Ah, the glorious longboard surfboard! Cruisey, graceful, and a helluva lot of fun, longboards are purveyors of pure joy in the ocean. It makes no difference if you’re a longboard enthusiast or an avid shortboarder, the euphoric glide of a longboard can’t be denied.
While the size and nature of longboards make for great beginner surfboards, don’t make the mistake of thinking longboards are just for beginners–many incredibly talented surfers have chosen to dedicate their surf lives to mastering the art of dancing on a longboard.
Many would agree that longboarding is the most graceful style of surfing–with long drawn out lines, noseriding, stylish trimming, fancy footwork, and plenty of hotdogging.
Longboards typically range from 9 to 12 feet long and 20 to 24 inches wide. Like all categories of surfboards, longboards come in a variety of designs to suit different styles, abilities, and waves. While there are many different variations, we’ll quickly breakdown a few main types of longboards: the high-performance longboard, traditional longboard (AKA log), and soft-top longboard.
High-performance longboards are designed with a little more rocker, more advanced rails, bottom contours, and lighter weight that give the rider more maneuverability and the ability to surf more aggressively. Traditional logs have more traditional rails and bottom contours and are typically made with a heavier weight fiberglass which carries momentum through flat sections and gives you more stability for walking and noseriding.
Soft top surfboards are made from a softer foam material and are super buoyant, easy to paddle, and resilient. Once considered the lame ugly duckling of surfboards, soft tops have become pretty darn cool the past few years and they’re now made in all types of shapes and sizes. Soft top longboards are perfect for beginner surfers, but you’ll also find skilled surfers taking them out on small mushy days, or to play around in the surf without worrying about dinging their boards.
Not only are longboards a whole lot of fun, but they also enable you to surf in more conditions, which of course, means that you can surf more days. With a longboard, you’ll easily get into waves that your shortboard can’t get close to catching. Two-foot mushy waves on the forecast? Longboard to the rescue! High tide fat rollers coming in? Longboard time. Feeling hungover and lazy? Hello, longboard 🙂
Whether you’ve been surfing for two years or thirty, having at least one longboard in your quiver will allow you to surf in more conditions and have a blast doing it. To help you in your quest for the perfect longboard, here’s a list of 34 badass longboards and their shapers to get you inspired.
Longboard Surfboard Roundup