About the POP OUT board..... If you're new
to the sport but keen to start surfing then
you'll need a 'high volume' board. These boards
are long, wide and thick.
By Pop-Out, were referring to any surfboard
that is not shaped. In one way or another, it
is popped-out of a mold that duplicates hundreds,
thousands, maybe millions of the exact same
shape. They are solid and hard to damage, pick
up waves easily and can take you from complete
novice to basic level of surfing. Bic, NSP and
South Point are the top manufacturers of pop
Although robust and hard wearing they tend to
be a lot heavier than a custom board (made from
foam and fibre glass). This can cause problems
with smaller people trying to surf as they'll
physically struggle with these weightier boards..
Some times a 'foam and fibreglass' board is
the solution. However you'll notice that the
'plastic' boards tend to be cheaper.
What Size should I start on?....Pop out boards
are usually between 7'0" and 9'6"
long and everyone should find a start up board
somewhere in between. The easiest way to look
at it, is to imagine that a 7'6" is ideal
for joe average; Someone thats fairly fit, between
20 and 30, surfing a few times a month and most
of the year. If you're larger than 'Joe' then
you need to go larger. If you're smaller then.....well
you get the picture. Going for something towards
a 9'6" is optional if you're riding particularly
small waves and are interested in longboarding,
as opposed to shortboarding.
Tips....when looking for a board and if you're
unsure, then perhaps seek professional advice
first. A reputable Surf Shop that sells and
hires surfboards is your best bet. They'll certainly
guide you in the right direction. Primarily
'price' will dictate what you buy. New molded
boards are about £180 - £280 and
used are usually about £80- £200.