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How to choose the right volume for a surfboard? How to choose the right volume for a surfboard?

Posted on by Ultimate SurfnSkate Crew

Volume is often one of the first things you should really look at when choosing a surfboard, especially if you are a beginner surfer. The amount of volume you need is normally determined by your body weight, surf skill, as well as the type of waves and surfboards you will want to ride.

In most cases, higher volume surfboards will provide an easier paddle, and it also provides more buoyancy and stability, therefore it is more recommended for beginners.  Less volume in a board will allow you to turn faster with less effort on a wave, however, a surfboard with less volume won't be as stable and buoyant as a higher one, thus it will require more effort to paddle into waves. For these reasons they’re better for more experienced surfers.

It can be really frustrating if you are not riding a board with the amount of volume that suits you, below chart can be a good indication to start with:


Please also remember that there are so many other important factors to consider rather than just the volume, these are only to be used as a guide, the perfect volume for a surfer is always going to be subjective, best to speak to one of our experienced and friendly team to ensure your next or first board is perfect for you - after all, we've all been through this!

Volume is often one of the first things you should really look at when choosing a surfboard, especially if you are a beginner surfer. The amount of volume you need is normally determined by your body weight, surf skill, as well as the type of waves and surfboards you will want to ride.

In most cases, higher volume surfboards will provide an easier paddle, and it also provides more buoyancy and stability, therefore it is more recommended for beginners.  Less volume in a board will allow you to turn faster with less effort on a wave, however, a surfboard with less volume won't be as stable and buoyant as a higher one, thus it will require more effort to paddle into waves. For these reasons they’re better for more experienced surfers.

It can be really frustrating if you are not riding a board with the amount of volume that suits you, below chart can be a good indication to start with:


Please also remember that there are so many other important factors to consider rather than just the volume, these are only to be used as a guide, the perfect volume for a surfer is always going to be subjective, best to speak to one of our experienced and friendly team to ensure your next or first board is perfect for you - after all, we've all been through this!
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