Surfboards for beginners have special features. If you are learning to surf or if you are introducing a friend/relative to the sport of riding waves, weight and height are the first variables to have in mind.
Floatation demands volume. A good beginner surfboard has high buoyancy so that errors and mistakes made by surfers white catching the balance are easily "forgiven" or tolerated. Stringer technology has been addes, too.
Surf novices should buy soft top surfboards that will help them catch as many waves as possible in the early white water stage. Surfing beginners will paddle faster and will rapidly pop up on these stable boards, despite being bigger and heavier than traditional shortboards.
Quality foam surfboards can last forever. They range from 6' to 8' sizes. An average adult should get into surfing with an 8', while a child can learn with a 6'. The bigger the board, the faster you'll be enjoying the pleasures of wave riding.
Surfboards for beginners are quite affordable, and your first surfboard will always be useful, even after progressing to an intermediate surfing level. That's what a surf quiver is made of. An alternative to foam surfboard are pop-out surfboards, made of molded plastic or very thick resin.