21 Oct


by Mateus

I started surfing more or less two years ago and I keep learning every day therefore I’m not an expert nor a professional or someone who understands much about surf. However I’ll try to teach some important and interesting things I’ve learned so far.

In this post, I’m going to talk about length, width, thickness and buoyancy. Surfboard dimensions are commonly measured in feet and inches. Also, the surfboard you use is dependent on your size (weight and height), the type of waves  you wish to use the board for, your ability, style and board-type you prefer.



The length is a measured from nose to tail. Choosing the length of the surfboard is dependent on your size (weight, height). Longer surfboards will paddle easier, glide better and make it easier to get around sections but less maneuverable than short surfboards. So they are usually used for beginners, small waves or weak waves.


This is the measurement of a surfboard at its widest point. Generally the wider the surfboard the more stable the board, while a board with smaller width maintains better speed and performance. Wider surfboards float better, are more stable and ideal for beginners and for surfing junk waves.



Surfboard thickness is measured from the top deck to the bottom. Surfboard thickness and the distribution of thickness along the surfboard will determine how well a surfboard floats and, to some degree how well it paddles. Most surfboards are thickest in the centre with the thickness tapered to produce a thinner nose and tail. Beginners will benefit from having plenty of thickness throughout the board. The thicker boards are stronger and because there is more foam under the surfer and the boards are more stable. Experienced surfers will tend to go for the thinner boards as they are lighter and offer better performance.


The volume controls surfboard’s buoyancy and it is directly associated to the weight the surfboard can support. The best buoyancy is considered when the surfer is paddling with most of their body above the water the better the paddle is. Usually the volume of the board is half of the volume of the body and it result in half of the body under the water when paddling. For beginners these measures must be bigger in order to help paddle.

However, bad workmen always blame their tools! Kelly Slater can surf on anything… even a table!


Keep practicing and good waves!!

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