Perfect Surfboards for Beginners
So you're just getting into surfing. You want to pick up a board and check out your local scene. There are so many different kinds of surfboards. Maybe you've done a little bit of research and you are seeing a lot of terms like rocker, rail and tail. You know what? Keep it simple. Your first surfboard is going to be one that helps you perfect your balance and learn how to carve a little bit. You are going to want a surfboard that has a lot of volume, meaning wide for stability, long and thick to help catch more waves. Once you've mastered paddling, catching waves, standing up and turning then you will be ready to develop your style then that is when the subtle nuances of the surfboard shapes become important.
The major factors that are going to determine which board is best for you is your weight and height. Click here to check out Kona's volume chart. This will at least give you an idea for what volume board you are going to want to shop for. Next, below are our picks that are very popular with new surfers so take that volume number and check out our recommendations. Surfing can be a ton of fun but like anything in life, you need the right tool for the job. Our experts at Kona are always super glad here to help so reach out if you need to ask any questions.
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The Malibu surfboard is thick, long and wide for maximum volume. This foam board is extemely durable. This tried and tested board will take a good beating and keep you on top of the waves
The 4-4 Short Softboard
The 4-4 surfboard is our foam top version of the shortboard. If you've mastered the stability from riding the longboard, maybe it's time to shorten your ride and dump some of that extra weight.
The Bella surfboard is an all-around cruiser with plenty of control in big, steep waves. The Longboard outline is stable under your feet and catches waves early with lots of speed. This board packs a punch with plenty of fin set-up options.