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Surfboards come in three basic varieties: the longboard, the shortboard, and the medium length "funboard." Longboards provide a slower, steadier ride on which you can hang ten and are best suited to beginning and intermediate surfers. Shortboards are used by more experienced surfers for surfing tricks. "Funboards" are exactly what they sound like! If you are a surfer who wants to ride the waves and have fun, this length board could be perfect for you!
You'll want to make sure you have the right accessories before you hit the waves as well. Always make sure you use a leash to avoid causing a "killer" board from getting away from you and injuring someone else in the water or on shore. Know the water temperature before choosing your surf wax, which gives extra grip on the top of the surfboard. And if you are surfing in cold waters, you'll appreciate a hood, booties, and a wetsuit. In warmer waters, board shorts and rashguards are usually worn to provide adequate protection from skin abrasion or rashes while paddling around on your surfboard.
To make your surfing experience a perfect 10, check out the wide variety of surfboard and surfing equipment retailers listed on SurfShops.us. Surf shops are most often found along the East (Atlantic Ocean) and West (Pacific Ocean) coasts, but you can also shop online and find everything you need to catch the perfect wave — from surfboards to surfing accessories. If you are new to surfing, be sure to visit our surfing lingo page for a few common surfing expressions. In the USA, ocean surfing is a popular sport in Hawaii, along the Atlantic coastline from New Jersey to Florida, and along the Pacific coastline from Oregon to California. For more specifics, and pointers on choosing a good surfing beach, visit our where to surf page.
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Surfing in North America dates back to the year 1885, when three princes from the Hawaiian islands were attending Saint Matthew's Military School in San Mateo, California. During their spare time, they constructed surfboards from local redwood, and tested the waves near Santa Cruz. Read more about the origins and development of this popular water sport on our history of surfing web page.
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