Everything You Need to Know About Surfing – Step 1 The Right Surfboard
While most people consider surfing just another sport, it can actually be so much more than that. For some, it’s an art form, a way of life, a way to disperse extra energy, a healthy form of exercise, a feel good activity and so much more. It’s not just for beach bums- all you adrenaline junkies out there have got to grab a surf board and head out onto those beautiful waves because it also happens to be an excellent way to get your blood pumping and your heartbeat racing.
Step One- Get the right surfboard
- Longboards- This is the best bet for a beginner as it’s the easiest one to use. They are also known as ‘Malibu boards’ and can range in length from eight to fourteen feet. They are fast and can catch waves easily. The only negative aspect is that due to its length, it can sometimes become difficult to paddle.
- Funboards- These are around seven to eight feet long and are much shorter than longboards. However, they are much thicker than the average shortboard. They tend to be faster than shortboards and are much easier to manoeuvre than long boards.
- Shortboards- You generally have to be an accomplished surfer before you try using a shortboard. The professional surfers prefer shortboards because they facilitate sharp turns and make movements quicker. They are only about seven feet in length.
Where should you buy your surfboard?
If you don’t have surfer friends who can help you choose the right board, head on down to your local surf shop. Rule number one is to buy a board that you can personally inspect. Therefore, if you are going to buy from an online surfboard site make sure there are guarantees in place and the site is reputable.
The bonus is that there are a number of places on Phillip Island where you can buy a new or used surfboard.
Secondly, since you’re just a beginner, there’s really no need to buy a brand new board as you are quite likely to damage it while learning to surf. Try scouring yard sales for second hand surfboards.
By Brett Watson