How To Choose Paddle Surf Boards
New surfers interested in paddle surf boards may have an interest in learning how to choose a paddle surf boards. Paddle surfing has gained most of it's popularity in Hawaii and Australia. Even though it is mostly popular in Hawaii and Australia, it's gaining some popularity outside of those areas. It's became a sport that the whole family can enjoy and relate to.
Before you buy a paddle surf board, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- How heavy do you want your paddle surf board? You will mainly find lighter paddle boards, but for windier areas you'll want a heavier board.
- How wide do you want your paddle surf board? You'll usually find the width of your board to be around 26 inches. If you're going to stand up and paddle you might want a wider board.
- How long do you want your paddle surf board? Usually boards come in two lengths, Eighteen feet and Sixteen foot. Take this
- How much drag force do you want? Eighteen foot boards have a lot less drag and sixteen is usually flat and does go well over water. Less drag usually means better timing and more energy that you'll have left.
- What about a leash? Leashes are highly recommended for safety reasons if you're in a surf zone. Make sure you have one if you plan on being in the surf zone. If you're just surfing on a lake it's not necessary to use a leash, but you should always use one in a surf zone.
Now that you have answered these questions, you should consider your paddle:
- Do you want a wood or carbon fiber paddle? Most paddles either are made from wood or carbon fiber. Usually paddle board surfers pick carbon fiber because it is lighter than wood. Wood tends to offer a more original authentic feel that most hard core paddle surfers go for. This is usually just a personal preference.
- How long do you want your paddle? A good rule of thumb about paddles is to have your paddle six to eight inches taller than you.
Once you have an idea of the type of paddle surf board you want go to an actual surf shop and get the opinion of someone that works there. They should have enough knowledge on the subject of paddle surf boards to tell you if the type of board you want is suited for you. They should be more than happy to help choose the board that properly suits your personal preference and style.