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 for the everyday surfer?

A versatile surfer needs variety, so two shortboards, one Malibu and one longboard should do it. 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 with a height of 1.75m (5'9''), weighing 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 had with larger boards that have 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 until you ride your hundredth wave. A Malibu fits almost all wave conditions; from 1ft to 6ft walls of water. It's the perfect funboard.

When ready, buy your classic 6'2'' shortboard with a squash tail. This is one of the most popular board sizes in surfing. It's reckoned 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.

When you up your game even further, it'll be time to get another shortboard for bigger surfing days. What about a 6'8'' pin tail plank? Select a five-fin surfboard, so that you can maneuver in multiple overhead wave conditions.

With three surfboards and more than a decade of surfing experience, it'll eventually be time to discover the pleasures of relaxation, maturity and aloha spirit. The perfect longboard surfboard for an average-sized rider is a 9'6'', with 3-1/8 inches of thickness and 23 inches of width.

Walk over your longboard, pull the "Hang 5" and "Hang 10", practice cross-stepping, stall and do the coffin, all while your wife or husband films your bag of tricks from the beach. Four surfboards make up 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.