The Big Surfboard Anatomy
You may already have tons of information about surfboards thanks to our previous article but now we want you to understand what parts a surfboard has and what their function is. In the light of this, you are going to be absolutely prepared to choose the perfect piece.
The nose has a key role in paddling and catching the waves and varies in width, curvature and thickness. The round nose shape is responsible for more float and paddle power which is suitable for beginners thanks to the increased surface area in the front. It gives stability and ensures to float further above the water. Rounded point nose is a transition between the rounded and the pointed shapes. The downturn makes the board less manoeuvrable while its width gives it more paddle power than a pointed nose shape hence catching waves is easier. This shape is perfect for those who would like to change their beginner funboard to a short board. Pointed nose shape is mostly found on small boards that has the least surface area, that’s why they are used by advanced and professional surfers. Catching waves is much harder, on the other hand, this shape allows the board to have more curl on the rail-line, providing more grip on steep waves and making duck diving much easier.
The rails, which are the edges of the board are essential in how the water moves around the surfboard when you are up on the wave. Rails are usually narrow at the nose and tail for manoeuvrability and the widest in the centre for floating.
The two main types of rails are distinguished by their cross-sectional view: soft rails and hard rails. Soft rails have a nice and rounded shape with no edges and are mostly on longboards providing good stability and plenty of drive. In contrast, hard rails have a distinct edge that meets the bottom of the board. Unlike soft rails, it has a crucial role in making turns quicker and tighter which is a great benefit for experienced surfers.
- Pin tails
Pin tail ensures more hold and speed while riding the wave and prevents the surfboard to slide out from the tail. It is hard to take smooth turns and transitions with this type thus it’s perfect for big waves.
- Rounded pin tails
Rounded pin tails allow the surfer to do smooth turns while keeping the speed of the pin tale that is key for big waves.
- Round tails
Round tails work in most surf conditions, but absolutely suitable for sharp and smooth turns while maintaining speed.
- Square or squash tails
As the most common type, it is the good at turning and maintaining speed through slower or fatter parts of the wave.
- Rounded square tails
Rounded square tail combines the performance of a round tail and a square tail making it a versatile one, perfect for most types of waves.
- Swallow tails
- Pin tails
Thanks to the wider tail and the larger surface, swallow tails are excellent for controlling sharp turns.
Being aware of these details, you will be able to decide which board fits to your surf level. If you have any further questions, write us to firstname.lastname@example.org.