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Buy a  board as long as your reach is high.

Many surfing schools provide surfboards, but if you stick with it you'll be shopping for a board soon. Most beginners have a much easier time on a longboard. Expect to pay $400 to $600 for a typical new surfboard.

What to pay for a new board.

If a new longboard is too pricey, consider a used one. Intermediate surfers often trade in their longboards for short ones. Expect to pay around $200 to $300 for a good used longboard.