins. The disadvantage: You are not so agile and fast on the go.
The Malibu board is slightly shorter than the longboard but has a larger volume, which makes it particularly suitable for beginners. It makes paddling and surfing easier. When the waves are not that high, even advanced surfers like to grab the Malibu board.
The “mini” among the Malibu surfboards are also popular with beginners. But even advanced surfers love this board shape. Many surf schools, therefore, have a comprehensive range of mini Malibu boards for their surf students. As a rule, it is between 7 to 8 feet long and not quite as thick and wide as the longboard.
The fish is very wide and more voluminous than other board shapes. So if you want to achieve the maximum wave yield, you should opt for the “Fish”. It is also much shorter than the shortboard. Beginners should keep their hands off the fish, as it is more suitable for advanced surfers.
For the professionals: Shortboards are available from a size of five feet. As the name suggests, shortboards are short and thin. To get sufficient stability on the shortboard, you need speed and the appropriate surfing skills. If you have your board under control, you can ride agile maneuvers with the shortboard and dig deep into your surfing kit.