Comment choisir son longboard surf ? - Surf By Ocean Essentials

Our tips for buying your longboard board

How to choose a longboard? Wow, that's a wide range of internet users reading this article! In recent seasons, the surfing world has focused on shortboards and hybrids . However, longboards have many advantages and remain the best choice for many people - especially when starting out in surfing.

Tips for choosing your surf longboard

Question #1: How do you want to surf and where are you going to surf on your board?

  • Do you see yourself as a cross stepper/ noserider ?

  • Or do you want to tail surf more and use the length of the board to generate high speeds for fast turns and carves?

  • Is your local wave gentle and slow to break or a more hollow beach break ?

There are two main types of longboard families: "Noseriders" and "High Performance" longboards.

Noseriders tend to have more volume (more foam), tighter rocker , wider nose and rounded rails all the way to the tail. Most noseriders also have a single fin, although some are equipped to switch to a 2+1 configuration which consists of small side fins on the rails and a larger fin in the center box.

This style of board is great for several things: trimming , gliding , noseriding.

The larger size, flatter rocker and glide oriented design suits a flatter wave that is slower and softer to break.

The design goal of a noserider longboard is to keep the board in the wave pocket and allow the surfer to ride small crumbly waves while feeling the "glide" of the board over the top of the water .

"Glide/Glide" is the board's ability to move water at high speed and not be dependent on planing over water. More volume and often a flat or slightly convex bottom make this type of board work well for both gliding and planing .

These boards also encourage "cross stepping" towards the nose and are great "dance platforms" for stepping to and from the nose during every ride.

HPLBs (High Performance Longboards) usually have a or concave and a narrower outline with a 2+1, Quad or 4+1 fin setup. High performance longboards are designed to generate speed and move faster than the wave. They're great for riding your longboard "like a shortboard", rocking the wave up and down to generate speed. They are easier to surf in hollow waves, as they normally have a narrower nose and more rocker which allows them to better adapt to the curve of the wave.

The design of high performance longboards is all about maximum speed and maneuverability , so in many ways very similar to shortboards. Skilled surfers can use them for noseriding, but they don't offer the extra stability and lift. These boards are designed for maximum performance , so if the waves are super small and have no bottoms, they don't perform as well. However, if you are buying a single board for the maximum range of use when it comes to wave size. These boards will offer the widest range of use of any board on the market, as you can surf them effectively in small waves, up to several times your size.

The HPLB Stretch, Ricky Carroll HPLB, Maurice Cole HPLB and Takayama Noa Comp are good examples of HPLB.

As with all other categories of surfboards, the lines of demarcation are disappearing and board designs are now pulling characteristics from different designs to produce " Hybrid Designs ". The TORQ longboards are a perfect example.

Noserider shape and volume, with a clean, defined rail in the tail and a 2+1 fin. This allows the board to really get up and go when you need it.

The smaller ones (9'0 and smaller) also have a clean, defined clearance rail on the tail to help these boards hit higher speeds in medium to large surf.

noserider longboard

Question #2: Why do some of these boards have rounded rails while others have sharp edges? What's up with all the different tail shapes?

 Noseriders typically have rounded rails running the full length of the board, which means there is no sharp rail to drain water cleanly on the back third of the board like on HPLBs or shortboards.

This slows down the board and keeps it close in the pocket when the surfer is on the nose. You will often see larger square tails on noseriders , especially those riding smaller , less powerful waves.

The bigger the tail , the more lift it creates to generate speed, but also the more it creates a bigger platform for the lip of the wave that lands on the tail.

HPLBs have a clean edge on the tail of the board, which creates a clean outflow of water at the tail - allowing the board and the surfer to generate speeds much higher than the speed of the wave. On HPLBs you will see a variety of shapes and tails to maximize performance in a specific wave range/type or to provide the maximum range of use.

Regardless of the shape of the tail ( squash, round, round pin, swallow ), the bigger the tail, the better the board will perform in small to medium surf conditions.

If you're using the board for bigger, more powerful surfs, or even if you're using it as a gun for big conditions, you want to consider reducing the tail area so the board doesn't get too much lift under the tails. feet and does not begin to bounce with speed.

Question #3: Why are there different fin configurations?

Noseriders have single fins, which are generally a bit slower (good for keeping the board in the wave pocket ) and provide more depth to stay in the water when on the nose. and you lift the tail. The telltale signs of a noserider are the rounded rails to the tail with a nice single fin.

HPLBs are usually equipped with 2+1, Quad or 4+1 fins. None of them are better than the other, what you are looking for is the best match for the design of the board, your surfing style and the waves you want to ride. All of these fin configurations are designed to generate more speed and increase maneuverability compared to single fins.

Question #4: What is the right size for me?

That's an easy question! In general, lightweights should look at the 8'6 range. The middleweights 9'0 and the heavyweights 9'6. The super heavyweights? Either you increase your 9'6 with a bit more width and thickness, or you lengthen it up to 10'.

Not all of these measurements are "exact". If you're a lightweight and find a great 8'4 - 8'7", go for it! Once you get past 10', most surfers will struggle to control the extra length, although the experienced surfer will be delighted with the extra glide!

Question 5: Construction

There are several builds you can choose from when buying a longboard. PU/Polyester is the tried and tested construction that has been around the longest. The PU/Poly provides a great feel both in "gliding" mode on small waves and at top speed when chop becomes an issue. PU/Poly is also the most fragile and the heaviest .

If you have a space management problem (i.e. you don't know what a 9 foot turning radius is), you will probably spend more time fixing this type of board than 'to surf once you're done walking it around your garage. The extra weight can also be a drag on lighter surfers who need to carry their board long distances to the beach .

Epoxy sandwich constructions provide a lighter, more durable board that delivers great performance with very little maintenance and a very long life.

This construction based on epoxy resin is an excellent choice to not say anything, to have fun, to be distracted all the time or to share your board with a family or a group of friends, where you don't always know how the board is processed.

True aficionados will say you have to go PU/Poly to get a "real" board, but it's better to be honest with yourself and how you treat your gear.

Our favorite is the ACT range from torq

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