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How to Choose Your Surfboard

New Zealand’s coastline boasts beautiful east and west coast beaches. Due to the narrow shape of our islands, we are lucky to be able to access most surf sports within a few hours if travelling from inland.
 

With a nationwide movement to improve to tatou a te iwi (our people’s) mental health, get outdoors and keep in touch with Mother Nature, we are experiencing a significant growth in the sport of surfing. Shakka!

 

The Spit, Dunedin. Photo credit: Rambo Estrada.

The Spit, Dunedin. Photo credit: Rambo Estrada.

 

 

 

So, how do you choose a surfboard?

 

Take a look at this quick video tutorial for all you need to know.

 

 

When deciding on your first surfboard, there are a few things to think about:
 

  1. – The level of your surfing skills
  2. – Your size and weight
  3. – The size of the waves
  4. – The conditions you plan to surf in

 

 
 
 

Which size is right for you?

 
There are many types of surfboards out there, all of which offer their own benefits for different styles of surfing, types of wave and experience levels.

 

Shortboards

 

The most common style used by advanced and professional surfers as they offer maximum speed and mobility, but still good at all experience levels.

Common sizes: 5’5″ to 6’4″

RSC 6.0 Juice Ute 3 Shortboard

 

 

RSC 6.0 Juice Ute 3 Shortboard

RSC 6.4 Juice Ute 3 Shortboard

 

RSC 6.4 Juice Ute 3 Shortboard

 
 

Mid-Length / Funboards

 

Designed for less experienced surfers, these offer the turning ability of a shortboard and the paddling ease of a longboard.

Common sizes: 6′ to 8′

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RSC 7.6 Mini Mal

 

Torq Mod Fun Surfboard - 7ft 6in
 


Torq Mod Fun Surfboard – 7ft 6in

 
 
Longboards / Gun

 

Longboards feature a greater length and a rounder nose, both of which make it trickier to manoeuvre, but easier to paddle and catch waves. Great for beginners and/or smaller waves.

Common sizes: 8′ to 10′

Rincon 9.2 Longboard

 

 

 

Rincon 9.2 Longboard

 

Rincon 9.6 Longboard

Rincon 9.6 Longboard

 
 

Beginner

Softboards are more forgiving with knocks and bumps, and are available in 6ft, 9ft and everywhere in between.

Torpedo7 7.0 EVS-HDPE Mini Mal Softboard

Torpedo7 7.0 EVS-HDPE Mini Mal Softboard

 

Choose a Surfboard Tail to Match the Wave Conditions

 

Narrow Tail

For powerful conditions

 

Fish Tail

Smaller, choppier waves

 

Wide Tail

Smaller, less volume waves

 

Ruby Meade, a 23-year-old surfer from the North Island of New Zealand. Photo credit: thesea.com

Ruby Meade, a 23-year-old surfer from the North Island of New Zealand. Photo credit: thesea.com

 

 

 

Some of our favourite surf spots:

 

Raglan – Waikato

Piha – West Auckland

Shipwreck Bay – Northland

Whangapoua – Great Barrier Island

White Rock – Wairarapa

The Bluff – 90 Mile Beach, Northland

Muriwai – West Auckland

Te Arai Point – Mangawhai, North of Auckland

Whangamata – Coromandel

Wainui Beach – Gisborne

Fitzroy Beach – New Plymouth

 

A great beginner spot in Auckland is Orewa.

 
 

Remember, this is all just to get you started.

 

You might find yourself switching to a different surfboard as you progress! If you’re still unsure, talk to one of our team in store for more info.

 

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