Buyer Guide & Surf History

Learn how to find the best surfboards, fins, and equipment for yourself or that special someone. Get familiar with some of the history behind your favorite boards and equipment.

Gift Guide for Surfers

Are you shopping for a Christmas/Hanukkah, holiday, or birthday gift for that special surfer in your life? You’ve come to the right place. Surfers may be some of the easiest folks to shop for. We don’t need much to be happy other than some waves and some stoke. Luckily, there are some easy things you …

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Twin Fins vs. Keel Fins

Twin fin surfboards can feature either fins or keels. While the term “keel fin” is sometimes used to describe any sort of fin, it describes a specific design. Twin Fins A twin fin setup features two side fins that are similar in appearance to the side fins you’d find on a thruster or a quad …

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The One Board Quiver

While experimenting with different surfboards and equipment, and building your surfboard quiver overtime is an incredibly enjoyable part of surfing, it’s not feasible or practical for everyone. Due to budget, space, transportation to the beach, etc. for some surfer, having a different board for different scenarios doesn’t always work out. Luckily, you aren’t out of …

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the pig

The Pig Surfboard

The Pig holds a special place in the evolution of surfboard designs and classic longboarding in general. In the 1950s, surfboards were long, heavy and relatively difficult to control. Dale Velzy decided to try something different with The Pig. What is The Pig Surfboard? The Pig is essentially a classic Malibu longboard flipped upside down. …

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The Mini Simmons

Most of the design elements of the planing hulls that Bob Simmons was developing in the 40s and 50s were pretty radical for the popular thinking about surfboards at the time. Many of those design elements carry through to today and give us what we consider to be “the modern surfboard.” However, it really wasn’t …

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5 fin surfboard setup

The 5-fin Setup

If you’re interested in fin experimentation, the 5-fin set up is for you. The 5-fin set up is all about versatility and options, and it’s one of the most common setups you’ll find if you look at new stock boards on the rack at your local surf shop. Five fin set ups feature two rail …

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surf helmets

Surfing Helmets

Surfing is one of the few action sports where wearing a helmet is rare – at both the competitive and recreational level. However, when you consider that head trauma is one of the most common causes of injury and death for surfers, a helmet for surfing might make more sense. Helmet technology has come a …

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Alternative & Niche Surf Fins

The possibilities for experimentation in surfboard and fin design are vast. There’s a lot that hasn’t been explored. The cool thing about surfing is that you can find designs that are going to feel like magic to one surfer and like a dog to next, but that’s part of the fun. This page highlights some …

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