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Buying your first board? Learn the basics with Bomba Basics!

Sure thing, dude! When it comes to beginner surf boards, you’ll wanna look for something that’s easy to maneuver and stable. A longboard is a great option for beginners because it’s bigger and wider, making it more stable in the water. Another option is a foam board, which is lightweight and easy to handle. Both of these options are great for catching small waves and learning the basics of surfing. Just make sure to get a board that’s the right size for you and you’ll be shredding in no time, bro!

These are the main parts you need to memorise: 

  • “Deck” is the top of the surfboard where you stand. It’s usually covered in a layer of wax to provide traction for your feet.
  • “Bottom” is the underside of the surfboard. It’s usually smooth and glossy and can have different designs, like channels or concaves, to help with water flow and maneuverability.
  • “Rails” are the edges of the surfboard that run along the sides. They can be different shapes and thicknesses depending on the design of the board and the type of waves you’ll be riding.
  • “Stringer” is a strip of wood or other material that runs down the center of the board to provide strength and rigidity.
  • “Fins” are the small appendages that stick out from the bottom of the surfboard. They help with maneuvering and are an essential part of the surfboard. Some surfboards have a fixed fin and some have removable fins.
  • “Leash plug” is the hole where the leash is connected to the surfboard, it’s located near the tail.
  • “Nose” and “Tail” the front and back of the surfboard. The nose is the pointed end and the tail is the opposite end, where the fins are located.
  • “Quiver” is a collection of surfboards, keeping you prepped for any conditions

Knowing the parts of a surfboard can help you understand the different types of boards and how they are designed to perform in different waves. And don’t be afraid to ask questions to your local surf shop or surf instructor, they will be happy to help you.


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