Beginer boards, look here if you wonder what to get
comments appreciated, as well as changes anyone would like to sugest.
first anwser, talk to a local shaper or shop. Second thing, fun boards are what they sound like. And third, this isn't going to be perfect, and the only way to get the best board for your abilities and break is to consult with a local shop or shaper.
Mushy mush that you almost couldn't call a wave- more volume! add it in length and thickness before width. longboards work well
Small well formed waves- again, more volume than what it says below, but you don't need as full of a template. Again, this is what longboards were made for, but if you don't like the idea of riding a log funboards work well.
medium mush- you need less volume than you need for small mush boards, but this is where funboards excell.
medium waves- whatever the chart says.
don't try and learn on anything bigger.
Last thing before I do the list, in general something less than a foot taller than you will be much more manuverable, and the narrower the turnier and better for progressing. Start on a rented learner log first, then get one of these if you want to progress well. I overall recomend funboards.
If your height is between 5' and 5'6", get something like a 6'8" funboard, thats about 20" wide and 2 3/8 thick.
If your between 5'6" and 5'10", aim twards a 7'2 funboard close to 21 inches wide and 2.5 thick.
5'10" to 6'2" a 7'6"-8' that is nearer to three inches than 2.5 is what you want.
Any taller, just add add an inch to 7"10' for every inch taller than 6'2" you are.
Weight, if you weigh more, more volume to compensate. I think the average weight of someone who is in the 5-5'6 range is probally around a hundred pounds, 5'6-5'10 is probally 125-150, to 6'2 is up to 175 and above that is well, above.
So if you weigh more than what i've listed, add 1/8" of thickness and 1/16" of width for every ten pounds, and subtract that much for every ten pounds less. Or you could add or subtract an inch in width.
Last thing is the more time you plan to spend in the water, the shorter you can safely go. Same for time out of the water, if you might get to go only four or five times a year, deffinatley go with more volume because you have much more fun.
Hope this helps people, but again, nothing beats talking to someone in person about your abilities, local break, and time you plan to spend surfing.