You can never have too many Surfboards

You can never have too many Surfboards


The obvious answer to this question is no. Wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and bank accounts may disagree.

Having a big quiver can seem a bit excessive but it does lead to a happy surfer. Having the right board for the right conditions can make the difference between a great surf and a hideous frustrating experience that means you’ll give up, get fat and east KFC all day.

This comes from personal experience. Here’s my story of having the wrong board and it almost being the end of my surfing.

I was a 16 year old grom who knew nothing about surfing but loved doing it. I had been renting boards on visits to the beach and after getting to my feet more often than not i felt like i was the next big thing and wanted my first board.

I left the surf shop a proud owner of  a new 6’11 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/4. Now this was 100% the wrong board for ME. To short, way too narrow and too thin. I tried and tried on this board and did have some fun but it was too small. It was almost the end of my surfing life as I would get so frustrated I almost gave up.

So I got another board, this one was 6’2 x 19 x 2 1/2 still too small but a step in the right direction. By now I was addicted and all I wanted to do was surf but was still on the wrong boards. A few years later a good friend (Luke hart of Fourth surfboards) started making boards and I swapped some work for a new board. This was when surfing changed for me. It was a 5’10 fish over 21 wide and 2 1/2 thick. I got this board and have never had so much fun. I could start to really enjoy surfing. I was learning quick and surfing loads more. After this it was a 5’10 more performance board but with lots of volume and width.

This turned into my favourite ever surfboard and to this day stands out as the board that I loved the most.

I guess the moral of this story is you can never have to many surfboards. If i had have just kept that 6’11 board I would have given up surfing and taking up a career in drinking and darts by now.

It’s not cheap to keep changing boards but if your not enjoying surfing and its down to your board get a new one. Get a 2nd hand board try bigger boards, try long boards, try new shapes. You wont know what you like until you have tried it.

The shank

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