While the beaches in Honolulu, HI are well known for their serious waves, lesser-known is Keaau, HI, where the waves stay reliably solid all year long. If you’re a newcomer to the area, it’s practically mandatory that you learn how to surf. But where do you start? A-American Self Storage is sharing some thoughts on buying your first surfboard – and equally important – how to prep it for your storage unit when it’s time to take a “moe” from the surf.
Choosing a Surfboard
For beginners, which simply means that you’ve only gone surfing once or twice or not at all, stability and flotation are the most important traits in a board. There are two options for you: longboard and mini long. The bigger and taller you are, the longer and thicker you want the board, and vice versa for smaller surfers.
The general sizing chart for a classic longboard looks like this:
|8′ 6||22 1/4||3 1/4||145 – 295|
|9′ 2||22 1/2||3 2/5||165 – 225|
|9′ 6||23 3/8||3 7/16||180 – 235+|
If you don’t meet weight suggestions for the classic style, look into the Funboard that still offers a wide width and thickness. An overall rule is to keep the board within a foot and a half taller than you.
Boards get expensive, quick. Because you’re likely to grow out of it as your experience improves, pick a used surfboard to get started. Look for one with a rounded end, and one or three fins.
Taking Care of Your Surfboard
Besides a battered surfboard not looking good on the beach, it doesn’t ride well. It slows you down and won’t respond like it used to. The number one rule is: when it’s not in the water, it’s in the bag. One avid surfer says that at least half of all dings and chips happen during transport of your board to and from the beach.
Next rule: treat it like a second skin. You don’t leave yourself out in the sun for hours without protection. Neither should your board bake outside. The sun’s rays cause yellowing and weakens the coating.
Last, don’t wait to fix dings and chips in your board. It can cause irreversible damage to the integrity of the board, causing you to retire it early.
Storing Your Surfboard
Whether you’re putting it in storage units or in your own self storage, there are general rules to follow to ensure it stays in pristine condition. First, don’t store it by leaning it up against something. Depending on how long it’s in storage, it could cause distortion. Plus, it could easily fall over. You can simply build a rack to set it on sideways, or put some L-brackets into the wall and set it up out of the way. Just make sure that when you do throw it on your car to take to and from self storage, keep it out of the way of other cars who might accidentally “ding” it.
Surfing is more than just a sport, it’s a lifestyle for many people in Honolulu and Keaau. Whether you’re there for a little while or you’re there for life, getting started surfing is a must. When you’re ready to store your board for a break from the beach, A-American Self Storage can help you find a second home for your stick.