Surfboards come in all shapes and sizes. What to ride depends on a few factors. These include your skill level, your personal riding style, your mood, & most importantly wave conditions. I have a "quiver" seven boards of different shapes in total. They range from a feet 6 inch longboard to a 5 feet 6 inch retro-fish. I get asked all the time "why do you have so many boards?" The answer is easy. I want have the ability to surf everyday no matter what the conditions are like. Every wave is different so is the equipment that is best for wave is different. Also a truly good surfer can easily surf a longboard as well as they can a shortboard. Plus variety is the spice of life!
Wanna Show off Your Quiver or Share Photos of you Ripping?
If you are anything like me, then you have a hard time letting go of boards that you got shacked in or busted all three fins off the lip on. Here's your chance to show off your boards, tells about them, why they work for you, & share photos of them or you RIPPING on them!
Shaping is the artisan craft of hand making a board from either a foam blank or a piece of wood. The result of a shapers devotion to their craft is the vehicle that will compliment your surfing skills & make an all around better experience in the water. It takes many years to be a good shaper. Surfboard design can be broken down into these elements:
Board design can be broken down into these elements:
Knowing the in's and out's of surfing equipment will help you on your waterman's journey. It has taken me years of surfing different types of shapes with different dimensions to noticeably feel their subtle or drastic differences. My best advice is get buddy-buddy with either a rental shop that has a variety of boards or an actual buddy that has a good quiver. Also don't be afraid of trying something that is a higher performance than your skill level. Knowing what you can do & what you need to work on will increase the learning curve in a sport that takes years to master. Most importantly have fun.