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How to Choose your first Fish Surfboard or Longboard
Before choosing your first surfboard, Its a good idea to learn a little about the basic surfboard shapes or surfboard designs. Surfboard design is important ask the surfers in your area what shape they recommend for the type of wave you will be surfing. There is really no set rules as to what shape to start surfing on. Many surfers say they started surfing on Egg shapes, long boards or fish surfboards that were easy to paddle and catch waves with. Some basic surfboard shapes are the Fun shape, Fish, Short board, Long-board and Mini-Long board .
Surfers will say the larger the surfboard the easier to catch a wave and stand up. not always true, I tried to learn on a 12 ft long board it was to big OK it was easy to stand up on but don't get hit by it! How thick the board is will determine how well the board will float. The more it floats the easier it is to paddle and catch waves. The wider it is, the more stable it can be when you try to stand up . Bigger is not always better if you want something easier to handle shorter boards with more flotation will work for beginners. It worked for me! Once you learn how to ride a wave . It's all a done deal!. If you still are not sure what you need, ask other surfers in your area or If they are no help, Send me an email and I may be able to help you choose a board.
Fun shaped Surfboards
Some surfers call them egg or fun boards. These surfboards can have the maneuverability of a short board and the wave caching advantages of a long board. Fun Boards can work well for beginners. I have owned plenty of fun shaped surfboards that were easy to catch waves and were very maneuverable. If fact Robert August surfboards shaped one for me in the 80s that I rode through out the Great Lakes and Florida for several years. The shape lived up to its name,it was a fun board that lasted a long time.
A great alternative to the high performance short board. Thought up in the 70s, the fish is shorter and fatter than a short board and comes with a swallow tail and a larger twin fin,thruster or quad set up. Its innovative shape allows for a looser, faster surfboard for smaller days. Retrofish surfboards are good transition boards for someone who wants to try surfing on a short board that may have learned on a longboard. Or maybe your area has sloppy wind blown surf? Retrofish Surfboards work well. In fact the surfers call my retrofish surfboard, The magic board because it catches so many waves !
The shortboard is considered by many the most high performance of all the surfboards. Its narrow and thin design give the experienced surfer the speed needed for fast, gouging turns and the performance level to surf a wave how ever they want.These boards are commonly Thrusters. But single fins and twin fins are seen also. As in all the shapes you will find 100s of variations in the designs of these boards. That can and will effect your surfing ability!
Mini Long boards
You might have seen these boards on the beach. They are shaped like long boards but they area bit smaller. Some what easier to manage for women and kids. Easier to carry and a bit lighter than a conventional longboard but with a similar feel to it.
Some what of a replica of the original surfboards. Longboards catch almost any wave all the way to the beach. The most popular board in the water and for good reason, Longboards can be easy to start on and alot of fun.