Beginner surfboards: the best way to learn to surf | Photo: Shutterstock

Beginner surfboards are a key piece of equipment for learning to surf.

Whether you've booked a few surf lessons or decided to learn by yourself, the so-called soft-top surfboards are the right tool for the early surfing attempts.

There are hundreds of beginner surfboards on the market and, sometimes, finding the ideal equipment can be complicated and confusing.

One of the first myths that must be debunked is that foamies are low-quality surfboards. That is just not true. Beginner surfboards were specifically designed to help first-timers into the sport.

In fact, they were built with a single goal in mind: to help novice surfers stand up on the board fast and easy, and to accelerate the learning process.

There are two types of beginner surfboards: soft-top surfboards and pop-out surfboards.

Pop-out surfboards: they're heavy and made from molds | Photo: Shutterstock

Soft-top surfboards, also known as foamies, are boards with a soft, cushioned top deck, and a slick HDPE bottom deck. They're the most popular choice among surf schools.

Pop-out surfboards are mass-production boards, usually built from PVC or other plastics. They can be quite heavy and awkward to turn, so they're not the best option for learning to ride a wave.

But why are beginner surfboards really a smart choice for getting into surfing?

1. Stability and Buoyancy

The most common problem people face when learning to surf is difficulty finding balance on the surfboard. In other words, when they're catching their first waves, they fall off the surfboard a lot.

Because they offer high volume, and they're incredibly buoyant, foamies offer the stability beginners need to pop-up and ride toward the beach.

2. Resistance and Durabilty

When you're learning to surf, wipeouts are more frequent than successful rides. Many times, the board will lose control and hit nearby boards, rocks, heads and other human bones.

Because they're built to last and absorb high impacts, beginner surfboards won't need ding repairs and offer high longevity.

Beginner surfers: they need stable, resistant, durable, safe and comfortable boards | Photo: Shutterstock

3. Comfort and Safety

It is always good to know that you're learning to surf on a safe board. Whenever you're paddling, you'll feel the smooth cushion under your chest.

And if for any reason, the board hits you, it won't be as painful as a standard fiberglass surfboard. Foamies do, indeed, minimize injuries.

4. Accessibility and Affordability

A soft-top surfboard is often a big board (7'-9') that can be used by children and adults alike. The good news is that, despite their size, they aren't expensive.

You can buy a high-quality beginner surfboard nearly everywhere, and there's no need to visit a surf shop. You can buy it online, and have it shipped to your door, quickly and hassle-free.

Surf schools: they often use soft-top surfboards in the early leaning stages | Photo: Shutterstock

5. Highly Fun to Ride

Just because it is a board for first-timers, it doesn't mean you won't experience the thrill of catching and riding a wave for a few seconds.

Beginner surfboards are incredibly fun to ride, and advanced surfers sometimes use them in small, two-foot summer waves.

6. Forgiveness and Confidence Boost

Foamies were designed to let you make mistakes, and still get going. They are more forgiving than standard shortboards, and will simultaneously reduce the initial frustration and the number of early wipeouts.

7. High Selling Ability

Have you evolved significantly? Do you feel you need a smaller, high-performance surfboard?

No worries. It is relatively easy to sell your first beginner board without losing much money.

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