How to buy your first surfing board

One of the first questions that arise when we started in the surf knows what kind of surfboard is best suited for learning. Well, there are tables especially suitable for beginners, with the stability needed to maintain balance is easy, and the fair maneuverability to make the first turns and maneuvers.


Tables for learning to surf have characteristics that make learning easier, their shapes are not as “cool” as bearing the machines in your beach but are certainly more effective. A very common beginner mistake is to try to learn from a table of standard surf (shortboard) for surfers with a certain level, but they do not work with beginners.

The ideal table to learn to surf is evolutionary, followed by the quality surfing board. They are taller, wider and thicker than standard short board tables with good buoyancy and very stable, which is easy to paddle, stand up and enjoy the waves from day one.

Virtually all brands include models of evolutionary and surfing boards with different sizes to suit the height and weight of each surfer. For reference, a surfboard for these features should be between 20 and 50 cm taller than the person who is going to use, so just take the side to see if the appropriate table.

Against taller and wider is the easiest table will stand up, but the harder it will evolve and maneuvers, so it is not good to choose an overly large table just because it is easier to stand up, look for balance.

An important point to note is that the system of official measures to surfboards are feet (‘) and inches (“) The equivalence inches would be next.

  • 1 inch = 2.54 cm
  • 1 foot = 12 inches = 30.48 cm

As a rough guide, if you measure less than 170 cm can use a table 6’8 (203 cm). If you measure between 170 cm and 185 cm you can start with a table 7’2 (218 cm). And if you are taller than 185 cm you can use a table 7’6 (229 cm).

You also have the possibility in some stores custom order them by taking into account your level, height, weight and type of waves you will surf. The shaper knows surfboard design that best suits your features. Surfer needs different gears and equipment for surfing. These gears are available in online shop. is the best one for surfing gear.

Note that when an acceptable level is reached is often the leap to shortboards, so there is a market for evolutionary tables and malibus of resale in surf shops and Internet forums. This is the recommended option if you have a budget, but notice that the table is in good condition and the price is right (new ranges between 300 € and 350 €).

When you take some time and your surfing has improved want to switch to a smaller table, then you will have a clearer idea of ​​the type of table that suits you through the experience.