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Surfboard Design & Shapes


The Shortboard (also known as the thruster) is the most popular type of surfboard and is designed to perform quick maneuvers on waves. Shortboards are light and are easy to negotiate through the impact zone due to all areas of the board being narrowed down. The size of shortboards generally ranges from around 5’8” to 6’10”.



Fish surfboards are great for surfing small waves as these boards are usually shorter but wider and thicker. They generally have a swallow tail design and a Twin (2), Thruster (3) or Quad (4) fin setup. They move quickly over flat sections of the wave and are easy to manoeuvre. Fish surfboards tend to ride really smooth, look great and are a must-have for any surfer who spends a lot of time in the water over summer. As a general guide when choosing a fish surfboard, intermediate to advanced surfers normally ride a fish that is up to 4 inches shorter than their normal surfboard. Types of Fish Surfboards include:

Retro Fish: An old school twin fin with large side fins and a deep swallow tail. These Fish designs cruise over flat sections effortly and are loads of fun.

Quad Fish: A four fin setup, sometimes with a fifth fin plug to alternate them into a thruster. The fastest of all the fish surfboards.

Thruster Fish: The standard fish. Every surfer should have one of these boards as an all round board. The three fin set-up is stable in all conditions.



Mini-Mal surfboards are perfect for the surfer who likes the feel of a longboard but wants more maneuverability. Easier to carry and manage out in the water than a longboard, Mini-Mal's ride with all the ease of a longboard. Great for kids and smaller adults looking for a great beginners board or the experienced longboarder needing something more snappy and maneuverable.



The Longboard or Malibu surfboard is a modern replica of what the sport was started on. Paddle into what ever you want and hang ten all the way to the beach. Among the most popular boards in the water, and for good reason, longboards are easy for beginners and always fun.


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