What Surf Equipment Buy
Your choice of the surfboard will depend on your level of proficiency in surfing. If you are a beginner you will need to master the basics of the art of surfing and there is a choice of foam boards, beginner surfboards, mini mals and some longboards to help you learn the ropes. Surfers of intermediate level have acquired stability on the board, so they can tackle the waves they want and are experienced in riding along open surfaces and are able to put a few turns in. Advanced surfers can hit the waves in different conditions and are confident in their turns and maneuvers.
If you just learn to surf consider getting a big, wide and thick board with a round nose shape. Such design will enable you to catch more waves and stay on your feet. Such a board is perfect for riding small and slow moving waves.
If you don't feel like spending too much money on your first board consider buying it on eBay. Of course, this way you can save quite a lot on your surfboard. However, purchasing your first board on eBay can be tricky. We recommend choosing the longboard as your first surfboard as it will ensure more stability and you will be able to catch more waves and consequently have more fun. When it comes to material, beginners usually opt for foam or epoxy. Moulded boards are also good boards to start with. Finally, when you have found your perfect surfboard and are ready to buy it make sure you use discount coupons to save on your purchase.
Foamboards are just perfect for those who learn to surf due to their high floatation. This type of boards is commonly used by surf schools for beginners. Foamboards are hard wearing, safer to fall on and not expensive. It is a must have for any surfing family. Not only can the kids use it to learn but their parents can use it as well to refine their basic surf skills.
Mini mals are characterized by big volume which ensures great paddling power. Ranging from 7ft to 8ft in length they look like a shortened longboard with a round nose. Such design ensures stability and ease of wave catching. Due to slight tail refinements the board will let you start to turn. It is also more maneuverable than a longboard.
Due to its small size a funboard is rather maneuverable. At the same time this board is quite buoyant so surfers can easily catch many waves. Featuring point nose the board is great for duck diving under oncoming waves. Funboards can be used for tackling a wide range of waves and perform well even in demanding conditions. Although you won't be able to make sharp, radical turns on this type of a board, you will enjoy catching just about every wave you paddle for. The funboard is a good option for the beginners who prefer small or medium size surf.
Wide and full, these boards have enough volume, so you will have to paddle fast to catch weak waves. Being 2 to 4 inches shorter than a standard shortboard they are more maneuverable and develop more speed when up and riding. Because of the curvy shape they always tend to turn even at low speeds and on small waves. Most fishes have a swallow tail. Such tail makes the board loose to maneuver and enables it to pick up speed fast.
Experienced surfers who are confident in their abilities prefer using shortboards that are of 5ft to about 7ft in length. They are much more maneuverable than large mini mals and longboards. As they are less buoyant and have lower surface area it is more difficult to ride them. So make sure you choose larger and steeper waves to surf on. There are different shortboard shapes for different types of waves, for example slower peeling waves, beach breaks and fast barreling waves.
As a rule, shortboards come with a pointed nose and round or square tail, although there are also some tail-shape models. Shortboards usually feature 3 fins but they can be altered depending on the fin size and shape you prefer.
If you prefer the most traditional style of surfing opt for a longboard which length begins from 9ft and even longer. Due to the larger surface area and higher buoyancy longboards will allow you to catch many waves. Riding longboards allows for distinct styles of surfing and offers the opportunity to cruise more, especially in small wave conditions. Some longboards are constructed to let the surfer hang ten or five toes over the nose, so many surfers prefer to ride on the nose of the board. Experienced surfers who can make rather complicated turns can opt for performance longboards.
To ride this type of boards you should stand up on the board and use the paddle to glide through the water. They are a great choice for beginners and are just perfect for surfing on lakes, rivers and calm seas. There are also high performance boards used in sports competitions and in more challenging surf conditions. Sea surfing by SUP is great and you can travel pretty far so it is vitally important to know the tides and conditions to stay safe.
Skimboarding is an innovative and fun method of surfing, used for shallow cruising or surfing on a big shore break. The surfer should throw the board out in front of him in shallow waters and then proceed to run, jump and mount with two feet. After that the board will carry the surfer along at high speed. Advanced riders even make small fly of it and have tons of fun in the process.
If you are just starting surfing the soft-top longboard is what you need. Such boards are not only very stable and easy to paddle but they are also safe! Start surfing with a soft-top surfboard in the whitewash until you get experienced with catching waves.
These boards feature wide body that ensures stability. At the same time their pulled in tail and steeped rails make them pretty maneuverable. A hybrid surfboard is a choice to consider for the beginner who wants to transition into riding a shortboard. They perform great in small and medium size surf.
In surfing wax is used to ensure the rider stays in place on the top of the surfboard when paddling and prevents the feet to slide off the board while surfing. Various types of wax are used depending on water temperature. First a base coat wax is applied, then cold water wax, warm water wax or tropical water wax may be applied over. Consider applying a base coat wax or wax for a cooler temperature first, then apply your regular wax on top of it.
There is a great variety of fins and it is important to know about each of them to figure out which one is your type.
FCS is the most commonly used fin system offering a choice of great fins to chop, change and try. A key must be used to screw the fins in.
FCS 2 is the upgraded version to the original FCS, featuring a wider connection to the board than FCS. It comes with the flex pattern transfer which ensures better performance. The fins conveniently snap in so no tools are required.
Futures boast the latest innovative designs with the fin box running the length of the fin to make it stronger. This fin system is designed to enhance the board performance.
Lokbox allows for half an inch of movement so your fin positioning can be easily customized. This ensures a better fit and performance.
Most boards have removable fins so the rider has the opportunity to choose what fin to fit. If your board features a five fin set up you can switch between single, twin thruster and quad.
Single is the classic and the most commonly used fin that will allow you to rely more on the sides of the board to make a turn. They're excellent for beginners who need to master the basics first.
Twin is typically used for fish surfboards to loosen up the board and let release off the tail.
Thruster (3 fins) is used to ensure stability and works fine for most people in practically any condition.
If you want more drive and direction consider using Quad. Not only will you achieve good tail release in turns but will also get a reliable fin set up to hold the line in bigger waves.
Leashes are needed for safety reasons. One end of this safety device snaps around your back foot's ankle with a velcro wrap while the other one attaches to the tail of the surfboard. Leashes ensure the board stays with you in case you fall off a wave. Experienced surfers recommend keeping the string that attaches your leash to your board short so it doesn't cut through the board. In addition, the rail saver should cover the edge of the board, so make sure you loop the string through the leash plug and attach the rail saver to both ends of the loop.
Grip pads are fitted to the tail end of your board's deck for better grip. They can range from complete one pieces to pads with multiple sections. Grip pads also help you position your back foot, especially if you are surfing bare foot, as well as improve your overall surfing technique.
A surfboard bag protects the surfboard from damage during transportation. Surfboard bags may have different depths of padding and some of them can even carry several boards at once. A surfer may need more than one bag: a thinner bag to take your board to the beach by car and a thicker one when you travel by air. If you often travel to tropical countries with hot weather consider purchasing a bag made of some reflective material to reduce heat damage to minimum. When you pack your board bag for a trip, make sure you wrap the nose and tail with towels or other soft fabric for extra protection.
Surfers put on wetsuits when they surf in cold water. Typically, wetsuits are made of a foamed neoprene. This material ensures thermal insulation when the surfer is in the water. Today the best wetsuits are made of a super-stretchy neoprene that not only retains the heat qualities but also makes paddling extremely easy.
Your choice of the surfboard and surfing equipment will depend on your level of proficiency in surfing. If you are a beginner you will need to master the basics of the art of surfing and there is a choice of foam boards, beginner surfboards, mini mals and some longboards to help you learn the ropes. Surfers of intermediate level have acquired stability on the board, so they can tackle the waves they want and are experienced in riding along open surfaces and are able to put a few turns in. Advanced surfers can hit the waves in different conditions and are confident in their turns and maneuvers.