A beach with many large waves typically attracts local surfing enthusiasts. Surfers, from beginners to experts, use different board types, based on riding comfort and skill level. In fact, surfboard design differs greatly between board types, such as the funboard or longboard. Although these boards serve the same overall purpose of supporting the surfer through a wave, each design has its advantages and disadvantages.
Beginning surfers commonly need a wide surfboard for learning the basics. Ample surfboard width provides more room for the surfer to find a good standing point during surfing. The funboard has a slight egg shape to its middle, providing more supportive space for a beginner. In contrast, the longboard offers more length than width, making it a bit more difficult for beginners to maneuver.
The longboard offers a lengthy, narrow body shape for surfers, measuring between 8 feet and 10.5 feet long. This length provides surfers with more room to walk along its body while catching a wave. However, beginners are simply trying to stand stationary during wave action. As an alternative, a funboard is shorter, measuring 7 feet to 8 feet long. This board has better maneuverability, allowing the surfer to turn faster in the water for paddling up to a potential wave ride. Beginners may feel hindered by the longboard's length, creating a frustrating learning experience.
Beginning surfers need to have a surfboard that can hold their weight comfortably in the water. Both the funboard and longboard have differing thicknesses, based on the rider's weight. As a result, a larger person would need a thicker board. The longboard offers the thickest board at 3.25 inches, whereas the funboard offers up to 3 inches of thickness. Beginning surfers should consult their local surf shop for matching their particular weight with a surfboard thickness.
A beginning surfer needs to be able to move the surfboard around easily while transferring it from a vehicle to the water. A longboard is heavier than a funboard, making it more difficult to maneuver on land. However, the lighter funboard has more width, possibly making it difficult for the surfer to wrap their arm around the board's body. Each beginning surfer will need to experiment with their comfort level between each board type.
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