As designs and materials evolve, no surfboard collection is ever complete. Upgrade your quiver with new options to expand where, when, and how you surf.
Selects for the beginner, pro, and whoever wants to try something completely different.
BEST EVERYDAY SUP
The longboard-inspired NSP SLX DC Super X has a wider tail that offers a loose, playful feel, with a subtle swallow notch that still hooks turns. Flax rails deflect paddle strikes, and bevel at the nose, to encourage toe-hanging off this speed machine. And the 2+1 fin setup is just asking for some overhead waves. $1,000; nspsurfboards.com
Stewart Ripster is a contest-ready single fin that makes crappy surf easier—progressing from a sharp-railed tail to a more forgiving chest and poppedup nose that swings fast on glassy faces, accelerates around chop, and nose-rides for days. From $1,095; stewartsurfboards .com
The Channel Islands
CI Mid epitomizes the mid-length board renaissance that enables smooth and stylish surfing, relying on extra volume in the front half to provide speed through the flats, and a double-concave tail bottom (with 2+1 custom fin setup) for flowy carves in waves over shoulder height. From $995; cisurfboards.com
The Lib Tech x Lost
Rocket Redux makes the step up to higher performance, and step down in length, a smaller serving of humble that maintains plenty of volume under the chest, a low entry rocker, and a straight rail for added acceleration into otherwise tough-to-make sections. $695; lib-tech.com
BEST FIRST SHORT
Album scanned its classic V-tail, 5'7" fish, blew out a copolymer replica (recyclable!) at its U.S. factory, added twin Futures fins, and slapped on a price that’s about half of the fiberglass original. The super-tough, buoyant soft-top result simplifies wave-catching, making the Presto a fit in any quiver. $425; albumsurf.com