TYPES OF SURF BOARDS

Having grown into a huge sport and even gaining international recognition by being incorporated into the Olympics roster, surfing has attracted a lot of fans and enthusiasts from all over the world. It is now among the must-do activities for people visiting any coastal towns bordering the oceans. However, unbeknownst to most novices surfing is an intricate activity that comes with its own set of specifications, board types for instance. There are surfboards that are specifically created for different forms of surfing, they include

  • Shortboard

This board made its entry in the 1970s and really reinvented high-performance surfing. It derives its name from the fact that it is less than seven feet long. It usually has a sharp nose, thin rails, and three or four fins.

  • Longboard

The oldest surfboard whose blueprints have been used over time to create other types of boards. They range from 8 feet to 12 feet long and are about 2.5 inches thick and 20 inches wide. They are good for beginner surfers

  • Gun

A name derived from its incredible speeds, the gun ranges from between 6 feet to 10 feet and is used to ride the exceptionally huge waves. It is designed for the big plunges and has a very good control.

  • Fish

These are shorter, wider and flatter than the short boards and are good for slower breaking waves since they go faster and more smoothly than the rest. With a minimised rocker effect and good balance, most beginners usually opt for this when starting out.

  • Sup

The latest addition to the board line-up. It is huge, ranging from 10 feet to 12 feet and is designed for standing up and paddling using a real paddle, like a small boat. Most times it is used by people who are not that much into riding huge waves but the small ones, paddling while enjoying the scenery.

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