Surfboard Foil

Surfboard foil (not to be confused with foil surfing or foil surfboards), describes the distribution of thickness from the board’s nose to its tail and from the deck to the bottom. Foil distribution dictates where the surfboard’s wide-point should be and how the other areas of the board taper away from that wide-point. You can…

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Surfboard Bottom Shapes & Contours

The bottom of a surfboard is where the majority of water flows. How the water flows over the bottom of the board is going to dictate how fast you go, how responsive your board will be, how much control or stability you’ll have, and how you’ll turn. Subtle changes in the curves and shapes on…

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Sanded Finish vs. Gloss Finish

You may not think about the way your surfboard is finished to have an effect on performance, but it does. The final step in your surfboard’s construction will not only effect its appearance, but it will also influence how the board moves over the water (or how water moves over the board) and the overall…

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Surfboard Rails

The surfboard’s rail refers to the sides of the board. While the top-down view of the rail lines give you the overall template or outline of the surfboard, the side-view of the rail reveals a variety of rail shapes. Rails affect speed, turning, buoyancy, and maneuverability. Different Types of Rail Shapes The first major distinction…

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Surfboard Decks

The surfboard’s deck is the top of the surfboard. It’s where your feet, wax, and traction pads go. It’s what takes the most day-to-day abuse between duck-diving, popping up, and wiping out. And it’s a place where shapers can really play with the volume and affect the flex characteristics of a board. The deck of…

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Surfboard Nose Shapes

Surfboard Noses

Just like every other aspect of surfboard design – the nose doesn’t exist in isolation. The surfboard’s nose can influence how the board will paddle, float, catch waves, and drop in. In general – a bigger, wider nose equals more buoyancy and paddle power and stability. A narrow nose can help with maneuvering and dropping…

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What are Surfboards Made of?

Surfboard Materials

Depending on your creativity, curiosity, and patience, a surfboard can be made out of as many or as little materials as you want. And the end result can be as toxic or as sustainable as you want. The mix of materials used to produce the final surfboard will have unique effects on its final weight,…

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Parts of a Surfboard

Surfboard Anatomy

I think I’ve written about each individual part of a surfboard, so why not provide an overview of all the parts together? This is what comes together to form the final shape and design type of the board after all. Like I’ve stated before – none of the components of a surfboard exist in isolation.…

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EPS Surfboards

EPS Surfboard Blank

Since Clark Foam’s closure in 2005, EPS surfboards have gained popularity. They’re still a foam surfboard just like its predecessor, polyurethane foam (PU), but boasts some unique characteristics of its own. EPS foam performs, shapes, and looks different from PU. What is an EPS surfboard? An EPS surfboard describes a board made out of expanded…

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Surfboard Blanks

Surfboard Blanks

What are Surfboard Blanks Made of? Surfboard blanks are made out of a few different materials – most some sort of foam, but you’ve got natural, more eco-friendly options too. Types of surfboard blanks: Polyurethane foam (PU) – either virgin, partially recycled, or algae-derivedExpanded Polystyrene (EPS) – either virgin or partially recycledExtruded Polystyrene (XTR/XPS)Wood -…

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