Beginner surfboards: learn how to buy your first stable and soft-top surfboard

Surfers never forget their first surfboard. Beginner surfboards are the key to surfing life, so it's important to make a wise choice, when you're riding the inaugural waves.

Surfboards for beginners have special features. If you're learning to surf or if you're introducing a friend/relative to the sport of riding waves, weight and height are the first variables to have in mind.

Floatation demands volume. A good beginner surfboard has high buoyancy so that errors and mistakes made by surfers while catching the balance are easily "forgiven" or tolerated. Stringer technology has been added, too.

Surf novices should buy soft top surfboards that will help them catch as many waves as possible in the early white water stage. Surfing beginners will paddle faster and will rapidly pop up on these stable boards, despite being bigger and heavier than traditional shortboards.

Quality foam surfboards can last forever. They range from 6' to 8' sizes. An average adult should get into surfing with an 8', while a child can learn with a 6'. The bigger the board, the faster you'll be enjoying the pleasures of wave riding.

Surfboards for beginners are quite affordable, and your first surfboard will always be useful, even after progressing to an intermediate surfing level. That's what a surf quiver is made of. An alternative to foam surfboards are pop-out surfboards, made of molded plastic or very thick resin.

The best soft-top/beginner surfboards for the 2018/2019 season are:

 

South Bay Board Co. | Verve 8'

South Bay Board Co. | Verve 8'

The Verve 8', by South Bay Board Co., is an 8-foot entry level foam surfboard for riders weighing up to 180 pounds.

The package comes with a traction pad, a travel bag, customization pens, a thruster fin setup, and a leash.

Only $299.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

South Bay Board Co. | Ruccus 7'

South Bay Board Co. | Ruccus 7'

The Ruccus 7', by South Bay Board Co., is a 7-foot a beginner surfboard for light apprentices weighing up to 150 pounds.

It features one fiberglass rod stringer and two double reinforced marine wood stringers. Comes with leash and fins.

Yours for $279.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Wavestorm 8' Original New Modern

Wavestorm 8' Original New Modern

Wavestorm 8' is the best-selling surfboard in the United States. It is soft, light, and easy to ride.

The board features a HDPE slick bottom, and a textured traction pad for stable foot placement. Comes with a leash and a set of fins. For riders weighing up to 200 pounds.

Only $324.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

South Bay Board Co. | Heritage 8'8''

South Bay Board Co. | Heritage 8'8''

The Heritage 8'8'', by South Bay Board Co., is an 86-liter surfboard for beginner riders weighing up to 220 pounds.

Features three stringers, waterproof EPS foam at the core, a reinforced HDPE double concave hull, and a removable thruster fin setup.

Yours for $339.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Surftech Learn2Surf 9'

Surftech Learn2Surf 9'

The Surftech Learn2Surf 9' is the perfect beginner surfboard for riders weighing up to 220 pounds.

It features durable and rigid multi-stringer cores, reinforced rubber bumpers at the nose and tail, heat-laminated soft foam decks and padded slick bottoms.

Yours for $815.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

BIC G-Board Evo 8'

BIC G-Board Evo 8'

The BIC G-Board Evo 8' features a full, soft construction for maximum safety, good volume, and ideal rocker lines, rail shapes and board outlines for first-timers and beginner surfers weighing up to 165 pounds.

Comes with a thruster fin setup.

Only $399.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

South Bay Board Co. | Guppy 6'

South Bay Board Co. | Guppy 6'

The Guppy 6', by South Bay Board Co., is the perfect board for young surfers weighing between 50 and 150 pounds.

It features a shape well-adapted to beginners, as well as a heat-laminated IXPE foam top deck, a rounded nose and semi-squared out tail for maximum safety, stability and performance.

Only $159.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Liquid Shredder FSE 6'

Liquid Shredder FSE 6'

The Liquid Shredder FSE 6' offers a soft foamy deck with super fast bottom, and wooden stringers for stiffness.

It's a good choice for a very young child.

Yours for $154.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Giantex 6'

Giantex 6'

The Giantex 6' was designed to handle first-time mistakes beginners make. Features a durable top foam, and a slick HDPE bottom.

It's a good beginner surfboard for kids and very light novice surfers. Comes with a leash and removable fins.

Yours for $65.

Buy: Amazon.com


The beginner surfboard review has been updated on November 1, 2018.