This is the measurement from the tail to the tip of the nose. We stock boards ranging from 4’8ft to 10ft depending on the type of board.
Suitable thickness varies depending on a person’s ability level and the surf conditions. For a beginner, the thicker the better. It will give added buoyancy and allow easy paddling.
This is the widest point on the surfboard. A wide board will generally have more stability.
Volume is the amount of area in litres in a surfboard. Boards with lower volumes are more responsive to the surfers movements and better suited to experienced surfers. Typically, performance shortboards are low volume boards. High volume boards have more floatation and are more casual and relaxed to surf as a result. However, this makes them harder to manoeuvre and surf as a performance board. You can calculate the amount of volume you require in a board by your weight and surfing ability. See the board volume table below to find out what volume suits you.
If you are a beginner and new to surfing, use this table as a guide to choosing the correct board length for you. Choose your weight from the left column and see the suggested board lengths that are ideal for beginner surfers. Softboards, mini mals, funboards and longboards are the most ideal surfboard types for beginners.
Your body weight
Suggested board lengths (ft') for a beginner surfer
45 - 63 Kg
6'2 - 6'4
63 - 72 Kg
6'4 - 6'8
72 - 81 Kg
6'6 - 7'0
81 - 91 Kg
6'10 - 7'4
91 + Kg
7'2 - 7'5
If you have a couple of years surfing experience up your sleeve and are comfortable getting to your feet and surfing in varying wave conditions, then you are classed as an intermediate surfer. Your choice of surfboards becomes a lot wider as your ability in the surf improves. This can make choosing the right board harder but we’re here to help with that.
If you want to continue cruising & trimming on waves, and are not too concerned on making a board turn sharply, then funboards, mini mals and longboards are still your desired board of choice. If you feel the need to go a lot faster on waves, and are wanting to start turning harder, then you will want to progress into fishes and performance shortboards. This is where you will need to calculate your ideal volume in a shortboard. Choose your weight from the left column, and then find your ideal volume based on your surfing ability.
Don’t forget, this is a guide only. Look for a board model that offers this volume, and note that the length of the board might vary depending on your volume. You can find the size and volume details for each board model on the individual product pages under the product descriptions tab.
NOTE: All measurements are to be used as a GUIDE ONLY.
HOW TO MEASURE
A longer board will generally go faster and straighter. With a longer board, you’ll get more paddle strokes per side before you have to cross over to the other side to keep the board going straight.
This can add volume to a board without adding extra length or width. Too much results in the board sitting above the water and too little will cause the board to sit too deep in the water. Keep in mind, the ocean has more buoyancy than freshwater lakes and rivers.
A wider board will feel more stable but will glide slower. A narrower board will glide faster but can become unstable in windy/choppy water.
It’s important to select a board with enough buoyancy to float your body weight sufficiently because the lower the board sits in the water the less stable it becomes. A lighter person will float higher and therefore be more stable than a heavier person.
RECOMMENDED SUP VOLUME CHART
Stand Up Paddleboard Recommended Volume Calculation
Body weight (Kg) X (2.2 to 3) = Approx volume (L)
Body weight (Kg) X (1.8 to 2.2) = Approx volume (L)
Body weight (Kg) X (1.3 to 1.8) = Approx volume (L)
Body weight (Kg) X (1.1 to 1.3) = Approx volume (L)
NOTE: This table should only be used as a guide for estimation. For further information and a more approximate volume please call our customer service team on 1800 983 227. Experience, type of paddling and conditions will affect these numbers.
NOTE: All measurements are to be used as a GUIDE ONLY.
UNDERSTANDING SURFBOARD FINS
All fins are classified by base, depth, area, sweep and foil. In order to chose the best fin for you, it’s important to understand how these characteristics can change the performance of your surfboard. Each of the following fin characteristics allow you to evaluate the impact that a fin design would have on your surfing.
Depth is the distance the fin penetrates into the water. Depth directly relates to hold. The greater the depth the more hold, the shorter the depth the more a board will slide and release.
Base is the length between the leading and trailing edge where the fin meets the board. Base is primarily linked to drive. Fins with a longer base will offer substantially more drive and acceleration.
Sweep is the angle measuring how far the outline of the fin is curved backwards; also referred to as rake. Sweep has a direct influence on pivot. Fins with more sweep produce a longer turning arc while less sweep offers a tighter turning arc.
Flex refers to the bend of the fin caused by lateral pressure during a manoeuvre. Fins with less flex have more response, speed and drive. Fins with more flex are more forgiving and offer a whipping sensation.
Cant refers to the angle of the side fins measured from a vertical line perpendicular to the flat bottom surface of the board. Less cant produces faster acceleration and a stiffer feel. More cant will increase manoeuvrability and gives the board a loose feel.
refers to the shape and geometry of the inside and outside faces of the fin. Foils directly affect the flow of water over the surface of the fin. Different foils create variations in water flow and have a direct link to the overall performance of the fin and the board.
If your board is feeling too stiff, try using smaller fins or fins with less sweep or more flex. If your board is feeling too loose and lacking drive, try a bigger set of fins, a stiffer flex fin or a fin with more sweep. Generally a lighter person requires less fin area to provide enough hold on a wave. Boards with a lot of rocker may require fins with greater area, more depth or sweep. Boards with deep channels in the tail require less fin area. Boards with wider tails require more fin area than those with narrower tails.If you are using a small board in big or powerful waves use larger or more swept fins.