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So You’re Thinking of a Longboard

by Boardcave on November 25, 2015

If you’re considering getting a longboard, here is what you need to know.

Maybe it’s a fad, maybe you think it is only for hipster revivalists, or maybe it is the fact that a longboard can give you that unique “trim” feeling that your other boards don’t have. What ever it is, you have no excuse to omit a longboard of some sort from your quiver. Everyone should have one, even if you don’t take it seriously…it is surfing after all, it is supposed to be fun and hopping on a log is exactly thats…fun!

That nose riding feeling on a Canvas Surfboard.

So the question is, what should you be looking for in a longboard?

Well, that will depend on what you want out of a longboard. There are three main types we can discuss here, the HPLB (High Performance Long Board), the more traditional style of Log and the soft top longboard. There are variations of each of these within their own categories, so we will just take a look at the general characteristics of each and let you go from there.

The High Performance Long Board:

The HPLB is exactly what is sounds like…a longboard designed to surf like a shortboard. This style of longboard usually has a little more rocker, more advanced rails and bottom contours, usually a 2+1 fin set up (single fin center with side bites) and glassed lighter than a traditional log.

The TPLB by Timmy Patterson Surfboards is the perfect blend for performance longboarding.

These boards are meant to be surfed aggressively. The combination of the rocker, rails, bottom, fin set up and weight allow you to get more vertical on a wave and perform more critical turns on critical sections of the wave. Although you can still perch up on the nose for some tip time, you often see these boards being surfed in a similar way to a High Performance Short Board (HPSB). Hard gouging turns, floaters and even airs can be done on this style of board as they are generally glassed lighter resulting in a snapper flex pattern and over lighter weight for their size.

Much like shortboards, the HPLB is also commonly found in both PU and Epoxy versions. The PU giving you the traditional flex patters we all know and love, the Epoxy giving you a much lighter board all around. When it comes to surfing one of these boards like a shortboard, the weight will be a big factor in it’s performance, so going Epoxy is a great idea.

The fins used in this style of board is usually geared more towards performance style. The center fin will have a good balance of drive and release (much like a shortboards fin) but obviously bigger than what you would find on a shortboard. The side bite fins will often be similar in size and shape to that of what you would find on a shortboard, and help give the surfer more control over the board when trying to surf it hard through turns as well as providing more hold on a steeper faced wave.

This is an extremely fun type of board to surf if you are into getting high performance but still want a longboard.

If you are looking for a completely different ride and want to save your high performance surfing for your shortboards, you will want to have a look at a more traditional style of log.

Traditional Style Longboards:

Your traditional style of longboard or “log” is usually made in PU with heavier weight fiberglass and more traditional rails and bottom contours.

Shapers Fins can sort you out with a set up for your longboard.

There are a variety of fin choices depending on the style of log or how you want your board to act. In our article The Surfboard Fin Guide, we covered the basics of fins for longboards from the Flex Fin to the D-fin. One end of the fin spectrum allowing for more progressive “traditional” surfing, the other end geared more towards a classic log nose riding trim.

If you are looking for a classic style log, be sure to check out the What I Ride by Robert August Surfboards.

These traditional style of boards work best being heavier as that weight carries it’s own momentum through flat sections, as well as gives you a little more stability when surfing the board from the nose.

Usually consisting of full rails, and a rolled belly like bottom with Vee out the tail. This gives you stability and makes it a little easier to transition from rail to rail. Perfect for when you want to walk around the board a little. Some of these boards even incorporate some concave up in the nose area which helps create lift and add control when surfing from the nose.

The traditional log is perfect for long mellow point breaks, or softer days. The more lined up the wave, the more fun you can have on one of these boards.

This is definitely a style of board that every surfer should have or at least try out at some point in their lives.

The Soft Top Longboard:

The HPLB and the traditional log can be a ton of fun, but if you are less experienced they may not be the right choice. The HPLB may not have the stability you need and the traditional heavy log might be a little to intimidating. It is a lot of boar dot move around, and if you struggle paddling, they can be a challenge just to make it out through the white water and into the line up.

Even for the experienced surfer, you might be heading out to an extremely crowded break and having that heavy torpedo can be hazardous to everyone. The perfect solution to all of these problems is the Soft Top Longboard!

Easy to paddle, super stable, run up to the nose, go tandem with your bro’s (if you’re into that) and get bonked on the nose…it doesn’t really matter, these soft tops can do it all and without the possibility of doing serious damage to yourself or others.

These boards are usually pretty resilient too. No wax needed, you can leave them out in the sun, let you kids jump all over them on land, and certainly no dings when you run into other on a party wave. And now a days, many of them can actually surf fairly well. You can take off late and they will hold a line. And if you feel inclined to take it to that closeout section, go for it. That is definitely something you would otherwise avoid when surfing a traditional log.

Endless fun and perfect for everybody’s quiver from the beginner to the advanced surfer.

Just cruising on a Canvas Surfboard.


As with any type of surfboard, there are many variations of longboards that we haven’t even touched on. The purpose here was just to give you a general idea of what to start looking for and to consider what you may want if you are going to be in the market for a longboard soon.

Whatever the choice it, a longboard of some sort is essential in anyones quiver. Even the elite level surfers making their living surfing shortboards on the world tour have a few stashed away in their garages.

Make sure you check out the Board Engine to find a range of boards all made in America by professional shapers at the top of their crafts. Email service@boardcave.com with your details for a detailed report of board recommendations for you.

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Why Popular Surfboard Models Sell

by Boardcave on November 19, 2015

Why or How Popular Surfboards Models Become Best Sellers Worldwide

It is no secret that pro surfers definitely have a hand in selling boards for their shapers brands. These guys absolutely rip, and to tell the truth, they could make a door look like it surfs well. So just how important is it to take note of what the pros are surfing when you’re just an average everyday surfer?

Kelly Slater on his Glass Slipper sometime in the 90’s and on something shorter, wider, and more user friendly to the masses in 2009. He can make both work, the rest of us will have better luck with only one. Photo: Devine/Rowland

The Mid-90’s

Just look at the mid 90’s when Slater and the whole crew were riding ridiculously thin, narrow, rocketed out boards. Sure, they can make them work and work really well, but the masses of us “average” surfers were more or less kooking out, trying to ride these boards that were not suited to our needs, or the waves we are surfing day to day.

With that said, it is the pro’s like Slater that are still influencing us with new models…remember the Wizard Sleeve?

That was one of the game changers for the masses to really take a look at shorter, lower rockered boards. The thing is, many shapers were already turned on to short, wide, high volumed boards. It just takes someone like Slater to bring that to everyones attention.

Replica Boards

What the pro’s are doing at any given moment obviously has an impact on the general consumer. The Mick Fanning Ducks Nuts Replica is one of our best selling boards from the DHD line up. This came out for the masses as Mick was/is tearing apart his 2015 campaign.

“You can ride the same board Mick is riding, and surely you will be surfing just like him!” … well, maybe not quite exactly like him, and maybe you shouldn’t ride exactly what he is riding…

What Darren Handley has done (which we were not seeing in the 90’s) is actually offer a few sizes in this replica model so the average surfer actually has a chance of being able to surf the board. But not too many, it is meant to be a replica after all. The board is available from a 5’10 to a 6’1.

Mick Fanning is stoked on his Ducks Nuts, and you can be too since they are offered in sizes appropriate for the average every-day surfer.

Even Mick himself made tweaks to the original Ducks Nuts…for that size range, the boards actually pack a little more volume compared to the original..meaning, overall boards are going a touch wider with a touch more volume even at the elite pro level compared to days gone by.

A current favourite surfboard

Now, lets look at the best selling board world wide. The popular Hypto Krypto nabs the best selling board world wide as well as winning Surfboard of the Year award two consecutive years in a row. Is it a result of having someone like Craig Anderson pour his style all over the place on this model (most of which the waves are pumping), or is it actually because it is a user friendly board that can be surfed in anything from knee high slop to pumping overhead and hollow?

No on ever said the Hypto Krypto was a small wave board only. Under the right feet this board can handle!

Having Ando show you what this board can do certainly helps, but word-of-mouth, reviews and referrals are still essential for success. If the boards didn’t work for the average surfer, they wouldn’t gain the popularity that they have now. Combining a tried and trusted design – with some tweaks and your own style – with a strong brand like Haydenshapes is going to help you sell boards. Having someone like Craig ride them doesn’t hurt either!

What Actually Works for the Average Surfer

This all coincides with the average surfer starting to understand that wider boards with a little more volume can make a world of difference to your surfing. Don’t get me wrong here, there are/were plenty of surfers that already knew this, but there are plenty of people out there that simply want what their favorite pro rides.

The Mad Cat by SUPERbrand may look ultra high performance, which it is. The trick is that it is actually developed to work well for the average surfer and is super (no pun intended) versatile!

Luckily for them, many of their favorite pro’s are starting to ride equipment that will either suit the average surfer, and surfboard shapers know exactly how to scale boards appropriately for the average surfer. Advanced tools like the Board Engine also help avoid too many crazy board orders.

Inevitably, that is what is going to make a particular model so appealing to the world wide market.

The vast majority of us don’t have the ability to hop on a plane and chase perfect waves around the world, our day to day surf session consists of average days ranging in the knee to head high and not so perfect. Usually before or after school/work when we may just be missing the right tide, wind, swell windows.

We need those wider, higher volume boards that we can actually surf, if we want to maximize our precious water time. They don’t necessarily have to be hybrid models, but customising a high performance pro model appropriately for an average surfer goes a long way.


Another thing to consider in a board becoming popular is the combination of marketing, a user friendly board and…accessibility. The reason brands like SUPERbrand, DHD, Haydenshapes, etc. sell so many boards is their accessibility.

There are so many great shapers and surf brands around the world. They very well may sell a lot of boards, but on the world stage they may remain relatively unknown.

While some bigger brands may have a bigger marketing budget, in reality whether or not the board is actually going to work for the average consumer, is the most important thing. Remember, even the bigger brands were once small time guys that simply had to shape boards that work to get them to where they are today.

After all the marketing and the accessibility, if a board does not work, the word-of-mouth stoke is not going to be there and it will be a short lived seller. A board can look good aesthetically and be the right price, but what good is that if it surfs like a dog?

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Thruster Vs Quad Fin

by Boardcave on November 13, 2015

Thruster Vs Quad Fin, What to Ride and When

With a good majority of surfboards coming in the 5 fin convertible option, the question we often get is “which is better, the thruster or the quad?”. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this questions…simply put, both are great, it all depends on what you need out of them.

This is the main reason why so many boards are offered with the 5 fin option.

Your fins play a big role in your boards performance. Out of our experience, we would say that almost 40% of your boards performance is due to your fins… The point is, that switching out your fins, or your fin configuration plays a BIG role in how your board is going to want to be surfed.

The Slab by Pyzel Surfboards giving you the option for speed and hold or top to bottom shredding.

The matter really goes beyond the simple quad or thruster question. Where your fins are placed in either configuration plays a role as well, which we will touch on throughout the article.

The Single Fin came about to help give big heavy boards some traction and stability. The became refined over time to help produce drive while providing hold. Twin fins came into play to help loosen boards up, giving maneuverability as well as added drive.

Simon Anderson developed the thruster to give him an advantage over the twin fin design as he was a bigger, heavier footed surfer. This may have resulted in a lack of down the line speed compared the the twin fin, but gave him the added element of control while pushing through turns. Keeping him from sliding his board out. Through experimentation, he was able to find a good balance of drive and speed with control.

The quad fin pretty much blends attributes of the twin fin and the thruster. That added down-the-line speed without the resistance/drag of the center fin in a thruster, but with more hold and controlled maneuverability than the twin.

The trick with quads though, is the placement of the cluster of fins.

If we take the rears fins into consideration, the closer they are together, and the further they are back, the more your board is going to surf similar to a thruster. The farther apart they are and/or placed higher up near the front fins, the faster down the line they will be like a twin.

The Cali Quad by Eye Symmetry Surfboards gives you a little extra performance with the rear fins set a touch closer together.

So why or when to even consider the Quad as an option?

You may be thinking to yourself, why even have the quad option? Well, simply put, the quad fills that void where the thruster or the twin fall through. Everyone wants that fast but loose feeling, while maintaining control when surfing. That is exactly where the quad comes into play. And they can be put to use in either big heavy hollow waves, or small mushy gutless waves…depending on the cluster placement.

On smaller gutless days, having a quad with the rear fins closer to the rail and slightly further up, will really loosen the board up for you. This allows for quick maneuvers and sliding the tail around as you need with ease. It also gives you that much more speed through the flats as there is no resistance of a trailing center fin.

For the bigger, hollow days, the quads with rears place back a little and also close to the rail will provide extra speed and hold in the face of the wave. You can take higher lines on steeper waves with the extra hold of having two fins on the rail. Plus that extra speed, again due to no center fin drag, comes in handy on those fright train barreling waves where there is not much room to turn anyways.

To top that off, they are a touch quicker out of the gate compared to your thruster. As soon as you take off and get to your feet, quads will provide you instant down the line speed instead of having to pump and drive your board.

Those were just a couple of examples from one end of the spectrum to the other…changing the fin placement around will adjust how the board wants to be surfed. If you were to bring the rear fins closer together, they are going to begin to act more like a pivot point, similar to a center fin in a thruster set. So thinking about the particular board you are ordering and how you want the fins can be crucial. However you shaper has more than likely already thought about this and it set them accordingly.

It may look a little fishy, but the Wilderness by Album Surfboards will hold true in super hollow surf. Note the rear fin placement offering maximum hold and speed when set out towards the rail.

So Why Even Consider a Thruster?

There is a good reason why the Thruster Fin set up has been and still remains the go-to for surfboards over the last 30 years. Simply put, they are predictable, and they work. But if quads are so functional, you might be asking why even consider the thruster anymore?

Stamps Surfboards gives you the option with this Grinder X for a loose board that goes fast down the line, or a highly shreddable weapon when the waves need some slicing.

Well, the thruster is perfect for those super ripple days. Where the quad is great in either small waves, or hollow days that are down the line, the thruster gets you what you want when you have time to perform instead of trying to glide past sections or make it down the line with speed.

They give you a controlled drag that comes in useful when wanting to surf at a higher level on good quality waves. And by good quality (for the purpose of this article) we mean waves that are not too fast, not too small or weak, just simply rippable. Think of those shoulder to slightly over head days that are top to bottom, but with lots of room to move around and get in lots of good turns.

Thrusters will still work in small waves, and big waves for that matter too, but it all comes down to the blend of the fins with the board, and what the surfer prefers. You see some big wave surfers going quad for that extra speed and ability to hold a high line. Some guys however prefer the extra stability and control needed that the thruster can give you.

What Should You Get For Your Board?

Well, if you can, go with the 5 fin option. Why not have the opportunity to change out your fin set up if you can. That is what surfing is all about after all, experimentation. Having extra fin boxes not in use under your board is not going to make a noticeable different interms of the drag or confusion of the water flowing through the bottom. So if you can, why not?

However, some shapers have designed certain models to work in conjunction with ether a thruster or quad set up but not both. This is rare, but it does happen. Even still, if they will allow you the option to go 5 fin anyways, do it.

Take a look at the Hypto Krypto for example. Hayden Cox designed that board originally to work specifically as a thruster. The shape and bottom contours of the board are supposed to give you enough speed that going quad was not needed. But, by popular demand they recently release the 5 fin Hypto Krypto, option so surfers could experiment. It wasn’t as simple as just dropping in a couple of extra boxes though. Hayden really had to think about the fin placements of both designs and take that into consideration to how they each can be situated while utilizing the same front fin boxes.

The Hypto Krypto in all it’s 5 fin glory.

So, in a nutshell, if you can get the 5 fin option, go for it. You are not losing out on anything, only gaining. You never know until you try.

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The Hybrid Surfboard

by Boardcave on November 6, 2015

Why Everyone should own a Hybrid

Tiny, tight, fit’s just right…Album Surfboards has a large range of hybrids for you to choose from.

What is a Hybrid Surfboard… and what does it take to be considered a Hybrid Surfboard? If you really break it down, the hybrid surfboard could technically be the blending of two or more design concepts. But if you take it that literally, every surfboard is essentially a hybrid surfboard. It doesn’t matter what kind of board you are talking about, every board on the planet has a blend of designs concepts within it to some degree.

But let’s lighten up and not take things too literally. The term Hybrid Surfboard is likened to a style of board that is becoming more popular, especially as more people open their minds and try them out.

Two Boards Make One

The general hybrid as we know it now is the blending of the fish surfboard and a high performance shortboard (HPSB). There are a lot of elements at play here, but the goal is to get a board that is easy to paddle, very stable and fast like a fish, yet with the maneuverability of a HPSB.

The break down of a board like this is going feature elements like low rocker, wider outline with wide point pushed forward, more thickness throughout especially under the chest, modern style rails, functional bottom contours and, depending on the performance level intended, a slightly pulled in tail.

The world famous Craig Anderson with the world famous Hypto Krypto.

The Hypto Krypto by Haydenshapes Surfboards is probably the most well know board globally that is considered a Hybrid style shape, but the design is not as new as you think. Pretty much every brand or shaper has a hybrid style of board in their range of models and rightly so. In fact, hybrid style shapes are so functional for the everyday surfer that, if they are not already, they will become more common than a traditional HPSB.

Let’s face it, you are probably not a pro surfer, you probably work a normal job or go to school, only affording you limited time that you can get out in that water. We all have obligations outside of surfing that keep us from surfing on a regular basis (except for pro’s, the unemployed or the retired). If you only have high performance surfboards in your quiver, it really sucks when your brief window to surf holds onshore, high tide mushy waves. You’ll go check the surf with your trusty 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8, and unless it is head high and rippable or hollow, you are going home.

Having a hybrid in your quiver is going to keep you in the water on those average to below average days, as well as the head high+ and hollow days. You may even find that your hybrid might replace your shorty on the good days…that’s how versatile they can be.

Flat rocker, wider outline but holding performance on the wave and above the lip, the SUPERslug by SUPERbrand is a blast in most conditions.

The flat rocker combined with the width and thickness allow you to get into waves with ease, and keep you flying down the line, right through fat sections with little effort on the mushy days. Even on the good days, where there might be a slow section you need to negotiate until you can get to the inside where is stands up and gets ripple again, the hybrid surfboard shines.

Even though they have lower rocker, their ability to be surfed at least a few inches shorter than your standard shorty makes up for this by the way they can fit in the pocket so well. The rocker you find on a short board is not as essential since your board will fit within that tight pocket no problem. That shorter board comes in extra handy in smaller surf too, as you can whip turns around in a tighter radius than something longer, allowing you to squeeze as many turns in as short of an area as possible.

Can They Handle Sizable Surf?

The Lengendary Tom Carroll showing you that his Cali Quad hybrid by Eye Symmetry is not only reserved for small days.

On the bigger better days, these board can still perform. That low rocker might have you concerned about their ability to stick late drops, or when coming off a top turn on a steep faced wave. There are easy solutions to this problem however. First of all, the idea of these board allowing you to get into waves earlier help with avoiding the possibility of taking a late drop. It is still bound to happen every now and then however and it doesn’t address coming off the top of a turn on a steep faced wave.

Having design elements like a little Vee in the nose area can help with this. That convex Vee will act similar to the bow of a boat. It’ll help displace the water around the nose, keeping that nose from diving under the water and pearling. Not much Vee is needed, just enough to account for the lower rocker, if you plan on surfing this board in good quality hollow surf.

The Pocket Knife by DHD Surfboards, a little wider, a little shorter, more volume and tons of fun!

This can easily be blended right into whatever bottom contours you prefer, like the trusty single to double concave which works so great when you are back up on a plane. Add in a little Vee through the tail and you can transition from rail to rail faster which will help account for the wider outline, all helping to keep performance levels up on this style of board.

A board like this is generally thicker with more volume in a small package. By keeping that thickness under your chest for paddling and giving it a nice low, soft rail, your board can grip into the face of the wave while giving you plenty of stability. You can focus more on your surfing and lining up what’s coming down the line, instead of spending time finding your balance and keeping your stability.

It’s Where General Surfboards are Heading

Carrozza Surfboards Lil Buddy is the perfect blend of a fishy nose and performance shorty tail.

These boards work, and can work really well once you get used to them. Just take a look a general shortboard design these days anyways. Even the top level pro’s are riding shortboards that are a little wider with a touch less rocker than what you would find in the 90’s, or even a few years ago for that matter.

The Hybrid takes that idea to a whole new level, they are highly functional for the everyday average surfer. They will allow you to maximize your available surfing time, getting you into waves earlier and easier, through sections faster and still performing at higher levels than a fish or something similar.

Get Over It

They may not be for everyone…we know a few people that claim that boards like this, or any non-HPSB, are just an excuse for people who can’t surf. Well, so be it. If you are in that mindset, than good for you, keep chasing your dream chop hopping down the line. The rest of us will be having fun riding boards that make sense for the waves we have on any given day.

Make sure you check out the Board Engine to find a range of boards all made in America by professional shapers at the top of their crafts. Email service@boardcave.com with your details for a detailed report of board recommendations for you.

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Board Talk with Jeff “Doc” Lausch

by Boardcave on November 5, 2015

surf prescriptions surfboards shaper jeff

Jeff “Doc” Lausch is a shaper like no other. His creative flare and style, combined with his open minded approach to new ideas, materials and designs has had him at the forefront of surfboard innovation for years. His latest endeavor with Varial Foam and helping bringing it to the masses, is having a huge impact on the materials revolution. We recently picked his brain about his brand, where he came from and the future of materials.
Enjoy the show!

How did you get start getting into shaping, How old were you?

Around 1969, my brother was working at Plastic Fantasic, cleaning the floors, etc. He made some deal with one of the shapers and got his hands on an original Skill Planer. About the same time I had a girlfriend who’s dad gave me this longboard, a Dewey Webber with a beautiful cloth inlay…It was around the same time that boards were going through the transition, getting cut down into shortboards, etc. My brother still preferred the longboards and somehow we came to a trade, my longboard for his Skill Planer. Once I got the planer, I just bought a blank and went to town. It was one at a time at first and people started asking me to make them boards, which shocked me, and that is really how it all started.

Where did the nickname “Doc” come from?

Well, it was back in about the late 70’s, early 80’s…I was shaping out of my parents garage in Fountain Valley. One day I came running out of the garage with my mask on, my brother had this friend that just yelled “hey, it’s the Mad Doctor”…I told them not to call me that, which was a mistake. The name stuck.

How did Surf Prescriptions get started?

When I got my first industrial building, it was a different time. The music was changing, people had embraced the punk rock scene. My brand at the time was Freedom Surfboards but with the change of times, it seemed a little dated, too hippy…I already had the “Doctor Mad” name placed on me, so I just ran with it and Surf Prescriptions was born.

You have a really artistic approach to your boards and artwork, where do you get your inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from everywhere. I love Instagram, it’s an awesome platform to show and see creative works of art. But I always have my eyes open for shape, color and form.

v12 flying turtle surfboard surf prescriptions
The V12 Flying Turtle, a personal favorite of Doc…fun, functional and looking good.

You have a lot of different models and more eclectic boards in your range. Do you prefer to work on alternative boards, high performance, guns, etc?

I love doing all shapes and sizes of boards and keeping things fresh.

What boards are in your personal quiver at the moment?

5’6″V 12 Flying Turtle
5’9″ New Toy
6’0″ Wide Tail Thang
6′ 1/2″ RXFNC15
6’3 1/2″ RXP
6’8″ Hippster Jell Thang

Who do you have surfing on your team these days?

I have CJ Kanuha from the big island of Hawaii. Vince Boulanger, an amazing surfer originally from Maryland who travels around a lot. Tyler Gunter who is amazing…he is @instagrom on Instagram and is becoming quite famous. At fourteen he is charging Wedge when it’s like triple overhead. Ian Battrick from the UK, he is an amazing surfer who does a lot for the brand internationally. And then Timmy Turner our team rider forever, he has an amazing story. And there are a bunch of other guys in general degrees of sponsorship who all play a vital role in the brand.

tyler guntar charging wedge
What were you doing when you were 14? Team rider Tyler Guntar likes to charge big Wedge!

What should customers be thinking about when ordering a new board?

What type of surf you want the board to work best in. Once you have determined that, the volume number that you might need…The designer can give length width and thickness that will work for you.

What are you thinking about when customers order a board?

What model and what volume is going to be the best possible combination for a life changing Surf Prescription. I want their board to give them what they need to surf their very best, and even more importantly give them the most stoke they have ever had surfing.

doc lausch shaping a custom
The Doc filling a much need prescription.

You have always been open to experimentation, Varial Foam for instance is becoming quite big, what was your role in getting that off the ground

I have been working with those guys for about ten years now. The they started off with a aluminum honeycomb molded board with high density foam on the rails. Super innovated and extremely strong. I told them they need a core that you can hand shape original one off shapes. Something special that would fit into where they wanted to go in the technical field but something that every surfer could benefit from, not just the few that fit the molded boards.

This is exactly what Varial Foam is today.

surf prescriptions and varial foam
Varial Foam is the latest revolution in materials, Doc has been the test surgeon to get it to where it is today.

We went though a few different formulas to get to this one, and now it’s insane. More and more people are ordering it and loving it for the feel and durability. It’s really GOOD!

Where do you see the future of materials heading?

A lot of people are really starting to take environmentally sound materials more seriously these days. They are starting to really come into performance, so I see that coming around a lot more.

doc lausch honeycomb surfboard
Could carboard be the future? Doc with his cardboard V12 Flying Turtle.

Where do you see the future of design heading? It’s funny, there is a whole movement coming full circle at the moment. There are guys making boards just like how we used to in the past. The same boards I was making in the 70’s are now making a huge hipster comeback, so it is funny to see things come back around.

There is just so much experimentation too. Whatever you can think of is fair game, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of all of this.

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Always some experiments going down in the Mad Lab.

What new and exciting things can we expect to see from Surf Prescriptions in the near future? My motto is “Reinvent everyday”. Always progressing, always changing things up, new materials, mixing things up. Like a Chef…mixing ingredients that don’t seem like they would be good together but with a couple a tweaks here and there, BOOM its the next sensation!

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Mid Length Surfboards

by Boardcave on October 30, 2015

What to Consider When Looking at a Mid Length Surfboard

The Mid Length Surfboard, a perfect fit when you are looking for a different ride.

So you are thinking of adding a mid length board to your quiver, but where do you start? There has been a big trend lately of more people getting into riding mid length boards, and for good reason.

Mid length surfboards fit right in that slot where:
A. You don’t longboard much but want to feel the glide without lugging around a 9’ log, or;
B. You love a mini Simmons or a fish for smaller days but still need the length that your Simmons or fish can’t give you.

These boards aren’t to be reserved for just small mushy days however.

A head and lined up day will give you a sensation your shortboard, fish, mini Simmons and even log can’t beat. That feeling of coming off the bottom, springing back up the face of the wave and sitting perfectly in trim right in the pocket.

A little overhead, lined up and in perfect trim.

Mid Length Surfboard Styles

There are a few different styles of mid-lengths you want to consider before pulling the trigger. Depending on what you are looking to get out of one of these boards, each style will offer something different. One style is not necessarily better than another, they are just built for different waves and different styles of surfing.

What these boards have in common are the fin setups, they are primarily used as either a single fin or a 2+1 set up…which means a single fin with two stabilizers.

Also their length range.

Mid lengths fall into a size range ranging from about 6’8 or 7’0 to around 8’0. Any shorter and they are really just a short fun board or single fin. Any longer and they start falling into the longboard category. There is no defined size range though, so there is room to move either way.

The 2+1 fin set up is a great option for most mid lengths, if you use a removable fin system like FCS or Futures boxes, you have more options.

A couple of the main attributes that commonly differentiate these boards (apart from the fin configuration, single to 2+1) are the bottom contours and the rails. You can lump the bottom contours into two main categories, hull bottom and concave bottoms.

Hull Bottom Mid Lengths

Less forgiving, often frustrating, but nothing like it once you get it dialed in, the Hull bottom boards are essentially boards with no concave to them at all. In fact, their bottoms are convex or Vee bottoms all the way through from nose to tail.

This type of mid length wants to feel and surf with the power of the waves as opposed to pumping down the line generating speed.

The hull bottom basically lets the board sit in the water instead of planning on top of it. You don’t pump these boards to generate speed, you just let the board and the wave do the work for you while you just take control of riding up and down the face of the waves.

They sit nicely in the pocket, and when you do want to get out on the face more, or if you see a section coming you want to make it around, you just have to take a high line on the wave and let gravity take control when coming down the face.

Get low, keep your center of gravity tight and let the board glide right past that section until you can park it right in the pocket again.

The Plunder by Haydenshapes, with rolled Vee from nose to tail and tight pinched rails.

WARNING: KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING – These are generally not good boards for beginners.

Usually the rails are fairly tapered and the single fin, or fin box, is set father forward and a traditional single fins. They usually get paired up with an ultra flexible fin which helps add to the projection back up the fact of the wave off a bottom turn.

Canvas Surfboards team rider Corey Colapinto has the style, skills and grace to make his mid length look easy.

This makes for a board that needs a lot finesse when surfing.

The rails are usually tapered quite thin, but will still be a soft rail with no hard edges. This makes for a rail that releases easily, but being so tapered, it is easier to catch your outside rail when rolling between the rail that is in the face of the wave and the bottom of the board.

This Flex Fin by Shapers Fins, is the perfect balance of rake and flex for your mid length Hull.

This style of mid length really works best in lined up clean waves. A nice point break is ideal, since you need to surf with the wave, the longer the wave the better.

Punchy surf is no fun as the board isn’t designed to snap turns, it wants to be surfed from the middle of the board, run down the line and glide up and down the face with the occasional cutback to get you back to the source of the power.

Concave Mid Lengths

For the purpose of this article, all other mid lengths can be lumped into this category. Apart from the Hull Bottom mid lengths, your reasoning for looking for one of these boards may vary.

You might be feeling a little older, slower and looking for a fun sized board to keep you out these surfing without having to resort to a log. Or maybe you normally ride a thruster, but just simply looking to take new lines without drastically changing the way you need to surf.

The Sano Free by Canvas Surfboards, an easy rider for the beginner, aging surfer or if you are just looking to have fun.

Concaves on any board are designed to get you up on a plane. But this usually requires the surfer to help generate the speed by pumping the board, keeping you up on top of the wave instead of sitting in the wave letting it do all the work. You use the fin or fins a little more here and can surf the board with the rails, rocker and fins in conjunction together.

Some of the early versions were really designed for hollow, heavy surf…think Gerry Lopez at Pipe.

Longboards couldn’t really fit that style of wave, so they were getting shorter, wide point pushed forward for ease of paddling, and tails pulled in to hold and fit in a steeper faced heavy wave.

Other’s just simply came about with the “shorter board revolution”. People started chopping their longboards down into smaller craft, again to enhance performance but not necessarily for heavy hollow surf. Think Michael Peterson and crew here, throwing down carves that were never seen before. The 7’0 – 8’0 surfboard was the shortboard of the time. Now it is either a mid length of some sort for average surf or a semi-gun for heavy surf.

The legendary Michael Peterson on the 70’s version of a performance shortboard…now today’s mid length.

There are so many styles that can fall into this category, like the single fin egg, mini nose riders, fun boards etc. And all with varying degrees to how they can be surfed and what waves they excel in.

For the most part, they will still be set up as a single fin or a 2+1, but the fins will be a little more upright and stiff compared to what you want on a Hull. This provides more drive and release, giving you much more performance than it’s Hull counterpart. You can snap it off the lip, carved gouging cutbacks, re-entries, etc.

The Disc by Album Surfboards in something like a 6’8 or so, single fin or 2+1 will have you taking new lines and reinvigorating that stoke!

If you looking for an easy board for fun in the sun, look for a fuller template with softer rails. This will give you more stability and is a very forgiving board to surf for most people.

On the other hand if you are planning on surfing this board in good days that may have a bit of punch and some shape, a nice down rail will go a long way. Add in the 2+1 set up and you really have some performance to work with in good conditions.

Whatever You Need

What ever it is you are looking to do, you can find a mid length to do it. You just have to know what to look for and really take into consideration the type of waves you plan on surfing.

A Vee’d out bellied Hull Bottom board is not going to work too well in punchy beach break conditions. If you don’t surf points that often, maybe steer clear of this style unless you want one sitting in your garage until you do venture out to the points or waves that are lined up and have some length to them.

On the other hand, the average single concave to Vee out the tail with a 2+1 setup is so versatile you can pretty much surf it anywhere and in most conditions.

There are so many other variables and combinations available, so don’t take this article as the end all and be all for mid length designs. Think about what you need out of a board like this, look around, try a few out or feel free to ask us here at Boardcave for advice and information or plug your details into the Board Engine with a couple of advanced settings and see what you get…

A mid length surfboard can be as unique as the person surfing it, so get out there and have fun with it.

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Haydenshapes PE vs FutureFlex construction

by tward on October 28, 2015

The way surfing has progressed surfers are now looking for high volume shortboards.

The key is designing a board that blends high volume’s with shorter lengths, and a medium rocker that performs in the curve of the wave. The Love Buzz combines these elements perfectly.

The Love Buzz can be surfed up to 2 – 3 inches shorter than the standard shortboard and it will still carry the volume needed to pick up waves quickly.

Entry Speed combined with the acceleration of FutureFlex Technology, surfers on The Love Buzz are catching more waves and accelerating around sections they may not have usually made.

Q. So why PE construction?

Some surfers want to be a little more connected to the face of the wave, especially when the waves turn on, which is why they opt for the PE construction.

A PU Foam Core, Stringer, laminated in Epoxy Resin (PE Construction) finds a middle ground. Combining the feeling of connection the Stringer and PU Foam Core provides with the durability of Epoxy Lamination.

This is the simplest way to compare and choose which construction will work best for you when ordering your next Haydenshapes Custom.

Step Up Surfboards

by Boardcave on October 22, 2015

What To Consider For Your Step Up Surfboard

We’ve covered a lot of different styles of boards in recent articles, including the advantages of riding an assortment of different boards in The Secret to Surfing Better, and how it can improve your overall surfing. So, now that your surfing is improving, you will start to feel the pull towards pushing yourself into bigger waves.

This is where your step up options start coming into play.

Just to be clear though, we are not talking about BIG waves, where you need a serious gun or even a semi gun. We are simply taking about those days where it is a little heavier or a little bigger than your average day and you just need a little extra board to get you into the waves a little easier while still being able to perform.

Asher Pacey putting his step up, the Sweet Spot 2.0 right where it wants to be.

You’re Not Chasing Rhino’s

A good Step Up board will do just that. The proper step up doesn’t have to be that much bigger than what you normally surf. You would more or less be looking for something only a couple of inches longer than your go to and many times around the same width and thickness.

If anything, they could actually be a touch narrower as you don’t really need the volume to help you float.

The waves have more power behind them, so staying afloat on top of the wave is not the issue. What you need is something that will help you get into the wave easier or earlier, and a board that will help you manage a wave with more power.

Of course, just like any style of surfboard, a step up is somewhat relative. If you normally surf grovelers on smaller, mushy days, you step up might just be a standard high performance shortboard.

On the other hand, if you normally surf head high plus days, the step up for you might just be that semi gun for when it is double overhead or so. And we don’t necessarily have to be talking about high performance style thrusters either. There are plenty of single fin or even twin fin style of boards that can be considered your step up.

Consider The Waves

The type of step up you will need will also be dependent on the type of waves you are surfing. For example, if you are surfing a reef break or something a little more structured in how it breaks, you can generally get away with surfing something a little shorter, and maybe a touch thicker.

You still want that paddle power to help get you in early or take off under the lip, but you are not necessarily paddling around the line up searching for the waves. This allows you to surf a shorter board take the drop and have more maneuverability on the wave.

The Compression by Chemistry Surfboards will get you the waves you want on those days when your shorty can’t handle.

If you are surfing a heavy beach break, where you have to paddle around a lot, looking for waves and dealing with more elements, you probably want a board with a little more length that you can cover more ground on.

This will help you deal with the rips and all the water moving around throughout the line up. You may sacrifice a little bit of the maneuverability, but you won’t need that if you can’t get into any waves in the first place.

Basics Design Principles To Look For

There are a few tried and tested design principles that you should consider when choosing your step-up.

Most of which can be applied to various styles of boards. Since the wave has all the power needed to keep you up and floating, these characteristics are more for your ability to control the board and perform maneuvers instead of keeping you afloat and helping you make it through soft sections.


A pintail or rounded pintail is usually a safe bet when thinking about your next step up.

This type of tail will give you maximum hold and control from the back end of your board. Like we said above, the wave has all the power needed, so you don’t need a wide tail with extra surface area to keep you floating. You need something that will help grip into the face of the wave allowing you hold your rail in the water easier.

best tail shapes for step up surfboards
Different tail shapes will suit different conditions more than others.

Depending on the waves you will be surfing, try to aim for the rounded pin as that will allow you to surf the wave a little more. Remember, this is not a full on gun, so you will still want the maneuverability to rip the wave up, so the rounded pin as opposed to the straight up pintail will allow for this a little more.

The Wilderness by Album Surfboards is a prime example of an alternative step up, built for good waves!

Even if it is a twin fin fish style step up, the deep swallow tail essentially acts as a pintail for whichever rail is in the water, so by default, the fish already gives you that pintail hold you need for bigger surf.

Read more about how surfboard tails impact your performance.

Rocker Your Board Out

You can usually add a little more rocker to your board as well.

For the same reasons you can get away with a pintail, you can add more rocker. The wave has all the power needed, so having that flat/fast board for these waves is unnecessary. It could actually hurt they way you surf the wave as you may end up going too fast and have a difficult time wiping the speed off.

John John Florence needs every bit of performance out of his Step-Ups by Pyzel Surfboards.

Remember, you are not surfing massive waves here, you still want to have some performance, so there is no need to outrun the wave. Having more rocker will not only help stick late drops or re-entries off steep sections, it’ll loosen up the board allowing you to carve a little tighter when needed and fit in the pocket nicely.

Bottom Contours

The bottom contours of your board will play with how well you can get up to speed and on a plane, keeping your rail in the water, and the transition from rail to rail. The trusty single to double concave with a little vee out the tail goes a long way for your step up. This works extremely well for your thrusters and quads and shouldn’t have to be that much different than what your normal shorty has going on.

The Cannon by Haydenshapes Surfboards with some Vee entry to single concave to Vee out the tail, helping this low rockered single fin stick steep drops and roll from rail to rail with ease.

With a single fin or a step up fish, you might consider adding a bit more vee to help with the transition from rail to rail.

Also adding a bit of vee in the nose would certainly be handy since those boards generally have a little less rocker than a traditional thruster. That nose vee will help displace the water and keep it from pearling (nose diving) when taking late drops or coming out of turns on steeper sections.

Read our previous article for more info about surfboard bottom contours.

Beef It Up

This should go without saying, but we will say it anyways. Beef up the glassing on your step up.

If you have been reading our other articles, What to Know About Glassing a Surfboard, has given you the low down on the popular glassing schedules used.

A standard shortboard is normally glassed with two layers of 4 oz on the deck and one on the bottom (4+4×4). A fish or single fin, normally a little heavier like 4oz plus 6oz on the deck and either a 4 or 6 on the bottom (4+6×4, 4+6×6).

For your step up, you are going to want it glassed heavier. Something like 4+6×6 for a high performance style board and maybe 6+6×6 for a single fin or fish style. That extra glassing will go a long way for the life of your board especially if it is seeing heavier conditions.

Even simply paddling out on a heavy day can lead to your board being chopped in half if you get caught inside on a big close out. Beef it up and make sure it lasts.


There are so many options and variations for what you want to look for in a step up, but these general characteristics are fairly reliable.

Remember, you are not chasing massive surf with a board like this, so the general properties of your go to board should still apply, but with a touch more length or the alternative to help get you into waves earlier or manage your self around the line up.

If the wave is heavy and requires down the line speed, you can consider changing out your fins to a bigger, more upright fin for more drive and down the line control. Otherwise, you will still want maneuverability and performance, so sticking with the fins you usually surf is often a good idea.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference and what works for your style and ability.

Everyone is different and surfs in a unique way, so use these articles as a guideline, but figure out what really works for you and you will be a much better and therefore happier surfer overall.

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Board Talk with Tim Stamps

by Boardcave on October 21, 2015

stamps surfboards shaper tim stamps
Photo: @asildaphotography.

Tim Stamps is a master craftsman whipping up sleds for world class surfers and average joe’s alike. We picked his brain a little to find out how he got his start and get an inside perspective into Stamps Surfboards.

How and when did you get your start at shaping?

Well, I spent a lot of time in the back of Harbour Surfboards in Seal Beach, CA since about the age of 14 or even younger. Everything was being done on the premises from shaping to the finished product. I was there to see it all, cleaning up, watching for hours every day, and lending a hand when I could.

Eventually I learned everything, in the back of the shop there, about board building from the bottom up. I went from shop ‘grom’ clean up kid to eventually ‘shaper’.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from all sorts of places.

I see curves in nature that get me thinking, I see surfboards from all eras, and I see waves and how people want to ride them and think how I can blend all these things into my designs.

I usually take these ideas and make a board for myself to test out and see how it feels or I blend something into a ‘team’ rider and get his/her feedback on a subtle change or a whole ‘new’ idea put into the board. Bottom line, surfing inspires me in my shapes and my life!

sneak peak into the stamps cave
A sneek peek into the Stamps Cave. Photo: @asildaphotography.

You have a wide range of boards you shape, logs, fishes, HPSB, etc. do you have a favorite kind to shape?

Ya, designing and shaping a wide variety of boards is something I pride myself on, not being a one dimensional shaper, but having many facets to what I do.

For me it keeps it interesting and fresh. I’ll do a bunch of pro boards, then I’ll reset my mind and do some logs, fish, hybrids of all sorts. It just keeps it fun and fresh and the more curves you look at and use the more you see how and where they all start to fin into one another and relate all on the bigger picture of design and how you want a board to work.

I like to ride all sorts of boards as well, I ride everything I make so that also keeps me interested and motivated. I get bored pretty easily so my mind is always occupied by refining design and pushing forward with all types of boards.

What is your go to board to surf?

Well, that’s a tough one….. I guess it depends on the season and what my mood is. I’d say generally I have in the mix a log, fish, super-grovellor, grovellor, and a ‘shortboard’.

Most often lately i’ve been riding my latest version of my Twin Keel Fish, the GrinderX, and a few twist and turns on a couple new models I’m working out. Also, I can’t leave out the Axis for some fun summertime loggin’!

grinder x stamps surfboard
The Grinder X model, the Stamps version of a twin keel fish.

axis stamps surfboards
The Axis by Stamps Surfboards. A great log for summer fun.

What is your best selling model and why?

If i had to pick out the best selling models, it would be the FX, the Flare, the GrinderX, and the Scarecrow. I know that’s not ONE model, but they are all about equal because they all hit that spot in the quiver that people are looking to fill, or they can all be that ‘one board’ that is a comfortable ‘go to’.

a highly tuned machine
A highly tuned machine for Brett Simpson, Courtney Conlogue, or You! Photo: @asildaphotography.

You have a number of world class surfers riding your boards on the world tour, how is it working with them and what is the pressure like to get their quivers dialed in?

I have two main WT surfers, Brett and Courtney. I also do quite a few boards for a lot of others chasing the tour and a few more for those who are passing through or just want something different to fill in the quiver.

Working with this caliber of surfer is very rewarding and difficult at the same time. The best is expected, and we are always chasing the ‘perfect’ board. It’s really demanding and causes lots of sleepless nights! haha….

It’s tough and you have to be able to hear the good and bad and sift through it, surfers at this level aren’t ever satisfied and the feedback I get from the group that I work with is priceless.

What new technologies/designs do you think are making an impact right now?

This is a tough one.

With materials you know, I see lots of ‘new’ stuff out there and I try pretty much all of it. Will anything step up and change what the standard surfboard is and how it’s made? I don’t know. Sure there’s a way to make lighter boards, more durable boards, environmentally friendly, and all combos of that….but what we are really chasing is a board that performs better?

I don’t think anything is really there yet as to making a ‘better’ performing board.

Design wise, I think the next subtle leap will be a refinement of what we have now, when wave pools become available and when that’s where a lot of surfing is being done. Paddling will be taken out of the equation and how the waves break will determine what design features we need and what we don’t.

Rather than scoffing at the idea, I see at as a challenge and I know a few others who see it that way too.

Poly or Epoxy, what is your preference and why?

I’ve ridden lots of both and I always seem to be playing with something Epoxy, but everytime I jump on a ‘team light’ glassed PU/PE (polyurethane foam/polyester resin) they just feel ‘right’ and natural to me.

polyester hot coat drip on stamps surfboard
A freshly hot-coated stick by Stamps Surfboards. Photo: @asildaphotography.

What is the future of surfboard design?

Wavepools! Shorter, rounder, narrower, boards we don’t need to paddle! Hahaha…..

What is in the future for Stamps Surfboards? The future of Stamps Surfboards is to keep on the path that I’m on and what has got me to where I am now.

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Why Every Surfer Should Have a Fish Surfboard

by Boardcave on October 16, 2015

A look at why the Fish Surfboard is one of the best designs ever

If there is one board every surfer must have in their quiver, it needs to be a fish of some sort. There are so many variations on the fish surfboard though, so you need to look into what you want out of your fish and what will suit your surfing style. For some, it is easier to interchange between different boards on any given surf, so a variety of fish’s might be the go. Others just simply need something to spread out their quiver and give them something fun to ride when the waves are not quite appealing for their standard shorty.

Let’s take a look at some of the variety of fish’s you commonly see out in the water and what they can do for you.

For the most part, there are 3 common elements of a fish design that apply to the majority of the boards you see out there. Short, wide and thick. This gives you plenty of paddle power, planning ability, and keeps you surfing tight in the pocket. These design elements make a fish the perfect board for those smaller, mushy days, as it’ll will allow you to get into weaker waves with ease, and float right through flat sections. However, these boards can be extremely fun and functional in good quality waves and waves of size.

The Classic Twin Keel Fish

The man behind who brought us all the Fish Surfboard, Mr. Steve Lis and the original concept.

The classic twin keel fish, developed in the mid 70’s as a knee board by Steve Lis. Pintail surfboards where a favorite of his, but his swim fins would hang over the side creating drag. He decided to split the tail, giving him the width needed to support his fins, while still holding on to the performance characteristics of a pintail. This fish proved to be a barrel machine, able to paddle in early, take fairly late drops, hold high and tight in the pocket and was snappy off the top. It wasn’t long until he had refined the design to suit stand up surfers, and the fish design took off.

Only slight refinements have happened to the overall design of the classic twin keel fish, and this style of board is still one of the most popular designs to hit the surf world. Most shapers or brands that offer alternative boards will have a version of the classic fish design available to order.

Performance Twin Fin

Mark Richards, wings spread and putting his refined version of the fish to work.

Coming off the classic twin keel fish that Mark Richards was introduced to, came the performance twin fin. Richards was so stoked on the performance attributes in the fish’s designs that he had seen, and refined his own version into an ultra maneuverable high performance machine.

The Mark Richards FCS II fins include a twin fin setup with a smaller rear stabilizer fin.

This board took him on a contest winning streak and proved itself in waves all over the world including the heavy waters of Hawaii. Nowadays, brand like DHD have their version of the Mark Richards version of the Reno Abellira version of the David Nuuhiwa version of the original Steve Lis design…confusing? Well that is the beauty of surfboard design, versions on versions with refinements on designs, making boards better, or simply different.

DHD Surfboards has their version of the Performance Twin that is an absolute blast, simply dubbed Twin Fin .

The Quad Fish

The quad fish is a board more closely linked to the classic twin keel as opposed to something like the performance twin, but with the obvious refinement of a quad fin set up amongst other smaller changes like modern rails and bottom contours blended in. This will give your board a little bit more edge in terms of the performance and responsiveness. The Twin Keel is already a fast a loose board, having the quad fin set up with give you a little bit more control when pushing through turns or snapping off the top. Combine that with modern refined rails and bottom contours like a single concave to double, or with a bit of Vee, and you have a true quiver killer that could be surfed in almost anything.

SUPERbrand’s SUPERquadrofinia takes it’s own twist on the classic design, providing more control and manuverability.


The Wilderness by Album Surfboards will have you charging bigger surf than you would think a fish can handle.

Of course, just like any other style of surfboard out there, there are variations on both old and new designs. The Fish is no exception. Whether going shorter, wider and rounder for smaller days, or stretching your fish out into something designed to handle the juice, there are plenty of variations out there.

Even playing around with different bottom contours and rails can tweak a fun design into something completely different. The great thing is that the fish surfboard is so versatile depending on what you do the design. They can be dedicated small wave grovelers, they can be bigger wave semi fish guns, or they can harness the attributes of both and be perfect all-rounders. The dangerous thing with the fish surfboard is that you can easily forget about many of your other boards. They can be surfed in pretty much all conditions, and unless you simply need another “feel” from a different style of board, these fish’s can easily be a go to board for everyday good or bad.

The V12 Flying Turtle by Surf Prescriptions has it’s own tweaks on bottom contours and rails, making it a small wave killer.

One thing for certain, every surfer no matter if you are more drawn to logging or pulled towards high performance shortboards, needs at least one fish in their quiver. For those of you who don’t have one, you are missing out…get out there and order one pronto!

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