Equipment talk: your first performance surfboard
You usually become more independent when you get to this level of surfing, which also mean being more strict and picky with what you’re riding, but it’s really important that you develop the skills needed to ride everything from a longboard to a short board. Our head instructor in Portugal, João Durão, explains what surfboard you should go for.
Trying the Malibu or funboard when the waves become a bit better or high performance will still keep things interesting and super fun and will make sure the surfer gets a lot of paddling power and speed allowing him or her to get a lot of waves, especially at crowded days and start working on those nice faster turns on the face of the wave as well improve technique and style.
The level 3 surfer usually wants to get to the more high performance aspects of surfing and copy what the pros are doing, so it’s really common for them to want to grab a short board. However, be careful with the type of shapes you’re getting. Always take in consideration your weight, height, surfing skills and types of waves you want to surf with that board.
Try always to search for volume on a surfboard, especially on a short board where it’ll increase floatation, bounce, stability, balance, control, speed, drive and a lot of paddling power to succeed on catching all the waves on your own. You dont want to have a thin or narrow board or else it will be a long struggle between you and your equipment. Let the surfboard help you and be your best friend, so be humble on your choice and you’ll improve much faster and better. Try not to use less than 30 liters. Look for shapes made specially for small to medium surf and easy conditions (mellow waves), and certain aspects on the board such as the shape of the rails, bottom, tail and low rocker curve that’ll help you a lot in your relationship with the boards.