Find Your Volume

Volume (V) is the amount of cubic liters of foam that a surfboard contains.

The  volume of a board really helps to determine how it will ride and how it will paddle.  We have a simple formula that works to give you an approximate volume that will suit your weight and surfing ability.  Here are the basics:

  • Intermediate surfers that weigh 150 pounds would want a board with around 25 to 26 liters of volume.
  • Advanced  surfers should subtract around 1.3 liters  from that amount​ (23.7 to 24.7)
  • Beginner surfers should add around 1.5 liters​​ to that amount ( 26.5 - 27.5)

Add or subtract about 1.3 liters per 10 pounds of surfers' weight above or below the base of 150 lbs      (example-  a 160 pound beginner surfer would look for a board with about 27.8  to 28.8 liters of volume. Start with V. 25 to 26,  add 1.3 for the extra 10 pounds and an additional 1.5 for being a beginner surfer.     25 to 26 + 1.5 + 1.3 = 27.8 to 28.8 liters. 

Also consider that many shorter designs work better with extra volume beyond what you might want in a standard high-performance shortboard design 

 Weight in lbs
Weight in kg
Advanced
Intermediate
Beginner
80 36.2 15.95 19.93 31.89
85 38.5 16.58 20.72 33.15
90 40.8 17.14 21.43 34.28
95 43.1 17.66 22.08 35.33
100 45.4 18.14 22.58 36.28
110 49.9 19.46 24.32 38.91
120 54.4 20.68 25.85 41.36
130 59.0 21.22 26.53 42.45
140 63.5 22.22 27.78 44.44
145 65.8 23.02 28.77 46.03
150 68.0 23.81 29.76 47.62
155 70.3 24.60 30.75 49.20
160 72.6 25.40 31.75 50.79
165 74.8 26.19 32.74 52.38
170 77.1 26.98 33.73 53.97
175 79.4 27.78 34.72 55.55
180 81.6 28.57 35.71 57.14
185 83.9 29.36 36.71 58.73
190 86.2 30.16 37.70 60.32
195 88.4 30.95 38.69 61.90
200 90.7 31.75 39.68 63.49
210 95.2 33.33 41.67 66.66
220 99.8 35.92 44.90 71.83
230 104.3 38.92 48.24 77.19
240 108.8 41.36 51.70 82.72
 Weight in lbs
Weight in kg
Advanced
Intermediate
Beginner

 

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