As the saying goes, having the right tools for the job goes a long way. You wouldn’t demolish a whole house with a single hammer, so why try and start surfing on a board that isn’t right for learning?

Learning to surf on the wrong type of surfboard can be a very long and painful journey. The only way you will ever maximise your surfing progress is to start on a board that is right for you.

The type of surfboard you use in your first few months or years of surfing will have a tremendous impact on your progression. And when you think about it, the only thing you actually need to surf is a surfboard – so it’s important that you pick the right one!

Find the right type of surfboard and fast track your learning.

Softboard Surfboard

Softboards (or foamies) are made out of foam, and unlike most surfboards, they do not have a fiberglass covering. These features mean the softboard is an extremely buoyant, easy to use surfboard – and this is what makes it so perfect for beginners.


  • Relatively cheap to buy
  • Easy to catch white water and small waves
  • Soft so less dangerous if it hits you (compared to fiberglass board)


  • Big and heavy surfboard
  • Cannot progress with to surf bigger waves
  • Shorter lifespan as the foam deteriorates

Who should use this board?

Softboards are really only good for learning. Once you start to progress, you will need to upgrade to another board. This makes them an option best suited to kids learning to surf or adults who only get to the beach a few times a year.Learn To Surf Softboard Surfboard


Longboard Surfboard

Longboards (or Malibus) are a type of surfboard used by surfers of all levels, from beginner to advance. They have a fiberglass covering which resembles traditional surfboards, however, their length and volume means they are great for beginners.


  • Will surf in bigger waves as you progress
  • Holds value well when selling
  • Can be used at any level of your surfing journey


  • Heavy, bulky surfboard
  • Not as good on white water as the foam board
  • Will hurt more if it hits you

Who should use this board?

Longboards are a great type of surfboard for those who plan to be surfing more often, at least every month or so. They are a more versatile type of surfboard then the softboard because surfers can continue to progress on them beyond their initial learning stage. Longboards are traditionally heavy boards and this makes them impossible to duck dive. However, this isn’t a big issue when learning as you will be focusing on the Turtle Roll.

Learn to Surf Longboard


The Minimal (or funboard) is another fiberglass board that is very similar to a longboard but smaller in size and lighter in weight. They are good for people learning to surf, as well as for more advanced surfers to use in sloppier, smaller surf conditions.


  • Smaller board makes it easier to transport (can fit in some cars)
  • Wide nose helps with paddling while smaller size gives added manoeuvrability
  • Can be kept for small surf days once you have progressed to a new board


  • Harder to catch waves then a longboard or softboard
  • Slightly harder to paddle with
  • Hard fiberglass so will hurt if it hits you

Who should use this board?

Minimals are a good pick over longboards for beginners of a smaller size and weight. They are also easier to fit into a car or carry. This makes them the more appropriate option for people who may have issues transporting their surfboard to and from the beach.
Types of Surfboards Minimal



Make sure to stay away from being lured into purchasing any type of shortboard. This will only result in your progression being drastically hindered. The size and volume of a shortboard means you will struggle to catch waves. Less waves = less riding time = BAD. Shortboards are only ever recommended for beginners who plan to surf every day. Best to stick to the softboard, longboard or minimal.

The type of surfboard that you choose will ultimately come down to personal preference and how frequently you plan to surf. The three options above are all great for beginners so pick one of these and you will be well on your way to buying your first surfboard and learning to surf!

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