The Gun

The Rhino Chaser. The Elephant Gun. The Big Gun. The name themselves for this type of surfboard evoke a sense of gravity and weight. Which is fitting for what this type of board is designed for – surfing huge, consequential waves. What is a Big Wave Gun Surfboard? A big wave gun – or rhino…

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The Fish

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The Fish: Is it retro? Is it modern? Or is it simply timeless? Some surfboard design elements stand the test of time – whether that’s due to stubbornness, naivety, or hype is one thing. When design elements stick around because they work, that’s another. That’s the category in which the fish falls into. What is…

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The Funboard

Funboard

If you’re doing it right, technically every surfboard should be a “fun” board. Right? If you’ve got the right board for the right conditions, your chances of fun increase greatly. That’s just science. While every board certainly presents the opportunity for fun, funboard is a legitimate category of surfboards for beginners and experienced surfers alike.…

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The Hybrid

Hybrid

The surfboard hybrid – a perfect blend of multiple board design elements or an ungodly Frankenstein monster? I think the answer is probably closer to the former. What is a Hybrid Surfboard? A hybrid surfboard blends the design elements of different surfboards in order to capitalize on the strengths of different boards in a wider…

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The Thruster

Thruster

The thruster surfboard best describes a fin setup rather than a particular board, but it has definitely become synonymous with high performance shortboards and competitive surfing over the last few decades. That said, you can find a thruster setup on everything from a small wave groveler to a 10’ longboard. What is a thruster surfboard?…

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Surfboard Designs, Shapes & Types: An Overview

Types of Surfboards

Everything in surfing design has variations – from single fin types to surfboard tail shapes. To the untrained eye or even the non-surfer, the most distinctive difference in surfboard design is probably the overall shape of the board itself. Each different surfboard design type has its own unique performance characteristics, strength, weaknesses, and history. Some…

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A Guide to Longboard Fins

Single Fin Guide

Single fin longboards are a great place to start experimenting with your fins. First, you don’t even need to go out and buy new fins to start experimenting. With a single fin, you’ve got the ability to move it forwards or backwards in the fin box – affecting stability/looseness. With just some slight movements of…

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Surf Fin Buying Guide: Fins Explained

Beaches

Deciding what surfboard fins you should get comes to do a few key factors: What kind of board & fin system do you have?What kind of surfing do you want to do?What kind of waves will you be riding? If you’re in a rush, here’s a general guide on what surfboard fins you should ride:…

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Single Fins vs. Thrusters vs. Quads

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With so many fins and surfboards to choose from, a common question many surfers have is which fin setup is best? How does a single fin compare to three fins? How does a thruster compare to a quad? Since many surfboards have fin systems that allow you to choose between a single vs. thruster or…

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Surfboard Fin Evolutions

Evolution of the Surf Fin

The surfboard fin has undergone a number of changes and evolutions since waves were first ridden on giant wooden boards in 18th century Hawaii. Before fins, surfboards were so big and heavy that most surfing was done in a straight line back to shore. Slight control over the big, heavy boards could be achieved by…

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