Different models, sizes, surfboards and shapes

The Surfboard

The choice of the right surfboard among all the different types of surfboards is important and depends on many factors such as the conditions of the wave (size and form) and the surfer (size, weight, training level, surf level, experience, goals, motivation, etc.)

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The Surfboard

Types of surfboards, different sizes, shapes and tipps on finding the right surfboard

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What is a surfboard?

The word surfboard means the long, small board that is used for surfing. Surfing is popular in coastal regions on the whole world. You stand or lie on a surfboard and ride on the waves of the ocean. The size and form of the surfboard depends on the experience of the surfers and which kind of wave they want to ride. Back in the days surfboards were usually made of wood, but now most of the modern surfboards consist of foam and are covered with fiberglass and synthetic resin, which makes them light and easy to swim on water.

Should I choose a long, wide or thick board for surfing?

Longer boards are easier to paddle and to stand on, that’s why experts recommend beginner surfers, to start surfing with a longer surfboard. The wider a surfboard is, the more stable it is. Wider surfboards are therefore more suitable for beginners or surfer who want to ride bigger waves. The thickness of a surfboard decides on how well the board floats on the water. A bigger board floats better and offers a calmer and more stable feeling, especially in bigger waves

“I like the city. I like the concrete. I like big business. I like being a CEO of my own company and having a lot of responsibilities. At the same time, when I can go off with a backpack or off on a surfboard or even off on a run somewhere in the woods – that’s where I’m really happy.”

(Matthew McConaughey)

The history of the surfboard

How did surfboard develop and how did they change in size?

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The development of the surfboard from a Longboard to a Shortboard

The old Hawaiians and the beginnings of surfing

Maybe you have also imagined, to surf one day like a big Hawaiian on a huge Longboard. Because that’s exactly the origin of surfing. In the beginning of surfing, the first Hawaiian kings were standing on two kinds of surfboards. The “Olo” (usually exclusive to the king or the head of the tribe) and the “Alaia”, which was surfed by the common people. The boards were shaped from the wood of the Wiliwili, the Ula-Tree and the Koa-Acacia. Depending on the social stand the boards were between ten to 16 feet (three to five meter) long.

Balsa Boards and de development of the surfboard

In the 1930s balsawood was made to build surfboards. If was much lighter than the old boards. Instead of about 50 kilograms, the balsa boards „only“ weighed around 20 kilograms. Such a weight reduction was a big step, to make the boards more maneuverable.

The American Tom Blake was one of the first to mass-produce surfboards and brought surfing to the 20th century. He was also the first to put a fin in his surfboard to be able to better turn his board.

Development of Fiberglass surfboards

After the second world war, the surfboard shapers had gained new materials and techniques. Fiberglass and plastic or STYROPOR were ideal material to build boards of. The first fiberglass board was built by Pete Peterson in the mid 1940s and the Californian Bob Simmons perfected this building manner by the end of the decade. The boards were still between nine and eleven feet long (three to four meter); still far away from nowadays Shortboards.

Big Wave Boards enter the surfboard world

In the 1950s big wave surfing became popular on Hawaii. George Downing was one of the pioneers and developed a new board for the big waves. He shaped a long but slim surfboard to get easier to the Line-Up and control the board better in the big waves. They called the board Gun, since it was used to hunt for big waves. Today, the Gun is still the board of choice for big waves and usually between nine and twelve foot long.

 Shortboard Revolution starts in the late 1960s

ShortboardIn the late 1960s finally started the evolution of the Shortboard. From roughly ten feet the Surfboard shrank down to six feet. The consequence: The boards were lighter and much easier to maneuver. Radical turns and deep barrel rides were now possible. The style of surfing changed fundamentally! Shapers like the Californian Dick Brewer were significantly responsible for the evolution of the Shortboard. The set-up of the fins also changed thanks to Simon Anderson with his three-fin-set-up called “Thruster”. Ever since, modern surfboards have three or four fins.

By the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s the first Shortboards were spotted at the beaches. The size development from ten to six feet was quite the sensation. With these boards surfers were finally able to surf the pocket of the wave (the part of the wave, which is right next to the peak). In 1966 the Australian Nat Young won the World Championships on his Shortboard. It was built by George Greenouh and Bob McTavish and enabled Nat to surf harder turns and stylish maneuvers.

How do I find the perfect Surfboard?

To find the perfect surfboard is almost impossible. Even professionals usually plan for months or even years with their shapers in the workshops to discuss about rocker-lines, fin-set-ups, volume etc.

For beginner or intermediate surfers, it usually doesn’t matter that much, if the board is a foot longer or an inch wider. It is more important to spent time in the water and work on the surfing skills.

How many fins belong under a surfboard?

Installing three fins under a board had been the plan of the shaper for a while. They experimented a lot and finally Simon Andersen was successfully implemented this idea in 1981. With the third fin the performance got much better – the thruster was born. It united the advantages of a single-fin surfboard with those of a twinser. It was now possible to perform radical maneuvers and throw more spray.

Since the 80s there were no fundamental changes in building Shortboards. Then a push followed because of foam materials and processing methods, which made new boards lighter and thinner. That was the foundation for the current new-school surfing with its Airs and other tricks on the wave.

Common mistakes  when choosing a surfboard

Board sizes, buoyancy and other things which you need to keep in mind

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Which mistakes can you do when choosing a surfboard?

In general the biggest and most common mistake is the choice of a board with too little buoyancy (too short and/or too slim, and/or too thin). Many surfers use the board sizes of professional surfers as a guideline for their decision and completely ignore their individual possibilities. If you change for example too early to a board with too little volume, your learning process will slow down and you will have less fun when surfing.

 What happens if my board has too little buoyancy?

With a board with too little buoyancy you will get less waves, have less fun and little progress in learning. That’s why we want to explain to you the most important surfboard types in detail. It is important, that you are aware of the differences so you can take them into account when choosing or buying a board. Every board comes with a lot of thought and ideas. We like to remind you, that there is no such thing as the perfect shape – there is only the most suitable shape for a specific surfer at a specific day on a specific wave.

Finding the right surfboard

Which types of surfboards suit your surf level and the conditions?

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How do the various surfboard types differ from one another?

By now there are of course innumerous shapes and types of surfboards and it’s hard to tell on first sight, which board belongs to which category. The types of surfboards differ in the following:

  • Buoyancy (which affects the catching of the waves)
  • Stability (when paddling and surfing)
  • Speed (when paddling and surfing)
  • Maneuverability

For a first differentiation between the types of surfboards  we will use the following shapes and the forms developed from them. Longboard (Malibu), Mini-Malibu, Funboard, Shortboard, Fish as well as Semi-Gun and Gun. The limits vary depending on who you ask and cross at times.

How are surfboards measured? Feet and Inches

The measurements of a surfboard are given around the world in Foot (1 Foot = 30,48cm) and Inches (1 inch = 2,54 cm) and can be found at the bottom of the surf board usually alon the Stringers.

6´4″ × 18 ⅔” × 2 ⅜” means: 6 Feet and 4 inches long, 18 ⅔ inches wide und 2 ⅜ inches thick.

The shapes mainly vary in length, width and thickness and therefore the volume of the board. The general rule of thumb is the following: the bigger and heavier a person is, the bigger should be the board and beginners always surf thicker boards than intermediate and advanced surfers.

Surfboard length
The length is the measurement (in feet and inches) of the board from the tip of the nose to the end. A long board is more stable than a short one, since it has a bigger area of contact with the water and a better BUOYANCY, so it’s easier to get up and keep the balance.

A longer surfboard is usually recommended to beginners. A Longboard is rather for experienced surfers, who want to ride smaller and mid-high waves and surf maneuvers.

Surfboard width
The width is the measurement of the board from side to side. It affects your surfboard quite similar as the length; the wider the board the more stable it is, but the harder it is to maneuver.

A wide board is recommended to beginner surfers due to its stability. More experienced surfers also like to take wider boards for smaller waves, because they can get the most out of the waves because of the higher buoyancy. Smaller boards enable more experienced surfers to maneuver easily.  

Surfboard thickness
The thicker the board, the more buoyancy it has and the easier it is to paddle – therefore it’s easier to catch wave, especially when the waves are less powerful. The thickness is the volume of the board, meaning how thick or thin the board is. It decides how easily the board floats. The thicker the board, the better it floats (logic, right?) and if it floats easier, it is more stable but also less agile.

A thick board is therefore recommended for beginners or heavy surfers, who need more buoyancy. A thin board on the other hand is very agile, but not really stable and therefore recommended to more experienced surfers.

Rocker of a Surfboard
The rocker is the curvature of the board from the nose to the tail.

The curvature is usually stronger at the nose of the board and a little less at the tail. The more rocker a board has, the easier it turns, but the slower it gets, since the curve offers the wave resistance.

A board with a lot of Rocker is recommended for very strong waves and bumpy waves, since the curve of the boards absorbs the impacts of the waves. A flatter board (with less Rocker) is recommended for small, powerless waves. Maybe that is the best option for beginners.

Rails of a surfboard

The Rails are the edges of the carton. It is the part, which has the most contact with the wave and its form can vary from rounded to sharp rails.

Further differences of surfboards

Further differences within the types of surfboards are the shape of the tail, the number of stringers (the wooden longitudinal axis of the board), number, kind and set-up of the fins as well as the material and the design of the board.

Parts of a surfboard

What does a surfboard consist of and what’s the name for these parts?

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How do you call the parts of a surfboard?

Every surfboard consists of the following:

  1. Nose: the first 12 inches of the surfboard, starting at the top – it has an important impact on paddling and the ability to maneuver the surfboard;
  2. Tail: the back part of the surfboard, meaning the last 12 inches from the tail – it has a relevant impact on the speed and the maneuverability of the surfboard;
  3. Rails: the rounded edges or the sides of a surfboard
  4. Stringer: a thin wooden strip which is installed in the vertical middle of the surfboard and increases its strength and lessens unwanted flexibility;
  5. Deck: the flat surface of the surfboard, on which the surfer stands and the area which is waxed;
  6. Bottom: the part of the surfboard which touches the water when surfing and rests on it;
  7. Fins: the stabilizing devices, which are installed at the bottom at the surfboard and serve as rudder, to avoid lateral slipping and to support speed, direction and control. There are five kinds of fins: Single-Fins, Twin-Fins, Thruster, four fins, and five fins;
  8. Leash Plug: a small insert which is embedded on the deck of the surfboard and which contains a small metal pin where the surf-leash can be fixed on;
  9. Fin Plug: a small insert which is embedded in the bottom of the surfboard where the fins can be installed.

Surfboard: Forms & Variations

Which kinds of different surfboards exist?

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What kind of surfboard variations are there?

There are many forms and variations of surfboards. To make it more simply we will only name the three main categories. In general, a lot has changed during the past 60 years due to the technology of board building. Before the “golden sixties” board were mostly made from “wood” and because of that very heavy. Now new materials are responsible for a lot of changes. Due to the development of the surf style shapers faced new challenges, implemented new technologies or improvements.

The first great breakthrough was the introduction of three fins (Thruster). Before surfers usually surfed single-fin or twin-set boards. The length of the boards also changed with the many different requirements. In the 1980s the boards became shorter, in the 1990s they became thinner and at the same time there was a retro-movement back to the Longboards.

Characteristics of the different surfboards

Which specialties come with the different surfboard concepts?

What are the different categories for surf boards?

In general, there are three categories: long and wide boards with a round nose and little rocker the so-called LONGBOARDS (MALIBUS), which are officially recognized as such from a length of 9 feet.

SHORTBOARDS with a tippy nose and different tail-variations can have a length from 6 to 8 feet, including hybrid models.

As a last group there are MINIMALIBUS (small Longboards) which can range from 7 to 9 feet.

The two special forms have to be named as well: FISH and GUN. A Fishboard is a shorter Shortboard and meant for small waves, the Gun is actually only for big waves, so nothing for beginner surfers.

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The Longboard

The classic surfboard – long and mostly with just one fin

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How long is a Longboard?

Classis Longboards are between nine to ten feet long, 22 inches wide and three to four inches thick. With Longboards people usually combine the „good, old days “, the 1960s, when Hang Fives and Hang Tens where the greatest feelings of all. From the end of the 1960s the Longboards were pushed away by ne newer, shorter surfboards, but are facing a revival in the past years.

Where can you surf best with a Longboard?

The best places for a Longboard are slowly building waves, which you can cruise comfortably. Classic longboarding is not about radical turns, but more about playing with the way in harmonic movements and change the stance of the feet on the board. Longboards have the most volume and are the longest surfboards. They offer the most buoyancy. And the buoyancy decides on the speed of paddling and the riding of the wave.

Is a Longboard a suitable surfboard for beginners?

At first sight the Longboard seems to be the ideal surfboard for surf novices. But for at least two reasons it isn’t. On the one hand you don’t get the buoyancy and the speed for free, but you pay for it with less dynamic and the ability to turn the board. To turn a Longboard is even for advanced surfers not easily done.

The second reason why Longboards are not made for beginners is the handling of the board at the beach and in the water. The big board can turn into a sail with certain wind conditions at the beach and make it really difficult to carry. And also in the water beginners are often overwhelmed with the great forces that come with a Longboard.

For what kind of surf spots is a Longboard well suited?

A Longboard is well suited for surfing:  

  • Surf spots with rather small, less powerful waves
  • The elegant, calm Longboard style
  • On small days with easy peeling waves

A good Longboard costs between 800€ and 1200€ or more.

The Malibu or Mini-Malibu

The surfboard between Longboard and Shortboard

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How long are Mini-Malibus?

Mini-Malibus are shorter than Longboards (around 7´6”) and have one or three fins. They are pretty much the little brother of the Longboard. The proportions are quite similar to those of a Longboard, only that the dimensions of the Mini-Malibu are a little bit smaller.

What is the difference between Malibu and Mini-Malibu?

Surfers actually decide between Malibu and Mini-Malibus. Malibus are boards longer than 8 feet, and Mini-Malibus are the slightly shorter boards usually around 7 feet long. Mini-Malibus have a round nose and only very little Rocker (Curvature to the nose), glide easily due to their volume and offer good stability.

Are Mini-Malibus suitable for surf-beginners?

Apart from the difficult transport (due to their size) are these boards ideal for beginners. Compared to shortboards the Mini-Malibus are slower and harder to maneuver, but this can be an advantage at least for beginner surfer. This way you are forced to turn the board from the tail, which you should generally do on Shortboards, too. Like that you learn early how to change and position your weight on a surfboard.

Mini-Malibus offer enough volume to make paddling for a wave easier for surf beginners and have many advantages in terms of weight and handling. That’s why Mini-Malibus are the ideal beginner boards. They enable a high wave count due to their high volume, but also allow first turns on the waves and the first parallel rides.  

But that doesn’t mean that intermediate surfers could also enjoy riding Mini-Malibus. Even better: this shape can be used by better surfers and offers a good alternative especially on days when the waves are far below 3 feet.

What are the costs of a Mini-Malibu?

The costs for Mini-Malibus are somewhere between 200€ and ca. 500€, depending on how it is built. A polyester board by BIC, NSP, TABU or HiFly costs about 300€, whereas a shaped board costs much more.  

Where can I go surfing with a Mini-Malibu?

Mini-Malibus are well-suited for:

  • Surfing at surf spots with small or mid-high waves
  • Surf beginners and intermediates, who want to have their first experiences away from the surf schools
  • For experienced surfers a Mini-Malibu promises a lot of fun in small waves

    The Funboard – Evolution shape or Hybrid surfboard

    Many names for a very amusing surfboard

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    What makes a Funboard / Hybrid / Evolution surfboard special?

    A Funboard is about 6´8” to 7´6” long, 21-22” and 2 ½” to 3 ½” thick, and looks like a smaller Longboard obviously influenced by a Shortboard.

    Because of this difference in length a hybrid shape (also called Evolution or Funboard) is usually the best option when changing from a Malibu to a shorter board before aiming for the Shortboard. You can clearly see the influences of Shortboards at the nose and the bigger rocker. Because of that the Funboard offers more possibilities to turn and push the board. An easier change of board is also enabled because the board is mostly just one foot shorter than a Mini-Malibu. Because always remember: “try changing in small steps” with a board that is shorter than a Mini-Malibu but not “too short”!

    A Funboard has usually three fins, is not only smaller but also lighter than a Mini-Malibu (and is easier to transport). If still offers great stability and is easy to paddle. It is easier to maneuver than a Mini-Malibu and riding it is nice and easy.

    For whom are Funboards most suitable?

    • Slightly advanced surfers who don’t want to surf with a huge board.
    • Advanced surfers who want to catch as many waves as possible without too much of an effort in paddling and also want to enjoy themselves on days with smaller waves.
    • Bigger and heavier surfers
    • The Funboard is among all the different surfboard types best suitable for surfer, who only have a little time for surfing and want to catch as many waves as possible during that time. Using a cool Shortboard won’t do the trick, it’s about having fun!

    What are the differences between Egg- and Hybrid-Shapes of Funboards?

    The Egg-Shapes are similar to the Hybrid-Shapes. They are ideal for the change from a Mini-Malibu to a shorter board because the length doesn’t differ too much. Compared to a hybrid-shape an Egg is usually shorter, but has a rounder nose. Eggs are usually recommended to lighter surfers (like children and women).

    The Shortboard

    A short and agile surfboard for experts

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    When can I change to a Shortboard?

    The way from a softboard to the first real Shortboard can be very long for a beginner surfer. Ideally you start with a Malibu as an introduction and then work yourself “down” with shorter Hybrid, Egg or Fishboards. Shortboards probably have the largest selection of different models and it would take a separate article to even begin to list all the different shapes. That’s why we’re only going to look at the basic features of all shortboards.

    What are the characteristics of a shortboard?

    A typical shortboard is around 5’8″-6’8″ long and has a square, round or swallowtail. While longboarding tends to involve calm, harmonious movements, shortboarding is all about fast, radical and powerful maneuvers. The aim of shortboarding could perhaps be manifested in the most radical maneuvers possible, barrels and aerials. Shortboards are probably one of the best-known surfboards today and if you asked 100 people to draw a surfboard today, the majority would probably put a shortboard shape on paper.

    Above all, shortboards are lighter and less voluminous than other boards, which is why a different surfing style is required than on a longboard or Mini-Malibu, for example. While you can potentially ride down-the-line on these boards with virtually nothing to do, a shortboard requires constant repositioning on the wave through turns or accelerating the board by pushing (up and down movement of the board).

    Are Shortboards suitable for beginner surfers?

    Shortboards shouldn’t be used as beginner boards, except for smaller children. And also, for a change from a Malibu-Board to a Shortboard other shapes should be considered before changing to a pure Shortboard.

    How did Shortboards develop?

    The development of Shortboards was strongly influenced by Skateboarding. This also reflects in the design which are often aggressive and wild. Shortboards have a pointed and strongly curved nose to adjust better to the wave and a lower volume. Furthermore they are much lighter than Long- and Funboards.

    Which advantages and disadvantages have Shortboards?

    It is much more difficult to catch waves with a Shortboard due to the small volume. Other disadvantages include lower stability and more difficult control. The advantages are good maneuverability, which is further improved by different tail and bottom variants.

    Shortboards are also easier to transport because of their smaller size. The development of Shortboards made duck diving (diving through the wave with your surfboard) possible. This maneuver makes it easier for surfer to get to the line-up and surf green waves.

    The Shortboard is the most common surfboard and most surfers own various Shortboards with different lengths to different condition. To really be able to surf a shortboard, you need a good level of fitness, enough time at sea and a large portion of motivation!

    What are the costs of a Shortboard?

    A new Shortboard costs (at least in Europe) between 400€ and 600€. Depending on the material it could also cost 800€. In Australia, South Africa and other Countries overseas you can buy good Shortboards for about 300€ (depending on the exchanges rates). When importing to Germany you should never declare a value higher than €250 per board, as otherwise customs duties will be payable.

    Fish (Retro or New School Surfboard)

    A very popular form of surfboard with a glimmer of nostalgia

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    Fish (Retro and New School)

    The Fish is among the various surfboard types a surfboard meant for smaller waves and between 5´5” -6´4” long. It has little rocker and much more volume than a classic Shortboard. The swallow tail, which is sometimes also found on shortboards,is very agile and fast, but holds well in steep waves. The fish has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially on beaches where there are often small waves. With slightly larger fins, these boards can also be surfed very well in waves up to head height, making the Fish a good option for ambitious advanced surfers for whom the classic shortboard still has a little too little buoyancy.

    Retro Fish

    Retro Fish boards are extremely short, but very wide and thick boards with a round nose and a wide Fish-Tail. They enable a high wave count because of their high volume compared to a Shortboard. On the other hand, they are much easier to turn than a Longboard. In terms of surfing style, retro fishes allow both radical turns on the wave and relaxed down-the-line cruising.

    Retro Fish boards don’t serve as beginner boards, since they are not very to easy to paddle due to their maximum length of 6´2”. The Take-Off is also more difficult than with a Malibu due to the very flat rocker. There is a greater risk of a nose-dive when paddling for the wave.  

    New School Fish or Performance Fish

    This kind of Fish board has compared to his old school colleagues much more rocker and is smaller, thinner and longer. Often it is basically a wider and thicker shortboard with fish tail. That is why beginner as well as intermediates coming from a Malibu shouldn’t be surfing these kinds of boards. An exception make extremely long fish boards (< 6´7”), that can smoothen the way from a Malibu to a Shortboard. For experienced Shortboarders short Fish boards are a way to have fun in small powerless waves.

    Which surfboard should I surf?

    Choosing the right surfboard

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    Which board for which waves and especially for which surfer?

    In surfing it’s all about fun and you will definitely have it, when riding a wave standing on a board. Of course, there are many factors in favor for the stylish, small boards, which you will always see in the surf movies. And it just looks so easy when the surf pros shred those waves. They look good, are cheaper to buy and easier to transport…

    What’s wrong with a small surfboard?

    It’s best to learn surfing by really practicing and training it, not when walking along the beach with a stylish board. We don’t want to offend anyone. Everyone has to make the final decision for themselves, assess themselves and then make a purchase decision. But the more time you spend on the board and next to the board, the more time you can actually practice. And the feeling of being “stoked” will be much bigger in the evening when you have not only been on the board for a moment.

    What is important when buying a surfboard? What should I consider when purchasing a board?

    There is a generally accepted saying that “length runs, width stabilizes and thickness saves power”, which is absolutely correct. A surfboard with a lot of surface in the underwater hull is easier to paddle onto the wave and accelerates the board faster. Speed is the key to catching a wave.

    • There are two aspects to surfboard width: the wider a board is, the more stable it is against tipping as there is more surface area on the water. The disadvantage of width is that a surfboard loses more and more of its maneuverability with increasing width, unless the shape (outline) is adapted accordingly. The decisive factor here is of course not only the width of the board but also the rocker line in the front (nose) and rear (tail) areas of the board.
    • The thickness of the board also influences the so-called static buoyancy, as this affects the volume. The conclusion from this is as follows:  Very thin boards are very difficult to get going, very thick boards are easier to accelerate, but lose maneuverability.

    Maintenance-Tipps for your surfboard

    UV-radiation, wax, boardbag and other things

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    How do I maintain my surfboard?

    The board should never lie unnecessarily in the sun. Apart from the wax melting like butter, the UV-radiation causes the colours to fade and the white foam core of laminated boards to yellow. The outer skin also becomes increasingly brittle due to constant exposure to the sun. So always keep it in the shade or in a board bag.

    Is a board bag useful for my surfboard?

    A board bag is always a good idea to protect your surfboard. Please always take care not to place your board bag in the blazing sun. Even a board bag gets so hot in the sun that the surf wax can melt and stick to the inside of the bag. If there is no shade:

    Always lay boards on the beach (even in the board bag) with the underside facing the sun, but do not allow the waxed surface to touch the sand. Otherwise, you may chafe your wetsuit or, even worse, your skin (watch out for nipple rash) … very unpleasant!

    How should I handle a boardbag for my surfboard?

    A board bag should also always be kept free of sand, otherwise the grains of sand will scratch the board during transport. Dried salt crystals can also scratch the finish. A freshwater shower removes sand, salt and algae from the board and leash.

    A board bag with metal zip fasteners should not be stored when damp. Corrosion can eat away the zip if stored for a long time – the bag will then neither open nor close.

    What do I do if my surfboard is damaged?

    If your surfboard is damaged because you touched ground or collided with another surfer, you should get out of the water immediately and allow the affected area to dry in the sun or another warm place before repairing. Every foam core absorbs a certain amount of water, and once it is in the board it is difficult to get it out again. Changes in colour, increased weight, delamination and reduced strength can be the consequences of water ingress. To be on the safe side, take a look at the board after every surf session, as it’s easy to overlook damage on the water.

    Make sure that you don’t store your surfboards in sub-zero temperatures. Moisture that has penetrated the board will freeze and expand, which can damage the laminate.

    Surfboard for beginner surfers

    With which board will I learn to surf as quick as possible?

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    Which surfboard is good for beginners?

    With a beginner board, it is important that it is big enough. If you are lying on your board with the tips of your toes resting on the back of the board, you should not be able to reach the nose of the board with your arms outstretched. Choose a soft board to minimize the risk of injury.

    Where can I buy a beginner surfboard?

    There are many providers on the market, so this question is not so easy to answer. Compare prices, read reviews and ratings. You could also ask your local surf school for advice during your surfing holiday.

    Board and equipment rental in our surf school

    Board Rental, surfboards, wetsuits, accessories, bodyboards, etc.

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    Do you rent surfboards and surf accessories?

    Yes, in our surf school you will find everything you need for surfing: Surfboard, wetsuit, etc. We will be happy to equip you with a suitable surfboard and wetsuit. We have boards in a wide range of sizes, shapes and variants. Feel free to drop by our surf school. Here you will find everything you need to know about our surf equipment rental. You can also reserve equipment directly via our booking system.

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    Surfing with handicap: overcoming in fantastic waves 2024

    Surfing with handicap: overcoming in fantastic waves 2024

    Surfing with handicap: Find out how adaptive surfing enables people with physical disabilities to experience the joy of surfing and which inclusive surfing programs and success stories there are.Introduction to surfing with handicap Surfing with handicap enables...

    Perfect surf equipment for beginners: tips and recommendations

    Perfect surf equipment for beginners: tips and recommendations

    Introduction to the right surf equipment for beginners The right surf equipment for beginners - tips on choosing and maintaining equipment for an improved surfing experience.Choosing the right surf equipment for beginners is crucial to improving your surfing...

    Learn & improve how to read waves – optimize your surf experience

    Learn & improve how to read waves – optimize your surf experience

    Being able to read waves is an important ability of surfers to find the best waves and optimize their surf experience.Introduction to reading waves The ability to read waves is an important ability of surfers to find the best waves and optimize their surf experience....

    From theory to practice – A day in a surf class on Fuerteventura

    From theory to practice – A day in a surf class on Fuerteventura

    Surfing - it looks sooooo cool and casual. Paddle up to the wave, take off and you're surfing the wave. It's really easy, isn't it? But it's not quite that simple and it takes a lot of knowledge, practice, patience, perseverance and of course a lot of fun to rock the...