How to Surf : Understand the Different Types of Surfboards


Hi! This is Hal Weber with the San Diego Surfing
Academy for expertvillage.com. In this clip we are going to talk about different types
of surf boards. This is a foam board commonly used in surf schools—great for learning.
Its foam construction will keep you from getting as injured as you would with a fiberglass
board: less nicks, cuts, abrasions, concussions. It’s not if you are going to get bonged in
the head, it’s a matter of when. So this hedges the cut. Foam board’s are great for learning.
This is a modern longboard. A modern longboard is going to be a great transition from a foam
board because it’s got forgiveness. The way that the rails are shaped, the flotation of
the board is going to make it easier to test waves, easier to ride and more stable than
a shorter board. This is a traditional style long board. It was made recently but in the
style as a 60’s with a 50/50 rail. This is a harder long board to ride in the traditional
style. There is plenty surfing that can be done on this like nose riding, cross stepping,
hanging ten and broadmead cutbacks. Remember traditional style harder to ride than a modern
longboard. This is a retro fish that has come back in popularity. It’s got a lot of flotation,
easy to paddle, easy to catch waves and great selection to move to a shortboard from a longboard.
It’s got a split tail two side fin. This is a hybrid or a queener. Its got 3 fins, a cluster
set up but it is a lot shorter than a longboard. It has more flotation and easier to paddle
than a short board. Here we have what they are calling a modern fish or big boy dresser.
Its got a pulled in nose, a wide tail, 3 fins; surfboard for a bigger guy. This is a shortboard
presser much like what you will see the pros ride. After you are comfortable with your
skills and your experience and waves are getting bigger in the mid-range size, you might be
reaching for a semi-gun.

One thought on “How to Surf : Understand the Different Types of Surfboards”

  1. Hmm, none of those are quite like mine. Based on the descriptions I'd say I have a Hybrid-fish- It's a 7'10" Pearson Arrow with a sharp tip, thruster fins and a sharp tail.

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