Surfboards come in such a variety today that no one’s garage could hold even one sample of every type. But out of the variety of choices, one is right for you.
The traditional beginner’s board and still used by experts is the longboard. Typically about 9 feet (2.7 m) in length, they can be as long as 12 feet (3.7 m) or more. The average longboard is approximately 21-24 inches (53-61cm) wide, though some are wider. Generally made from polyurethane foam, usually coated with fiberglass, they now come in composites of different types, as well. The number of fins isn’t standard, but the usual board will have one, just in front of the midpoint or near the tail.
Shortboards have gotten very popular, too, though. As the name suggests they are around 6 feet (1.8 m) and often more narrow than a typical longboard. They’re lighter weight, of course, and more maneuverable. On the downside, they’re harder to control, may offer less buoyancy, and feel less stable to a beginner. They tend to have multiple fins.
At the extreme end of length there are boogie boards, fish boards and a wide range of other boards. To each his own.
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