The Surfboard and How to Carry It Right


A series of articles on Global Surf surfing toturial

In the next series of articles we will analyze in depth the toturials we have created specifically for you and discuss the important highlights that will help you develop your surfing skills. We’ll start from the most basic tips to more advanced highlights like proper technique when doing turns and manouvers.

First, it’s important to say that anyone can surf. The feeling of being in the water, just you and the surfboard, waiting for the right wave, paddling yourself and being able to actually make it is absolutely special. The combination of being engaged with physical activity while being in a strong connection to nature makes surfing a unique sport that attracts millions around the world. Like most other sports, surfing is also a sport that requires practice, reselience and the acquisition of basic tools and techniques.

Tutorial # 1 – The Surfboard parts and How to Carry It Right

In fact, in order to surf we need a surfboard. There are a variety of different surfboards that suit different needs, styles and conditions. But there are a number of general terms that remain constant no matter what kind of surfboard we’re talking about. The example in the video is done using a ‘Softboard’ which is usually most common among beginners.
Softboards goe their name because the surfboard material is softer compared to advanced surfboards. The soft surface provides protection against injuries if you fall on the surfboard as pert of the learning process. In addition, the surfboards are usually characterized by large dimensions (length / width / thickness) which produces a high ‘volume’ for the surfboard resulting in a high floating capability that will help us in our first steps in the water.

The surfboard’s parts

• The nose – the front of the surfboard. The nose is concave so that its edge stays out of the water as we paddle and try to catch a wave. If we had a flat nose, the tip of the board was most likely sink into the water.

• Tail – the back of the surfboard. Different boards have tails in different and varied shapes like roundtail, pintail, squashtail, or diamond shaped tail. Each of the shapes has a slightly different effect on how the surfboard will cut the surface of the water and respond to changes of direction.

• Rails – the outline of the surfboard. The rails can be thick / thin, sharp / blunt and their shape will affect the natural flow of the surfboard in the water.

• Upper Deck – This area refers to every surface on which we lie / stand as we surf.

• Bottom Deck – Refers to any surface that comes into contact with water while surfing. The lower surface can also come in several configurations that will affect the hydrodynamics of the surfboard.

• The fins – the steering wheel of the surfboard. The fins are what make the surf move forward on the water. While surfing, the fins allow the surfboard cut the water and move forward with relative stability. If we didn’t have fins, the surfboard would slide and move in all directions instead of going forward. The shape of the fins is one that allows them to move only in one direction and will always aim to move in that direction.

• The leg rope / leash – a strap / rope that comes out of the surfboard and ties around the ankle. The leash are usually made of plastic / silicone that provides flexibility and durability so that it does not collapse under the power of the waves. The leash allows us to be attached to the surfboard and not lose it if it is released from our hands or if we fall from it. The leash is relatively long so it will have enought space to bend without coming back at us in a dangerous way.

How to carry the surfboard?

The first step where it is important to pay attention to how we hold the surfboard is when we move around with the board out of the water. The surfboard takes up space, especially softboards due to their size and this should be taken into account when carrying the surfboard. When you want to walk with the surfboard in hand, place the surfboard under the armpit of the strong hand as the nose faces the direction you wanna go and fins towards your body. When you want to change the direction, keep in mind that a surfboard that is almost 2 meters or more in length goes with you. Therefore, check that there is nothing around you that the surfboard can hit. If there is a fear of hurting something, try lifting the surfboard so that the nose is facing upwards, this will reduce the volume that the surfboard takes up in space and allow you to maneuver with the surfboard by hand even where you cannot walk along it.