Takeoff is not very successful. Please give me some advice.
How did you choose your surfboard?
This is a surfboard I got from a friend.
The surfboard seems to have a strong rocker. Also, is it too short for beginners?
What kind of surfboard should beginners use?
Some surfboards are easy to take off and some are difficult to take off. Takeoff is very difficult. To make sure you don’t have a hard time, you need to get a surfboard suitable for beginners. This time, I will talk about surfboards that are suitable for beginners.
Surfboard suitable for beginners
・ Long surfboard
・ Wide surfboard
・ Surfboard with enough volume
・ Surfboard with weak rocker
・Tri fin surfboard
・Choose a model designed for beginners
Long surfboards provide stable paddling. Because it is long, the surfboard does not easily tilt back and forth. Therefore, you can paddle without losing speed. it is easy to reach the paddle speed required for takeoff. At the time of takeoff, it is easy to receive the force of the wave. Beginners should choose a longer surfboard.
Longboards and mid-lengths are easier to take off than short boards, aren’t they? I want to ride a short board …
Longboards and mid lengths are easier to take off than short boards. However, it is a surfboard different from the short board. You cannot make small turns or agile movements like a short board. In the case of Oliver, it is good to choose a longer short board. For example, the length is about 6’2 or 6’3.
Wide surfboards provide stable paddling. The wide width makes it difficult for the surfboard to tilt to the left or right. Therefore, you can paddle without losing speed.
At takeoff, the wide bottom surface catches the force of the waves, making takeoff easier.
Thick surfboards have enough volume. Therefore, paddling is easy and it is easy to get the speed required for takeoff.
Surfboard with enough volume
Beginners should choose a surfboard with enough volume. That doesn’t mean you have to choose a longboard or mid-length. Choose a shortboard with the right volume for your weight.
There is a volume calculator on the official website of the surfboard maker.
For reference, I’ll link the volume calculators for Paisel and Lost.
I found the right surfboard volume for me. The surfboard I’m using right now is a bit lacking in volume. That’s why paddling and takeoff were difficult.
Surfboard with weak rocker
Surfboard rockers are a very important factor in surfboard performance. Weak rocker surfboards have weak curves. Strong rocker surfboards have strong curves. There are nose lockers and tail lockers.
A weak rocker reduces water resistance. Therefore, the paddle will be faster. If the rocker is strong, it becomes a resistance to water. Therefore, the paddle becomes slow. Surfboards with weak rockers take off quickly on small waves practiced by beginners. And even after taking off, it is easy to accelerate because there is little resistance.
A surfboard with a strong rocker is a surfboard that is easy to control if a good surfer uses it. For a strong rocker surfboard, if you step on the tail of the surfboard, the surfboard will move a lot.
The strong rocker surfboard moves sensitively. Beginner surfers lack the skills to control sensitive surfboards. So beginner surfers should choose a surfboard with a weaker rocker.
Tri fin surfboard
I recommend surfboards with tri-fins for beginners. Tri fin has the best performance. No matter how you tilt the surfboard, two of the three fins are in the waves. Therefore, it is stable in all waves. The surfboard is stable even during takeoff. It’s also easy to control after takeoff.
Choose a model designed for beginners
Each surf brand sells surfboards designed for beginners. Takeoff is very difficult. You should choose a model for beginners so that you don’t have a hard time.