Surfboard Buyers Guide

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Surfboard Buyers Guide, Surfboard

The following is a guide developed to help anyone decide what’s rightfor them when purchasing any board. The guide utilizes five basic bodystructuress so shoppers and retailers alike can figure out which shortboards work best for them.

Beginner¿A beginning surfer has never purchased a board and will definitely need guidance. A common suggestion is the use of soft-surfboards whose bodyboard materials make it easier on the learning process ¿they’re not intimidating. Beyond that, egg (shorter, more responsive version of a longboard) shapes and longboards are recommended.

SizeHeightWeightBoard LengthWidthThickness
XS5’0″-5’6″100-1307’0″-7’6″20″2.5″-2.75″
S5’6″-5’9″130-1507’6″-7’9″20″2.75″-3″
M5’10″-6’0″150-1707’10″-8’0″21″2.75″-3″
L5’11″-6’3″170-1907’11″-8’3″21″3″-3.25″
XL6’1″-6’6″190-2408’1″-9’6″22″3″+

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Novice¿A novice surfer has purchased one or two boards, yet still needs direction. A novice rider has the ability to ride the face of the wave and is beginning to try first turns. Hybrid (a cross between traditional shortboard and speed egg) and egg shapes are recommended in this class.

SizeHeightWeightBoard LengthWidthThickness
XS5’0″-5’6″100-1306’0″-6’6″18.5″+2.35″-2.65″
S5’6″-5’9″130-1506’6″-6’9″18.75″+2.5″-2.75″
M5’10″-6’0″150-1706’10″-7’0″19.5″+2.65″-3″
L5’11″-6’3″170-1906’11″-7’3″20″+2.75″-3.25″
XL6’1″-6’6″190-2407’1″-7’6″20.5″+3″-3.5″

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Intermediate¿An intermediate surfer will always insist on a more advanced board. They have a couple of yearsunder their belt and are able to do turns with commitment. Stock boards (a progressive board with general dimensions) are recommended.

SizeHeightWeightBoard LengthWidthThickness
XS5’0″-5’6″100-1305’4″-5’10″17.5″-18″2-2.15″
S5’6″-5’9″130-1505’9″-6’1″17.75″-18.25″2.15″-2.25″
M5’10″-6’0″150-1706’1″-6’3″18″-18.5″2.25″-2.35
L5’11″-6’3″170-1906’2″-6’6″18.25″-19″2.35″-2.5″
XL6’1″-6’6″190-2406ns-serif” color=000000 size=2>7’1″-7’6″20.5″+3″-3.5″

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Intermediate¿An intermediate surfer will always insist on a more advanced board. They have a couple of yearsunder their belt and are able to do turns with commitment. Stock boards (a progressive board with general dimensions) are recommended.

SizeHeightWeightBoard LengthWidthThickness
XS5’0″-5’6″100-1305’4″-5’10″17.5″-18″2-2.15″
S5’6″-5’9″130-1505’9″-6’1″17.75″-18.25″2.15″-2.25″
M5’10″-6’0″150-1706’1″-6’3″18″-18.5″2.25″-2.35
L5’11″-6’3″170-1906’2″-6’6″18.25″-19″2.35″-2.5″
XL6’1″-6’6″190-2406’4″-6’9″18.5″-19.5″2.5″-2.75
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Advanced¿Advanced surfers have relationships with their local shapers. Board dimensions are more specific in regards to type of break, size of wave, style of surfing, and physical size. In other words, you better know what you want.=2>6’4″-6’9″18.5″-19.5″2.5″-2.75[IMAGE 3]

Advanced¿Advanced surfers have relationships with their local shapers. Board dimensions are more specific in regards to type of break, size of wave, style of surfing, and physical size. In other words, you better know what you want.