What size surfboard should I buy?Thursday 14 May 2015
The question of ‘what size surfboard should I get’ is part of every surfer’s journey. We have all bought boards that are too small, they always look cooler and we get pre-occupied with what we will look like walking with it under arm down the beach rather than whether we can actually surf it!
The truth is today much of mystery, and therefore opportunity to make a terrible decision, is removed. As a big man myself, I was always a little nervous buying new boards. What caught me out a couple of times was thinking length equalled buoyancy. The reality is that it is all about VOLUME. I went from a 6’10 down to a 6’2, but because the 6’2 had more volume it was way easier to surf and meant every session was fun rather than a struggle.
If you are an accomplished surfer then you will know your volume preference. For those that are less experienced there is a help at hand.
Visit Firewire’s volume calculator HERE and it will take into account fitness, age, weight and experience to dig out what volume will work for you. This will literally save you years of getting it wrong, which can lead to countless wasted sessions paddling around not catching waves. We are not recommending you buy a Firewire, though some of our friends love them, but run your stats and then go out and buy a board that fits your volume quote.
What is also great about this is today’s availability of short high volume boards, so if you only have a ford fiesta you can still find a board you can stick in the back and roll down to the beach with you partner in the front seat. We recommend you check out the Sweet Potato – it rocks (unless its big and heavy :)).
If you are looking for a good selection of boards to choose from check out SURFDOME