Surfing is not only one of the coolest-looking activities a person can do, it’s also a killer workout. Learning to surf is no easy feat, but with the right board (and the right instructor), you’ll be hanging ten in no time. Another ten you should consider is feet, as in length of the board. When learning how to surf, starting with a longboard is a must.
Longboards are surfboards 8’ and above, with most boards ranging between 8′ and 10’ and some even hitting heights as tall as 12’. Longboards offer more buoyancy to surfers, which is ideal when first learning to surf. This added stability provides beginners a more solid base to practice when learning how to stand up on a board and direct the board. Because of their extended length, it’s also easier for longboards to catch waves, which can be the most challenging part of learning to surf. Actually, it’s one of the most challenging parts of surfing in general.
Longboards are not only ideal for learning to surf, but they’re also an excellent option for SUP or stand up paddleboarding. A fun way to spend the day on the water and burn a ton of calories, using a longboard for SUP purposes extends its versatility and offers a more accessible entry activity into surfing.
If you’re ready to hit the waves, these long surfboards are ideal for beginners and experts, alike.
1. South Bay Board Co Soft Top Surfboard
Designed with beginners in mind, the South Bay Board Co Soft Top Surfboard is an 8.8’ board that is focused on durability and performance. The board has several features designed for a comfortable ride, including a heat release valve to provide durability against the summer sun, PVC-lined waterproof fin holes, a reinforced bottom deck, and an EPS closed-cell foam core that ensures water won’t get into the board and weigh it down. The South Bay Board Co Soft Top Surfboard has a rounded rubber bumper tail that makes it safe to store the surfboard vertically without damaging the tip. The 86L of volume in the South Bay Board Co Soft Top Surfboard makes it ideal for catching waves, a must for beginner surfers.
Pros: The South Bay Board Co Soft Top Surfboard is a low-maintenance surfboard that is wax-free.
Cons: The South Bay Board Co Soft Top Surfboard has a max weight of 230 pounds and is, therefore, better suited to kids or smaller adults.
2. Boardworks Froth! Soft Top Surfboard
For a board that will grow with you, we recommend the Boardworks Froth! Soft Top Surfboard. The Froth board measures 8’, making it a true longboard. The board is made with a rigid and durable HDPE slick bottom to smoothly cut through waves, while the top of the board has a soft EVA outer skin that wraps a fully glassed EPS foam core. The Froth comes with future fin boxes and fins, and the company recommends using board wax for extra traction.
Pros: The Froth board is designed to grow with users and can be used by beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers.
Cons: The Froth doesn’t come with a leash.
3. Bluefin SUP Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board
Get a surfboard, kayak, and paddleboard in one with the Bluefin SUP Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board. The versatile water vessel includes a three-piece paddle that can convert into a one-blade SUP paddle with an adjustable length between 170 – 220 cam or two-blade kayak paddle. The Bluefin is available in 12’ and 15’ options and can be purchased in carbon material for a more lightweight board. Riders can customize their board using the dual-action pump and filling the Bluefin between 12-15 PSI. The 10.8’ Bluefin features a Thermo sealed crocodile deck pad for added grip, UV resistant coating and a smart lock fin system to keep fins in place even in rough waters. A great portable option, the Bluefin comes with a carrying case.
Pros: The Bluefin is made with super durable military-grade PVC construction and has a max user weight of 410 pounds, the highest of all the boards on our list.
Cons: The Bluefin is not a traditional surfboard.