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What Size Surfboard Do I Need?

 

The choice of surfboard size depends on a couple of factors. The first is ability and the second is time in the water. In general, the bigger the board is, the better it will be to catch waves on. Take a look at the tables below to get an idea about the minimum sizes that you should be looking at for your surfboard. Be sure you make the right choice when buying a board; have a chat with the surf shop staff for their advice.

  • A novice surfer will need a larger board than a more skilled surfer.
  • A surfer who only surfs occasionally will need a bigger board than one who surfs regularly.
  • A board that is too small will hold back a surfers improvement and probably result in frustration.

Shortboard Sizes

Note that the sizes below should be used as a guide only. If you're in doubt, get something a little bigger.

Surfing Less Than 1 Day Per Week
Surfer Weight (lbs) Surfboard Length Surfboard Width Surfboard Thickness
100 - 140 6' 2" - 6' 4" 18 3/4 - 19 1/4 2 1/4 - 2 3/8
140 - 160 6' 4" - 6' 8" 19 - 20 2 3/8 - 2 1/2
160 - 180 6' 6" - 6' 10" 19 1/2 - 20 1/2 2 1/2 - 2 5/8
180 - 200 6' 10" - 7' 4" 20 - 21 1/2 2 3/4 - 3
200 + 7' 4" + 21 1/2 - 22 1/2 3 - 3 1/4

 

Surfing At Least 1 Day Per Week
Surfer Weight (lbs) Surfboard Length Surfboard Width Surfboard Thickness
100 - 140 6' 0" - 6' 4" 18 1/2 - 19 2 1/4 - 2 3/8
140 - 160 6' 2" - 6' 6" 18 3/4 - 19 1/4 2 3/8 - 2 1/2
160 - 180 6' 4" - 6' 8" 19 - 19 3/4 2 1/2 - 2 5/8
180 - 200 6' 8" - 7' 2" 19 1/2 - 20 1/2 2 5/8 - 2 7/8
200 + 7' 2" + 20 - 21 1/2 3 - 3 1/4

Funboard Sizes

Funboards (mini-mals) are much more suited to someone new to surfing and are ideal to start getting waves straight away. You still need to make sure the board is large enough to suit your weight and surfing ability.

Surfing Less Than 1 Day Per Week
Surfer Weight (lbs) Surfboard Length Surfboard Width Surfboard Thickness
100 - 140 7'0" - 7'4" 20 1/4 - 21 2 1/2 - 2 3/4
140 - 160 7'2" - 7'8" 20 1/2 - 21 1/2 2 3/4 - 3
160 - 180 7'6" - 8'0 21 - 21 3/4 2 3/4 - 3
180 - 200 7'10" - 8'4" 21 1/2 - 22 1/4 3 - 3 1/4
200 + 8'2" - 8'8" 22 - 22 3/4 3 1/4 +

 

Surfing More Than 1 Day Per Week
Surfer Weight (lbs) Surfboard Length Surfboard Width Surfboard Thickness
100 - 140 6'8" - 7'2" 20 1/2 - 21 1/4 2 1/4 - 2 1/2
140 - 160 6'10 - 7'4" 20 3/4 - 21 1/2 2 1/2 - 2 3/4
160 - 180 7'2" - 7'8" 21 - 21 3/4 2 1/2 - 3
180 - 200 7'6" - 8'0" 21 1/2 -22 1/4 2 3/4 - 3 1/4
200 + 7'10" - 8'4" 22 - 22 3/4 3 - 3 1/4

 

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