Hey guys, been looking around and found another great surfboard for beginners that is sure to bring you countless hours of wave shredding fun.
The board is called the 8′ Foam Longboard Surfboard by Greco. What makes this board worth recommending and posting about? Because I really, really like it, thats why!
Seriously though, one of the young surfers I I give private surf lessons to came by with this board — he had just gotten it 2 weeks ago — and he told me how much it’s helping him practice. Before, he was using a cheap, USED surfboard (hard-top) and he would tell me how he was ALWAYS getting bumps, bruises, and your typical dings. After hearing about softtop beginner surfboards from me weeks earlier, he naturally told his mom he wanted a new board for his birthday and VIOLA, he got what he wished for — the 8′ Foam Longboard Surfboard by Greco!
Now, you guys know I don’t recommend boards willy-nilly, so here is my REAL explanation of why I am posting about his beginners surfboard….
During our last session — before he got this new surfboard — this kid was a TOTAL wipe-out spaz, and more importantly, he knew it. No matter what I told him, what advice I gave him, what tricks I showed him, he always managed to wipeout in the harshest of ways. He was very critical of himself about his lack of skill and constant wipeouts, but I told him that half the battle is choosing the right type of surfboard — he simply had the wrong type. Not big enough, not wide enough, not stable enough for his body type.
Well, he took that advice to heart (finally!) and, as I mentioned earlier, managed to himself a new, much more suitable surfboard. Well, it paid off! Our last session was a complete turn around. This kid had gone from complete newbie surfer to “actual surfer” in just two short weeks.
How can this be explained? CONFIDENCE! Although the board was a huge part of how he improved, the kid was NOW confident in his surfing equipment and it’s ability to help him improve. He isn’t using some crappy, used surfboard that doesn’t hit his body type or skill level — he’s using a QUALITY beginners surfboard, one he can trust and depend on for months & months to come. And no, I’m not knocking used surfboards. I’m knocking CHEAP used surfboards that are well past their prime and should NEVER EVER EVER be used by beginners!
Now, am I going to tell you to go out and buy the 8′ Foam Longboard Surfboard by Greco just to be more confident? No, not at all. What I WILL tell you is that you need to buy a surfboard that you can feel confident in using day in and day out. One that will make surfing EASIER as opposed to harder and possibly more painful.
As I always says, you can get your beginner surf board from anywhere you’d like. A local surf-shop, ebay, amazon, a friend, a hand-me-down, or even from online surfboard dealers. But, if you’re really smart, you’ll get your board the same place I now get mine from — Amazon Surfboards.
They’ve got the best boards at the best prices I’ve seen to date and they offer free shipping on a lot their high-quality boards (not all of them). I actually live about 10 minutes away (walking distance) from a reliable surf-shop yet I STILL get my boards from amazon! Truth be told, I’ve become a bit of an Amazon shopping junkie and I do the bulk of my shopping there.
If you’ve not yet chosen your surfboard, I highly recommend reading these awesome reviews about the Greco 8′ Foamboard Surfboard.