Surfboards come in lots of different shapes and sizes. When it comes to design of a surfboard there are many different aspects to take into consideration f.e. length, width, thickness and curvature. Some boards are easier to balance, some are more designed for bigger waves, some are easier to turn and others are just for laid-back surfing. When you are buying a surfboard you want a surfboard that suits your experience and for a determined type of wave.
Here are the most important factors in surfboard design:
The longer the board the easier it is to paddle and to catch waves. Also when you are taller it is better to start off with a longer board. Once you are more experienced you can choose a shorter board. They allow you to make easier turns and maneuvers.
The wider the board is the easier it will be to stand up and balance. It is more stable and more suitable for smaller waves. Narrower boards are more for deep, hollow waves.
The thicker a board the more buoyant it will be. For beginners, the thicker a board the easier it is to catch waves. A thinner board will be less ‘floaty’, lighter and easier to maneuver.
Rocker is the curve of your surfboard from nose to tail. The curvature will affect the drive and carving ability of the board. Too much nose rocker will slow down the board but it will be good for big, steep and hollow waves because the nose won’t dig into the water’s surface. The more tail rocker the board has the more maneuverability it has. This surfboard design will allow you to do quicker and sharper turns but you will lose some speed and drive.
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