Which surfboard to choose?


Choosing a surfboard can be a very complex decision, given the variety of factors to consider. That's why we've decided to make it easy for you! This buying guide will help you choose the next board that best suits your level and expectations.

The different types of surfboards

There are several types of surfboards to suit different levels and styles of practice:
  • The foam board (or softboard): ideal for beginners, it offers high buoyancy and good stability thanks to its foam structure. It allows you to learn the basics of surfing in complete safety.
  • The shortboard: designed for intermediate to advanced surfers, this board is more maneuverable and responsive, allowing you to perform tricks and surf in hollow waves.
  • The longboard: easy to paddle and offering excellent stability, this board is perfect for surfers of all levels who want to enjoy small waves and learn the "old school" style.
  • The hybrid board: combining the advantages of shortboards and longboards, this versatile board is ideal for intermediate surfers looking to progress.

How do you choose the size and volume of your board?

Choosing the size and volume of your board depends on several factors, such as your weight, height, skill level and preferences:
  1. Weight and size: the bigger and heavier you are, the more volume you need to ensure buoyancy and stability.
  2. The level of practice: beginners need a large, stable board to learn the basics safely. Advanced surfers can opt for a smaller, more maneuverable board, enabling them to perform tricks and ride more challenging waves.
  3. Personal preferences: some surfers prefer stability and easy wave catching, while others are more interested in performance and maneuverability. It's up to you to determine your priorities and choose the board that best meets your expectations.

Important criteria for choosing a surfboard

There are several factors to consider when choosing your surfboard:

The shape (or outline)

The shape of the board influences its handling and behavior in the water. A wide, rounded board offers better buoyancy and stability, ideal for beginners. Conversely, a narrower, more tapered board will be more responsive, enabling you to make tight turns.

The rocker

Rocker refers to the curvature of the board from nose to tail. A high rocker makes it easier to get through hollow waves and offers better maneuverability. On the other hand, a low rocker improves glide and speed in small waves.

Width and thickness

The board's width and thickness determine its volume and therefore its buoyancy and stability. Beginners need a wide, thick board to learn safely, while experienced surfers can turn to thinner, narrower boards for greater maneuverability.


Fins contribute to the board's stability and control. There are generally three (thruster configuration), two (twin fin) or four (quad) fins. Beginners will prefer a thruster configuration to ensure good stability, while experienced surfers can test different configurations to find the one best suited to their surfing style. To choose your ideal surfboard, it's essential to take into account your level, morphology and personal preferences. Don't hesitate to seek professional advice and try out several boards to find the one that suits you best. And don't forget to equip yourself with a good leash and a suitable wetsuit to make the most of every session!