Which surfboard for an intermediate level?

Planche de surf Zeus en mousse dans les mains d'un surfer

Welcome to the sunny world of surfing, where powerful waves and intense emotions combine to offer a unique experience! At Zeus , we are passionate about this legendary sport and we are here to support you in your quest for the perfect surfboard . Are you wondering when it makes sense to change surfboards to progress?

Look no further, because we have the answers to all your questions!

🌊 In this article, we reveal the secrets to choosing the surfboard that will propel you to new heights of surfing. Whether you're a beginner looking for stability or an intermediate surfer looking to perfect your maneuvers, our detailed guide is here to enlighten you.

💡 Discover the essential criteria to make the right choice: your surfing level, the frequency of your sessions , your progress objectives and the surfing conditions you face. You will thus understand how the volume , size and shape of your board impact your performance and your pleasure in the water.

🌟 AtZeus , we have a complete range of surfboards , ranging from stable and accessible models for beginners to more responsive and maneuverable boards for intermediate surfers . Our expertise and our passion for surfing allow us to offer you tailor-made advice , because we believe that every surfer deserves their dream board.

If you need advice, our professional team is available every day on the chat of our online store

🤙 So, ready to embark on a new adventure? Follow us through this guide and find out how to choose the surfboard that will become your best ally on the waves. Onward to an unforgettable surfing experience withZeus ! 🏄‍♂️🌊

Zeus foam surfboard - Longboard Dolce

When should you change your surfboard?

At Zeus we want to guide you through the process of choosing your new surfboard. To determine the right time to change your board, several factors must be taken into account. Follow the guide to make an informed decision!

1. Surfing level and surfing frequency: Find the board that suits you!

Your surfing level and the frequency with which you practice this sport are determining factors in the choice of your board. If you are a beginner, choose a bulky and stable board, as it will give you a solid foundation to learn the first stages of surfing in complete safety. These boards, often called "mini-malibus", are perfect for familiarizing yourself with the waves and developing your balance. 

If you are looking for one of these boards you can opt for  for the Classic range is made up of Fuego, La Rosa and Temper

However, as you gain comfort and confidence on the waves, you will be ready to upgrade to a smaller, more responsive board . These boards, like " funboards " or " fish ", will allow you to explore new sensations and progress in your mastery of the waves. Consider adjusting your board based on your skill level and how often you surf.

If you are a dedicated surfer, you will be able to consider moving to a more efficient board more quickly to continue to evolve.

Our selection of intermediate boards:

  • If you want a cool board to slide without forcing: The Zeus Dolce in 6'6
  • If you are looking for a board that is a little more radical, but still has a little volume: the Zeus Mamba with its 44L is perfect
  • If you are looking for an easy and scalable Fish for softer waves, we have two boards in the range: the Sport 6'2 Fish & the 5'10 Ozmoz
  • If you are looking for a shortboard: you can opt for our range of Shortboards in collaboration with the Shaper Cabianca .
  • If you are more into longboard mode, good news! we have 2 boards in the Dolce range with a 9'0 and a 9'4 . Sensations guaranteed!

Performance foam surfboard - foam shortboard - softop zeus

2. Intermediate surfer goals: Reach new riding heights!

As an intermediate surfer, your goals evolve. You want to make more fluid and elegant turns on waves , pass the bar more easily to venture into rougher waters, and perform take-offs on hollower waves for unrivaled sliding sensations.

To achieve these goals, it is essential to choose a board that is more manageable and less bulky . Versatile boards, such as “ funboards” or “eggs” , are ideal allies for continuing to progress while maintaining an appreciable level of comfort . These boards combine the best of both worlds: good volume for stability and the ability to perform turns with ease.

Keep in mind that every surfer is unique, and it is essential to choose a board that perfectly suits you based on your goals and aspirations. AtZeus , we provide you with a wide range of surfboards adapted to each level , so don't hesitate to contact us to find the board of your dreams!

How to choose a foam surfboard for an intermediate level rider - Zeus foam surfboard - Sport Range - Bottom turn in surfing

3. Surfing conditions: Adapt your board to your playground

The surfing conditions in which you regularly operate are a crucial element to take into account when choosing your surfboard. Each type of wave requires a specific approach and some boards are designed to perform in particular conditions.

If you surf primarily in small, soft waves, boards such as the fish or longboard can be great options. The "fish" is renowned for its ability to easily gain speed thanks to its width, while the "longboard" offers fluid gliding and allows you to perform maneuvers characteristic of this style of surfing.

On the other hand, if you like to tackle more hollow and powerful waves, you will need a smaller board with more rocker (the curvature of the board). Hybrid boards, which fall between the "shortboard" and the "funboard", are ideal for these types of conditions, as they offer both maneuverability and stability.

Zeus foam surfboard - Bottom Turn - Surfer - Eric Rebiere

4. The right volume for your size: Find the perfect balance

The volume of your board is an essential parameter that greatly influences your performance on the waves. It's crucial to choose a board with the right volume for your weight , skill level, and personal preferences.

As a general rule, for intermediate surfers, a volume between 60 and 80% of their weight is recommended . For example, if you weigh 75 kg, your board should have a volume of around 45 to 60 liters. However, it is important to consider other factors such as your comfort in the water and your physical condition .

The volume of the board has a direct impact on its stability and maneuverability . A board with a higher volume provides better stability , which can be advantageous in softer waves. On the other hand, a board with a lower volume will be more responsive and maneuverable, ideal for more hollow and dynamic waves.

Take the time to choose the volume of your board according to your size and the surfing conditions in which you usually operate. A board well adapted to your body shape will allow you to fully enjoy each session and explore new horizons in your surfing practice.

In conclusion, choosing the right surfboard for your intermediate level is essential to continue progressing in this exciting sport. There is no universal answer to this question. But by taking into account several factors such as your surfing level, the frequency with which you surf, your progress objectives, the surfing conditions in which you operate and the volume of the board adapted to your size, you will be able to make a choice enlightened.

Foam surfboard - Zeus Dolce 7'0 - Mini Malibu surfboard - Zeus surfboard

As an intermediate surfer, you are able to take lines on the wave, turn, and feel comfortable taking off and paddling. To continue to evolve and push your limits, a smaller board, less bulky, more responsive and adapted to the surfing conditions you like will be your best ally.

Remember that each board has its particularities, its advantages, and its limits . Don’t hesitate to try different models to find out which one suits you best. Trust your instincts and feelings during test sessions.

So, ready to choose your new intermediate surfboard and continue having fun on the waves? Whether it is to make turns, pass the bar more easily or perform take-offs on deeper waves , the right board will accompany you at every stage of your progress . By investing in a board adapted to your level and your ambitions , you will open up new possibilities in the infinite world of surfing.

Good waves and see you soon on the spots! 🌊🤙

Zeus Dolce Foam Surfboard - Mini Malibu Suf Board

Zeus surf ranges

For beginners 🏄🏻‍♂️

These surfboards have been designed for those looking to acquire their first surfboards, they offer very good stability, they are very easy to paddle.

  •  The Classic Range , these surfboards are perfect for novices who are discovering their first sensations of riding.

For intermediate riders

These surfboards are designed for those who have already acquired the basics of surfing and who are looking for an evolving board to support them in their progressions.

For advanced riders 🏄🏻‍♂️🏄🏻‍♂️

These boards are aimed at the most demanding people looking for performance

For surf schools: 🏄🏻‍♂️🏄🏻‍♂️🏄🏻‍♂️

These boards are designed for ultra-intensive use, maximizing take-off success rates and student safety.

  • The Progress Range is boards for novices
  • The Burger range, these boards are intended for surf schools

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