Longboard surfboards are traditional boards and should be over 9′ to be considered a longboard and not just a funboard. Most people have better success starting on a longboard. Lessons and rentals are generally with longboards. Larger riders or tiny waves, longboards cover a huge spectrum of surf and surfers. If you only surf a few times a year than a longboard is a great choice. If you are filled with classic vibes stretching to all the oceans, and want to soul arch or hang ten (or cheat 5) then grab an extra dark coffee  and go longboarding. Its also a good choice for older or larger surfers. But dont let that fool you. plenty of small people including children of all ages, make good use of longboards.