What kind of surfboard should I first learn to use?
In Beginner - Asked by Bart

Answer recommends a longboard as your first surfboard. It provides excellent paddling power, stability, and a forgiving design. It doesn't matter how good an athlete you are. The most difficult part of learning to surf is learning to catch waves. This means learning how to recognize a catchable wave, knowing how to positions yourself and the surfboard, and getting the timing down. Longboards will offer a better experience because you can catch a wave so much earlier in its path. Shortboards require you to catch the wave much later, creating a steeper drop for yourself on a much less stable surface. Baby steps, grasshopper.