The Groveler

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Is it a shortboard? Is it a hybrid? Is it a Muppet? A Pokemon? Should you have a groveler in your quiver?

What is a Groveler Surfboard?

The Groveler is a small wave surfboard that’s designed to be fast and rippable in the most lack-luster conditions.

Technically, you could consider this some sort of hybrid surfboard, but it gets a class of its own.

The Groveler packs as much volume as possible into the smallest board possible.

Like a fish or hybrid – these surfboards are fat, thick, and flat and make for a lot of fun packed into a small space. It allows you to get the most out of a small wave if you don’t want to ride a log.

Grovelers are ridden a fair amount shorter than your typical shortboard and are often surfed as a quad.

Perfect for small waves, probably not the best option when the waves get bigger and steeper.

History of the Groveler

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Just like many surfboard designs, some iteration or experiment of the groveler probably already existed.

The Mini Simmons, a micro planing hull conceived in the 40s-50s, could probably considered one of the first Grovelers, and many of its design elements can be found in a modern small wave board.

However, the groveler’s popularity today can be attributed to Firewire and Dan Mann’s Sweet Potato around 2010. You can now find some sort of micro-wave groveler option from many of the big name surfboard brands.

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