A great surfboard is one water toy no yacht should be without but, whether you’re just starting out on the waves or are a seasoned pro with years of experience under your belt, choosing the perfect surfboard for your needs can be a hugely difficult decision. Professional surfer Laura Crane, who has represented Great Britain internationally and won ambassador contracts with the likes of Billabong and Nike, knows a thing or two about investing in the right board. Here she shares her expert advice for riders of all levels…
The first thing to consider when buying a surfboard is its length. It’s worked out based on height. If you’re shortboarding, your day-to-day board should be the same height as you or slightly smaller. The width of the board is determined by how advanced you are and the thickness is based on your weight (the heavier you are, the thicker the board). For your first board, you want something that you can progress into rather than something that might feel right for you straight away. Depending on your height, I would recommend a 6’2”- 6’6” length with lots of buoyancy!
When it comes to materials there is a vast range to choose from. A lot of professional surfers I know have started using Epoxy as opposed to traditional fibreglass and foam boards because they’re lighter and therefore better for smaller waves. Of course, you can have the best board in the world but you’re not going to be able to catch a great wave unless you look after it properly. Try your best to not let you board get too hot - keep it out of the sun when you’re not using it and don’t leave it in a hot car for longer than necessary. Heat is a big factor in board care because the resin on the top of the board can start to separate from the foam base if it gets too hot which will ruin your board.
So now you know the basics, it’s time to start shopping. Here are my recommendations for all rider levels: