If you are getting the hang of surfing, or if you have been riding the waves for a while, you might be surprised to learn that it is highly likely that you are riding the wrong board. It may sound slightly presumptuous, but many surfers commonly make a mistake when choosing surfboards.
In fact, there are pro surfers who admit that they, too, rode the wrong board for years. So, if you are wondering if your equipment is right for the waves that you chase, you are not alone. You may need to make a few slight adjustments, but matching the best board to the right wave is bound to improve your technique.
Here are a few tips for picking the right board for the right wave:
1. Short Boards are Best for Taking it to the Next Level
Longboards are great for beginners or those who want a relaxing ride. Surfing started with the longboard, after all. But once you master the art of "hanging ten" and you want to take your surfing game to the next level, it's time to consider a shortboard.Shortboards are more comfortable to maneuver, and are better are testing the boundaries. They are typically less than seven feet, but they are designed to take on the critical twist as and turns that advanced surfers crave.
2. Don't Worry about What the Pros Ride
A board that works for advanced surfers where they surf might not work where you surf. Just because pro surfers look fantastic and their board looks incredible, doesn't mean that it is the best choice for you. Ride what works best for you.
3. Test a Friend's Board
If you think another board looks like it might work better, find someone who has the style you are considering and try it out. If you have a friend with a different style board, they probably won't mind. And if you spot a fellow-surfer while you are out riding, even if you aren't best buddies, chances are they won't care either, if you ask nicely. This could save you from spending cash on a board that you can't stand once you get it on the water.
The best surfers aren't afraid to try something new. So even if you are attached to the board that helped you catch your first wave, it may not be the right board for you now. You can always keep your old longboard for sentimental reasons, while you catch the Big Kahuna with your new one.