As you begin your progress in the art of surfing it is vital that you understand from the very beginning that you will not be riding those massive waves overnight, it does take time and determination to see the process through. Very much like those who have learnt to drive in the past, you are well advised to initially go for one of the cheaper learning surf boards, around about 8 feet long for an adult and 6 feet for a child (minimum). So what type of board should you start with?
It is advisable to use what is commonly known as a "foamie" if you are just learning the ropes or very inexperienced. As the name suggests, this particular type of board is made of foam ensuring that as you slip and slide trying to learn to surf you will not be in danger of hurting yourself when falling onto your board. However, don't be fooled into thinking that the "foamie" is a lump of floating foam, it is a little tougher than that!
Next step after you have learnt the basics and moved onto a different level is to look at some of the fibre glass models on the market - the range is enormous and you are sure to find something in your price range and skills set. Initially you should be looking at what is commonly referred to as a "pop-out" a foam filled board which has a fibre glass coating. These boards are near indestructable but because they are a little heavier than your straight "foamies" or customised fibre glass boards, they are not as receptive to the waves - a little slower and perfect for learners.
Once you have mastered the waves and realised that surfing is the sport for your, the next level is the customised fibre glass models which are all the rage with the competition entrants and the professionals. The range of surf boards available is massive, at prices which can go anywhere from a couple of hundreds pounds to thousands, and everything in between. However, the path from the "foamies" to the customised boards will test you to the limit, both in terms of skill and determination,