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To maximize the rate at which your surfing progresses, you need to get started on the right board. You didn’t start your driving lessons in a Ferrari, and you don’t want to learn to surf in a Ferrari. So what is the anti-Ferrari of surfboards? Sometimes called foamies, these soft boards are ideal because the soft foam construction means the boards are incredibly buoyant, enabling the beginner to catch waves easily.
The fact that they are soft makes them an ideal board for a surf school where any injuries are minimized. Even the fins on this design are soft to a certain degree. An ideal soft surfboard length for an adult is around 8 feet in length. A softboard around the 6 feet is best suited for a child. However, while ideal for a single surfing lesson, softboards aren’t perhaps the best surfboard to buy for an adult who will be surfing regularly. Most people quickly outgrow these boards, not making them the best buy. For small children who won’t progress in surfing so quickly, or for adults who only go surfing on vacation once a year, they are a great buy.
The pop-out is made of foam covered with thick fibreglass and is practically indestructible. As a result of their construction, the pop-out is much heavier than a softboard or a custom. The downside of these boards is their weight, meaning that they can pack a hefty wallop. When using these boards you need to pay attention to where the board is going if you come off it, and be aware of other people in the water. The pop-out is a popular choice as a beginner board, and they offer more to the average surfer than softboards because they have a longer time span where they are still of use as a board to learn on. Another great thing about the pop-out is that they are in demand and always have a good resale value after you’ve learned to surf on them, as others commonly try to find a second-hand board. Let’s sum up what we’ve found.
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Soft surfboards are suitable for everyone as a first board, and because of their construction, the size of the board doesn’t really matter. An eight-foot board is ideal for an adult, while a six-foot board is best for a child. The downside is that they are quickly outgrown, and a new board will be needed by someone who gets into the surf regularly. Pop-out surfboards have a longer life than the softs, and they can take a surfer from complete novice to intermediate surfer without the need for a new board. They also have an excellent resale value when looking to trade up. The downside is primarily their weight and that they are incredibly hard to duck dive. There is one problem with both these boards: they have a zero cool factor.
This is why many surfers can be put off from buying them even though they make great beginners surfboards. Let’s take a look at custom surfboards for beginners – are they a better option or just a solution to the cool factor? Surfboards For Beginners – What’s best? I’m just a ten year old girl!
Well, I know how to paddle! While this states an 8′ soft is good for an adult learning it goes on to state the “Pop-Out” could be a better choice for the first buy. This does not say if the 8′ is still the best size. Is the 8′ “Pop-Out” the right size for an adult? 8 foot is a good size for a first board.
5 foot 9, the choice of board depends more on your weight, your surfing ability, and the time that you will spend in the water. The guys over on the forum helped me with my first board choice a while ago. You should register on the site and post your questions there. I guess I would be classed as an improver I have a 7’10” Take-Off but read recently that this brand is not ideal any input on this? This is a really interesting and informative content. How much does a pop out surfboard cost and how much would it be for shipping?
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Guest on Jul 15, 2011: Take off boards had a bad repuration a few years ago, but have since improved. You’ve bought it now, so how are you getting on with it? I was wondering if someone with experience can give me advice on buying a starter surfboard. I want to learn, and found a Maui and Sons 8′ cheap surfboard, I know I would eventually buy a ‘real’ surfboard, but what do you think about getting this as a learning board? Hi Eva, I’m not familiar with Maui and Sons surfboards, and without knowing the full specs of the board, and your weight, it’s not possible to give a definitive answer.
That said, 8′ is a good length for a beginner. I weigh about 120, and i m 5’7. Eva, it sounds like it’s a board that is suitable for a beginner, the sort of board you would find at a surf school. If you surf regularly, you might find that you outgrow the board quite quickly and would need to change for something that will offer you better performance. I stumbled upon one really cheap and was hopeful. All I need is something that you would use to learn on. I am super excited about it!
I’m guessing that a 6″ is the right size soft board? I live in South Eastern NC, and the waves are barely huge here unless you head to the Outer Banks. But I want to surf so I’m preparing myself. Everyone goes surfing during hurricane season. 6”4 board, it was sort of foam but not quitebut i have progressed a bit now and am leaning towards getting a new board, possibly fiberglass or pop-out.
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5”3 and i’m looking for a board of similar length or a bit shorter? My 14yo daughter wants a surfboard for Xmas and we are not sure which type of board to go for. I have been told by people that surf that if we bought her a soft board that she would have to relearn if she ever got a fibre glass board. I would say don’t buy a surfboard until she’s had some fun learning in surf school. She may change her mind if she doesn’t enjoy it, it’s not for everyone and is certainly harder and more physical than the pros make it look! I don’t agree that a soft board would mean she would need to ‘relearn’.
It’s great to learn the basics on. Epoxy or custom boards are going to take some ajusting to of course. The best thing i would do is try your mates boards or hire from a school and see what works for you before you buy one. Myself learning from experience i bought 5 boards before i found one with the exact dimensions that suit me.
Its always best to try it out first, get a feel of it before spending and getting the wrong thing. Alot of shops will tell you what you need, but they dont know your paddling capabilities or how quick you can get up and ride etc. Hi my 10 yr old daughter has been learning to surf on foamies at school and prefers them to the fiberglass short board a friend gave her. I have put a 7″ foamie on layby for her.
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Do you think this is to big? Should I swap it for a 6 ” board or will she grow into it? 11 and i need a board i weigh around 100 pounds and am 62 inches any advice I HAVE NEVER SURFED BEFORE! 10 165 and i have been surfing since the summer and i excelled very quickly at least i think.
And i ride a Costco foam board its pretty anoying because everone has no respect for me because of my board. I get up and ride the face of nearly every wave and i need a new board ive asked people and i get mixed oppions on what to buy from friends. Interesting that you recommend 8 feet for an adultmy instructor had me learn on a big, hurkin’ 12 foot soft paddle board, since I’m 6’2 and about 225 lbs. Thanks, it really helped me make a decision. Buy second hand, heaps better value, and then upgrade as you get better. It depends on your height and weight.
Thankyou this really does help a surfer in progress like me! 11 and have been surfing my whole life although my friend wants to learn how to surf, she is 11 and is wondering what she should learn on she is about 172 cm and can’t wait so please respond ! 6 ft 4 and im 15 and im confused on what to buy should i get a long board or short board or mid plz help ? Hey, I haven’t started surfing yet, but my family just bought a beach house.
I really want to start surfing right away. I’m 11 years old, about 85 pounds, and 5 feet tall. I am on tennis team, field hockey team, and a swim team, so I would consider myself pretty athletic. I’m looking to buy a surfboard for my boyfriend. He’s roughly 6’1 and 83kg, never surfed before but due to him relocating to the seaside will be learning to surf and going quite regularly. Would appreciate any advice on what board would be most suitable!
13 and i watched soul surfer and really wanted to try to surf i was on the swim team and i play tennis twice a week for 1 hr 30 min so i weight about 102 and im 5. 11 in height so what should i get? I love surfing already and I just stared since we recently moved to the beach! I’m eleven years old and surfing rocked! I just got a new fun board! 11 but cant waite to start hitting the waves.
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Hi, I’m an 18 year old boy that weighs about 210 lbs and I’m 6′ tall. I have wanted to surf for years now but never knew where to start. I wanted to know if anyone could help me with what size board I should get? Re What is the cool factor? 14 130 lbs athletic and 5’6in.
6 foot soft board foamie Measures 72″ Tall, 20. 5″ Wide, 2″ thick will this be a good board for me? I just started looking for surfboards tonght. I already know how to paddle, stand and duckdive but my ride length is not the best. My friends have boards and i want one now. What board type, length and price limit be? Im looking for a board im 13, 105lb, and 5″ 2″ what is a good length for me?
24 and workin in a surf shop but i don’t know how to bsurf and luckily i am now beginning to learn! I’m a beginner and looking for a board that fits me and a country of small waves. 12 and 5’1 what size board should i get ? Hi I’m 12 and I’m 5 ft 2in what size board and what kind of board should I get? 12 and jamie is 10 what size boards do we get?
I would like to get a board so that I can improve. I don’t want to get into compitition surfing, just some surfing for fun. I think that the soft board would be best for me considering I’m only 12. How long should my board be ? Hey , Why are you buying sutch big board it makes no reson JUST buy a board above 6′ and it will be mutch fun learing and surfing . I’m 5’4″, 16 years old, and 100lbs!
Looking for a surfboard for an 11 yr. She has taken surfing for the last 3 years and instructors said the boards from costco would be good starter boards and good price. Anywhere else i can get a comperable board? Do not see them at costco. Great advice, lived in cornwall all my life, spent everyday of the hols at perranporth, but never learnt to surf ! Hi I am 12 turning 13 in June, I am 4″9 and weigh 103lbs. I have never surfed before and I cant take lessons cause’ I live in Pennsylvania.
I can only surf in the summer on vacations. I am a beginner and I want to buy a board to teach myself. I know how to paddle and stand up to catch a wave. Is that all I need to know? I want a fibreglass surfboard and it needs to be a “6.
5″ What board would you suggest. Laura and Jamie and Lauren, You should get a fome one and make sure its a long board cause, u would have more space and they are better to balance on it. I skated before and have tried surfing on long board once. Should I get shortboard or practice more on longer board? Longboards are the best beginner boards. I agree, to learn from an 8 foot foam board is an excellent board to learn from.