THE GUILD FACTOR EXPLAINED:
With the wide variety of shapes and designs available across the SUPERbrand collection, knowledge of what volume surfboard works for you can be a key helper in finding out what size surfboard to buy.
Guild Factor is a tool to start out on your path to finding the perfect surfboard volume for you.
Simply, Guild Factor brings together your fitness level, ability, body weight, and surfboard volumes to find the right one for you. It's the Ratio of Surfboard Volume to Body Weight.
FIND YOUR VOLUME:
- On the graph to the right, slide the left hand bar to your body weight.
- Decide what ratio best describes you and your abilities on the GF Shortboard Ratios below the chart. Slide the right hand bar so that the Dot is on your preferred / estimated GF Ratio.
- Inside the box on the lower right hand corner of the graph is your estimated volume. Ideal volume has a range of +/- 0.5 Liters, so it is not an exact number but it is the best place to start when accounting for your ability, fitness, age and wave type.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOUR NEXT BOARD:
On SUPERbrand's surfboard model pages, are charts showing volumes for standard dimensions. Often, stock dimensions and the corresponding volume will work perfectly for most surfers. If a suggested board based on its volume seems too short or too long or your needs don't align with a GF Ratio, SUPERbrand offers custom orders to match your proportions and preferences. Check with your local shop to order.
WHERE DO YOU FALL? RECOMMENDED GF RATIOS:
• Super Fit Advanced Riders Pro/Competitive Levels: GF 0.34 - 0.36
• Normal Fitness Advanced Riders: GF 0.36 - 0.38
• Intermediate and Older Experienced Surfers: GF 0.38 - 0.42
• Casual Surfers, Old Guys, or working stiffs wanting float to catch more waves: GF 0.43 - 0.49+
• Novice Surfer Learning the Lineup: GF 0.50+
*If you’re surfing in warm water and good waves, the lower end of your ratio range is recommended. If you’re surfing in poor conditions, looking for paddle power in crowded situations, or wearing thick wetsuits, lean towards the higher end of the range that you fall into.