Boards Explained

Boards explained

Surfboard characteristics

Things To Consider

Thinking about buying a new surfboard? Take a moment to consider what you actually want it to do. Do you want a board for surfing mushy summer waves when no one else wants to? Take a look at the Dorado or Snapper models; both of which can be taken out in nearly any wave and will make the most average day a blast.

Perhaps you’re looking for something to improve your turns and make the most of cleaner days but don’t feel like a shortboard is for you. Our performance egg, the Marlin, would be the one. It comes in 2 different tail shapes but still retains an almost shortboard nose and rocker so you wont be going over the falls (as much!)

Maybe you’re just getting into surfing and have wisely chosen not to grab the cheapest ‘Chinese import special’ you can find. The Puffer is our mid-length surfboard, it’s suitable for those just starting out.

Also important in board choice is what style of surfing you do, you can’t cruise around on a shortboard, whilst similarly you can’t do fast aggressive turns on a 10ft longboard!

Still not sure what you need or want? Some of the info below will help you make a choice.

Surfboard Size / Volume

When starting out surfing, usually the rule of thumb is to purchase a board approximately 1.5-2ft taller than yourself. The larger the board, the more buoyancy it will have making it easier to paddle and catch waves. As you progress and become more proficient most folks tend to want smaller boards as they can duck-dive under larger waves and smaller boards tend to be easier to turn faster and sharper.

Rocker

This is the amount of curve the front and rear of the board has. Big steep waves require more rocker to stop the board from digging in and pitching you over the front (not fun!) Too much or too little rocker won't help you catch waves so try to choose the right surfboard for the type of waves you mostly ride.

Length

Board length is usually measured in inches from the nose to tip. If you choose a shorter surfboard than you've had before, make sure it's got enough width and thickness to make up for it!

Width

The widest part of the surfboard is measured, usually this is about mid way along the board, depending on shape. The width of the surfboard makes a big difference to how it paddles.

Thickness

Usually between 2 & 3” the thickness determines how buoyant a surfboard is. Choose your board thickness carefully as not enough foam under you can make catching waves a chore!

Fin Considerations

Nearly all of our surfboards at Poseidon are single fins or a variation of the 2 + 1 Setup. Single fins, although not as widely used now as the tri-fin or thruster setup, provide a much more rewarding style of surfing. Smooth, graceful lines and carving turns are possible on a single fin. Single fins have incredible hold and are fast 'down the line' as they have less drag than a thruster. If you haven't tried a single fin we'd recommend you give it a go!

Single Fin

Single Fin

Good stability, carving turns and suits a smooth, relaxed surfing style.

Twin Fins

Twin Fins

Fast and manoeuvrable, slidey and fun. Sometimes not ideal in bigger surf!

3 Fin (Thruster)

3 Fin (Thruster)

Recognized as the modern 'standard' fin setup. Ideal for beginners and for most shortboards. Stable in all conditions.

2 + 1

2 + 1

A single center fin with 2 smaller side fins or 'sidebites'. A great setup as the center fin can be adjusted forward and back to setup a board to a surfers style. Popular on 'egg' and shorter single fin surfboards.

4 Fin (Quad)

4 Fin (Quad)

2 pairs of fins on each side of the board. Can generate huge speed and allows for great maneuverability. Not really suited to beginners due to a fair bit of finesse needed to make the most of them!

Tail

The tail shape, along with its fin setup, has a huge effect on how a surfboard rides. As a basic rule of thumb the wider the tail, the looser the board.

Round or Squashed Tail

Round or Squashed Tail

The design offers a stable ride but enables the surfboard to still remain loose for turns. The squashtail is a great tail shape for any standard of surfer and can be used in both small and overhead waves.

Rounded PinTail

Rounded PinTail

Similar to a thumbtail, the rounded pintail is slightly more "pinched" toward the tail. Like the thumbtail and the regular pintail, there is no interruption in the flow from the rail directly through to the tail. The rounded pintail is a great tail for medium waves.
Rounded pintails have less release and create smoother, more drawn out turns.

PinTail

PinTail

Pintails are designed to provide maximum control and surface hold on the wave. Ideal for surfing larger or powerful waves, a pintail will offer control at speeds where any other shape would start to 'snake'. A pintail still offers maneuverability but not in the same way a square or squash tail does.

Square Tail

Square Tail

Used mainly on modern shortboards, and to some degree on Mini Simmons style shapes, the square tail provides huge amounts of lift and release, making them great fun and very maneuverable. Not ideal in large surf as they tend to get a bit slidey at high speed!

Fish Tail

Fish Tail

The reverse V or fish tail design is so wide and there’s so much surface area, you can really sink it when you’re riding it. The design’s mostly suited to small, playful types of conditions when you want to slide the tail around a lot. A good shape for maneuverability and fun.

Diamond Tail

Diamond Tail

A modified version of the square tail, often used on longboards and Bonzer style boards. It offers a good amount of release while having a trailing point, almost like a pintail in the water to aid control. A good shape for smaller single fins boards.

Custom Boards

CUSTOM BOARDS

made in house, by hand.

All of our boards are made in Cornwall from locally sourced materials. We care about our planet so use environmentally responsible materials wherever available.

The hands of real people do every stage of our board construction; we take absolute pride in the quality of our work. We make surfboards because we love surfing and get a kick out of helping other people enjoy riding waves too!

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