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Some of the best beginner surfboards out there

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“Without a doubt the right surfboard might speed up the learning process.” – surffanatic
Photo by Filipp Nekhaev on Unsplash

I know you’re tempted to skip the common-sense advice for beginner surfboards and choose a sophisticated, cool looking board. Right? Guest what? That will make it hard to learn and will lead to frustration and lack of progress. Trust me, I’ve been there. As you will learn on the way, everything takes time. Your mind and body need it in order to progress; it’s just the way surf and life works!

Without a doubt the right surfboard might speed up the process. As a beginner surfer what you want is a board that makes it easy to catch waves. The general rule for beginner surfboards is: big and soft. I’ll break it for you! Bigger the better and softer the safer. That is why beginner boards are generally longer, wider and thicker. Why soft? To avoid hurting yourself and everyone else in the water when you loose control. Because you’ll lose it! Losing control is part of learning in order to learn how to maintain it.

The popular choice and 5 of the best beginner surfboards

A bigger board floats better and that makes it more stable to balance upon. Also, it’s easier to paddle. That is what you want when you learn how to surf. Having in mind all these details, including a good price-quality ratio, we put together a reality inspired list of the best beginner surfboards.

0. Any surfer anywhere. Reality – The used beginner board

Probably the most popular choice amongst surfers and since forever one of the best beginner surfboards. We all have a friend that introduced us to the world of surfing and has an old board she or he doesn’t surf anymore. If not them, they must have some friend with an extra board. Also, there are plenty of online and offline places where you can acquire a used beginner surfboard. Be careful though! You heard the sayings “not any thing that flies is good to eat” and “not any dude with a board is a surfer”. A board that is too small for you will give you a hard time. Then, it might make you think that surfing is not for you. The main factors in choosing a beginner surfboard are your body height and weight. That is why we strongly and truly recommend to check the section at the end of this page: “Become knowledgeable once, stay knowledgeable forever”! When buying a used surfboard keep in mind the following:

SPECS:

Big and soft.

No holes

Has all the fins

Cost: 200$ max

Length: 7’ – 9’ depending on yout height and weight

Width: 22”to 23.5”

Thickness: 3” +

Volume: 60L to 80L

1. Wavestorm 8′ Surfboard

The Wavestorm is, without a doubt, the most popular beginner surfboard. It’s a board that fits everyone from beginner to seasoned surfer. Super floatable and stable, easy to paddle and perfect for the beginner surfer. The EPS core and three wood stringers makes it stiff and its HDPE bottom makes it durable. It comes with three plastic fins included, a leash and a tail track pad when bought on their AMAZON OFFICIAL STORE.

SPECS:

Cost: $99-$249

Length: 8’

Width: 22.4”

Thickness: 3.25”

Volume: 86L

2. Catch Surf Blank Series

With a classic fun board shape, the Catch Surf Blank series is the second most affordable great quality board on our list. And when we say great quality, we mean it. It has a stiff dual composite core with triple maple wood stringers and a durable HDPE slick bottom. It’s very floatable and easy to catch waves with. Check price and full specs at EVO

SPECS:

Cost: $299 +

Length: 8’

Width: 23”

Thickness: 3.37”

Volume: 86L

3. South Bay Board Co. Verve 8’ from South Bay Board Co.

The Verve 8’ is a soft top surfboard with a traditional, beginner friendly mini-log shape. However, it has a bit of rocker on its nose and a bit of rocker on its extra-wide tail. These features help preventing pearling (nose-diving) and gives it more stability when standing up and when turning. That means it’s great for progressing from going straight to going sideways. It has an EPS foam core with 3 stingers and fiberglass layers. Top and bottom decks are covered by bamboo layers to help prevent heat damage and add even more strength to the boards. When bought on their OFFICIAL STORE PAGE it comes with fins and an 8′ leash.

SPECS:

Cost: $399

Length: 8’

Width: 23”

Thickness: 3”

Volume: 80L

4. Foamy Gunner

The Foamy Gunner is one of those boards that can make any conditions fun. The EBS cross linked top gives it extra UV protection and better traction. It has a superior EPS Foam Core with 3-ply wood stringers that makes it stiff and durable. When bought on their OFFICIAL PAGE it comes with 3 FCS1 fin boxes and a leash included.

SPECS:

Cost: $395

Length: 8′

Width: 22″

Thickness: 3″

Volume: 86L

5. Ho Stevie! 8’2″ Soft Top Surfboard

The Ho Stevie 8’2″ Soft Top Surfboard is a low-cost and high-quality board. Its core comes with triple stringers and fiberglass layers below the soft deck. When bought on their OFFICIAL PAGE comes with FCS fins and an 8’ leash included.

SPECS:

Cost: $299

Length: 8′2’’

Width: 22″

Thickness: 3″

Volume: 86L

How to choose the best begginer surfboard?

With so many surf boards to choose from, it’s normal to ask yourself about how to choose a surfboard. Other common questions when buying your first, and second… and third board might be: what surfboard should I buy? Or what size surfboard should I get?”.

At surffanatic we believe that knowledge brings understanding. Understanding and experience make you wise. That is why we want you to understand what a surfboard is. We promise that, once you do that, you won’t look at a surf board the same again! Go through the articles below and at the end of the day, you’ll just know what surfboard to buy!

Learn once, know forever!