When deciding on a surf board you should always consider the board shape as well as your height here are some basic guidelines for choosing a board shape and length. The gun shape are thin and pointy at the nose and are long in length makes paddling a breeze for fast waves they are usually 7-12 feet long. The longboard shape has a round nose are long also and have a single fin but the body of the board is wider than most and are between 9-12’ long. The hybrid also known as a fun board are smaller editions of the regular longboard shape most are single fin or have triple fins and range between 7-9’ long. The shortboard is ideal for tricks they are not so easily stabilized and typically have 3-5 fins and are 5.5-7’ long. The egg shape board are rounded in shape and are good for beginners, pretty stable because of width and are ideal for smaller waves, 6-8.5’ long. The fish board shape is also ideal for surfing small waves and usually have two fins 7’. The tow-in are great for riding big fast waves, they have foot straps and range between 5-6’ long.
There are three main types of material boards to choose from fiberglass, foam and epoxy and all with many different name brands to choose from. Foam boards are an excellent floatation device and are great for beginners surfers, they can be bought new or used and are easily resale able. The fiberglass boards are boards that are foam at the center of the board and surrounded by fiberglass. Fiberglass is hard if you get hit by it but they can also easily puncture. The epoxy boards are relatively new on the market and are completely machine manufactured, not hand crafted but the one advantage is they are super strong and very hard to ding or dent. Most boards come with single or multiple fins these are good and assist the surfer while making a turn. All boards require wax this is what gives the board its’ grip so to speak and keeps the surfer on his/her board only wax the top part of the board never underneath the board. There are many different types of wax on the market so getting the right wax for the water temperatures you will be surfing is key.
Surf boards of all types and sizes can be purchased at sporting good stores all around the country already designed and water ready in various price ranges. However, if you are a surfer or know a surfer who is interested in having a customized board made from scratch from beginning to end then here are a couple of tips to help you. Surf board builders are professionals that special in the customization and specifications of a surfer to have their ultimate surf board to enjoy in the water wave after wave. Surf board builders take into account the length based surfers weight and skill level. The width, nose, tail, rocker, rails, fins, bottom contour, foil and deck also are important components for the end product. Next the builder will beed to know what type of surf board suits you and your surfing style best, is it a short, long, fun, fish, gun, hybrid or other board type. Generally, surf boards are made out of a foam blank with a fiber glass cloth, resin and a stringer consisting of wood.