If you've been asking yourself the question for a while: Which surfboard is the best choice for me?
Then you've come to the right place with the buying guide for surfboards in the Phieres blog. We have summarized some questions and answers about different board shapes, volumes and sizes and don't want to withhold our surfing know-how from you.

What you can expect from this blog post about the right surfboard size:

The Phiere's surfboard buying guide explains the most important features and terms for the different surfboards Surfboard sizes and Shapes. We want to support you and help you with your purchase decision.

Why the selection of Volume, nose, tail and Fins of your surfboard are important and like yours Setup, board control and buoyancy significantly influence the surfing style. In Phieres Surfboard buying guide You will find out how your previous surfing experiences and your surfing skills relate to the different board shapes.

What do I have to pay attention to when buying a surfboard?

The aim of this blog post is to give you an overview of the different types and Construction methods of surfboards , shortboards, swallow tails, hybrid and all-round surfboards. The best shapes for Wakesurfing, pool surfing, river surfing and surfing will be described. So that no questions are left unanswered at the end and you are well informed about what you should pay attention to when buying a surfboard.

The interaction between the right set-up, area of ​​application and your rider level

Your new surfboard should match your rider performance, i.e. your surfing experience and ability. However, there must also be enough leeway so that your surfing style can quickly reach the next level and you can have fun surfing, pool, river or wake surfing.

The interaction between the correct set-up, area of ​​application and yours Rider level will make the difference. There are often only small differences between improving your surfing skills, the fun factor and the frustration factor when you don't get it right on the first drop. Only with a well-chosen surfboard shape and setup will surfing really stoke! Because with the right surfboard and the perfect setup, you can concentrate on your surfing progress and improve your skills from wave to wave!

Choosing the right surfboard is crucial!

We address a variety of questions about buying a surfboard and give you an overview of the most common surfboard shapes . From shortboard to longboard, from tail to nose and from rocker to the right fin setup. We examine the topic of surfboard shapes and surfboard construction methods from all sides to make your purchasing decision easier .

Surfboard Shapes - Different construction methods for every area of ​​use
From beginner surfboards to professional boards, many different shapes and designs enable many areas of application and possibilities. Whether shortboard, hybrid board or fish,
any change in shape and every little detail affects the properties of the surfboard . Factors that greatly influence control, maneuverability and buoyancy.

Considerations and questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a new surfboard:

  1. How is my rider performance? How well do I surf? Beginner or already good surfing skills?

  2. Which surfboard shape suits my surfing style?

  3. How do I choose the right size and volume of my new surfboard?

  4. Surfboard fin setup: Differences between single, thruster, quad,…

  5.      Where and in what area do I mainly surf?


Don't worry if you can't answer all the questions for yourself yet. All important details are explained in the following lines.

1. Rider Performance
The most important thing is that you know your rider performance, i.e. yours Experience and ability , assessed realistically . You can then choose whether you want a board with a lot or less volume, more stability or aggressive performance, supportive buoyancy or quick response. The interaction between the right set-up, area of ​​use and your rider level will make the difference between improving your surfing skills, having fun or being frustrated.

2. Surfboard Shape – the surfboard shape
The shape of the surfboard is called the shape. There are things to consider when it comes to board shape:
nose , tail , Rockers, Finns & Size affect the properties of the board and determine which waves, surfing styles and surfing levels the surfboard is best suited for.

Overview and names: How is a surfboard constructed?
rocker - describes the bend of the board and determines performance and speed (see 2.3)
Nose - the front part of the surfboard (see 2.1)
Rails - the edges of the surfboard, the rounder the more forgiving, the thinner and angular the more aggressive
Bottom - the bottom of the surfboard
deck - the top of the board where you stand and paddle
Pad - thin pad that provides support during turns and maneuvers
Finns - determines important characteristics of surfing behavior (see 4.)
Leash plug - to attach your safety line (leash).
Tail - rear part of the surfboard (see 2.2)


2.1. Surfboard nose:
This is called a nose front part of the surfboard . Form affects the maneuverability and buoyancy of the board.

The sharper the nose, like the pointed nose , the more maneuverable and responsive the surfboard is, although the pointed nose offers less buoyancy. This nose can be found on high performance boards such as: our shortboard the Phieres Phestation.

A wide and round nose is called a rounded nose , which offers more buoyancy, stability and supports you by making paddling easier in the water. The rounded nose is mostly used on longboards and beginner surfboards.

The Round Pointed Nose offers the perfect balance of maneuverability and buoyancy. The mix of rounded and pointet nose is perfect Progress and progression into your surfing style and is the best choice for more advanced surfers. Can be found at Phiere's Phizzy , our hybrid surfboard.


2.2. Different surfboard tail construction methods:

At the surfboard tail , the back part of the board , there are lots of different designs. Different widths, tips and edges determine how quickly your board reacts during turns, cut backs and other maneuvers. square , Squash, Round & Swallow are popular and often used tail construction methods:

  • The Square tail Thanks to its wide end, it ensures a lot of safety against tipping over quickly and remains very manoeuvrable and agile.

    The square tail is used on the popular shortboard, the Phieres Phestation .

  • The squash Tail is very similar to the Square, only with rounded edges/rails. A very frequently used shape on classic boards such as the Phiere's Phizzy . The result is very good stability and responsiveness.

  • Round tails are the all-rounder, as the name suggests, your surfboard is very maneuverable, but a little less stable compared to other tail designs.

  • A Swallow Tail gives a lot of buoyancy, control and playfulness. You can immediately recognize it by its V-cut and find it on fish surfboards like the “ Phieres.” Phensey

2.3. Rocker:
The curvature or also is called a rocker Bend of the surfboard when you look at it from the side. A distinction is made between weak and strong rocker as well as nose and tail rocker.
A flat rocker or full rocker determines the performance of your board when surfing waves of different sizes or speeds.
Boards with one Flat rockers are kept very flat. They offer little flow resistance and glide excellently on the wave. This rocker is perfect for standing, knee-high and shoulder-high waves.
Surfboards with Full rocker Glide more slowly due to the board's smaller contact area with the water, but the board remains more stable and easier to control in powerful and high waves.

3. Size and volume
Surfboards are generally differentiated in size by feet and inches. The volume results from length, width and thickness and is given in liters and is the most important factor when it comes to buoyancy and stability on the water.

The dimensions given are Length (feet/ft.) x Width (inches/in.) x Thickness (inches)
Example: Phieres Phestation 5.0 x 21" x 2 3/8"

Conversion to the metric system: 1 ft = 12 in; 1ft = 30.48cm; 1 in = 2.54 cm

3.1 Volume
Basically, the following applies to the volume of the surfboard: the taller and heavier the person, the longer and more volume you should choose for the board. Especially for Beginner Surfboards are suitable lots of volume . Advantages are more stability at take-off and more boost in water. This saves you energy until you are in the line-up and when paddling the wave.
Of course, a voluminous board is not the most playful. But once you've gained some experience and caught the first waves, you'll be amazed at how easy surfing can be.

3.2 Length:
The longer the surfboard, the higher the speed and easier handling when paddling and dropping the incoming wave.

3.3 Width:
The wider your surfboard is, the more stability you get and the easier it is to catch small and medium waves such as white water waves and green waves.

3.4 Thickness:
If your board is thicker, it also has more volume and is easier to paddle into waves thanks to more buoyancy. The thinner your surfboard, the more maneuverable and playful it becomes.


4. Surfboard fins – different set-ups:
All of our boards are offered with a five-fin option and are delivered with five fins. However, this only means that you can decide for yourself which fin set-up you want to use.

The differences between single , Twins , Thrusters , Quad and 5-Fins form a crucial point in the Maneuverability and speed of the surfboard . We use the fin system on all of them Phiere's surfboards FCS (Fin Control System) The advantage of FCS is that the surfboard fins are available in almost every board shop and are easy to replace. Depending on the board and weight, the fins are available in sizes XS – XL.

  • Single fins are mainly used Longboards and SUPs used and give the board a lot of support and stability. However, quick turns or changes of direction are difficult.

  • Twin fins are perfect at higher speeds and are usually at Fish boards assembled. Twin fin setups surf playfully, quickly and great in tight turns. But they are rather unsuitable for large waves.

  • Thruster fins: Due to the best combination of maneuverability and stability, thruster fins are the best known and most popular Most used surfing style . A thruster setup is the best balance between single and twin fin. Suitable for almost all waves.

  • Quad fins give the board a very agile dynamic when pushing for modern Fish boards and Hybrid shapes . However, due to the greater water resistance, fast and narrow cuts are more difficult to manage, but they offer great grip in tubes and barrels.

  • Five-Fins, become extremely rarely surfed because the resistance becomes enormous and more or less only serves as a placeholder for the different fin set-ups.


5. Areas of use: Wakesurf, pool, river surfing or surfing at the sea

River surfing and wake surfing are becoming increasingly popular as lifestyle sports in our latitudes. Spots such as on various rivers, wakesurfing by boat on the lake or the Eisbach in Munich attract surfers from all corners of the world. The Community is constantly growing and this always arises new projects which enable us to do this even without the Atlantic or Pacific around the corner To pursue hobbies and lifestyle . Of course you can't compare it with perfect waves at sunset on a lonely beach, but the feeling of standing on the surfboard remains.

When it comes to surfing, it obviously makes a difference whether you mainly want to practice your skills in the wake, pool, river or by the sea. In waters with standing waves such as River surfing or wake surfing , where there are usually only low waves, are also possible Boards are accordingly shorter and more agile chosen. If you haven't had much experience surfing so far, we definitely recommend a board with more volume, such as a board for water like this. to consider the “ Phieres Phizzy “.

As you have now found out, it is the right one Board selection is absolutely crucial to quickly experience your first sense of success on the surfboard. You should, especially if you are a beginner or if you are not yet a very experienced surfer Don't switch to a smaller surfboard too early . Although it looks cooler and is easier to carry under your arm than a more beginner-friendly board with more buoyancy.
Calmness and composure will also help you a lot more than drowning in the waves with a professional shortboard, which only a few surfers can do, and thus making you unpopular with the locals.
It's important that you learn a lot right from the start and catch as many waves as possible. This is much easier with a larger surfboard.

Therefore remember:
In order to learn to surf and have a lot of fun quickly, you need a few things. Lots of patience, perseverance and motivation as well as the surfboard,
which has the right shape and volume for your personal surfing style.

Find out which Phieres surfboard suits you and your surfing style best!

If you still have questions after all this information or something is not entirely clear: Contact us to get personal advice from our team!

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