Need a new surfboard? Do you want to learn how to surf? Buying your first surfboard or an all around, backup board? Looking for a different type of surfboard? There are a few factors that come into play when choosing a surfboard. The first step to determine the right surfboard for your body type is to note down your weight and experience level.

Most surfers fall into the first two of the following four categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced and pro. As a rule of thumb, first-timers to the sport should get thicker and longer surfboards. Novice surfers need extra flotation and stability to paddle for the first waves, and to help them stand up on the board after catching the wave.

However, a taller and heavier intermediate surfer will also need a slightly bigger board, comparing with a shorter and lighter intermediate rider. SurferToday created a size chart for surfboards. Choose from five different types of boards: shortboards, fish, funboard/malibu, longboard, and SUP. Enjoy surfing!


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The correct surfboard for your body is usually the one that has one hand palm over your head.

If you ride small-to-medium waves, you can pick a longboard or a funboard/malibu.

To convert Kg to Lbs, note that 1kg equals 2,2 lbs.
To convert Meters to Feet, note that 1m equals 3,3ft.

SHORTBOARD

 

Shortboard

Beginner

Intermediate

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

6' 2" - 6' 4"

6' 4" - 6' 8"

6' 6" - 6' 10"

6' 10" - 7' 4"

+ 7' 4"

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

6' 0" - 6' 4"

6' 2" - 6' 6"

6' 4" - 6' 8"

6' 8" - 7' 2"

+ 7' 2"

FISH

 

Fish Surfboard

Beginner

Intermediate

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

6' 1" - 6' 4"

6' 3" - 6' 8"

6' 5" - 6' 10"

6' 9" - 7' 4"

+ 7' 8"

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

5' 10" - 6' 2"

5' 10" - 6' 2"

6' 4" - 6' 7"

6' 8" - 7' 2"

7' 6" - 8'

FUNBOARD / MALIBU

EVOLUTION

 

Funboard

Beginner

Intermediate

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

7' 2" - 7' 4"

7' 4" - 7' 6"

7' 6" - 7' 8"

7' 8"

+ 7' 8"

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

7' 0 – 7' 2"

7' 2 – 7' 4"

7' 6"

7' 7"

7' 8"

LONGBOARD

 

Longboard

Beginner

Intermediate

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

9' 2'' – 9' 4''

9' 4'' – 9' 6''

9' 6'' – 9' 8''

9' 8'' - 10'

+ 10'0

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

9' 0 – 9' 2''

9' 0 – 9' 2''

9' 4 – 9' 6''

9' 4 – 9' 6''

10' 0''

SUP

 

Stand Up Paddleboard

Beginner

Intermediate

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

10' 0'' – 10' 8''

10' 0'' – 10' 8''

11' 3'' – 12''

11' 8'' – 12''

11' 11'' - 12'

Your Weight

45 - 63 kg

63 - 72 kg

72 - 81 kg

81 - 90 kg

+ 90 kg

Your Board

10' 0'' – 10' 6''

10' 0'' – 10' 6''

11' 0'' – 11' 6''

11' 0'' – 11' 6''

11' 11'' - 12'

How to pick the right surfboard?

You have finally decided to buy yourself a new or your first surfboard. But what size is the best? And what shape should you pick? What are the differences between a shortboard, a fish, a funboard, a longboard or even a stand-up paddleboard (SUP)?

Beginner surfers should always get a surfboard with an above-average paddling/flotation ratio. Super stable surfboards are easier to paddle, will get in the waves faster, and are more forgiving when the pop-up moment arrives.

After carefully selecting the right size based on your weight and level of experience in surfing, it's important to explore and understand the main features of a surfboard.

The main surfboard features are template, outline curve, the location of the wide point, nose (shape and width), tail (shape and width), fin setup, thickness, rocker, rails and bottom curves, and overall volume in liters.

The large majority of surfboards are made of polyurethane, despite the environmental issues associated with this type of core. However, the main surfboard shapers and manufacturers are already moving towards greener alternatives such as algae and epoxy.

Surfboard designers know which materials allow surfers to improve their overall performance in the waves, and how they impact on board weight, design, and resistance to impact.

A rounder template/outline will force you to draw longer curves and results in a more laid-back surf. However, more area also means greater buoyancy and more planing lift potential.

That is why width and length are paramount variables. Wider boards offer more flotation and are the perfect choice for small, mushy waves.

Rocker is considered by many shapers the most important feature in a surfboard. Surfboards with more rocker are usually slower in a straight line, and harder to paddle. On the other hand, more rocker means less nosediving.

The rounded pin tail, round tail, squash tail and rounded tail are very common because they hold the surfboard quite well in all-around surf conditions.

So, in a dream scenario, and if you had to take four surfboards to a distant surfing island for the rest of your life, the ultimate surf quiver would include two shortboards, one malibu, and a longboard.

Remember that the best surfboard is the surfboard that you enjoy riding the most. However, you should definitely make your decision based on the idea that there is a right board for your body type and experience in the surf.

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