In really basic terms it is the amount of material in your Surfboard which makes it float. This has become a big part of choosing a board and most manufacturers specify how much volume a board has in terms of litres.
To understand this better 1 litre of volume will float 1 kilogram of body weight. Why is it important? Well buoyancy is one of the most important factors when it comes to paddling, and it can prove to have a big difference in how you get onto waves and paddling out the back for more.
Ideally your shortboard should have around 30-35% of your weight in volume. Example if you weigh 100 kilograms your board should have around 30-35 litres of volume.
With a Longboard you will want to go for a 1-1 ratio which means for every kilogram of weight you will need 1 litre of volume.
This isn’t a standard formula for everyone, and it will vary for different levels of skill and surfing style. But to choose the right board you will need to look at the volume to make sure you are getting a board which will paddle well and perform well for your weight.
The biggest mistake you will make is walking into a shop and measuring your height against a board, and basing your purchasing decision on that alone. Next time your looking for a board, weigh yourself and look for how much volume a board has, and use this information to help you pick the right board.
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