Why We Only Make Epoxy Surfboards

Why We Only Make Epoxy Surfboards

Why We Only Make Epoxy Surfboards

At SBSboards we ensure that every Surfboard is designed and manufactured to the highest possible standards using only the best materials available. We continually strive to better ourselves with every board we make, repeatedly improving board design, tuning performance and construction materials, all in our endeavour to create great performance surfboards that are light, strong and durable for any wave rider.

From our very inception SBS boards have favoured the higher performance materials such as epoxy and now use exclusively only Epoxy resin on all our shaping and manufacturing of our surfboards and SUP ranges. We have the belief and mission statement to make the best surfboards we can with the highest performance possible, which is why we chose Epoxy. Over the years the feedback from customers and Team riders on the performance advantages and construction benefits have always been positive. We have found that epoxy is the superior resin and is our number one choice.

Why is Epoxy better than traditional methods

Epoxy surfboards are stronger, lighter & tougher than traditional construction techniques compared to the cheaper materials like (PU) polyester/polyurethane fibreglass boards. It’s widely known that epoxy surfboards are around 30% lighter and 20% Stronger than traditional polyester/polyurethane fibreglass boards and it’s for this reason we use Epoxy “ As who doesn’t want a lighter, stronger surfboard”

Stronger

We are so confident in our construction techniques at SBS Boards that we regularly demonstrate its strength and toughness compared to other poly/pu. This high strength and durability gives us the confidence that if you drop or knock an SBS board it is less likely to break or dying compared to a standard poly/pu board, therefore helping your SBS Board to stay stronger for longer giving you great value for money as you won’t have to replace your board as often.

 

 

 

 

Whiter

The epoxy resin can be much brighter and whiter which is why our boards are some of the brightest and whitest in the UK. Not only this it helps maintain the rigidity of the construction longer keeping that fresh board look and feel for longer

 

 

 

Lighter

Epoxy Resin is well-known for laminating a lot lighter than polyester on surfboards This allows for a stronger strength to weight ratio helping to keep the board lighter and the glass fibre to flex more efficiently. If you have ever picked up an epoxy EPS and then a standard PU polyester board you will notice the massive difference in weight. This weight difference can lead to huge differences in your surf performance as it can give the board incredible flex speed and response making your board feel super sensitive and responsive and also helping to lower your swing weight in turns 

 

 

Better Flex

Epoxy is more flexible than polyester (PU) and maintains the lively flex pattern over time that is typically associated with a new board. Throughout our range, we use Epoxy and EPS construction. which allows us to make lighter, stronger, faster, stiffer, more buoyant and more responsive surfboards than a standard PU construction. Our boards will also keep that lively flex and “pop” over time whereas a more traditional poly-board might become less responsive and flexible with use. The quicker and more responsive flex from Epoxy surfboards especially in our new rapid flex surfboards giving your faster acceleration in the turns and more speed over flatter sections.

Our Construction   Our superfused, closed cell EPS foam core is stronger than standard Eps foam plus its more water resistant not allowing any water to pass through and keeping your boards free of water should you get a ding. Our superfused high-density EPS foam core is much lighter than a polyurethane core found in a traditional POLY/PU board. This makes for a less toxic and more environmentally friendly board, that is stronger and lighter than a typically POLY/PU Board. The foam used in the construction of the cores in the majority of SBS Boards is a superfused expanded polystyrene (EPS) comprised of tiny beads fused and almost welded together to form a strong lightweight core, with a lower impact on the environment and less hazardous to Human health.

If you compare an SBS Surfboard to a typical standard polyurethane surfboard you will immediately feel the difference in weight instantly. POLY/PU construction typically uses a three-pound foam (1.3kg) which means if you had a one-foot cube of foam it would weigh three pounds, expanded polystyrene (EPS), is typically a one-pound foam (453g). Therefore on average, you can lose a third of the weight just from the foam making a huge difference between the 2 types of construction. Using EPS and epoxy allows us to make stronger lighter more buoyant boards, in turn improving paddling speed, planning speed as well as reaction time on the board by decreasing swing weight and making the board feel very responsive with a very reactive flex.

Throughout our range, we use Epoxy, EPS as this construction technique allows us to make lighter, faster, stiffer, more responsive, and stronger surfboards. Our boards will also keep their pop over time whereas a more traditional poly-board might become more flexible with use. We are so confident in our construction techniques at SBS Boards that we regularly demonstrate its strength and toughness compared to other poly/pu. This high strength and durability gives us the confidence that if you drop or knock an SBS board it is less likely to break or ding compared to a standard poly/PU board, therefore helping your SBS Board to stay stronger for longer giving you great value for money as you won’t have to replace your board as often.

There has been increasing movement over the last decade towards alternative sustainable materials such as ECO foams, carbon fiber or a natural combination of epoxy resins, something as a surfboard manufacturer we are continually exploring and developing to try and use sustainable new age materials that are less harmful to the environment and human health whilst being stronger and lighter than the older styles of surfboard construction.

This is the main reason why you might see some of the best surfers in the world competing on the world tour using epoxy boards, 11 times world champion Kelly Slater seems to ride them pretty regularly pushing and developing boards that have a lower carbon footprint and last longer and still perform, this can only be great for the sport of surfing.  

Higher Performance

Epoxy surfboards maintain their lively flex longer than PU boards, that flex is generally quicker and more responsive giving your faster acceleration in the turns and more speed over flatter sections. Epoxy Resins have some incredible performance advantages over polyester Just to leis a few… Epoxy Resin has much Better adhesive qualities as well as superior strength and flex properties. Structurally epoxy surfboards exhibit greater tensile strength meaning more durable in the surf and to dings. Epoxy strength and modulus are close to double that of polyester, thus its Improved resistance to fatigue and microcracking. This helps to keep that original flex for years were as the flex responsiveness can be lost over time on a PU board. This also helps reduced degradation from water ingress giving the epoxy a much higher resistance to osmosis.

Better for the environment

We use epoxy resin because it’s much stronger and less toxic than polyester resin. Polyesters resins contain styrene which is subject to increasingly stringent controls on emissions. Epoxies do not generally cause any problems with atmospheric pollution and epoxy resin has 75% fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic compounds) contained in the resin itself and two-thirds fewer VOCs are released into the atmosphere than from polyester resin (VOCs are a source of air pollution and can be a significant health hazard). 

In our view epoxy is the resins of the future with numerous of different concoctions and applications,Research into renewable, bio-based, epoxy resins such as “super sap” is producing some incredible results, especially when compared to polyester which is less tunable, cheaper more toxic and more, brittle.

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The BULL…. Our Perfect Surfboard For Every Day

The BULL…. Our Perfect Surfboard For Every Day

The Bull is one of our favourites for most of the conditions we get here in the UK windy mushy lumpy waves that aren’t perfect, and yer sure we would all love to be ripping like Kelly Slater on or performance boards in 1 foot mush but in reality we need a little help to create the speed and power required.

The Bull is our answer to the smaller waves of the summer and the windy messy surf of the winter

1 Packed Full Of Volume

The Bull is our most fun short board to date “it does all the work for” just have to sit back and enjoy the ride. The bull is going to thrive in whatever wave condition it in, anything from knee to head high waves to bigger surf, a perfect board for those smaller “mushier” days.

The width and the thickness of the bull means maximum stability while also giving you unparalleled paddle power in the line-up, resulting in you catching more waves easier & faster. It has a slightly narrowed and foiled tail so it will retain that high performance responsive feel in the turns, whilst gliding over flatter sections with ease. The Bull is really going to make those smaller days a whole lot of fun.

2 Its Wide & Super Stable 

This is going to be a great transitional board for beginners or anyone who wants to downsize from a longboard to something a bit smaller. This board is also going to be great for surfers that don’t surf so much on a regular basis as well as advanced surfers who want that little extra speed, power and stability in smaller waves. A great all-around entry-level small wave board.

Overall the Bull is going to be Simple fun and easy to ride, we guarantee this board will make you smile. The bull comes standard as a 5-fin option because it works well as both a thruster fin and a quad fin setup. This board tends to be ridden most often in the smaller surf, but the versatility in the 5-fin setup allows the bull to work in more powerful waves from anything from knee-high to head high.

3 Flat Rocker

One of the most important design aspects of any surfboard is its rocker and the spud stick is no different and as you can see its rocker its pretty flat Its low entry rocker allows it to plane quickly and pick up speed whilst also making paddling super easy. It also has a lot more lift in the tail rocker to allow for hard tight turns without losing speed. This is great for beginner surfers looking to catch more waves or more advanced – expert surfers looking to get shorter in length to leverage the smaller length to improve weight transfer  (nose to tail). Advanced surfers will also love the speed power and flow created on small waves to help boost airs and create tight turns even on the smallest of waves.

Size Guide

Construction

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Using our Superfused closed cell foam in combination with a bamboo wooden stringer this will be a familiar feel for many surfers duel lamination on the deck and bottom, for a great strength impact to weight ratio and with an impact resistant foam this means far fewer delaminations and better spring longterm in the lifetime of the board, compared to a standard 4×4 lamination our boards come with 10oz of cloth on the deck to resist the pressure and denting you commonly get on other boards.

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Beginners guide to pop up How to pop up

 

Learning the pop up is one of the most basic and vital movement that you will perform every time you go surfing making sure that you technique is good is critical to the start of every wave but also your progression. Below are a few key points for learning the pop up

You can practice the pop up pretty much anywhere it’s a good idea to practice on the floor as a beginner to help your body remember the techniques as well as condition your muscles by building up some arm strength.

 

Beginners guide to pop up How to pop up

Before you start you will need to know a few of the basic parts of the surfboard

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Stance

Before you start to stand on the board you will need to figure out what stance you prefer. The best way to stand on a board is sideward you will need to play around with what stance feel more comfortable. If your “Regular” stance you will have your right foot at the back closer to the tail, and the left at the front closer to the centre of the board and if you’re “Goofy” it will be the opposite. Both these stance are the same it’s just down to your preference.

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Positioning and Balance

The first thing to think about when laying on your board is positioning, making sure that your balance on the board or in the “sweet spot” is critical to a well-performed pop up

Tips for positioning

  • More weight on the front will increase planning speed and momentum when catching waves but also increase the chance of nose diving

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  • More weight on the back will give you more control and stability to manoeuvre a turn and also slow the board down. But too much weight on the tail may make it more difficult to catch waves and keep the board planning

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  • Balanced in the middle “sweet spot” this is the best of both worlds being able to paddle efficiently and maintain speed without sacrificing speed or manoeuvrability

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Pop up techniques

The surfing pop-up is essentially an explosive push up. This is how you get to your feet on a surfboard! To make the pop-up easier, practice several pop-ups on dry land every day. This will build up your arm strength and give you some muscle memory. When it comes time to do it on a surfboard you’ll have a much easier time.

Everyone’s surfing pop-up is slightly different, but for all intents and purposes, the pop-up technique is basically the same for everyone. The pop-up should be a single fluid motion. Don’t worry if you don’t get it exactly right the first few times. It will come with practice. You’ll also need to build up some muscles.

The key points of the pop up are.

  • Lie on your chest head facing the nose and feet just on the tail with your body straight
  • Place your hands flat on the board at the bottom of your ribcage (as if you were doing a press-up), board width apart Hands by your side, thumbs in line with lower ribskneeeees copy
  • Arch back; Push your chest off the board with your pelvis and upper thighs still in contact with the board.
  • Shortboard pop-ups – don’t spring from the toes! You need to use your upper body strength to launch forwards. It’s a lot harder, but a necessity if you’re a short border or wants to increase your core upper body strength.

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  • Without relying on your knees, bring your front foot forward under your body to approximately where your hands are. Your lower torso will twist. Both feet leave the board at the same time and both feet land back down at the same time.
  • Once you begin to land in the middle of the surfboard, it will remain flat so you can release your hands from the rails and rise. Your back foot will naturally follow—your feet should be parallel to your board’s stringer.

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  • Get front foot between hands), back foot should land about a shoulder width from the front foot
  • Twist your body from the hips moving up to a low bent knees position with your arms out helping balance and eyes looking forward. As you come up into the stance, continue looking where you’re going at your surfboard as you may need to start shifting your weight right away.

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  • Lean on your back foot for control or to initiate a turn.
  • Lean on your front foot to go faster!

Variations of the pop

One Knee First –

If you are having a little trouble getting to your feet with the pop-up, then there is a short-term solution to helping you get to the standing position. Instead of going straight up on to your feet, you can place the back foot first with is slightly less explosive.

  • Starting in the original pop up position push up with your arms

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  • Slide the foot you want at the back of the board forward so your kneeling on one knee

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  • In one motion bring you other knee forward and place it as close as you can in-between your hands

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  • Now push up with your hand and twist allowing your feet to become parallel with the board

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  • Slide the front foot up under you into the correct position making sure to keep your back foot and lower leg resting at the rear of the board.

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This technique may be slightly easier for beginners and has easier stages to follow but should only be used as a short-term solution to standing up

  • Push up into the prone position and bring your back foot forward about 14-18 inches this will open up the hips.

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  • Bring your other foot (front foot) forward underneath your chest as close to your hands as possible in the centre of the board

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  • Keep looking forward and push off the deck with your hands whilst twisting your hips to become parallel with the rails

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Stance

Stance is key to the longevity of your ride and also the control a bad stance will mean your ride is over quickly whereas a good stance will be able to maximize the time spend on a wave

Tips for stance

  • As you come up into the stance, continue looking where you’re going at your surfboard as you may need to start shifting your weight right away.

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  • Stand sideways on the surfboard. With either the right feet near the back, which is called “regular foot”, or with the left foot towards the back, which is called “goofy foot”.
  • Upper body centred. It is critical to keep your hips centred over your feet
  • Legs shoulder width apart. Then you can use weight shifts by applying more weight to one foot or the other to keep the board flat. The flatter the board stays the farther you will go on the wave.
  • Arms out: helping you to balance and also used as a guide to help direct your board were to go

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  • Looking forward: looking forward not only helps with balance and stability but it will be the key to turning and
  • Feet parallel in the centre of the board. The wider apart you can spread them the more balanced you will be and more control and stability of the board you will have.
  • Lean on your back foot to slow down or for control or initiate a turn. Lean on your front foot to go faster!

Practice this technique in the shallows in the whitewater until you can come up and surf at least half of the time. Then you will be ready to paddle out into some bigger waves.

Good luck

 

 

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Beginners Guide to Buying a Surfboard

Beginners Guide to Buying a Surfboard

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Beginners guide to choosing the right surfboard

So you got the bug and you decided to buy your first surfboard you have a couple of goes and looking to make that first purchase and commit to the surfing life style, but what one to buy?, One of the most common questions asked by beginners. Whatever your level of surfing experience, is getting the right board for your skill level, this is crucial to you progression in surfing

Surfing is personal to everyone and with today’s ever increasing variety in choice of boards, styles and materials, It can be difficult to pinpoint your perfect board. Below we have given you a rough board guide to what boards would be suitable for your progression subject to personal interpretation, depending on how much you surf.

When buying a surfboard it’s always a good idea to try to get some expert advice either from a surf coach/instructor a local board shop or an experience friend as they will be able to gauge a better idea of you surfing level, local conditions and needs. This being said whenever buying a new board it good to keep in mind 3 key principles that will make a big difference to your surfing success

Rocker

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A higher or increased nose rocker is usually attributed to boards designed for bigger-more hallow waves. More rocker in the nose allows for a shape that will not “pearl” or plunge into a large, steep wave face when you dropping in were as a flatter more relaxed rocker will help the board to plane quicker and more efficiently, but it will reduce manoeuvrability and increase chance of pearling on take off.

Increased tail rocker can be found in boards shaped for optimal manoeuvrability. A tail that bends off of the water’s surface provides more lift and sensitivity in the tail for driving through radical turns.

Generally speaking, on your standard surfboard, less overall center rocker means the board will glide and paddle better and be more suitable for beginners. More rocker will accommodate intermediate and experienced surfers looking to use every area of the board in order to generate speed and turning power. Aggressive surfers may seek more rocker in their bigger wave boards because the curvature of the nose allows for late drops on consequential waves.

Volume

Volume: the amount of space a surfboard occupies, usually expressed in cubic litres (i.e., 35 CL’s). Basically, the surfboards [length x width x thickness] will yield the volume of a surfboard. However, the key to the placement of the volume, as well as the surfboard’s foil, affects the overall volume of a surfboard greatly.

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Volume at its fundamentals can be displaced in a variety of ways in a surfboard e; a 6’6 good wave shortboard can easily have less volume than a 5’6 groveller surfboard. Knowing the right volume for you – a subjective combination of personal preference, body weight, experience, age, fitness, skill level, riding style, etc. – will ensure that you don’t buy a surfboard with too much or too little volume.

To get a rough guide on the volume you need check out our volume calculator

Too little volume on your board means you won’t catch as many waves and will have trouble generating speed this is because of increasing resistance (Drag). Too much volume means the board will feel bulky, hard to transition and turn. But will have less drag and be easier to paddle and catch waves as well as achieving planning speed with less velocity. The more drag you have, the less acceleration you’ll have. Surfers know this intuitively. How many waves have you paddles for and missed just barely, by a half stroke? With a little more volume and little less rocker to help with speed Imagine how many more waves you can catch.

Length

Length of a surfboard is the distance from the nose to the tail of a board. Length can be hugely critical to a surfer’s progression as many beginners make the classic mistake of buying a board too short for them limiting their progression and success in surfing

A few other Considerations to think about when buying a board…

Durability– as a beginner you may hit things with your board or fall on it, so you want to make sure that your board is durable

Practicality will it fit in your car, do you have some were to store it

Manoeuvrability– being able to hold you board under your arm or on your hard and even the right weight can all affect manoeuvrability in and out of the water

Progression– if you’re lucky and are planning on surfing every day think about buying a board that you can progress with. Or if you’re going to surf 1-2 times a year think about a board that will allow you to have fun for in that time.

Fins – as a beginner 3 fins (thruster set up) or a single fins will be adequate also make sure that your fins match the fin boxed of your board i.e. (FCS, Future fins)

So what should I look for?

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Length

This is pretty important between 6’8″ to 8 ft long as a beginner “depending on your height”. Try to keep it about a foot to a foot and a half taller than you.

Width

Wider the better. The wider the surfboard the more stable it will be the easier it will be to ride and stand, anything from 20 to 22 inches across, you want to be able sort of fit it underneath your arm, of course this won’t be possible if you got short arms.

Thickness This is important because the thicker the surfboard the more buoyant it is and it will be easier to paddle. Stay within 2-1/4 to 3 inches thick dependent on your weight.

If you are a small person then the thickness can be around 2 to 2 1/2 inches

If you are average size then go for something 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inches.

If you are a big dude then 3 inches should float you.

Don’t get something to big and thick because then you will have a very hard time maneuvering it around.

A rough guide to what surfboards would-be a good idea

  • “I only surf 1-2 days a year” = Foamboard
  • “I surf about 5-7 days a year” = Foamboard, Longboard, Minimal
  • “I surf at least once a month” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet
  • “I surf a few days a month” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet or Fish big shortboard, Grovler.
  • “I surf every week” = Longboard, Minimal, Magic Carpet, Fish or Big Shortboard, Grovler performance shortboard

 

Best Surfboard for a beginner.

Depending on you height weight and skill level you will want something with the following quality’s

  1. Long
  2. Wide
  3. High volume (depending on your weight and weight) Check our Volume calculator to find your perfect volume (Button )
  4. stable
  5. easy to catch waves
  6. easy to paddle
  7. easy to control

A great first time beginner board would be either a “soft top” or a “mini mall” board.

Choosing the right surfboard for you

Foam Board/ Foamie: Length 7ft – 9ft

Pros

  • Cheap to buy (Lost of secondhand surf school boards available)
  • Soft Safe – if it hits you won’t hurt like a hard board
  • You can surf white-water
  • Easy to catch most waves
  • Perfect for surfers surfing one or twice a year

Cons

  • Weight – holding can be quite difficult for big and heavy
  • Larger boards harder to transport
  • Can absorb a lot of water
  • Not much cheaper than hard surfboards
  • Not ideal for surfing over shoulder-high waves
  • Can be difficult to paddle out on when surf is bigger
  • Wont last as long as a fiberglass or epoxy boards.

Longboard: Length 8ft – 9ft+

Pros

  • Fast track progression, your learning to surf a hard board
  • More responsive, faster and more maneuverable than foam boards
  • Can learn to do longboard moves – like cross stepping, hanging 5 etc
  • Able to surf in bigger waves above head high
  • Holds its re-sale value well.
  • Always great to have a longboard for smaller summer conditions.

Cons

  • Difficult to fit in most cars if it’s over 8ft
  • Heavier and bulky to carry item to carry
  • Hard surfboard means it’s going to hurt more than a foam board if it hits you
  • Can be more difficult to catch waves than a foam board
  • Can be difficult to transport on airplanes because of their length
  • Good for unbroken ‘green’ waves not as great in the whitewater

Mini-Mal Surfboards: Length 7’0 – 8’0

Pros

  • Smaller than longboard, easier to carry
  • Fits in to most small cars
  • Easier to paddle out in bigger surf than a large foam board
  • Likely to progress your surfing a little faster and improve paddle fitness
  • Epoxy versions can be very durable.
  • Good resale value. Small amount of depreciation from new
  • Long term investment, you can surf minimal forever and perfect for smaller days
  • Possible to take on planes

Cons

  • Harder to catch waves than a longboard or foamie
  • Size – Can be difficult to get out back in overhead high
  • Not as fast as smaller surfboards

Fun Board “Magic Carpet”: Length 6’10 – 7’2

Pros

  • Similar to minimals, but smaller, fun boards/ Magic Carpet are
  • Very stable easy to balance
  • Single fin and thruster options available
  • Easy to carry Lighter than large longboards and foamies
  • Slightly smaller than minimals, can be faster/ easier to paddle out back in bigger conditions
  • Good wave range from knee-high to overhead high surf
  • Small enough to be allowed on most airlines if you travel
  • Progressive enough that you could carry on surfing this type of board for a long time
  • Popular boards with the general surfing public, so hold resale value well.
  • Small enough to fit in most cars

Cons

  • Less volume than a longboard so requires more effort to catch waves
  • Can be a more challenging board to learn on for complete beginners than a longboard
  • Difficult to rider on steeper more hallow waves because of flatter rocker and wider nose
  • Not as fast or as maneuverable as shortboards/ have quite a big turning radius.

Large Fish Surfboard: Length 6’4 +

Pros

  • Lots of cool designs available at affordable prices
  • Faster and more maneuverable than the other boards covered above (longboards, foamies, minimals and magic carpets)
  • Relatively light and easy to carry
  • Easier to duck dive under waves when paddling out
  • Epoxy versions can be durable
  • Can surf small waist-high to overhead waves
  • If a beginner can surf a fish then it might be the only board they ever want
  • Twin fin, tri 3 fin thruster and quad versions are available
  • Small enough to be allowed on most airlines

Cons

  • More difficult to catch waves compared to a with larger boards
  • Lower wave count for beginners likely. Need to be able to catch unbroken green waves to get the most out of a fish not designed to catch white water with
  • Be proficient at duck diving to help get under waves when paddling out.
  • Non – epoxy versions get damaged quite easily particular on the nose and fishtail.

 

‘Big’ Shortboards /Guns /Step ups – 6’6 to 7’2+

Pros

  • Fast and easier to turn than longer boards#
  • Able to catch bigger waves without sacrificing short board performance
  • Lightweight and so easier to carry around
  • Will fit in cars easily
  • Easier to duck dive out in bigger surf
  • Epoxy versions can be durable
  • Small enough to be allowed on most airlines
  • Tri (3) fin thruster and quad versions are available

Cons

  • Harder to catch waves and paddle. Lower wave count for beginners
  • Beginners might struggle, shortboards are mainly designed for surfing bigger waves – chest to head high+
  • Ability to catch unbroken green waves, not designed to catch white water
  • Need to be able to duck dive to be able to get under waves when paddling out.
  • Ability to turn and generate speed on a shortboard is key.
  • resale value less compared to some of the other boards.

Performance Shortboards 6’6 – 5’10

Pros

  • Fast light and very responsive, easy to turn
  • Lightweight and so easier to carry around
  • Perfect for high performance surfing
  • Will fit in cars easily easy to travel with on airplanes
  • Easier to duck dive out in bigger surf
  • Epoxy versions can be durable
  • Variations of Tri (3) fin thruster, and quad (4) available

Cons

  • Harder to catch waves and paddle for beginners slower paddling
  • Designed for quality unbroken green waves chest to head high+ not for whitewater
  • Need to be able to duck dive to be able to get under waves when paddling out.
  • Need good balance to maintain stability
  • Good Ability to turn and generate speed, to keep you the power zone and the board planning
  • Can have weaker resale value compared to some of the other boards.
  • Looks the cool but hardest to surf

Grovelers  Shortboards  6’2 – 5’4

Pros

  • Designed for high performance surfing in small waves (up to shoulder height)
  • Fast light and very responsive, easy to turn
  • Lightweight and so easier to carry around
  • Faster and Plane better than performance shortboards in smaller waves helping to keep speed through turns
  • Will fit in cars easily easy to travel with on airplanes
  • Wider than performance shortboards easier to paddle and balance.
  • Epoxy versions can be durable
  • Variations of Tri (3) fin thruster, and quad (4) available

Cons

  • Usually has higher volume than performance board so can’t turn as hard
  • Less responsive than a high performance board
  • Harder to catch waves for beginners more time spent paddling
  • Designed for quality unbroken waves or choppy condition chest to head high+ not for whitewater or overhead high bigger waves
  • Usually Harder to duck dive in bigger waves than performance board
  • Need to be able to duck dive to be able to get under waves when paddling out.
  • Need good balance to maintain stability
  • Ability to turn and generate speed to stay in the power zone to keep the board planning
  • Can have weaker resale value compared to some of the other boards.

Conclusion

So hopefully some of this information has helped you make a decision on what board is best for you. Surfing is a challenge for a lifetime so whether you have hundreds of board or just one. It all comes back to personal preference and the waves you going to be surfing. If you still unsure always good to seek local advice as they will be able to give you firsthand knowledge of the appropriate board to get for the conditions. Remember the more you practice the better you get the more choice will become available to you.