A look at what you'll need as you progress in surfing and skating.
Depending whether you want to learn to skate a ramp, the street or just cruise, as well as your size, will determine what kind of board would best suit you.
Ages 3-10 can usually get away with a "complete" set-up, which means the board is already put together. Brands such as Powel/Peralta, Bones, Santa Cruz, etc. sell these. These boards are shorter and narrower with hard wheels, making it much easier for the skater to learn!
10 years and up would benifit from a larger deck (still depending on their height, weight and ability) usually between 8-8.5 is best (width of the deck). If you are putting together your own custom set-up you'll need decent trucks such as: krux, independents, or thunders. Wheels should be hard (100s or 101s)
Some great Women Owned brands/ Women Ally Brands are:
- Meow, Hoopla, Salon, GrlSwrl, Quell, Brujahs just to name a few.
Supporting Women owned brands is essential to creating a welcoming space for women. If we don't create it.. it'll never come.
A helmet, knee pads and elbow pads are a must. Wrist guards are optional.
I recommend 187s Killer pads, Triple 8 or G-form (riding style, low profile)
The kind of surfboard you want to ride all depends on your skill level.
Starting with a foam board will boost your confidence and put safety first. Typically starting on a 9ft board and making you way down will help you determine what is best for you.
If you're confident on a foamie and feel like you're ready for a hard top then starting with a funboard ( typically 7ft and a bit more floaty) is great! You may also try something shorter such as 6'10... every inch is a dramatic difference especially when pairing up with volume (amount of foam in a surfboard). For the best board experience, rent or borrow until you've found what you like. It's all preference!