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6 things you need to know before buying a shortboard

Posted by The Surfboard Warehouse on

You’ve progressed quite quickly. You’re ready for a quicker more responsive performance board rather than your Devocean mini mal . You want something with speed, something that will allow you to perform. You need a shortboard. You may think there isn’t much difference in the range of shortboards, but have a read of this before you make your next purchase.

Since the late 60’s shortboard designs have been rapidly improving and it seems now you can have any board for any condition and your quiver now needs its own bedroom. With the amount of designs out there, choosing a new shortboard can be a confusing task. Here at The Surfboard Warehouse we’ve done the hard work for you and broken down the top 6 things you need to know before buying a new shortboard.

1. Buoyancy

If you're stepping down from a bigger, stable mini mal, its important not to go too small too soon. Buoyancy = paddle power, and paddle power is your best friend. It will allow you to catch more waves, and the fastest way to progress is to catch as many waves as possible.

2. Tail design

One of the things you need to look for in a new short board is tail design. The tail on a short board can dramatically change how the board rides. Square tails are very responsive and are the most common tail you will see in the water. The Surfboard Warehouses’ Vessel Gypsy's Sled has a square tail; these tails have been taken to the next level with re-enforced carbon bar tail sections. These provide added strength in the tail and above the fin plugs.


Murray Scott demonstrates the perfect "layback" on a recent shoot.

3. Rails

Your rails must be considered when purchasing a new surfboard. Small volume, tougher edge rails will bite into the wave more while you’re turning and give you more control in bigger swell.

4. Rocker

High performance shortboards will have a great deal of rocker. The more rocker, the slower yet more manoeuvrable the board is. The less rocker the faster the board but harder to turn.

3. Bottom Contours

Bottom Contours are another factor to consider. They effect how the board travels over the water. Concave contours are used to enhance manoeuvrability. At The Surfboard Warehouse our Vessel Gypsy Sled has a slight single to double concave, which channels the water through the board and will give the board more drive, improving tail responsiveness.


Gypsea Sled top turn

6. Flex

The concept of ‘flex’ in a board has been refined over the years. Flex, the memory of the foam or is common referred to how snappy a board is. Flex will help you accelerate out of a turn and generate more speed overall.

So what are you waiting for? Expand your quiver and further your surfing ability with a shortboard.

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