How to Choose the Right Surfboard

Choosing the right surfboard is critical to ensuring you maximize fun and success on the water.  The information here will help you narrow down your choices based on two key factors – Rider Skill Level and Rider Weight.  With these two pieces of information we can quickly narrow down your choices to boards that are most suitable for you. As always if you need further assistance you can always reach out to us HERE.


  • VOLUME: The amount of volume, or "float", your board has is the first criteria to consider when choosing a board that will work best for you. The volume of a board is determined by length, width and thickness.  Boards with more volume are easier to learn on and progress. Boards with less volume are harder to learn on but easier to do turns and duck underneath larger waves.  If in doubt, beginners should choose boards with more volume.
  • LENGTH: The second criteria to consider is length. Longer boards are generally faster to paddle, easier to catch waves and stand up. Shorter boards are generally easier to turn and duck underneath larger waves. Beginners should typically choose longer boards. 
  • RIDER WEIGHT: Find your (approximate) weight in the table below, then select your skill level to find the appropriate board volume for you.  

Note: these are not exact numbers but will give you a good reference to narrow down your options within the TAHE surf range.

All of our surfboards include Volume as a specification to help you select boards that are near your appropriate volume.


Rider Weight


Rider Weight



board Volume (liters)


Board Volume (liters)


Board Volume (liters)

50 110 45 35 30
60 130 55 45 35
70 150 60 50 40
75 165 65 55 45
80 180 75 60 50
90 200 85 65 55
100 230 95 80 65


MORE ABOUT VOLUME (Science Stuff): Volume in Liters is directly proportional to weight in Kilograms. For example an 80kg surfer is neutrally buoyant on an 80 liter board, and so will float directly on the surface of the water when sitting on their board. When the board is lower in volume than the surfers weight they will sink the board under the surface. For beginners a board with nearly as much volume in liters as their weight in kilograms is ideal as it makes paddling, catching waves and standing up easier.  Beginners can always use boards with extra volume - you can successfully teach a lightweight beginner on a very large board.  Intermediates typically need around 75% of their weight in volume, and advanced riders 60% (expert can be as low as 30-40%.). The table above is based on this information.

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