How To Find Best Surf Equipment For Beginners
It’s pretty exciting when you think of going to a surf shop so you can learn how to find best surf equipment and learn new terms, like surfboards, leashes, stomp pads, fins, and so much more. But when I went to the surf shop to buy my first surfboard, I was completely nervous. I remember the experience as it was yesterday and how difficult it was for me to go in there and learn. Why? First, I had to get passed my parents and friends who were making fun of me. Second, how much money would I have to spend between surfboard, wax, fins, stomp pad, leash, and whatever else more I would need.
When I went to the surf I was mainly going in to learn all about surfing and how to find best surf equipment that I would need, but I was also looking forward to becoming a better surfer. By reading blogs, watching videos, and getting help from the local surf shop I was educated on what was good for me. I already knew that I needed the most important tool: a surfboard, so going into the surf shop would only make sense since they were the expert on this subject. The surf shop began with the perfect beginner size surfboard for me depending on my weight, height and experience level, with a great leash and fins for it as well.
When new surfers are learning, watching surfing on tv or live at a surf contest, they usually have NO clue who the surfer in the water is, what equipment they are using, or even remember the name of the beach that the contest is in. More than likely they will ALL look it up online on their smartphones or desktop. Of course, unless you are 90 years old and will look it up by going to the library, and not the digital blogs and magazines as most do today. No offense to 90 year olds, you guys ROCK, but facts are facts.
How To Find Best Surf Equipment Online
You need to learn about the different types of surfboards and one of the easiest ways is through blogs, online magazines, and videos. It is important to read about the equipment and which is better for your body type. Most surfers starting out purchase the wrong equipment and eventually have to go back to the surf shop and make a new purchase. Do not just spend money on anything and educate yourself online before you buy. Make sure to check out our posts so that you can learn as much information as possible. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask us through email or even better, through the comment section below this blog post.
Best Beginners Surf Equipment
Starting out, I recommend a “longboard” which is 9 feet and taller. There are all kinds of longboards 9’0, 9’1, 9’6 and so on. Also, It should not be a high-performance longboard, a big floaty board is what you need since it has lots of volumes to float you and keep you stable. Here is an example; anybody between 58 to 72 inches tall and weighs between 85 to 185lbs should look into buying a longboard that is between 9’0 to 9’2, and 20-22 inches wide. That will give you A LOT of floatation and you will be able to stand up with a little challenge, but not too much. Different kinds of surfboards are made for people of all ages, shapes, or form. So make sure to get a long, beginner surfboard at first and then work your way down the size, width, and thickness.
An important detail to learn when starting out is that it is easier and cheaper to start on a what we call “soft top” (Image Above). It is exactly what it sounds like, the top part of the surfboard is a soft foam and the bottom is hard plastic. This is the safest way for you to learn and everyone else surfing around you. After you are more confident with your surfing, stop losing the board, or ditching it when a monster set comes in, you can move on to a “hard” surfboard which is foam inside, wood, and some are epoxy as well. You can start with a hard board but starting with a soft top will definitely reduce the chances of you and others around you getting hurt. If you do get a hard surfboard, make sure that you hold on to your board at all times.
When first starting out, I didn’t think it would be easy to understand all of what surfing has to offer, but it actually was very easy to figure out. Now, I believe that you are someone that knows hard work pays off with anything in life; job, sports, school, and other things. You may also know that most things get harder as you progress. As I mentioned previously, I learned so much about what surfboard would be good for me by watching a couple of videos and reading some blogs teaching me how to pick the right one before I went into a surf shop.
Like anything, to get better you need to spend many hours in the water surfing, working out to strengthen your body, and studying the sport you are trying to be good at as much as you can. It’s a never-ending process that continues even when you become a professional surfer. This does not relate to surfing only, but any sport really.
Surf Equipment At Your Local Surf Shop
Anybody that you see surfing in the water has a surfboard and hopefully learned about it just like you are learning now so they did not waste their money or time. You know it’s true! Just ask any of them how they figured it out, get those tips and ideas for yourself and then apply them to your surfing. Some will say the person in the surf shop they went into educated them. That can be good, but not all individuals that work in surf shops know all about surfboards and picking the right one…unfortunately. Go into a surf shop and ask about surfboards and what will be the right one for you to buy since you are just starting out. If I were you, I would go to a couple of stores to see what they say instead of buying the first one you see. They want to sell so they will try to convince you as much as possible but I don’t want you to spend your money on a surfboard that will not work for you.
Now time to pick your leash. For a leash, you want something that is strong. At first, you want to start with somewhat of a thick leash that will handle your weight, and won’t snap and have you freaking out far away from the shore. Don’t worry about that too much and pick a leash that is durable and most importantly that you like it. Now there is one thing you have to make sure of when getting your first leash; the correct size for you.
Leashes have different lengths. It all depends on how big your surfboard is; that’s it. I would always get a 0.5 inch to 1 inch bigger leash than your surfboard. This will make sure that when you wipeout out the surfboard, it goes a little further away from you and reduces the risks of injuries. If you have a 6ft surfboard, I would get a 6.5ft to a 7ft leash. If you have a 9ft longboard, I would get a 9.5ft to a 10ft leash.
Did you get fins yet? Okay so if you are buying a soft top surfboard, the fins will come with the surfboard and you would just have to screw them in. Very easy to do. Just make sure that the fins are facing the back of the surfboard and not the front. Now, most used surfboards will come with the original factory fins. If you are just starting out, use those so that you don’t overspend money and break them in a couple of days. Other fins can be very expensive and have all kinds of different performance benefits behind them. So don’t worry about it for now, just make sure that the flat part is facing inward and that all fin points are facing toward the back of the surfboard. Learn How to Set Up and Remove Surfboard Fins as well so that you can be comfortable with it.
Now that you have a good basic knowledge of how to get the best surfboard and equipment to start surfing, go to a couple of close surf shops near you and find the best equipment’s that suits you. Let us know below what you ended up purchasing, we would love to hear from you!