Buying a surfboard for your child or even yourself can be quite daunting if you don’t know what to do.
There are so many different types and lengths to choose from and with all the advice from various sources how do you know which is the best one for you? What you need to understand when it comes to beginner surfboards though is that the rules don’t change irrespective of who you’re buying the surfboard for. In this article, I have put together a few of the rules which you need to follow when buying beginner surfboards in Costa Rica.
First of all, a beginner will need to get themselves a basic surfboard that offers excellent floatation and stability. On the other hand, if you’ve been skating all your life and already have great balance, maneuverability and flexibility you may be able to skip this step. But if you don’t have great balance, get a longboard surfboard. These surfboards are great for beginners as their extra length help increase stability and floatation manifold, you can learn more about beginner ones at sites like www.surf-costarica.com or www.costaricasurfinstitute.com.
It’s true, floatation and stability are two of the most important factors when it comes to surfing and that’s why I’ve already mentioned them twice. If you want to be able to successfully ride a wave, you will need to first get your balance right. But remember, it may take a little while before you catch your first wave. In the meantime, you just need to be persistent and keep on trying. This will help improve your skills as well. Don’t just give up if you don’t catch a wave on the first few tries.
The thickness of a surfboard helps improves floatation as well. This means that a thicker surfboard will make it easier for you to ride a wave. And if the surfboard is nice and wide as well you will get the extra element of stability which will make catching your first wave easy.
But don’t just go ahead and buy the biggest surfboards you can get. The size of the surfboard you use will depend on your weight and your height. While a 2 1/2 inch thick surfboard is idea for someone who weighs between 75-175 lbs., it won’t do the job for someone in the 175-250 lbs. weight category. Similarly, a 120 lbs. person can buy a 9 foot long surfboard while lighter people can buy 8 feet long surfboards.
But, if you already have excellent balance & maneuverability from another sport you play or if stability just comes natural to you, you could consider getting a funboard instead of a surfboard. These boards are much shorter than regular surfboards but are just as wide to provide sufficient floatation. Funboards aren’t recommended for someone who is trying out extreme sports for the first time in his/her life though.
I repeat, the most important thing for a first time surfer is getting the proper balance and stability to be able to successfully ride a wave. For this you need the right surfboard. And once you catch your first wave, everything else just seems to be a distant memory.
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