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Beginners Guide To Surfboards



Snowboarding News | Friday January 20, 2012 | Shared By: Nice Rack

If you didn’t grow up drooling over surf magazines like some of us, the world of surfboards may seem dauntingly complex. Fear not! This Nice Rack guide will help you with the basics so you can hold your own the next time you’re in a surf shop or talkin’ story in the parking lot of your favorite surf break. Think of this as the basic guide to surfboards where we will discuss avoiding kook behavior on an equipment level. Let’s get started.


The modern shortboard is the key ingredient of the modern surfing recipe. White Shortboard+Black Wetsuit+Three fins=Surfing (for those in warmer climes substitute wetsuit for trunks). You can’t really go to a surf break without seeing a shortboard. They’re sleek, fast, performance, and predictable. This cocktail of traits is what makes shortboards the go to board for competitions, trips to perfect waves, and showing off your moves. But, don’t be too fast to wish away all other boards, these boards only reach their stride under the right feet. Shortboard surfing isn’t for everyone. Even for those who excel with them they may not work for every condition.

Avoid Kooking Out: by saving a shortboard until you know how to get vertical or plan on getting shacked.


The longboard of today is far more predictable and easy to ride than in surfing’s early days. These boards are perfect for small, flat or mushy waves because they pack a lot of volume. They’re also harder to store and carry to the beach because of that volume. Don’t despair though, having a longboard on the right day can make all the difference. Today many shredders will ride longboards on larger waves and can surf them aggressively enough to put many short boarders to shame.

Avoid Kooking Out: by saving the longboard until you can leave the leash at home and cross-step your way to the nose. By the way, nose-riding (a.k.a. hanging-five/ten) is something every surfer needs to experience.


The outline of a funboard is similar to a longboard, but they usually have a thruster set up (three small fins). The most noticeable difference is that these boards will generally be in the 7-8ft range. Other differences in rocker and rail make the board friendly for beginners. Great for fundamentals such as take-offs, bottom turns and top turns. I would recommend that every beginner start on. Drawbacks: these board’s will hold you back on advanced maneuvers where a shortboard or longboard wont. For example, the increased entry-rocker on a funboard will mess up your nose-ride.

Avoid Kooking Out: Don’t be a wave-hog if you’re riding a fun-board. Think you’re too cool for school? Don’t forget that there’s always a time for honing your core-skills.

Guns, Logs, Fishes, Bonzers, and Twinzers, Asyms… Oh My

Although some from the strictly short-board or longboard camp will often dismiss the odd shape, don’t be fooled. There is a whole world of speed and glide to be found in these boards which I will cover in an upcoming post.

Storing your longboard short-board or Fun-board is easy if you’ve got a Nice Rack. Check out our Heavy Duty Racks for funboard and longboard surfboards. Don’t forget that Nice Rack Modular Racks are the most customizable short surfboard rack out there! Nice Rack has your whole quiver covered.



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