Here are a few thoughts on how to go about purchasing your first surfboard. Your first surfboard is really more of a transitional surfboard in that within 6 months are so you will have progressed to a new level and surely be wanting to change boards. So I always recommend not buying a new board but find a cheaper used board of the proper size that will (1) provide a reasonable amount of stability and (2) ensure you can catch a ton of waves. The rate at which you progress in the early stages of surfing is directly proportional to the number of waves you catch and ride. Thus the biggest pitfall when selecting your first surfboard is going out and purchasing a brand new shortboard that looks like something professional surfer Carissa Moore rides. Self evaluate your skill level and try to find a used longboard in the 8’6’’ to 9’0’’ range or a “funshape” in the 7’2’’ to 8’2’’ range. Remember the best surfer is the one having the most fun and when beginning to surf using a surfboard with extra length and flotation translates to having a ton fun at the same time you are improving.