The Different Types Of Surfboards

August 24, 2021

If you are someone who surfs regularly, you know the importance of choosing the correct surfboard. You are aware of the types available in the market. Thus, the decision to select the “perfect surfboard” gets comparatively easier. Alternatively, if you are just starting, the decision might be trickier. To help you make a better choice, we have laid down the types of surfboards in this blog. If you require quality surfboards, then you can visit Kahalu’u Surf & Sea.

Fish and Retro Fish

This surfboard is made for surfing in low waves. Considered perfect for beginners, it is quite easy to maneuver. It is round, small, has two swallowtails and keels, and is thick and wide in the front. Its name originated in the seventies, which was considered the “golden era” of surfing. Please note if you plan on surfing in high tides, this might not be the best option for you (especially if you have little experience).

SUP – Stand up Paddle

If you plan on walking on the sea with a surfboard, this is your best option. It lets you stand on it and enjoy the moderate waves that pass over it. In addition, it is known for its stability. Beginners should consider buying this board. They might be difficult to maneuver at first, but they can be fixed with a flexible paddle.


If you have developed expertise in surfing, this is the board that you should opt for. It is approximately 5.5 inches and is typically designed to handle large waves. It is quite manageable, is easier to take turns in, and is ideal for advanced maneuvers. Please note that you need a lot of experience for this board, as turning around with it might not be easy. Hence, beginners should not use it.


These surfboards are referred to as the ‘tow-in.’ They are small and have little room to balance. But they have an accessory attached in the end which makes it comfortable. Its structure enables it to surf in high waves. Thus, it can be used by both beginners and professionals. Some people even say that this surfboard can give you the same experience as sitting on a jet–ski. That, of course, will only be possible if you know how to surf well.


These boards hardly need an introduction. They were the first surfboards to ever come into existence. They’re also referred to as the “Hawaiian Logs.” They’re quite long, approximately 9 feet. This structure makes it appropriate to perform stunts. Experienced surfers can thus use this board with great ease. Please note — if you plan to participate in a surfing competition, it might be difficult to clear rounds with this board.

Gun Board

If you are an ultra at surfing, then this board must be on your list. They are elongated in structure and have sharp edges. Due to this, they can handle extremely high tides, letting the surfer twist and turn with utmost balance. They help you paddle with ease as well.

These are just a few types of surfboards that are available. You can find many others at the surf shop in Kona. The sellers here listen to you and recommend boards based on your needs. Since Kahalu’u Surf & Sea has been operating for several years, they know what board shall suit you the best. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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