How to Turn a Longboard Surfboard

Surfing is a sport that demands both mental and physical stability. Though the sport requires only a surfboard as its equipment, however there are several variations of it.

You need to choose your board based on your expertise. Longboard surfboard is a better option for the beginners as they are more stable. They can be made from wood, polystyrene and polyester.

You can buy or borrow or rent your longboard from a Hawaii surf camp.

Surfers have tons of questions about longboards. Here we’ll cover 3 important ones.

What is a Longboard Surfboard?

The longer surfboards are called Longboards. They can be 9 feet in length. The 2.4m. or 8 feet tall surfboards are categorized as mid-length or fun boards.

These have rounder noses as they are built for mellow waves. It generally has 1-3 stringers throughout the entire deck for better support.

There are stringer-less longboards as well, but they are breakable. It can have single fin or 2+1 fins setup. Bigger fins can hold the board better. Apply wax on your longboard for better grip.

1. How to Choose a Longboard for Surfing?

Before diving deep into the discussion, we need to discuss first who should get a longboard.

Longboards are the best bet for the complete newbies. But they aren’t perfect for faster and bigger waves. It is better to shift to shortboard after learning trimming, turning and pop-up.

Intermediate or experts won’t be enthusiastic enough to ride on smaller waves.

They are made to perform nose-riding and cross-stepping on mellow waves.

Hawaiian culture is popularizing a new trend of longboards that are built for high performance. They function as shortboards but have all of the features of long-boards.

But mastering the surfing tricks on longboard can only help you in performing aerial moves.

Now comes the main question ‘How to Choose a Longboard for Surfing?’

To answer this question, you have to consider 4 important features of a longboard: Design Material, Length, Width and Thickness and Rocker.

Design Material:

The best longboards are made from Balsa wood as they are light and environment-friendly.

Length: 8-10 feet longboards are better for floaters and cutbacks and longer boards are better for nose-riding and cross-stepping.

Width and Thickness: 2.5 inches is the average thickness of a longboard. But you can choose a board 3inches thick if you are heavier.


You will need more rocker for better nose-riding. If you want speed then go for a board of less rocker.

2. How to Turn a Longboard Surfboard?

Turning a surfboard is not easy. It needs expertise and mastery. Turning a longboard during surfing may seem complex but you can become a pro in it with years of experience.

To turn a surfboard, you don’t need to lean off your surfboard. Just turning the body is enough as your board will follow your direction.

Just keep in mind what you need to do for right and left turn.

Right Turn

You just need to turn your head, shoulders, torso and hips to your right direction.

Turn them one by one in the order mentioned. Keep them aligned and point towards the right.

Left Turn

You just need to turn your head, shoulders, torso and hips to your left direction. Turn them one by one in the order mentioned. Keep them aligned and point towards the left.

Surf camps in Hawaii train their surfers well-enough to execute these movements perfectly.

Contact them on +1 808-352-7674 or write to surfers@patasudakasurftrips.com for more information.