Few surfer will be able to say that they have never broken a surfboard. Board broken in half, dents or small farts, it is very common to damage your surfboard. However, it is possible to avoid these kinds of incidents and reduce the risk of breaking a surfboard. In this article, check out the 5 best ways to break a board and surf, and learn how to avoid them.
1) Surf in waves not suited to your board
One of the best ways to break a surfboard is to go surfing with a board that is not suitable for the type of wave. Indeed, depending on the conditions, it sometimes happens that certain boards cannot be used. For example, in the case of big hollow, powerful and fast conditions, we do not recommend using a mini-malibu or a longboard . You risk folding it in half, even if it is a quality and sturdy board.
Therefore, always choose a board that will be suitable for the conditions you are going to be going. This will save you from having to repair your board or having to buy a new one. Also, if you are a beginner surfer, do not go into waves that you cannot handle. A little additional advice, it is possible to know which board to choose by consulting the forecasts. In particular by checking two elements:
- Swell size
- The swell period
The larger the size and period of the swell, the bigger and more powerful the waves will be. Also note that although the size of the swell is small or medium, depending on the period, the strength of the waves will vary. Thus, when the forecast announces 1 meter of swell, the waves will be much more powerful if 14 seconds of periods are announced than if 7 seconds are it.
2) Surf in the shore-break
The shore-break corresponds to the waves which break in very little water or directly on the edge of the beach. Shore breaks often happen either at low tide, when the waves break on very little water, or at high tide, when there is too much water for the waves to break offshore. If you have a good level of surfing, shorebreaking can be super fun to surf. However, by surfing in these waves you increase the risk of breaking your surfboard. Indeed, in the event of a fall, your board may hit the bottom and break. If you absolutely want to surf in these conditions, try to hold your board when you fall. The best is to get out of the wave a little earlier so as not to find yourself in the impact zone.
For more safety, we advise you to use a softboard (foam board) to surf in the shore-break. In the event of a collision with your board, this will prevent injury and decrease the risk of breaking your board. Note however that, whatever happens, surfing the shorebreak is both dangerous for you and for your board.
3) Do not use a bag to transport your board
When transporting your surfboard, whether by car, bicycle, plane or any other means of transport, it is important to use a cover. During transport, impacts on the boards are frequent. Using a cover reduces the risk of breaking a surfboard. For everyday sessions, a sock cover is sufficient. The sock covers protect your surfboard over short distances. In case you are flying, prefer a travel bag. Travel covers are padded covers that will best protect your board when traveling abroad or over long distances.
4) Place the knee during the take-off
This is a fairly common mistake among beginner surfers. The take-off is sometimes complicated to assimilate when you start surfing. To help themselves, some beginner surfers put the knee down and therefore carry out their take-off in two stages. Apart from the fact that this is a very bad habit, it strongly weakens the deck of the board. Putting the knee in take-off causes sagging on the board, which greatly weakens it. If the take-off is complicated for you, practice out of the water and choose a bulkier and taller board. This will make the maneuver easier and prevent you from having many faults as you progress.
5) Bonus: throw your board on the highway or from the top of a building
You can have the strongest and strongest board possible (such as a Prism Surfboards Shockproof ), if you don’t take care of it you risk breaking it. Obviously, throwing a board on the highway or from the top of a building is a caricature. But, your surfboard is the essential object to practice your passion. Take care and maintain it so that you can surf it for as long as possible. Surfboard brands, whatever they are, will not be responsible for improper treatment of your board.