Surfboards never really go out of style, for the most part. They are always upgrading the boards to accommodate the newest theories. But it’s also good to take a look past styles and try a style of board that may have been long forgotten. At the end of the day, it’s all about getting a board out on the water, right?
Surfing is thought to originate in the mid 1700′s. Since then, there have actually been few significant modifications to the actual surf board. Most have been people trying out different theories. Some have failed horribly. Others, like the skeg, have been a handsome success, and subsequently adopted by the modern surfer. Now there are a wide variety of different types of boards you can get your hands on.
One of the main areas of focus within surfing is how to preserve safety. Although surfing is a worldwide sport, and people of all ages do it, it still have a significant amount of surfing accidents and drowning per year. That’s why, when you’re on your board, we recommend using floatation devices. For obvious reasons, you can’t use a full on life jacket. However, you can use a personal floatation device or PFD, so decrease your chances of drowning.
Vintage surfer boards so have added safety measures. Since surfing was a newer phenomenon, and it was just catching steam, people were much more cautious when riding them than they are today. Therefore, to capture more of the safety factors of the vintage surf boards, people are trying to tie more of the vintage style to the newer styles.
Whatever style you decide on, keep in mind there are other things to pay attention to besides speed. Check for stability. If you are new to surfing, try to find a board with a wider base. If you have a wider base, the board will be more stable, and you will be less likely to fall off of your surf board. This will keep you more safe. However, just to make sure, for a while, we would recommend using personal floatation devices.
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