The differences between longboard and a shortboard surfing go beyond the length of the board. Indeed, a “longboard” surfboard is typically about eight feet long and considerably wider than a shortboard (which is usually 5-7 feet long) – but surfing on a longboard offers the rider a completely different feel and experience than a shortboard.
Longboards are generally easier to stand up on. Because they have a greater surface area, the ride is more stable and riders can do elaborate tricks that involve walking over the board. Though many surfers ride a longboard in “shortboard style” and move around the waves a lot, longboards usually provide a straight and smooth ride with more control.
Shortboards tend to be a little more difficult to stand up on, but they’re much easier to maneuver in the water. Shortboard riders can perform a range of tricks using their boards. Most beginners start surfing on a longboard, then gradually work their way down to a shorter board.
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