What Size Surfboard do i Choose?


One question that i get asked all the time is "What size surfboard shoud i get?". The answer to this is dependant on a number of things, your height, weight and skill level are the three most important factors to consder when choosing a board. As a general rule of thumb if you are in the market for a Mini Mal then a board that is roughly 1 foot taller than you are is fine. If you are a larger or heavier set person then 1' 7" taller or thereabouts should do the job. The bottom line is that you need to be able to float comfortably on your board.


Beginner Size Chart (Mini Mal's and Funboards)
Your Height
Your Weight
Surfboard Length
4'10"-5'4"
80-125
7'0"-7'6"
5'4"-5'10"
130-170
7'4"-7'10"
5'10"-6'0"
150-200
7'10"-8'0"
5'11"-6'3"
170-220
7'11"-8'3"
6'1"-6'6"
190-260
8'1"-9'6"



The above chart is for beginners and shows the size of the Mini Mal that wold be most appropriate. By following this as a guide you will be able to maximise the amount of time actualy standing up. The board will have just the right ballance of weight and floatation. You will want to stick with the longer, wider and more buoyant surfboard shapes while learning. It may be tempting to get a shorter or get an actual shortboard, however quite often this will just lead to frustration and you will end up giving up.

Intermediate Size Chart (Shortboards)
 
Your Height
Your Weight
Surfboard Length
4'10"-5'4"
80-125
5'6"-5'11"
5'4"-5'10"
130-170
5'9"-6'3"
5'10"-6'0"
150-200
6'0"-6'6"
5'11"-6'3"
170-220
6'3"-6'8"
6'1"-6'6"
190-260
6'6"-7'4"


OK, so now it's time to move onto a Shortboard or Semi-Fish. This chart is aimed toward the intermediate surfer who's ready tomove onto his first shortboard. Less floatation will be required as you should now have balance and the ability to paddle efficently. These boards will give you maximum maneuverability and still be fun in smaller swell. If you feel like it, you can still get a shortboard that is an inch or two longer that what is recommended here as It will give you slightly stronger paddling power. If you feel that extra paddling power would be beneficial, then perhaps consider a Semi-Fish as the wider body and extra float can make a big difference.

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