Men's Journal

Surfboards

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.

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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

BEST PERFORMANC­E

LONGBOARD

The gorgeous

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

BEST DO-IT-ALL

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

BEST PERFORMANC­E

SHORTBOARD

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

BOARD

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

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