Surfboards are just tools. They’re pretty cool tools, sure, but you still need to know how to pick the right one for the job. This section has everything you need to know and surfboards and board design. This information is designed to help you pick the right board for the conditions, find your next perfect board, and better understand what’s happening under your feet as you surf. Below you’ll find a deep dive into the different types of surfboard shapes, their characteristics, and their histories.


Quick answers to some of the most common questions about surfboards.

What size surfboard should I get?

Ideal surfboard size is all about volume. Once you build up your skills, you’ll have much more flexibility. But if you’re just starting out or are having trouble catching waves, stick with a board with more volume. Learn more about surfboard sizes and dimensions.

What surfboard is best for beginners?

Beginner surfers should look for mid-sized to longer boards with enough volume to help them float, catch waves, and add stability. Good places to start may be softops or funboards.

What surfboard is best for intermediate surfers?

Intermediate surfers should look to start building their quiver in regards to the types of waves they like to surf and the type of surfing they like to do. Though a fish is not a bad choice for an intermediate surfer. Learn how to build your board quiver.

Why does my surfboard sink?

If your surfboard is sinking or feels too low in the water, it probably has too little volume for your weight and skill. Get a bigger board.

What are surfboards made of?

Surfboards can be as simple or as complex as you want. In the simplest form, they’re made from wood. Most modern boards are made from a foam blank, wood stringer, fiberglass shell, and resin. Learn more about surfboard materials.

When should you get a new surfboard?

You definitely need a new board if you’ve mastered your current board and have hit a plateau or your current board is not suited for the type of waves you want to surf. Other than that, experimentation is the secret to happiness. Use the surfboard buyer’s guide to help figure where to get your new board.

What’s a Fish Surfboard?

A Fish describes a surfboard that’s generally short, wide, has a relatively flat rocker, and features a swallow tail. The Fish is a classic shape that can work well in almost any type of wave. Read more about the fish surfboard.

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