Surfboard (noun): a specially designed board or craft on which humans stand upon while expressively gliding and maneuvering across the surface of waves in oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, and anywhere waves exist around the world. Riding a surfboard can cause extreme sensations of euphoria or ecstasy, aka stoke, and is best understood through firsthand experience of the sacred act.
Okay, you caught me. I just made this definition up, but it sounds pretty legit, huh? Surfing can be hard to describe because it’s one of those things that is best experienced to fully understand. Only a surfer knows the feeling.
For example, when surfing a fatter, slow-breaking, mushier wave I’ll grab a surfboard with more volume, a fuller outline, and a flatter rocker giving me the ability to paddle easier, catch more waves, and keep my speed through slower sections.
On the other hand, if the waves are bigger, faster, and steeper, I’ll most likely use a shortboard with a bit less volume, a more streamlined performance outline, and some extra rocker in the nose to make those steep critical take-offs. Check out our Shortboard Buyer’s Guide if you want to read more about the components of a shortboard and could use some help finding your next magic stick.
Now, it goes without saying that this is very general and there are so many more variables involved, such as the surfers’ skill and ability, their style and preference, and where they are surfing, but you get the gist.
With so many surfboard brands out there these days, finding the perfect surfboard can be a daunting task. Lucky for us, over the last decade, a lot of awesome surfboard brands and shapers have emerged making it easier to find or create your dream surf craft.
If you’re anything like me or most avid surfers out there, your quest for finding your dream surf craft is an ongoing and evolving endeavor, which is part of the beauty and allure of surfing. Endless variety. Just as every wave is different, so is every surfboard.
The longboard surfboard, the shortboard, fish, funboard, groveler, glider, bonzer, gun–the list goes on and on. And with each board, every slightest differentiation in shape, outline, fin type, fin setup, etc, will have an effect on how the surfboard ultimately feels and rides.
As your surfing evolves, so will technology, and shapes, and designs, alongside your own ideas about what makes the perfect surfboard.
Here at Lush Palm, we love ogling and drooling over beautifully made surfboards. So we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some especially rad surfboard brands and shapers that we love oh so much.
based in costa mesa, california
based in san diego, california
THE GUILD SURFBOARDS
based in santa ana, california
based in san francisco, california
based in carpinteria, california
WATERSHED CUSTOM SURFBOARDS
based in newquay, cornwall
based in orange county, california
FEEL FLOWS SURFBOARDS
based in northern portugal
based in bali & brooklyn
RYAN LOVELACE SURF|CRAFT
based in santa barbara, california
based in san clemente, california
based on the oregon coast
RYAN BURCH SURFBOARDS
based in encinitas, california
based in rockaway, new york
based in australia
What are your favorite surfboard shapers and brands? Let us know in the comments below!