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Beginner surfboard buying guide 

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Are you at a loss when it comes to choosing and buying a surfboard for beginners? Wondering what you need to know to buy the right surfboard?

You've come to the right place! We'll explain everything step by step!

Which surfboard to choose for beginners: foam or resin?

The first thing to decide is whether you want to start out on a foam or resin (polyester or epoxy) surfboard.

Here is an article defining the advantages and disadvantages of each construction:

https://www.prism-surfboards.com/quels-sont-les-avantages-dune-planche-de-surf-en-resine-epoxy/

This article (to be read before continuing), will help you to better orient yourself according to your desires, one can indeed as well begin on a resin board as on a foam board!

So we're assuming you want to buy a foam surfboard next!

How do I choose a foam surfboard?

Before we begin, here is a glossary of terms that will be explained below:

  • IXPE: This foam, also known as polyolefin foam, has a closed-cell structure. In other words, it doesn't soak up water, is lightweight and extremely rigid. It can also be used for thermal insulation, padding or fireproofing.
  • PE: PE foam, or cross-linked polyethylene foam, is almost identical to IXPE foam in that it has exactly the same properties. PE foam is not used on the decks of surfboards, as its surface is rougher (less smooth) and could cause irritation during your surf sessions!
  • EPS: Also known as expanded polystyrene, this foam is frequently used for the core of epoxy resin surfboards. EPS is a very high-density foam that provides outstanding buoyancy and is indispensable for surfboard construction.
  • HDPE: For high-density polyethylene, is a thermoplastic used to cover the hulls of surfboards and bodyboards. This ensures optimum water flow when you're surfing. It's also an indispensable part of a foam surfboard!

The surfboard in foam AND epoxy resin:

Thereare different constructions for a foam surfboard. First of all, you need to differentiate between foam surfboards and resin surfboards with a soft top!

The softop resin surfboard is a classic resin board, but instead of the last layer of resin, we replace it with an IXPE foam deck.

The underside is usually HDPE slick, as on all foam boards.

The fact that a traditional core is retained means that these boards are stiffer and therefore perform better. Generally less suitable for beginners, these boards are recommended for experienced surfers who want a board for summer fun without injury but with good gliding performance.

Here is an example of the soft top resin products available:

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The classic foam surfboard:

The classic foam surfboard, to be surfable, must be made up of very important key points.

It must have an EPS foam core, with HDPE slick on the underside and non-abrasive foam on top.


But that doesn't make it a good foam surfboard! If the board isn't stiff enough, it won't respond to pressure, and can easily snap in two like a common beach toy.

A reinforcing stringer is most often found in the middle of the board, running lengthwise to stiffen and solidify the board.

It also has to be made of sufficiently dense foam so that it doesn't get soaked and you don't end up with a 20-kilo anchor under your feet!

Select the right board shape and size for your level and size:

On the foam surfboard market, you'll find everything, from different manufacturing qualities to a multitude of unique and original shapes.

However, the main trends are eggs, fishs, mini-malibu and longboards.

 There are several points to consider when choosing your shape:

  • Your level
  • Your weight / height
  • Your wishes
  • The type of waves you want to ride

Here are a few examples to get you started:

For example, for a 70-kilo beginner, we recommend a shape egg or mini malibu between 7'0 and 8'0 (depending on the surfer's physical condition, the more physical the rider, the lower the volume to improve maneuverability on the wave).

For a 35-kilo child who has passed the beginner stage, a 6'6 egg surfboard, for example, would be the perfect model for him to continue progressing while having fun and maintaining maximum comfort!

A person weighing 80+ kilos who has only taken a few surfing lessons would be better off with a mini-malibu of at least 8'4, up to 9'0 depending on his surfing regularity.

Now let's see why you should choose to buy a PRISM board rather than another model.

The different advantages of PRISM foam boards :

PRISM foam surfboards have many advantages over the competition. They're made from all the materials needed to build a solid, efficient and reliable surfboard!

Our shapes are developed, designed and tested in France by our team to produce boards that best suit our users and the surfing conditions to be found on the French coast.

You'll find foam surfboards for all levels thanks to our wide range of sizes and shapes: from 6'0 to 9'0 available in egg, mini malibu and longboard!

Structurally, what makes the difference?

Our boards are made with a 100% hydrophobic EPS core to prevent foam from soaking into the board and weighing it down. Its high density, together with the two marine wood reinforcement stringers that run through its entire length, will ensure that your PRISM foam surfboard is extremely rigid and solid to guarantee maximum performance in the water.

On top of the EPS core, there's a PE foam-reinforced deck to stiffen the board once again and guarantee better performance when you push on your legs to make a turn. This deck is connected to the EPS core by a layer of heat-sealing, the only way to effectively bond the two layers.

So as not to be abrasive to your wetsuit or your skin, this last layer is covered with an IXPE coating, as dense and hydrophobic as ever, to prevent the board from getting soaked!

Here's a detailed explanation in pictures:

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Here are a few examples of PRISM models that might appeal to you:

Conclusion:

In this article, we've taken a look at the different foam surfboard structures, some of the most common shapes, and determined which construction is most effective for beginner surfers in need of a high-performance, reliable, quality board.

A foam surfboard must be adapted to your needs, it must be efficient and it must accompany you throughout your progression, right up to the transition phase to an epoxy surfboard.

So it's important to choose the right foam surfboard so you can progress quickly and have fun at the same time!

We hope we've helped you make the right choice, so please don't hesitate to send us an e-mail or call us on the site's contact number with any questions you may have.