a) Beginners boards
b) Long boards
c) Mini Malls (Mini Logs)
d) Short boards
a) Beginners boards (soft boards):
An increasing number of surf schools now use beginner boards
made with a high density foam material which is very buoyant
and has a spongy exterior hence the name 'soft boards'.
These boards are designed to be very user friendly, and
can catch just about any wave. These boards have a soft
cushiony exterior, which is a real asset if you get hit
by your board during a wipeout. The stable nature of these
boards is a real Godsend as beginners struggle to find their
feet - having said that since these boards are so stable
they don't turn very well so you'll quickly out grow them
and move onto hard boards.
The rest of the surfboard types can
be classified as hard boards. Proper 'hard boards' are made
from fiberglass and come in a range of shapes and lengths,
which suit the different surf conditions and surfing styles.
Recently cheap molded plastic boards (referred to as 'pop
outs') have found their way to the market and are er...
a bit dumpier, and are usually er... pretty crap when compared
to fiberglass boards.
b) Long boards: Whoa! - big boards
usually measuring between 8'6 to 11' long with a rounded
nose and square tail.
c) Mini Mall: A good board for use
in a wide range of different surf conditions. Measures approximately
7' to 8'6
d) Short Boards: These are for those
who really know how to surf. They usually measure between
5'6 to 6'11 and have a pointed nose and pin rear tail.
e) Guns: Cripes! These are used for
big bone crushing surf (10' to 30' plus waves). Guns usually
have a pin shaped nose and tail and are as long as 'long