Surfboard Guide - Board Shapes Simplified

What's the difference between all the surfboard shapes I see?

The overall shape of your board, (taking into account nose & tail shape) will essentially determine how your board performs.

Most boards fit into a general category, in which the other boards in that category will also have similarly shaped noses and general outlines.

There are obviously exceptions to this rule when a custom board is created. In this case, the customer can literally pick what type of specifics they want for the board.

Here are the most common shapes of surfboards, and an explanation of who would most likely be surfing them. This will help you determine the best shape for you.

Stand Up Paddle Boards

The stand-up paddleboard has burst onto the surf scene recently because of its unique combination of fun and exercise. If you have been looking for a new way to enjoy the water, whether it is on a lake, river, or in the ocean, this versatile all around SUP is the perfect fit. Our paddle boards are user friendly and for EVERYONE! Try this board in both flat water and waves.

paddle board

Some of the typical highlights are-

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LONGBOARDS

This shape is ideal for any level of surfer especially for those small wave days. A longboard is what we recommend for all beginners and/ or larger surfers and is one of those boards that EVERY quiver should have.

longboard surfboard

Some of the typical highlights are-

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MINI-LONGBOARDS

The mini long or mini-mal is primarily a slimmed down version of the longboard. It carries many of the same characteristics but in a smaller size. This shape is ideal for lighter weight or female beginners and/or intermediate surfers. Since the mini-longboard is really just a small longboard most of the time you will see them listed in the same section as longboards.

mini longboard

Some of the typical highlights are-

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FUNBOARDS

This shape is ideal for light weight beginners (120lbs and under) or intermediate surfers looking to transition down in size from a longboard. Includes: egg shapes, fish, etc.

funboard surfboard

Some of the typical highlights are-

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HYBRIDS

This shape is ideal for intermediate surfers or surfers wanting to transition from a mini longboard or funshape down in size. The main thing to keep in mind is that a hybrid surfboard is a combo of varying elements. From nose shapes to tail shapes to fin setups. Different combos are going to give you a different ride and feel.

hybrid surfboard

Some of the typical highlights are-

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FISH

This shape is ideal for intermediate surfers. Looking to maximize turns and speed on small to medium sized waves.

fish surfboard

Some of the typical highlights are-

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SHORTBOARDS

This shape is ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers. Designed for maneuverability and aggressive moves, the shortboard has been a surfing staple since the 70‘s.

shortboard

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