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Buying your first surfboard is an exciting step in your journey into the world of surfing. However, making mistakes in this choice can impact your progress and experience.

In this article, we will show you the five most common mistakes you should avoid when purchasing your first surfboard and provide valuable recommendations to make an informed decision.

Mistake #1: Never having surfed before

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying a surfboard without having surfed before or having very little experience. Before making this important decision, it’s crucial to learn the basics of surfing, such as the prone position, popping up, paddling, surf stance, and more.

We, at SurfySpot, always recommend taking lessons from a professional. Those lessons will provide you with a solid foundation and help you avoid bad habits or technical errors that are difficult to correct later. You will also learn about safety in the sea, with your board, and with other surfers.

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If you’d like, we also invite you to find your surf lesson or surf camp at SurfySpot. You can do it alone, in a group with other people, or sign up with friends, partner… however you want. In any case, whoever you do it with and however you find the class, the essential thing is to start with a professional. You will be pleasantly surprised by the prices because you will probably discover that the cost of the lessons is affordable for you.

Mistake #2: Buying a Board That Is Too Small for You

Ego plays tricks on us from time to time, or often. And with size, it tends to happen to many people in surfing too. When it comes to buying, that little voice inside appears, and you end up making the common mistake of getting a board that is smaller than what you actually need, thinking that your skill level is higher than it really is, or that it will help you progress faster.

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Progress in surfing isn’t just about getting to your feet on a smaller board. It involves learning to use currents to your advantage, choosing the best waves, increasing the number of waves you catch, expanding your repertoire of maneuvers, and using the wave effectively. A board that suits your skill level is essential to achieve this.

Mistake #3: Spending a lot of money on the latest professional model board

Don’t fall into the trap of spending a fortune on a cutting-edge board used by professionals. Professional surfers have a level and an environment very different from beginners. The board they use is nothing like what you need as a novice. Your weight and height are just part of the equation. Other factors such as your level of practice, physical condition, and the type of waves you surf are equally important.

Proffessional surfer

Mistake #4: Choosing a board just because it looks “nice”

To many, this may seem like an absurd mistake they wouldn’t make. But the reality is that for many others, it’s tempting to be swayed by aesthetics and choose a board simply because you like its design. However, appearance doesn’t determine if the board is suitable for you. Instead of focusing on aesthetics, concentrate on the functionality and how well the board matches your level and goals.

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Mistake #5: Believing that the only viable first step is to buy a new board

No matter how clear your ideas are about surfing, it’s likely that as you start surfing more, you’ll realize that the board you would have bought on the first day is not the board you would have chosen after a few months.

Second Hand: Alternative to Buying a Surfboard

The best part is that you don’t have to regret anything because there are other alternatives before buying your first new board: second-hand boards, surf lessons at schools where they provide the board, and board rentals.


To avoid falling into one of these 5 mistakes, here are the alternatives we recommend:

  1. Take lessons and/or rent surf equipment: Investing in surf lessons and renting equipment is not wasted money; it’s an investment in your learning. Avoid the frustration that can arise from buying an unsuitable board and learn to surf with confidence before getting your own board.
  2. Choose a board that matches your current skill level: Don’t buy a board thinking about the level you’ll have in the future. Consult with your surf instructor, who knows you and can recommend the right board based on your current experience.
  3. Try out different boards: Experiment with different types of boards before making a final decision. You can try out used boards to get a clearer idea of your preferences before investing in a new one.
  4. Consider a second-hand soft-top board: Even if it doesn’t look brand new, a used soft-top surfboard can be an excellent option for your first board. They are ideal for small days and allow you to get into the world of surfing without worrying too much about maintenance.
  5. Your ideal board is the one that allows you to catch plenty of waves and enjoy to the fullest; the rest is secondary: Ultimately, the purpose of your surfboard is to enable you to have fun and improve your skills in the waves. Prioritize a board that helps you catch more waves, as consistent practice is crucial for progressing in surfing. Comfort and enjoyment should be your main criteria when choosing a board, above other aesthetic or trendy aspects.

In summary, choosing the right surfboard is crucial for your progress and enjoyment in this sport. Avoid the common mistakes mentioned and make an informed decision that allows you to advance in your surfing experience safely and satisfactorily.

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