Beginner surfboards: learn how to buy your first 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 "Verve," by Gold Coast Surfboards, is a 8' 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.

The "Wavestorm 8'" is the best-selling surfboard in the United States. It is soft, light, and easy to ride. It is soft, light, and easy to ride. The board features a HDPE slick bottom, and a textured traction pad for stable foot placement. Only $187.

The "Ruccus," by Gold Coast Surfboards, is a 7' is a beginner surfboard for light apprentices weighing up to 150 pounds. It features one fiberglass rod stringer and two double reinforced marine wood stringers. Yours for $289.

The "Body Glove 7'" is built with expanded beaded polystyrene core, with a polyethylene slick bottom, and three laminated wood stringers. A perfect pick for beginners at $279.

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. Only $369.

The "BIC Dura-Tec Natural Surf 2" offers a shape well-adapted to beginners, as well as easy progression. It's an excellent combination of longboard stability and maneuverability, with just enough length to make it easy to control. A 7'9'' surfboard for $329.

The "Pink Hibiscus 7'0," by Triple X, is a soft top surfboard for children and adults. Features an heavy duty IXPE skin, removable fins, and comes with a double swivel leash.

The "Giantex 6'0" features a durable top foam, and a slick HDPE bottom. It's a good beginner surfboard for kids and very light novice surfers. Yours for $65.

The "FSE 6'0", by Liquid Shredder, offers a soft foamy deck with super fast bottom, and wooden stringers for stiffness. It's a good choice for a beginner child for $147.

The "Best Choice Foamie 6" is made of durable foam and it was designed to handle first time mistakes beginners make. It comes with a free leash, traction pad, and removable fins. Yours for $74.

"The Camel", by Classic Malibu, is a 7'6'' retro egg that will rapidly get you up and riding. Ideal for lighter surfers, and an excellent backup board for intermediate riders wishing to enjoy small summer waves.

The "California Board Company 9'" offers a heat laminated, high density, and 100% waterproof EPS Core. It comes with a tri-fin system for only $260.

This beginner surfboard review has been updated on April 19, 2017.

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