There are many types of surfboards for different budgets and levels of experience varied. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert surfer, you’ll want to take the appropriate table for your surfing technique.

Table 101

The front of the table is called the nose, the rear is the tail and sides are the rails. The top of the table, where the surfer is called deck.

All but the most experienced surfers should use a leash while surfing. The straps prevent the loss of the table in case of fall, so you can recover faster and catch more waves. More importantly, the straps will help you control the table and prevent other surfers hit. A strap with a padded tape on the ankle strap provide comfort and a swivel will prevent tangles.

Get the right size tables.

Surfboards are sold in feet and inches. Whatever you buy the table should be at least 6 inches (15cm) above your own height.

  • Long tables: a long table (9 feet / 2.74 m or more) glides through the water and allows a better balance.
  • Short tables: tables short (less than 7 ft / 2.13 m) are more maneuverable but slower row. You should throw in the most pronounced of the wave and stop quickly.
  • Wide tables: the wide boards are more stable.
  • Thick tables: tables thick float better facilitate rowing in the grip of the waves.
  • Tables light or ultra-thin: these tables are more difficult for beginners.

What kind of board is right for you?

Soft boards, long or pop-out options are good for beginners. The best table for learning is wide, thick and light. Many tables are made to measure, giving you many options to find the appropriate table.

  • Soft tables: if you’re a beginner, you’ll want to start with a soft table. The tables are large and thick soft. They are soft enough to soften the impacts. The fins of these tables are generally softer than in other tables. If you decide on a soft table, you probably want to move to a more versatile table quickly. For casual or novice surfers, a table is a soft option.
  • Tables of pop-out: surfers looking for good value tables can search within the accessible pop-out boards. These tables have a heart of foam covered in fiberglass. Pop-out boards are heavier than the soft boards. Are stable but not have as much response in the water. This makes them good for beginners. They have an excellent resale price.
  • Short tables: tables are small and easily maneuverable light, designed for quick turns. Are between 5 ft 8 in and 6 ft 10 in length. The more blades you have, the more chances there are to be cut, if you find a table with one or two flaps you like it, Consider it a good choice.
  • Table Malibu or long: long tables start at 9 ft. The nose is more rounded shape and is generally shorter than the tables. It may be thicker and have a flap. The extra length and thickness make that is a little more stable. Try to avoid tables too old and heavy as they can be complicated to use and does not surf as well.
  • The fish: the fish is shorter, broad and rounded than a typical table. This type of table varies between 4 ft 8 in and 6 ft length.
  • The shotgun: biggest waves require larger boards, here is where the shotgun. These tables range from 7 ft 2 in and 12 ft.