The best surfboards for beginners in 2022

Surfing
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 and unique features.

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

Flotation requires 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 to help them catch as many waves as possible in the early white water stage.

Flotation Is Key

Despite being bigger and heavier than traditional shortboards, surfing beginners will paddle faster and rapidly pop up on these stable boards.

Quality foam surfboards can last forever. They range from 6' to 9' sizes. An average adult should get into surfing with an 8' or 9', 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 is pop-out surfboards made of molded plastic or very thick resin.

The best soft-top/beginner surfboards for the 2022 season are:

Wavestorm 8' Sunburst

Wavestorm 8' Sunburst

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

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

Length: 8'
Width: 22.4''
Thickness: 3.25''
Volume: 86 liters
Weight: 11.5 lbs

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 200 lbs (90 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com

 

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.

Length: 8'
Width: 23''
Thickness: 3''
Volume: 74 liters

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 190 lbs (86 kgs)

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 beginner surfboard for light apprentices weighing up to 150 pounds.

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

Length: 7'
Width: 22''
Thickness: 2.85''
Volume: 49 liters

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 170 lbs (77 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com

 

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

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

The Heritage 9', 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.

Length: 9'
Width: 23''
Thickness: 3''
Volume: 86 liters

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 220 lbs (100 kgs)

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 and a heat-laminated IXPE foam top deck, a rounded nose, and a semi-squared out tail for maximum safety, stability, and performance.

Length: 6'
Width: 21''
Thickness: 3''

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 150 lbs (68 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Rock-It 8' Big Softy

Rock-It 8' Big Softy

The Rock-It 8' Big Softy is a highly buoyant and easy-to-paddle soft-top board that is ideal for first-timers and beginners.

It features three marine wooden stringers coated with epoxy nano-coating to resist water absorption. The EPS foam is UV resistant and doesn't necessarily require wax.

Length: 8'
Width: 22.7''
Thickness: 3.3''
Volume: 81 liters

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 190 lbs (86 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Giantex 6'

Giantex 6'


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

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

Length: 6'
Width: 20''
Thickness: 3''
Weight: 10 lbs

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 100 lbs (45 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Liquid Shredder EZ-Slider 5'10 Fish

Liquid Shredder EZ-Slider 5'10 Fish

The Liquid Shredder EZ-Slider 5'10 Fish offers a soft foamy deck with a super-fast bottom and wooden stringers for stiffness.

It's the right choice for a very young child.

Length: 5'10
Width: 21''
Thickness: 2.5''

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 95 lbs (43 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Catch Surf Odysea Log Kids 6'

Wave Bandit Ben Gravy Performer 6'

The Wave Bandit Ben Gravy Performer 6' features a classic fish shape, a double wood stringer core, and a dual-composite core of high-pressure construction.

With its thruster setup, it will quickly transform a beginner surfer into an intermediate wave rider. It is also an excellent option for young surfers wishing to maximize wave count.

Length: 6'
Width: 26''
Thickness: 3.125''
Volume: 48 liters

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 154 lbs (70 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Thurso Surf Aero 7'

Thurso Surf Aero 7

The Thurso Surf Aero 7 is the perfect beginner surfboard for riders weighing up to 210 pounds.

It features durable and rigid wood stringers, a stiff high-density EPS core, an HDPE slick bottom, an adjustable fin box, and a heat laminated deck for maximum cushion.

The pack includes three fins, double stainless steel swivels, a and triple rail saver ankle leash.

Length: 7'
Width: 21.5''
Thickness: 2.75''
Volume: N.A.

Surfer's Weight Range: up to 210 lbs (95 kgs)

Buy: Amazon.com


The beginner surfboard review has been updated on May 2, 2022.