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The Perfect Beginner Surfboard, for Us Little Girls!

  • Oct 19, 2009
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At only 5'3 on a good day, near 100lbs, the 6 foot Surface water angel surfboard has proven itself to be my new favorite beginner surfboard!

Originally practicing on the famous 8 and 9 foot Costco wavestorm surfboards, I was skeptical to try such a small board. The 6’ Surface looked like it was meant for a young little girl, but being that I’m pretty tiny myself, I figured it could work.  The thought of having such a small, easy to manage board seemed like heaven. So, after chatting with a manager at the local surf shop who convinced me I wouldn’t regret it, I decided to give it a shot.Turns out, I couldn't be happier :)


  • Effortless Transportation: One of my favorite things about this board is how simple it is to carry. With shorter arms, I could never carry the wavestorm down by my side because it was just too wide. The Surface is just the perfect size for me, making the longer walks to the beach totally painless. It also fits much easier into the car!
  • Floatability: Unlike many other foam boards I’ve tried, the Surface floats extremely well, particularly for its size. With only 6 feet of board underneath me, I was afraid it might be difficult to stay steady and paddle out. The extra thick board makes it extremely buoyant and left me pleasantly surprised!
  • Control Factor: The smaller size of this board make it exceptionally easy to control in the water. I’ve been able to erase the look of panic on my face when I’m about to get knocked out by a wave. Not only can I dive through them easier but it’s much simpler to manage when the giant waves come smashing down onto me. I can thank the Surface board for far less bumps to the head!
  • Balance: Even for its size, the Surface boards balance my weight extremely well, letting me ride waves way better than  I could have imagined.


There’s just one little thing wrong with having such a smaller board, which the surf shop did happen to warn me about..

  • Catching a Wave: Because the board is much smaller that most foam boards, it’s inevitably a little harder to catch a wave when practicing in small waves and white wash. They don’t pick you up and take you as well as an 8 foot board would, making it a little frustrating at times. All this really means is you’ll have to step it up a little and paddle out closer to where the bigger waves are breaking.

Price: The boards range from $100 - $200 depending where you find them. I was lucky to get it at $115 w/ tax, which for the quality, definitely beats out the Costco board at $100

Recommendations: For the 6' - beginners, up to around 100lbs. It’s also available in a 7’ and 8’ which would be great as well depending on your size!

I couldn’t be happier with this board but I think I have the Costco wavestorm and other bigger foam boards to thank for it. By learning the skills needed to catch and ride a wave on a bigger board, It made switching to a smaller board all the more simple. The summer may be past but that won’t stop me from throwing on a wet suit and paddling out for months to come!!

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December 27, 2012
Great review. I've been surfing for over 40 yrs now and my surfing had kinda fallen into a slump. I guess after all that time it was bound to happen. Enter the Costco Wavestorms. I had seen some guys riding them and they looked like they were having a lot of fun. I picked a used one off of craigslist for $80 and from the first wave, I from the first take off on it, I felt the stoke of catching my first wave. Although the board was'nt as responsive my other more high perfromance boards, it was such a blast to ride. I'm now looking for a shorter model, probably a 7 footer. There are so many softboards to choose from, trying to find the right one is all part of the fun of it all. Aloha.
August 28, 2012
Where can I find a board like this my 9 yr old wants to learn to surf.. So I been looking for a cheap beginner girl board.
October 20, 2009
great review Lisa! thanks for sharing it. but if you are planning on going out this winter, you're going need more than that spring suit!!
October 19, 2009
Great review! If I ever decide to pick up surfing, I'll keep this in mind.
October 19, 2009
5'3 on a good day?  I wonder how tall you are on a bad day! ;P  I'll have to look into this once I actually start surfing.  I absolutely love the pink color, and I love how you've got a matching wet suit as well! :)
October 19, 2009
Cute board! I love the matching wetsuit!
October 19, 2009
That's awesome! I'll have to pass the info along to @babymama -- She'll also love the pink color!
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Inspired by her two rescued kitties Maxwell & Oliver, Lisa has spent the last 5 years devoted to animal welfare; volunteering for LA based animal rescue organizations, fostering dogs & cats in … more
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Surface "Water Angel" Surfboards are leading the way in girls soft top surfboard construction. Its unique power with sandwiched construction offers great strength and flotation for speed and drive. Great for beginners and experts, this model can give you power under your feet to help you with the big moves. The Surface "Water Angel" surfboard is available in 3 sizes. These are great boards for any sized rider.
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