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Are Your Surfboard and You a Perfect Match?
You’ve advanced greatly in bridling waves even for a novice surfer, but there are still certain nuances bothering you at taking off, standing on the surfboard or maneuvering on the waves.
So, some questions may emerge about the type of surfboard you need.
Of course, you should still do much to improve your technique or get your own style of riding, and answering these questions requires more time to feel your surfboard better and be in good contact with it on the waves.
But one annoying question has long ago nested in your head: it is your coach who chose a surfboard you are still riding, but does it really suit you? And the question emerges: isn’t it time to change this surfboard for one of a different length.
You look at experienced surfers and their sets of surfboards with admiring envy.
But you may have noticed that almost all these surfboards are of similar dimensions, even if we’re talking about the length. It ranges slightly within the limits of several inches in order to correspond better to the weather conditions.
Also, mind the fact that professional surfers travel from one spot to another in search of a perfect wave. And the question is about how to make such hiking convenient.
Even if you are tired of dragging your huge (or it may seem to be such to you only) longboard all over the spot, don’t hurry and pass the following test consisting of five questions to check if you really need another surfboard.
The Right Size Surf Quiz
Answer the three simple questions of the quiz choosing only one variant of the answer.
Question #1. What wave conditions do you surf in on your surfboard?
- a) small hollow waves (up to your knees);
- b) medium height waves (up to your chest or shoulders);
- c) large waves (overhead waves).
Question #2. What are your hands doing at taking off?
- a) You always try to catch hold of the deck with your hands at the pop-up.
- b) You hurry to bump against the deck without moving your hands under the chest.
- c) You push back quickly with your hands lying under the chest.
Question #3. Does your paddling always result in catching a wave?
- a) You paddle fast and easy but catch only one of three waves you’re hunting on the cause of nose-diving.
- b) You paddle not intensively but still, you usually succeed in catching a desirable wave.
- c) You paddle fast enough to catch a wave but your surfboard tends to sink.
Question#4. What part of the surfboard is working more while you are surfing?
- a) You stand on the center part of the deck leaning backward and trying to catch hold of the deck with your baby toes.
- b) You stand on the center part of the deck leaning forwards.
- c) You can easily change your poses or walk along the deck.
Question #5. Do you have any difficulties in maneuvering on the wave?
- a) You pop-up easily and catch a wave but the wave takes control of you.
- b) You pop-up easily and can predict the wave behavior.
- c) You have a good feeling about your surfboard and can maneuver easily on it no matter what kind of wave you are riding.
Now let’s tally up your points after answering all these questions!
If you’ve got more “a” – Don’t take it so hard but you’d better think of a longer surfboard than you have now. It is just the question of the time you will feel such a need.
If you’ve got more “b” – Congratulations! You’ve buddied well with your surfboard, so take your time for changing a surf, just take pleasure in riding waves and getting more skills. Such continuous practice will answer many of your questions.
If you’ve got more “c” – Well, your suspicions are verified by answering these questions! You may choose a new surfboard, a shorter one, of course. But don’t come to a funboard too quickly, settle on a mini malibu at the moment.
So, we expect our test has answered your question. But remember that choosing a surfboard of the right size should be dependent on many aspects of your riding and many further questions to be answered.
Don’t hurry up buying a new surfboard, you’d better rent it to try all its abilities and capacities with some additional questions about its functionality. And who knows, maybe after trying a new surfboard you’ll prefer to return to your former one!