Submitted by Zach Perez on Tue, 07/14/2020 - 02:14
hey everybody! i’m new here and i’m looking to get more into surfing. i’ve surfed a little in the past but mostly on vacation however i recently moved to florida and want to get more into it. every time i’ve rented surfboards i’ve used the longboards for a couple hours and then switch to a 6’4”ish shortboard. im able to catch some waves on it but i just enjoy it so much more. well i’m looking to get my own board now and i found an axing deal on a pretty decent 6’ board for $100 used. i’m 16 years old, 6’ tall, and 155 pounds. i feel that i will catch on fairly quickly but i’m not sure if i’m putting myself to an impossible task. i would prefer to start with a slightly longer board (6’6”) but this is all i can find in my price range and it’s a custom board in great shape ($600 retail used lightly). for what it’s worth i live on the gulf side of florida so i’d mostly be surfing before storms and maybe an occasional trip to the other coast. any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you!!
If you really want a smaller board already I'd at least look for a fun-board, mini-mal type shape with a bit more volume that is at last a half foot taller than you. A bit longer (say a foot taller) would be even better.
If you are 16 and 6ft and and still learning IMHO a 6ft board is too small for you, especially if you are still growing?
IMHO 6,3 would be as short as you would want to go but ideally around 6,4 to 6,6 would be better, with a bit of width and thickness, ideally just a standard rounded square tail shape. (id also recommend using a volume calculator to also get an idea of the volume recommend for your weight and surfing ability)
The 6ft board might be a good buy but if its not suited to you and your surfing ability, you will only end up struggling with it and not enjoying your surfing, id just keep looking until you find the right board or save a little more.
What indo says