Generally when choosing your first Surfboard as a beginner, you are backed into the corner of purchasing a surfboard with only one thought in mind, "how easy will it be for me to stand up?" In less rhetorical speak, your looking for a board that is SUPER stable.
How do you differentiate what is and isn't a stable board?
Easy, two words, LENGTH and WIDTH. Obviously the longer your board is the more room you have to get up on your surfboard which also mean you have a bit more time to pop up. The wider your board, the more forgiving your board will be if your not so coordinated and lean to the left or to the right naturally, which pretty much means once you get up, it'll be easier for you to stay up!
General rule of thumb though is you 36" or 3' taller than yourself or the person the board is intended for.
Why do we say this you ask? Well that is simply because yes BIGGER is BETTER but that is in terms of standing up and catching waves, but paddling out that's a whole other ball game. We use that rule so that we can get a good balance in terms of stability and paddling out. If your board is too big then you'll feel like your trying to steer a ship with your arms and lets be honest we don't want that.
There is an exception though for kids, it is possible for them to learn on a short board, but ONLY if they've got a background or are competent in skateboarding or snowboarding. Why do we say this? One word, BALANCE, they'll be more comfortable learning on a short board as they will already have good balance from snowboarding and skateboarding.
So all in all, us at the Coastlines & Watersports Team would generally direct you towards the Mini Mal and Longboard section.
Almost forgot something! Thickness? What about it? Thickness is not to much of a problem at this point in time as our Mini Mals are in the 2.625" to 2.75" range and our Longboards range from 3" to 3.25". So no need to worry there is a lot of board there for you.
Why not buy a Softboard?
Not necessarily the best boards to learn on seeing as your restricted a lot due to them being generic shapes, by this I mean the flat bottoms.
Here is an easy table to show product shipping costs and delivery method.
|Product||Auckland||North Island||South Island|
|Clothing, Surf Accessories||Free||$10||$20|
|Skateboards, Bodyboards, Skimboards||$5||$15||$25|
|Softboards (6'0" and under)||$9||$19||$29|
|Longboards, Soft SUPs||$59||$69||$79|
|Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks||$69||$79||$89|
|KEY: GREEN = Door Delivery, Blue = Mainfrieght Depot,|
Tip: How the pricing works, is our base price is to Auckland and then it is simply $10 for North Island and $20 For South Island. The area fee is one time only per cart!=) This is great as it means you only pay the base rate on your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th..item!!
1 x Skateboard to Christchurch = $25
2 x Skateboards to Christchurch = $30 ($5 + $5 + $20 )
1 x 6'0" Softboard to Wellington = $19
1 x 6'0" Softboard, 1 X Cover, 1 X Tie Down to Wellington = $19
Please also note, to save delivery costs for customers, all Surfboards, Soft Boards, Kayaks and Paddle Boards over 6'0" going outside Auckland Region, will be sent to your closest Mainfrieght Depot for pick up by default.
All other products will be shipped directly to your home address.
If home delivery is required for a product above 6'0" this can be arranged for an extra fee. Just call us to organise before purchase.
All boards are wrapped, boxed and protected with the utmost care. Coastlines is not accountable for any damage caused during transit. If you receive an item with damage we can help process the claim with the freight company.