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We offer you a wide range of surfboards. Discover our variety of different shapes. From beginner to pro - whether skimboard, bodyboard, shortboard, riverboard, fishboard, hybridboard, mini malibu, funboard or longboard - we have the perfect surfboard for you in our range.

Which surfboard should I buy as a beginner?

ATTENTION: Not every surfboard is suitable for beginners.

The best boards for absolute beginners are foam boards, so-called foamies. Softboards minimise the risk of injury for you and your fellow surfers. As a small upgrade, a Malibu or Mini Malibu Shape is recommended. These boards are forgiving and guarantee you a high wave yield. If you surf safely with these boards, you are ready for the next step.

Which surfboard is perfect for me?

If you surf small waves, you surf a mini-Malibu safely and are looking for a smaller surfboard, then an Evolution Shape or Funboard is the right choice. These shapes are a little more agile, but still more forgiving than short boards. Do you want to surf a short surfboard? Then a fishboard is the right choice. Only when you can surf these boards safely is it advisable to switch to a hybrid board and then a short board. A surfboard suits you if you can surf enough waves with it safely. Together we will find the surfboard that suits you!

Which surfboard is perfect for me?

If you surf small waves, you surf a mini-Malibu safely and are looking for a smaller surfboard, then an Evolution Shape or Funboard is the right choice. These shapes are a little more agile, but still more forgiving than short boards. Do you want to surf a short surfboard? Then a fishboard is the right choice. Only when you can surf these boards safely is it advisable to switch to a hybrid board and then a short board. A surfboard suits you if you can surf enough waves with it safely. Together we will find the surfboard that suits you!

How big should a surfboard be?

The dimensions of a surfboard are measured in feet (1 foot = 30.48 cm) and inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm).

12 inches = 1 foot.

The length + width and thickness of the surfboard results in the volume.


  • Surfboards for beginners are between 7 and 8 feet long and have a width of at least 21 inches.
  • Funboards and Evolution shapes are between 6ft 8 inches and 7 ft 6 inches long and have a width of 20 - 21 inches.
  • Fishboards 5-6ft long width 21-23 inches.
  • Hybrid boards are between 5-7 ft long and have a width between 19-21 inches.
  • Shortboards are between 5-7ft and have a width of 17-20 inches wide.
  • Longboards are from 9ft long and have a width from 22 inches.

Different shape, different size.

How much does a surfboard weigh?

How much a surfboard weighs depends on the length and the materials used. As a point of reference, you can take these weights for a surfboard.

  • Shortboard between 2-3 kg
  • Hybridshape between 2,5-3,5Kg
  • Fishboard between 2,5 -3,5Kg
  • Funboard between 3 - 4,5 Kg
  • Minimalibu between 3 - 4,5 Kg
  • Longboard between 4 - 7Kg

Before you buy a surfboard, find out the weight of your surfboard.

How much volume should a surfboard have?

The litres / volume of a surfboard depends on a few factors. Your ski level, your paddle power, your weight and which waves you want to surf with the board. As a rough guide, you can use this formula:

  • Beginner: 0,75 x body weight (0,75 x 80Kg = 60Liter)
  • Intermediate: 0,45 x body weight (0,45 x 80Kg = 36Liter)
  • Advanced: 0.35 x body weight (0.35 x 80Kg = 28 litres)

You want to know exactly which surfboard with how much volume suits you?

Use our professional buying advice.

Which surfboard is perfect for kids?

A Mini-Malibu Shape is the perfect surfboard for children and beginners. Children who are not yet safe surfers should take their first steps on softboards, because foamies protect you from injuries. A surfboard for children who are just starting to surf should not be so long. A length between 6 and 7 ft is recommended.

Which fin setup should I choose for a surfboard?

There are surfboards with all kinds of fin set ups. Which fin setup you should choose depends on what kind of waves you want to surf, which shape you prefer and which surf style you follow.

  • Single Fin: For retro surfing. Single fins are used on longboards, retro midsize funboards and high performance shortboard single fin boards.

  • 2 + 1: The 2 + 1 setup is also very popular with soul surfers. This ensures that you can surf the boards in a more performance-oriented way, because the two small side fins give the board more hold in the wave wall, especially on down-the-line rides. This fin setup is also very demanding to surf and is often used on longboards, funboards and some hybrid shapes.

  • Twin Fin: A surfboard with a twin fin setup is very manoeuvrable. This gives the board its characteristic retro surfing behaviour. Retro shapes such as a Mini Simmons, Fishboard and also some hybrids can be surfed as a twin fin.

  • Thruster: With this fin setup, your surfboard can be surfed very precisely and gives you the necessary drive during turns. The Tri Fin setup is the most commonly used setup. Almost all high performance shortboards, funboards, mini malibus and hybrid shapes.

  • Quad Fin: A surfboard with a quad fin setup is mostly used in performance oriented surfboards, fishboards and hybrid shapes and gives your surfboard more drive, speed and control at the same time. Perfect for down the line waves.

  • 5 Fin Setup: Here you can change your fins to make your surfboard a twin fin, thruster or quad. By changing the fins you can change the surfing behaviour of your board enormously. Quad setups are often used in hybrid shapes and fun boards.


After these 6 important fin setups there is a special fin setup.

  • 4 + 1: The 4 + 1 setup is also very popular with soul surfers. For this, a single fin surfboard is supplemented by four small side fins, which ensures that you can surf the boards as a quad, single fin and with a 2 + 1 fin setup. A popular shape from the 70s A bonze is surfed with 4 very small sides and a single fin.

Hang-Loose-Surfshop.com Tip:

A thruster makes surfing a surfboard much easier. If you have a good surfing level, experiment with other set ups.

Which surfboard for which waves?

Which surfboard is suitable for which wave is a very multi-faceted topic. We would like to summarise the most important waves and boards here.

  • Small soft waves - Minimalibu, Longboard, Fishboard, Funboards and some Hybrid Shapes.
  • small powerful waves - shortboard and hybrid shapes
  • medium soft waves - funboards, minimalibus, longboards, fishboards and hybrid surfboards
  • medium sized powerful waves - shortboards and hybrid shapes
  • big soft waves - longboards, minimalibus, fishboads and hybrid surfboards
  • big powerful waves - shortboards, guns and performance longboards
  • Beachbreaks - Minimalibu, Shortboards, Longboard, Fishboard, Funboards and Hybrid Shapes
  • Reefbreaks - Shortboards, Longboard, Fishboard, Funboards and Hybrid Shapes
  • Pointbreaks - shortboards, longboard, fishboard, funboards, single fin surfboards and hybrid shapes


Conclusion:

Every wave shape can be surfed with different shapes, here the way you want to surf the wave is crucial. 


For example:

Medium sized soft waves can be surfed with a hybrid surfboard or with a minimalibu. With the hybrid you can surf the waves much more radically, while with a minimalibu you surf 

How long should the perfect surfboard be for me?

When buying a surfboard, you should pay attention to the length.

The optimal length of a surfboard varies from shape to shape.


  • The shortboard - There is no rule of thumb to determine the right size for a shortboard, because every shape is different.
  • The Riverboard - A riverboard should not be longer than a maximum of 5'8'', but it should not be too short either, because otherwise you will restrict yourself too much during turns and block yourself.
  • The Hybrid Shape - body height - approx. 10 cm
  • The Fishboard - body height - approx. 15 cm
  • The Funboard - body height + approx. 15 cm
  • The Minimalibu - body height + 30 cm
  • The Longboard - Small light persons should choose a longboard with a length of 8'6'' feet. Tall surfers with a height of 190cm + should choose a longboard from 9'6'' feet. 
  • For bodyboards - 

Surfer weight up to approx. 55 kg

  • 36" / 91 cm for experienced bodyboards
  • 38" / 96 cm for advanced bodyboarders
  • 40" / 102 cm for beginners and funboarder

Surfer weight up to approx. 75 kg

  • 40" / 102 cm for experienced bodyboards
  • 42" / 107 cm for advanced bodyboarders
  • 42" / 107 cm for beginners and funboarders

Surfer weight over 75 kg

  • 40" / 102 cm cm for experienced bodyboards
  • 42" / 107 cm for advanced bodyboarders
  • 42" / 107 cm for beginners and funboarders

For skimboards - Optimally, the skimboard should reach just below your sternum.

This is the volume your surfboard should have

Your surfboard must offer you enough buoyancy so that you can paddle comfortably. This will give you more waves, which in turn will allow you to spend more time on the board. This increases your learning effect. If your surfboard is too small and has too little volume, you will quickly lose the fun. Conversely, the surfboard should not have too much volume for you. Because then your surfboard will become unsteady at higher speeds and practising turns will be much more difficult. 


An indicator of which surfboard suits your surfing level, your weight, your surfing experience and your surfing fitness is the volume of the surfboard. This is given in litres.

The following tables will help you to find the right volume for your surfboard:


Volume of the surfboard for poor to average fitness.

You go surfing once or twice a year and spend a total of two to four weeks in the water. You have an average fitness level and are active at home in between? On holiday, your surf sessions are between 30 and 60 minutes long? Then this surfboard volume table is just right for you.

  • 1-2 surf holidays per year
  • 2-4 weeks of surfing per year
  • with basic fitness
 
 weight  Beginner  Beginner/
Intermediate
 Intermediate  Advanced
 50 to 55 kg  44 to 52 litre  33 to 40 litre  26 to 32 litre  20 to 24 litre
 55 to 60 kg  48 to 56 litre  37 to 44 litre  28 to 34 litre  22 to 26 litre
 60 to 65 kg  53 to 61 litre  40 to 47 litre  30 to 36 litre  24 to 28 litre
 65 to 70 kg  58 to 66 litre  43 to 50 litre  33 to 39 litre  26 to 31 litre
 70 to 75 kg  63 to 71 litre  47 to 54 litre  35 to 42 litre  28 to 33 litre
 75 to 80 kg  67 to 75 litre  51 to 58 litre  38 to 44 litre  30 to 35 litre
 80 to 85 kg  71 to 80 litre  54 to 63 litre  41 to 47 litre  32 to 37 litre
 85 to 90 kg  75 to 84 litre  57 to 66 litre  44 to 50 litre  35 to 40 litre
 90 to 95 kg  79 to 89 litre  61 to 70 litre  46 to 52 litre  38 to 44 litre

Volume of the surfboard with above-average fitness 

You regularly go on surf trips and spend several weeks in the water. Surfing is a priority for you on holiday? At home you exercise several times a week and keep fit between surfing holidays. Do you go swimming or paddle on a lake or river in preparation for your next surf trip?

To find the right surfboard for you, this volume table is just right for you.

  • 3-4 surf holidays per year
  • 4 weeks or more in the water surfing
  • Good basic fitness level
weight  Beginner  Beginner/
Intermediate
 Intermediate  Advanced
 50 to 55 kg  38 to 46 litre  28 to 35 litre  21 to 27 litre  18 to 22 litre
 55 to 60 kg  43 to 51 litre  31 to 38 litre  23 to 29 litre  19 to 23 litre
 60 to 65 kg  48 to 56 litre  34 to 41 litre  25 to 31 litre  20 to 25 litre
 65 to 70 kg  53 to 61 litre  37 to 44 litre  27 to 33 litre  22 to 27 litre
 70 to 75 kg  56 to 64 litre  40 to 47 litre  29 to 35 litre  24 to 29 litre
 75 to 80 kg  56 to 64 litre  40 to 47 litre  29 to 35 litre  24 to 29 litre
 80 to 85 kg  64 to 72 litre  46 to 53 litre  34 to 40 litre  28 to 33 litre
 85 to 90 kg  68 to 76 litre  49 to 57 litre  37 to 43 litre  30 to 35 litre
 90 to 95 kg  72 to 81 litre  52 to 60 litre  40 to 47 litre  33 to 38 litre

Volume of the surfboard with very good fitness

You live by the sea and surf or surf very regularly. Surfing is an integral part of your life. When there are no waves, you work out in the gym or swimming pool to improve your fitness level and keep up with the long surf sessions.

Then you should follow this surfboard volume chart.

  • regular surfing all year round
  • Very high fitness level
  • regular strength, agility, speed and endurance training

 weight  Beginner  Beginner/
Intermediate
 Intermediate  Advanced
 50 to 55 kg  37 to 45 litre  26 to 33 litre  20 to 26 litre  17 to 21 litre
 55 to 60 kg  41 to 49 litre  29 to 36 litre  21 to 27 litre  18 to 22 litre
 60 to 65 kg  45 to 53 litre  32 to 39 litre  23 to 29 litre  19 to 23 litre
 65 to 70 kg  49 to 57 litre  34 to 41 litre  25 to 30 litre  20 to 25 litre
 70 to 75 kg  53 to 61 litre  36 to 43 litre  27 to 32 litre  22 to 27 litre
 75 to 80 kg  53 to 61 litre  36 to 43 litre  27 to 32 litre  22 to 27 litre
 80 to 85 kg  61 to 69 litre  43 to 51 litre  32 to 37 litre  26 to 31 litre
 85 to 90 kg  65 to 73 litre  46 to 53 litre  35 to 41 litre  29 to 34 litre
 90 to 95 kg  69 to 78 litre  49 to 57 litre  38 to 44 litre  32 to 38 litre

Which wave surfboard suits me?

 We would like to give you a few pointers on which surfboard might suit you.

  • body size
  • Weight
  • Skill level
  • Surfing style
  • Paddle power
  • shape of the wave (powerful waves soft waves?)
  • whether beach break, reef break, point break

If you have thought about these points, take some time to chat, join our team and let us advise you extensively about surfboards and their different characteristics. We are happy about nice contacts and if we can help you with your decision making.

Until then, let's spend some time at our secret spot.

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