WHAT SURFBOARD FOR PROGRESSING ONTO?
Who are you:
- I want to progress off a mini-mal / longboard
- I want something easier to duck dive
- I’ve been riding a bigger board and can get to my feet but need a board that turns easier
- I'm ready for a shorter board
What are some of your biggest surfing challenges:
- I've mastered the basics and want to progress
- My board feels too big. I want a board that is easier to duck dive
- I can get up easy and ride the wave but my board is too hard to turn quick
What’s going to solve them:
- It’s time to go smaller and maybe change surfboard shape. Most people progress down in 6 or sometimes 12 inch increments.
- But you don’t want to go too short – this is the biggest mistake so it’s better to be a little too big than too short. Once you are too short you can’t paddle easily or catch waves but if you are a touch big at least you will be catching lots of waves but maybe one turn won’t be as quite as tight.
- Ensuring your board is not too small. Going too small too early will actually slow your progress
- Understanding that it takes quite a longtime and dedication to learn to surf
The best surfboard for you:
- Our fish surfboards – these maintain volume but have the shortboard shape. They have a little more volume in the chest area to aid paddling and some models have both the 3 & 4 fin option to speed up and loosen up the board. These are easier to duck dive and are the perfect step-down board.
- Mini-mals – if you have been learning on a longboard (9ft plus) and you are light weight (under 65kg) then maybe the board has just been too cumbersome to handle. Try going to a mini-mal between 6’10 and 7’6” to keep the stability and floatation but make it much easier to handle.
What size board should I ride then?
Use the below easy size guide.
FISH SURFBOARD SIZE GUIDE
MINI-MAL AND LONGBOARD SURFBOARD SIZE GUIDE
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