The Escape Surf School Newquay Cornwall

mike young surfing with escape surf school

A lot of people by their first board to early and don't take proper advice. Buying your first board is quite tricky, but stick to my advice and we could be on a winning streak. 

Firstly know your different types of surfboards and sizes: A lot of factors comeinto buying your first board, so be honest with yourself and you will progress.

Different Sizes of Surf boards

9’0” to 10’ Malibu

7’0” to 9’0” Mini Mal

6’6” to 6’10” Fish

6’6” to 6’10” Gun

4’0” to 6’5” Short Board

 buying a surfboard in newquay

Things to consider about hard boards:

  • Are you riding out back on unbroken waves? Sometimes jumping on a Hard board will hold you back as your fitness and technique need to be spot on. So try and work on consistently riding the green waves
  • The smaller you go the more responsive the board, so you would need to be fitter and more precise with your surfing technique.
  • Hard boards are not meant to be ridden in the white water, if you are still in the white water no problem but get a board to suit your ability.

Firstly here are the questions you need to ask yourself:

1. What are you looking for in a board? At what level of surfing are you?

2. How often do you surf?

3. How tall are you and how much do you weigh?

4. How fit are you?

5. What’s your budget?

mike young riding a swelly on a surf lesson in newquay 

My advice is if you are "umming an ahhing" through all of those questions stick with this rule. “Go Bigger” The longer the board the more it makes paddling easier. The wider and thicker it is the more stable you will be.

When it comes to your height and weight, as an adult the most important thing is the length, thickness and width of your board. If you are getting your first board go no further than the dimensions of 8'0", 22 wide and 2 1/2 - 3 inches thick and you can’t go wrong. This will help you progress so much faster and you will be surfing for longer When you become a consistent surfer  the better surfer you become.

Additional tip: if you only get down to the sea once or twice a year you might as well rent or go on a surf lesson. Once you have more time to surf, then its probably OK to buy for first board. Unless you just want it to look pretty hanging on your wal!!


Mike Young