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Choosing the Right Surfboard

by Brian D. Ladin

An accomplished investment professional and former partner with such firms as Bonanza Capital and Talisman Capital, Brian D. Ladin leads Delos Shipping and Delos Investment Management as the founder. When he’s not overseeing investment activities of the companies, Brian D. Ladin enjoys surfing. He has been surfing for six years and rides a Proctor and Fool Moon board.
Even though surfboards come in various styles and sizes, the process of selecting one does not have to be overly complicated. Skill level is one of the first things surfers should consider when choosing a board. Beginners are better suited for boards that are larger and more stable because they make paddling and catching waves easier. Meanwhile, advanced surfers may want smaller boards that are more maneuverable.
Fitness level also plays a role in finding the right board. A surfer with a higher fitness level can spend more time on the water and handle a board that makes paddling more challenging. Because older surfers typically have somewhat lower endurance, they may prefer boards that make paddling and balancing easier.
Finally, surfers must consider their individual height and weight. Heavier surfers are best suited for boards that have more volume while lighter surfers may need less volume. Volume as it relates to surfboards refers to the amount of foam used on the board, which affects buoyancy. Meanwhile, a surfer’s height plays a role in the board’s length. Since taller surfers have a naturally wider stance, they may need a longer board than their shorter counterparts.                            
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