Longboards are the catch-all board for young and old, new and experienced. Some of the salty loggers you see at your local point break have never put anything shorter than 9'0" under their feet. There's a perfectly good reason for that; their motto is "no wave left behind."
Most surfboards in your local shop don’t come with a set of fins included in the price of the board. Surf shops love this because now you’re going to have to hover over the fin wall and pick out a set that’s going to ding ya at least $40 minimum. I rode stock fins for YEARS before I realized I’d been basically riding on junk the WHOLE time. There were so many aspects to fins that I really hadn’t even figured in. These days, there are countless fin systems for an endless array of applications.Combine that with the uniqueness of every surfer out there and we’re talking millions of different combinations that are possible.
Remember getting your first surfboard? That feeling you got the second your hands felt the shape of the rails and concave of the bottom? Almost as if you could just stare at it for hours as you waited for that first session to happen?
You are out surfing fantastic sets in the middle of some remote surf paradise. There are only two things in the water: you and your surfing buddies. The place is so remote that there isn't even a surf shop. Sounds fantastic until you ding your surfboard on that nasty piece of coral. Or worse, it gets knocked around on the plane before you even get out into the sets.