There are many types of surfboards on the market, each offering their own benefits for different styles of surfing and experience levels. It can be a little overwhelming to make a decision about choosing the right one for the correct application.
San Diego Surf School presents six of the primary styles below:
Common Sizes: 5’2″ – 6’4″ long 20″ – 22″ wide Distinguished by its “swallow tail” end, fish surfboards have a wider, rounder nose that is good for small to medium sized waves.
Common Sizes: 5’5″ – 6’4″ long 16″ – 19″ wide The shortboard is the most common style used by advanced and professional surfers as they are designed to maximize speed and maneuverability.
Common Sizes: 6′ long or more Hybrids combine elements from other styles to customize the experience. For example, a heavier surfer might want a performance board with a heavier or wider build.
Common Sizes: 6’6″ – 8′ long 20″ – 22″ wide Funboards are designed for less-experienced surfers who want to have the turning ability of a shortboard and the paddling easy of a longboard.
Common Sizes: 8′ – 9′ long As the name implies, longboards have a greater length as well as a rounder nose, both of which make it harder to maneuver but easier to paddle and catch waves.
Common Sizes: 6′ – 10′ long Ideal for big wave surfing, gun boards have a narrow design that makes it easier to paddle out and control on steeper waves.
So the answer really depends on the type of waves you are riding and your skill level. If you have questions we are happy to help!