Shortboard Surfboards

Shortboard surfboards are usually shorter in length than 7' although some shortboards for larger guys can be larger than 7 feet. There are many different types of shortboards. These include the thruster, the quad, the retro fish, and the step up. Surfing a shortboard is characterized by more aggressive moves with big turns, cutbacks, and sometimes throwing airs. There are many differences between shortboarding and longboarding that can be called out. With a shortboard the surfer is gaining speed by working the wave from top to bottom to keep afloat, where a surfer on a longboard surfboard is trimming and attempting to match the speed of the wave. The shortboard surfer seeks more powerful moves working the wave for momentum.
It is important when riding a shortboard to stay in the curl of the wave and ride thee from up and down the face by turning over and over to generate speed on the wave as the shortboard surfboard does not have much float. As there is less float, paddling a shortboard surfboard is hard and demands more strength than a longboard surfboard does. Newbies typically learn to surf on a longboard as paddling and control are more difficult on a shortboard surfboard. When surfing a shortboard, the surfer keeps their rear foot over the tail of the surfboard and drives the shortboard from the front or back foot depending on their particular style. Many shortboards will also contain a kickpad which provides the back foot over the tail better power on the surfboard.
Shortboarder surfers typically like more powerful waves compared with the longboard surfer. The longboarder typically surfs a more evenly tapered, mellow wave. Beach breaks, reef breaks, and pointbreaks can all exhibit qualities good for shortboarding. Many shortboard surfers will be looking to surf the perfect tube. Riding a tube is where the surfer gets inside of the of the wave and makes it back out of this dry inner section of the curl without falling. Surfing tubes or barrels is best accomplished on a shortboard surfboard by a solid surfer.
There are many types of shortboards. The thruster is a surfboard with three fins and is what most shortboarders surf as it is the norm. The thruster has a fin in the center in back and fins on each side up the rails. The retro fish would be a twin fin surfboard with dimensions wider and shorter than a shortboard for the same surfer. Fish are really good in smaller conditions. The quad would be a 4 fin surfboard with 2 fins on each side of the board. The step-up is a surfboard that is usually surfed in bigger conditions when the waves have more power and the mini gun is for even bigger surf conditions. The step-up and mini gun are thruster style surfboards as well but are larger in length for better float and paddle power.
There are many great shapers of surfboards out there creating different shapes of shortboards for different styles of surfing. A few of the most common manufacturers and shapers include Dick Brewer, Lost, Kane Garden, JS Industries, and Channel Islands Surfboards. I personally ride JS Industries and Dick Brewer shortboard surfboards but have tried many other brands and there are many great ones to choose from.

How Stress Can Affect Your Sports Performance

Stress is not usually associated with Surfing - we usually surf to decrease stress, however as stress builds around normal daily activities (work, family, competitions etc) more and more people are using surfing as an escape, a place to de-stress, and there is nothing worse than leaving the ocean in a stressed out state.
This is especially important for competitive athletes, if there is too much stress going on outside of surfing coupled with a negative attitude in the water this will have a detrimental affect on your surf performance. Stress is a huge topic that relates to hormones, nutrition, physiology and lifestyle choices, this article focuses on stress that may arise while in the water.
Surf coaches know that if the mind is not in the right place it is very hard for the body to respond well. Coaches also know that if your body is not strong, fit, in good alignment or pain free it is harder for the mind to be calm and focused. Getting the two in sync before getting in the water decreases physiological stress and is a good idea for the ideal surfing outcome.
Once in the water that is another thing - yes there are some jerks in the water, yes there are some grooms who paddle faster than a jet ski, yes it can be crowded. These are all things that can take you out and scramble your mind so instead of focusing on surfing you focus on those distractions. Here are some key points surf coaches use to get more out of every surf when stress rises within.
1. If you have something on your mind that is getting you down, let it go as you enter the water. Focus on the water and why you surf in the first place, coach yourself to say a simple reminder like, 'I have a great surf today' and think about that as you paddle out.
2. Remind yourself; 'why you are surfing at all?' Have a look around - everyone out there loves to surf. Watch other people surf or struggle and enjoy their experience, use their waves or falls to motivate yourself. Remind yourself you we're once a beginner and remind yourself you can always get better.
3. Focus on one simple task at a time - get out the back - then find your position - then choose a wave - etc. Keep it simple and keep your mind on the job at hand rather than focusing on other issues going on in your life. If your in a surf competition, have your game plan and focus on small specific goals along the way, one wave at a time, one heat at a time - just go one step at a time - and celebrate each small step in your action plan, this will motivate you more.
4. We are all going to be bummed out sometimes - falling, making stupid mistakes, going over the falls, missing waves - laugh about it, just let it go, surfers fall, that is apart of the game. In today's world there is enough seriousness and stress all ready, surfing is supposed to be fun.
A final thought.
Surfing is a beautiful sport that originally involved a lot of wave sharing and being less selfish, nowadays it seems everyone is in it for themselves, fighting rather than laughing and sharing. Dropping in is a selfish act that only causes stress for everyone, it creates tension around you and internally when you drop in you know there is a better way. By adopting the tradition of sharing with everyone you still will manage to get loads of good waves and better still, drop the stress and leave a good vibe in the water.
Hayden Rhodes has coached professional and amateur athletes improve their performance through scientific personal training, hormonal testing, nutritional coaching and performance conditioning principles.

How to Work on Your Balance and Improve Your Surfing

1. Commit to balance your training and your surf season. This is crucial. Only when you commit and consistently take action can you improve. You will need a reason to commit - most of you want to catch more waves, or surf contests, or win events right? So make that your reason. Once you have a good solid reason, write it down. This is important, write it down, in the dirt, on the beach, in your journal, where ever, just get your reason out of your head and in print.
2. Grab your board. Surfing is obviously the best functional exercise for surfers, but what about pre season or when there are no waves? What about seasonal surf spots that only get swell at certain times of the year. Grab your board anyway. Go for a paddle at least once per week. It doesn't have to be a long drawn out paddle, 15 - 20 minutes is ample, just enough to stimulate the muscle fibers and motor firing patterns associated with surfing. Dawn or sunset paddles are the way to go. Try to get in 2 - 3 paddles per week focusing on your paddling technique and stroke volume.
3. Stretch More. Muscles shorten and pull the body out of balance and the best way to restore equilibrium and energy channels is to lengthen areas in the body that require stretching. Flexibility is a massive component of fitness that is hugely rewarding and often undervalued. As a surfer the ability to twist, turn, flex, rotate bend and balance will keep you in the top 10. Kelly Slater is among the most flexible surfers in the world - sure helps him. Please note that not all stretching is going to be optimal for you, not all yoga poses will be good for you, although Sun Salutations are brilliant for most people in the morning, so work with a pro to balance your body.
4. Get stronger. Physically and mentally. The two can be trained together with weights or your body weight, however in order to generate power required later in the season, specific movements with weights will increase your strength faster and more effectively. You do not need heavy weights just enough to stimulate and recruit both slow and fast twitch muscle fibers. By performing strengthening exercises that challenge the nervous system and neurological pathways similar (but not the same) to surfing you will get more for your buck. I recommend wobble boards, Swiss balls, Skipping, Single and Multiple Plane / Joint Movements, Indo Board, Unstable surfaces etc Contact me at the board better link below if you have questions, I'm here to help.
5. Take one day only per week to do a longer run, bike, swim or paddle. (especially if your surfing a lot) Doing too much can lead to over use injuries and/or a drop in energy during the season rather than an increase. Start slow and keep your heart rate low. Those learning how to surf will notice that balancing on the board is sometimes hard enough so just paddling is the way to go. Pro's and contest surfers on the other hand will benefit most from their longer session involving a combination of swim, paddle and beach work to balance both Mind and Body without over using the specific muscles dominated while surfing or competing.
6. Cross Performance train with a pro trainer. This will entail strengthening the body in dynamic environments and using skateboards, long boards, swim techniques, bowls, tramps, medicine balls and perhaps even snow boards if you live in the right area. Another good idea is to jump on a skateboard and let rip for a few hours.
7. Breathe better- lacking oxygen pretty much sucks! We are all going to get held down, rolled and caught on the inside. Learning to breathe correctly can massively help with energy, vitality and the ability to surf longer. Incorporate DEEP breathing techniques into your balancing routine to and use them before you surf, in the surf and in your life. A balanced life is smooth and strong, I have found Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga all teach 'same same but different' methods and have helped many clients improve competition, performance and life in general.
8. Give up smoking and eating crap junk foods. Your heart and lungs are a major part of your surfing lifestyle and the chemicals kill cells in your body and pollute our earth. The last thing you need is to go light headed and lose all your balance and your life. I work with a lot of people who smoke or are addicted to man made foods and I know it is tough, yet I encourage you to go clean and get your power back. Occy did and got the World Title.
Balance your life and surf better, I look forward to hearing from you.
Hayden Rhodes has coached professional and amateur athletes improve their sport performance and personal lives through balanced, scientific and holistic living principles. He is the performance coach and trainer for touring rock band PLACEBO and works with athletes who board the world.

Get on the Beach Today!

If the weather is good and you have the time, why not get on the beach today? There’s absolutely nothing like hitting the beach and enjoying a spot or two of surfing.
A lot of people don’t have the chance to go to the beach that often, so when they do they make sure they spend a lot of time there.
Taking all I need to the beach
My husband loves to surf and I often to go the beach with him. I’m not much of a surfer myself, but I have given it a go in the past. I prefer to stay on the sand and watch him hit those waves. I also like to make sure that I take my camera with me so I can get a few good shots. As long as my camera is in good condition and I have some nice lenses, enough sun lotion and a bit of a picnic, the day is usually a good one.
We both work so as soon as we get a day off together during the spring or summer, we pack up the car and go to the beach. My husband sometimes goes without me if I have other plans, but we both prefer it if we can go together. Surfing is a lot of fun and it’s surprising how many people have got hooked on this sport. But why wouldn’t you? Being in the sea with a surfboard and a few friends is just great, and there really isn’t anything like it.
Why not give it a try?
If you have ever thought about surfing then why not give it a try? It can be a lot of hard work at first, but after a while you’ll get the hang of it. You need to keep practicing though, don’t have a few goes and give up because you don’t think you’re good enough. Keep going back to the beach when you can and make sure you hit those waves.
The good thing about beaches that have some good waves is there’s usually a surfing school nearby. Book an appointment to have a few lessons so you know the basics before you hit the water. Trust me, getting a few lessons can make the difference between life and death. Book a few lessons, get the right gear and head to the beach for a whole lot of fun.

Learn the Basics of Surfing

There are millions of surfers that dot the globe. It's a sport that is fast growing, and people from all walks of life are beginning to take interest. From movie stars, vacationing in Hawaii, to the executive that is fulfilling a life long dream of gliding down an overhead bomb; surfing is a sport that is enjoyed by many. This article will give you the basics of learning how to surf.
Step 1: Get the right equipment
You will need to be dressed appropriately. For guys, board shorts and some sunscreen is about all you need. For the ladies, a bikini that will fit comfortably should do. If you're surfing in colder temperatures, a wet suit may be needed. You should also select the right surf board. For beginners, it's common to learn how to surf on a long board. These range in length from eight to 11 feet. The thickness of the board should be enough so that the board is buoyant enough to keep you afloat.
Step 2: Prepare on the Beach
It's important that you stretch while on the beach before paddling out. If you're surfing for the first time, you will realize that you're using muscles that you may not have used in a while. It's important to stretch your shoulders, back, arms, and legs. Being prepared to paddle out is a lot more important than paddling out. This way you reduce the risk of injury or pulling a muscle while out in the line up. Be sure to survey the ocean so you know what to expect. Look for the direction in which the current is moving. Be sure to know where the channel is and select the right line to follow as you paddle out.
Step 3: Practice your "pop" up and stance
Before paddling out, lay your board on the sand, and give it a few practice runs. Some people will actually trace the outline of their surfboard on the sand and lay on the outline for practice. As you position yourself on the board, be sure that you aren't too far forward OR too far back on the board. You want to be in the sweet spot of the board, with your body along the "spine" of the board. Be sure to keep your knees together so that your board isn't "teetering" from side to side. This may take some getting used to, but keep trying. This is where your core strength comes in.
Practice the take off, by paddling a few times. Just as you're ready to stand up, give 3 paddles with both arms at the same time, then "pop" up, by doing a push up and bringing both feet under your chest. One foot should be in front of the other, about shoulder width apart, and your knees should be bent. Your focus should be on the shore. Most people tend to look down. You don't want to do this. Keep your head up so that your focal point is towards the shoreline, making it easier to maintain your balance. Do this a few times until you feel comfortable with the "pop" up.
Step 4: Paddle Out & Catch a Wave
Now you're ready to get out there and give it a try. While paddling out, be sure to take the line that you chose while surveying the surf from the shore. Paddle with alternating arms, and be sure to keep your shoulders back for strength. As mentioned earlier, you'll notice that you will be using muscles that you haven't used in a while. Don't worry. The burning sensation in your shoulders will go away as you surf more often. Once you're in the line up, position yourself to where you are sitting on the board and can see the sets coming in. Usually, it's best to be sitting at a 90 degree angle to the incoming sets. As a set rolls in, turn toward the shore line and begin paddling. You'll feel the wave pick you up. At that point, give your 3 paddles with both arms and pop up. Enjoy the ride! Repeat the process until you get tired.
Step 5: Choose your instructor
Before you begin surfing, it's important that you choose the right instructor. This should be someone that is experienced with the ocean, and more specifically, the conditions of the spot at which you'll be surfing. Make sure you ask questions before you paddle out, and always let your instructor know when you are uncomfortable with the conditions. A good instructor can make your surfing experience AWESOME!
Be sure to be respectful of those that are in the water, and above all...enjoy the Stoke!

The 2014 ASP World Tour will be decided in Pipeline

The 2014 ASP World Tour champion will be decided at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, in Hawaii. Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater are out of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Shifty five-to-eight foot barreling waves sent the world title race to Pipeline. Joel Parkinson, who also lost his Round 3 heat, is mathematically out of the equation.
Gabriel Medina was the first to fall. With just minutes remaining on the clock, the Brazilian had the opportunity to overtake Simpson, but he left the water after his final wave before the time had run down, thinking he had the score for the win. Critical mistake.
"I thought I had the score on my last wave, that's why I came in, but it wasn't enough. I'm pretty sad with this result, but I got happier when Kelly lost. I was ready to win the title here, but now I'm focused on Hawaii," reveals Medina.
"I'm happy that I'm still in the title race, and I know it doesn't depend on the other title contenders; it depends on me. I don't know yet what I need to do, but I will prepare and train and be ready."
Kelly Slater had a strange heat against Aritz Aranburu, who was able to score two clean barrel rides for a 12.00 heat total. The Floridian was unable to get in the rhythm with the unruly barrels or find the scores he needed, but he remains in contention.
"It's hard to pick the right waves out here. This is probably one of my most frustrating title races ever because I keep feeling that I have the opportunity and each time I keep dropping the ball," expressed Slater.
Mick Fanning's hopes are still alive; John John Florence score the first Perfect 10-point ride of the event.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014 | Round 4 Match-Ups
Adam Melling (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), John John Florence (HAW)
Adriano De Souza (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Josh Kerr (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF)
Kai Otton (AUS), TBD, TBD.

The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014

Welcome to The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014. If you have a surfer relative, friend or loved one, don't fret and plan ahead. Discover our curated selection of Christmas gift ideas.

We've handpicked the best surfing presents that will put a smile on any surfer's face, whether you are a savvy or a big spender Santa Claus.

A passionate surfer may seem hard to please, especially after years of practice and continuous investment in the sport. However, the surf industry keeps evolving and year after year there are new things all surfers want to put their hands on.

There's also always room for improvement or completion: a better wetsuit or surf watch, a new and exciting surfboard, a book or surf movie, a take on a new wave sport or even a good replacement for some of the most utilitarian items - backpacks, sunglasses, board travel bags, etc.
SurferToday's panel of surfers has gathered to select their dream selection of surfing gifts for Christmas 2014. Follow their lead and surprise your surfer (or yourself)!
GoPro Hero4 GoPro Hero4 Black Edition
The much-anticipated new version of the best-selling action camera is a must-have since it brings a whole new dimension to any surf session.
Capture your best moves with 4K video recording at 30 frames per second, an improved high-fidelity audio system, a better performance in low-light conditions and wireless and Bluetooth connections.
Buy this surf gift: HERE 
Polaroid Cube Polaroid Cube
Cute, small and colorful, but also waterproof, shock resistant and mountable in multiple surfaces through a built-in magnet and several accessories, the Polaroid Cube is an easy, funny and fuss free action camera.
Carry it around in your pocket (yes, it’s that small) and you’re ready to record any important moment in your life. It can be quickly installed in a board through a waterproof case and a suction mount.
Buy this surf gift: HERE 
John Severson's SURF John Severson's "SURF"
John Severson's "SURF" is a staple in any good surf book collection.
The book exposes the six decades path of the iconic 80-year-old surf culture and Surfer Magazine founder through photography, painting, publishing and filming.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Tower Adventurer 9'10'' Inflatable SUP Tower Adventurer 9'10'' Inflatable SUP
An ultra compact, high quality inflatable SUP, is a great addition to your quiver, as it can be easily transported anywhere, anytime - just unroll it, fill it up and you're set to go!
This 6'' thick inflatable board delivers the same steadiness and rigidity of an EPS/Epoxy model. A perfect gift for all year round.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Rip Curl Flash Bomb Plus 4/3 Rip Curl Flash Bomb Plus 4/3
The Flash Bomb Plus is the perfect suit to have at hand in the tougher winter months or when traveling to colder waters.
It is lighter and more flexible than its predecessors, thanks to the E4 neoprene, keeps the body warm and provides extra comfort and durability due to the E4 Double Tape Stitchless Seam Technology.
Buy this surf gift: HERE

Santa Cruz 'Rasta Drop Thru' Longboard Cruzer Santa Cruz "Rasta Drop Thru" Longboard Cruzer
A longboard skate is a fun way to cruise in dry land and even to carry your board to the beach.
The 35 inches long Santa Cruz Cruzer is both fast and stable, with solid wheels that will keep you rolling smoothly and quietly over any obstacles.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Oakley Frogskins Polarized Sunglasses Oakley Frogskins Polarized Sunglasses
Surprise your surfer with a pair of stylish, high-quality sunglasses.
Oakley's high-performance polarized lenses filter out glare, allowing a clear vision of the water while keeping the eyes effectively protected.
The Frogskins is a comeback of the mythic model created in the early 80s and a celebration of the pop culture that will keep you sleek and safe.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Quiksilver Scaly Windbreaker Jacket Quiksilver Scaly Windbreaker Jacket
Winter (and even Christmas!) still means surfing and wave scouting, so staying warm outside is a must.
A slim, insulated hooded jacket is just what a surfer needs to easily move around without catching a cold.
Quiksilver's Scaly Windbreaker is a great option since it is slim fit and at the same time keeps you warm inside, thanks to the discreet horizontal quilting and elasticized cuffs and bottom.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
O'Neill Heat 5mm Round Toe Boot O'Neill Heat 5mm Round Toe Boot
Surfing booties not only keep surfer's feet warm, but also safe from nasty reef bottoms or sharp rocks. A 5mm surfing boot is appropriate to cold water and harsher winter conditions.
The O'Neill Heat Round Toe boots are made of fluid foam and display a blind-stitch seam construction for extra comfort and performance.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
EQ Unisex Seals Earplugs EQ Unisex Seals Earplugs
Exostosis, or surfer's ear, is a common ailment between surfers that can be prevented through the use of specific earplugs.
However, earplugs may interfere with balance and hearing and can also be uncomfortable, so it’s important to choose the right model.
We love EQ Seals earplugs because they are made of flexible, breathable silicone, mimicking the seal’s natural ability to close their ears while in the water, without any loss of performance.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Skate 3 Skate 3
When there are no conditions outside, try some nasty skateboarding moves on the comfort of your home with a good quality game like Skate 3.
The action takes place in Port Carverton, a city divided into three districts that embrace skateboarding.
You can create your team of pro skaters, try new tricks and pretty much shred the whole town, in solo or multiplayer mode for extra fun with friends.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Rip Curl Trestles Pro Surf Watch Rip Curl Trestles Pro Surf Watch
The signature team rider edition of the Trestles Pro is a favorite and best-seller with great value for money.
The digital surfing watch displays a 500 pre-set beach locations all over the world, with best tide, swell size and wind direction information, sunrise and sunset times and a digital compass.
It is water resistant up to 330 feet (100 meters) and looks good in and out of the water.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
NP Surf Combo Lock Box NP Surf Combo Lock Box
The waves are pumping, but you don't know where to leave your car keys. The classic surfers problem has an easy solution.
The NP Combo Lock Box is made of weather resistant zinc alloy for storing keys while you're surfing.
It features a resettable four-digit combination, EVA backing on lockbox and PU tube around the shackle to avoid scratches on the car.
Buy this surf gift: HERE

Zap Skimboard Zap Skimboard
When the tide rises, skimboarding is the best wave riding experience. Zap is one of the most famous brands in the skimming world.
This large skimboard is constructed to take a beating while still retaining its performance. Shaped to shred.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
FCS Double Soft Racks FCS Double Soft Racks
Surfboard car racks are the simplest way of transporting surfboards safely and securely.
The double soft racks by FCS fit most cars, vans, SUVs and 4WDs. They hold up to six surfboards and four longboards, and feature neoprene sleeve for protection.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Greco 8' Soft Performance Surfboard Greco 8' Soft Performance Surfboard
The perfect surfboard for someone who is about to learn how to ride waves. The Greco 8' soft top includes the highest density foam out there and a triple stringer.
A great surfboard for beginners. Includes new upgraded leash and fins.
Buy this surf gift: HERE
Surfing: The Manual: Advanced Surfing: The Manual: Advanced
The surf book for those who have stepped into the intermediate and advanced surfing levels. Written by Jim Kempton.
Learn the tricks, improve the maneuvers, and read the tips from the pros. The best surfing manual for getting from good to great.
Buy this surf gift: HERE

Video: Rare 100 Shark Feeding Frenzy in North Carolina

On Thursday, October 9 at around noon, while at a retreat at Cape Lookout National Seashore off the coast of North Carolina, the leaders of One Harbor Church witnessed a shark feeding frenzy. The men were out fishing for the evening’s dinner when they stumbled across more than 100 sharks attacking a school of blue fish. As seagulls and pelicans joined in on the meal, the men began to cast into the surf, catching fish without the use of bait.
For more than five minutes, the sharks were observed swimming in and out of the surf, some of which became beached in the fury. Donnie Griggs, the cameraman who captured the footage, is an avid waterman who spearfishes, dives, swims and surfs at Cape Lookout often. We want it to be clear that Cape Lookout and the surrounding beaches of Eastern North Carolina are extremely safe for swimming. The presence of these sharks and large schools of fish is actually a sign of a very healthy ecosystem.

Papoa welcomes big wave surfing enthusiasts

A group of professional surfers has returned to Papoa, the big wave surf spot located in Peniche, Portugal. The waves were pumping in the 15-18 foot range, with wind gusts of up to 30 knots.

The swell forecast said it all, and word spread quickly. Papoa was about to deliver giant waves as the buoys indicated a powerful wave train heading towards Peniche. The show went on for two days.
Garrett McNamara, Kealii Mamala, Carlos Burle, Pedro Scooby, Peter Mel, John John Florence and Nic von Rup visited Supertubos' big wave brother, alongside hundreds of spectators and media professionals.
"It was definitely challenging. Wind was blowing directly up the face. It took us a while to figure out where to be, and what time to get out there. You always come out of the water full of adrenaline, so everybody had a good time," explained Peter Mel.
Amidst classic whitewater wipeouts and flawless rides, Papoa impressed everyone who had the privilege to enjoy it. John John Florence even compared it to Waimea.

The surfboard brands of the world

What are the best surfboard companies in the world? There is no answer for that question. But there is a perfect surfboard for your surfing style and experience, and that is precisely what a good shaper does.

Every year, surfers buy more than 400,000 surfboards worldwide. The largest companies and shapers in the surfboard industry are located in the USA, Australia and Europe.
In 2008, 26% of the surfboards sold in the USA were shaped by local craftsmen. Polyurethane and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) with epoxy formulas still rule the market, but eco-friendly core materials such as cork, fungi, and wood are gaining enthusiasts and a new generation of costumers.
There are thousands of surfboard brands and producers. The most experienced manufacturers are working in the shaping room for more than five decades. Today, and despite the computer-aided design (CAD) support, surfboard shapers are still making dreams come true with their bare hands.
Discover the largest surfboard brand directory, and explore the world's famous board manufacturers. Talk to your favorite craftsman, and build the surfboard of your dreams. Height, width, thickness, rails, stringer, tail and fin setup. He'll do it. You'll love it.
The World's Largest Surfboard Brands List:
AJW Surfboards
Album Surfboards
Bear Surfboards
BIC Sport Surfboards
Byrne Surf
Cannibal Surfboards
Canvas Surfboards
Channel Islands Surfboards
Chilli Surfboards
Dan Taylor Surfboards
Dewey Weber Surfboards
DHD Surfboards
DMZ Surfboards
Dylan Surfboards
Emery Surfboards
Firewire Surfboards
Gordon & Smith
Hot Buttered
Infinity Surfboard Co.
JP Surfboards
JS Industries
Lib Tech
Lightning Bolt
Lost Surfboards
McTavish Surfboards
Misfit Shapes
Mt Woodgee Surfboards
Panda Surfboards
Polen Surfboards
Proctor Surfboards
Pukas Surf
Robert August Surfboards
Roberts Surfboards
Rusty Surfboards
Sharp Eye Surfboards
Simon Anderson Surfboards
Stamps Surfboards
Stewart Surfboards
Studer Surfboards
Surf Prescriptions
T. Patterson Surfboards
Town & Country Surf
Vampirate Surfboards
Vernor Surfboards
Viking Surfboards
Vulcan Surfboards
Walden Surfboards
Warner Surfboards
Wave Riding Vehicles
Webber Surfboards
Xanadu Surf Designs