Whether surfing for your first time, just coming off a surf lesson or you've been surfing since the grom days, these tips and advice are sure to help when renting a surfboard for your next Puerto Rico surfing adventure:
1) Bigger is Easier. If you're coming off a surf lesson or teaching yourself for the first time, we highly recommend riding a surfboard at least 9ft. long. Novice surfers over 6 ft. tall and/or 200 lbs. should ride a surfboard at least 10ft. long. Bigger surfboards, known as longboards, have much more buoyancy and stability than shorter surfboards which in return will give novice surfers a much easier and enjoyable time surfing for his/her first few times.
2) Epoxy vs Fiberglass. Epoxy surfboards are stronger and lighter than traditional fiberglass boards. Epoxy resin is used in many applications other than surfboard building such as boats, electronics and aerospace parts. The epoxy resin is stronger and more ding resistant than the polyester resin used in traditional fiberglass boards. Epoxy resin can only be used with EPS foam and boards made in this fashion are referred to as EPOXY/EPS surfboards. EPOXY for the resin and EPS for the core.
3) Transportation. Transporting surfboards on a vehicle soft rack is safe and easy when correct measures are followed. Soft racks should be placed evenly apart to prevent any sort of "see-saw" effect. Lay surfboard(s) fin forward. Fins forward will ensure that even in the worst case scenario of your straps coming loose due to strong winds, the fins will prevent your surfboard from slipping out.
For transportation of multiple surfboards, please remember to place a towel between each surfboard to prevent wax build up on the bottom of each surfboard being stacked. Last but not least, never exceed speeds of 55mph when driving with surfboards strapped to the car.
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