Different Types of Surfboards and Surfing (Part 2)
The first modern era surfboard is the longboard which is typically over 9 feet length, has a rounded or blunt nose, with plenty of forward width, and wide tails. Longboard has a lot of foam volume, which means it generates lots of buoyancy. Opposite to the shortboards, they are not hard to paddle and will enter any type of wave quickly, but are not easy to duck dive and to turn. The longboard is the perfect option for small surfers and beginners, because they are stable making it is easier to maintain balance comparing to a shortboard while standing-up. Moreover, there are certain tricks that can only be performed on longboards, such as hang-fives (when the surfer moving on the board and stands over its nose, lifting five toes out of the front of the longboard) and hang-tens (ten toes of surfers hanging out of the nose of the longboard).
Fish surfboards are types of shortboards, but being crafted wider from nose to tail, and smaller in length. Thanks to their wider width and low rocker, they allow surfers to plane better and create a lot of speed in small-to-medium waves. They are perfect for beginners who have reached a certain level and are tired of the longboard and want to make the interesting transition to a shortboard. This type of craft board is frequently ridden with only two big fins.
A malibu inspired type, also called funboard, is a combination between a longboard and a shortboard. They are a favorite type of board for surfers at level staying between beginners and heavier surfers. They can also become a backup option for advanced riders who enjoy having some fun in hot summer months. They typically range from 6 feet to 8 feet, and are for surfers to catch in ankle-to-waist high waves.