There are so many surfboard types available and we feel its essential to make the choices as easy as possible for the customer.
We have split our surfboard range in two, & range in order to accommodate the various styles of surfing and their unique approach. The following factors play a essential role in choosing the right surfboard not only for the conditions but also your build (height and weight) and surfing ability.
- Ectomorph Lean and long, ectomorphs have difficulty building muscle.
- Mesomorph Muscular and well-built, mesomorphs have a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells
- Endomorph Big with high body fat, often pear-shaped, endomorphs have a high tendency to store body fat.
- Advanced, extremely fit, high performance surfers
- Typical fitness with average, to above average skills
- Domesticated with lower fitness, desk jobs, and Weekend Warrior surfers
- Novice surfers (depending on age, ability and motivation)
TYPES OF SURFING
0-4ft conditions when surfing and equipment requires generating speed.
4ft plus conditions when surfing and equipment requires controlling speed.
Much like golf clubs has various lofts suitable for various shots, so to does surfboards have rocker that suits various wave curves. There are four various surfing conditions available.
Poor - In between swell (under 2ft)
Standard - Building swell (2-6ft)
Strong - Peaking swell (over 6ft)
Standard - Dropping swell (2-6ft)
Your standard surfing conditions consist of 2-6ft waves (4ft in middle) so it consists a bit of speed generate and also speed control.
75% of the time you would go down to the beach and encounter this. When it is building, the period is increasing and the wind is usually offshore, when it is dropping the period is usually decreasing and the wind is onshore.
WHAT IS VOLUME? The volume of your board is a measurement of the total amount of space that your board occupies. If your board were a perfect cube, then a simple length x width x height calculation would be all we’d need. However, as your board is full of curves and concaves, the whole thing is a little more complicated. In the past, the only way of knowing, was to dunk your board in a bath, and see how much water was displaced and this is why we normally measure surfboard volume in Cubic Litres rather than Cubic Inches.
WHY IS VOLUME IMPORTANT? Volume matters because it gives us a realistic idea of how big our boards are. Ever since the “Retro Revolution” of the early 2000’s, people have been riding an increasingly diverse range of surfboards, and now the standard 3 dimensions (length, width and thickness) don’t give us enough information to decide if a board will work for us or not, and you can shape 3 boards with the same dimensions, that look and surf very differently.
* Remember to ad average 4kg’s to your body weight in order to compensate for a wet wetsuit and water retention when surfing in a wetsuit.