Surf Guide - The Ultimate Surfboard Guide

Long boards, short boards, mini-mals, malibus, soft boards, fish, are just some of the different types of surfboards you will find on the market. To navigate in this maze, it could be a good idea to have a little surfboard guide or something to help you out.. so, vòila!

To start off, even though they look cool and all the pro surfers you see on the TV has one.. please avoid the temptation of buying a short board as your first surfboard. This is because it is not thick enough, long enough or wide enough for surfers in the beginning phase. As a beginner it would be advisable to invest in a Mini-Mal (the ideal beginner board). These boards are really good allround boards. They are classified in the skill-level beginner to advanced, which means that this is a board you can develop your skills on for some time before replacing it / investing in a new one.

Shortboard in action
Shortboard in action
Shortboard out of action
Shortboard out of action

A Mini-Mal has all the the board abilities that a beginner needs and craves for. It is wide, which will help you with stability. It is long, which gives you extra stability and balance. And last, but not least, it is thick, which will guarantee you a very good buoyancy / floating ability. Due to its buoyancy it is quite fast in terms of acceleration / speed in the water. This board design makes the Mini-Mal really good to paddle. This, together with the good balance on this board, makes it easier to catch waves (which is relatively essential for you to progress as a surfer, isn't it?

Here is a handy guide you should keep in mind when buying a board:


Mini-mals are categorized in the size category 6'8" to 8'4". The ideal beginner boardsize is approximately 7'6" to 8'4".

Remember what was mentioned earlier in this article. (1) Wider board = More stability (2)Longer board = Extra balance and stability (3) Thicker board = Better buoyancy/floating ability, thereby easier to paddle, which makes it easier to catch waves.

A ultra thin, light short board will make it very hard for you to develop as a surfer. A short board like this, based on you not being ready for it (skillwise), can end in pure frustration due to the lack of progress. And it might lead you into a vicious cycle were you find surfing less fun, and thus surf less and less, and before it has even begun, your surfing career might be over.

Hope you found this surfboard guide informative, and that you have learned a thing or two. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. Good luck onwards! ...·¨¯(_....


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

great tips from you. I like this hub. You are pure surfer. thanks for nice picture also. I thinks this tips useful for us as a beginner.

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Resolver2009 7 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway Author

Thank you for your comment prasetio30. Really glad you found the article informative. See you around!

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emmayork 7 years ago from Wimborne, Dorset

as a surfer myself, that is a really great guide to surf boards.

nicely done!

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;-) 7 years ago

Hi, my husband just bought himself a paddle ski, and he is having lots of fun...the only prob is, he can only use it on a river. LOL. What do you think about paddle ski's? Maybe you should do a hub on them!? Great info!

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Resolver2009 7 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway Author

unodinocs: Thank you. You are nice.

emmayork: Thanks. Really appreciate hearing that from a fellow surfer. Hope you can recommend it to someone in the beginning/novice phase of their surfing career. :)

;-): Thank you ;-) Glad to hear he is having a good time. I have seen them used with pure awesomeness on waves. They look like a lot of fun, but I have only used them on rivers aswell. The beautiful rivers of Voss.. Maybe I will. See you around!

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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA

Resolver, great hub, would love to learn and know how to surf. I felt it in your writing! Thank you.

KellyEngaldo 6 years ago

I never knew mini-mals existed! Thank you for sharing. One of my all time favorite videos is a combination surf video with exercise. You have motivated me to find that video. You have great hubs. I will live vicariously through your surfing.

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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

Reading your hubs awakens my desire to surf again. Thanks!

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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Good hub! I hope to someday get back into surfing.

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