The perfect surf quiver: surfboards for life

Every surfer should have a collection of surfboards for different types of waves. What is the ideal surf quiver of the everyday surfer?

Two shortboards, one Malibu and one longboard. If you had to take four surfboards to a distant surfing island, for the rest of your life, this would probably be the best surf quiver.

Assuming you're a surfer that is 1,75m (5'9'') and weighs 70kg (154 pounds), four surfboards would be enough to keep you busy in any line-up. The first experiences in the surfing life are usually made with larger boards with good buoyancy and high stability. The Malibu surfboard is the plank for life.

With a 7'4'' Malibu you can easily learn how to surf your first waves and then enjoy smaller rides, when you've hit your 100 hundred wave. A Malibu fits almost all wave conditions, from 1ft to 6ft walls of water. It's the perfect funboard.

Then, you'll buy your classic 6'2'' shortboard. This is actually one of the most popular board sizes in surfing. Some even say that 95 percent of 6'2'' shortboards have squash tails.

This will be your all-round surfboard and can work from 2ft to 8ft waves. If possible, go quad with your fin setup. You'll feel like you're riding a loose skateboard.

Then, it's time to get another shortboard for bigger surfing days. What about a 6'8'' pin tail plank? Now, select a five-fins surfboard, so that you can adapt to multiple overhead high wave conditions.

With three surfboards and more than a decade of surfing experience, it's time to discover the pleasures of relaxation, maturity and aloha spirits. The perfect longboard surfboard would be a 9'6'' with 3-1/8 of thickness and 23 of width.

Walk over your longboard, pull the Hang 5 and Hang 10, practice cross-stepping, stall and do the coffin, while your wife or husband film your bag of tricks from the beach. Four surfboards are already a nice looking surf quiver. Have you got yours?

The perfect quiver for the 1,75m (5'9'') and 70kg (154 pounds) surfer:

6'2'' 6'8'' 7'4'' 9'6''
Shortboard Shortboard Malibu/Funboard Longboard
Squash Tail Pin Tail Rounded Squash Tail Square Tail
4 Fins 5 Fins 3 Fins Single Fin
Thin and Light Wide and Buoyant Thick and Buoyant Ultra Buoyant


Check the surfboard size chart.