Boardshop's Top 10 Surfboards of the year
Not of huge importance to you, I'm sure but thought we’d share the top 10 selling surfboards of the year so far. There are a couple of surprises in there but it’s always good to know you're on the right board. If you’re not on a board that’s on the list don’t worry, you are a true individual pursuing your own path! This list doesn’t pick out different techs such as the Lost Carbon Wrap which has been super popular but looking ahead it's all about epoxy and the twinny! Winter swells on the way soon surely so have a look at the boards listed and don’t forget about all the other Boardshop exclusives (below)
1. Firewire Greedy Beaver
Your no.1 choice, the Firewire Greedy Beaver surfboard. Looks like a longboard, has all the benefits that a longboard brings but it’s a shortboard in spirit. It’s got the wave catching ability and the glide of a log but has the manoeuvrability you associate with a shortboard. You can put it on a rail and surf it off the tail and it comes to life like you can't believe, tight turns and pocket surfing are a reality on a board which looks like a longboard surfboard. All this is possible through the thinned out dropped rails and the single to double concave.
The reduced volume in the rail allows you to start your turns more easily on the Greedy Beaver than you'd expect and the single to double concave gives the board lift which maintains the speed through fatter or flatter sections of the wave. This Firewire is guaranteed fun in waves from knee to head high for all levels of surfer. Sizing is straight forward, if you're nearer to the beginner end of the scale, if you're coming off a minimal then go bigger. If you're 70kgs and a progressing beginner it’s the 6 2 or 6 4 or bigger, if you’re a decent intermediate it’s the 5 10 or 6 0 and if you're a ripper go as short as you like.
2. Lost Puddle Jumper
The Lost Puddle Jumper surfboard by Matt Biolos is your No.2 board of the year. The latest and greatest (Matt's words not mine) addition to the Domesticated Series. Based on the basic outline of the Bottom Feeder, but with reversed bottom and rocker curves. The Puddle Jumper, unlike the previous Domestic boards the RV and Bottom Feeder, features a concave bottom that transitions into Vee out through the tail. The wide template makes wave catching simple and maintain down-the-line glide and stability. The introduction of the concave increases lift and along with the pronounced rail curve lends itself to top-to-bottom, rail-to-rail surfing. The relatively straight rail line and Vee in the tail keep the board moving forward and able to hold in when executing hard carving manoeuvres.
"This is the best small wave short board I have ever ridden. I have never made a claim like that about any board before" Matt Biolos. The various incarnations of this board have been great, the RP (round pin tail) version gives a bit more better wave performance and look out for the Lost Puddle Fish surfboard coming very soon. The other massive bonus with the Puddle Jumper family of boards is that they are all available in the eps epoxy carbon wrap construction which as Matt himself says is ‘faster, stronger, lighter it's the future of surfboard design without a doubt
3. Channel Islands Sampler
Thanks Channel Islands surfboards, it's been a while but this is a board to get excited about, its perfect for 90% of surfers out there and is good to go in the majority of waves we actually surf in. The Al Merrick Sampler surfboard has its roots in the Dumpster Diver flat, and has a flat entry and centre rocker, and ample curve out the tail, this means you've got a board that you can actually turn, sit in the pocket and enjoy. The generous single concave runs the whole length of the board, with a slight double within the single between the fins. There's a little vee to provide kick off the tail. The full outline in the front half of the board, with an exaggerated and slightly forward of normal Merrick hip, and a wide old-school squash tail gives the surface area to cruise over poorer sections whilst keeping the speed up so you can still hit the lip. The Sampler is suitable for every level of
The Sampler is suitable for every level of surfer who has to go and surf less than perfect conditions on a regular basis! It sits between your groveller and your shortboard and for lots of surfers will act as a one board quiver. Surf it 2 inches shorter and a thicker than your short board. It'll go in knee to head high conditions in mush but if the odd decent set comes through The Sampler has the attributes to get then most of it. Designed with Dane Reynolds collaborating it’s a true everyman board and fills a gap in the Channel Islands armoury. Rock solid production and top quality materials keep this board at the top of the pecking order in its category.
4. Firewire Evo
The Firewire Evo surfboard by Tomo pushes surfboard design again. Having it under your arm puts a huge smile on your face, the anticipation of surfing it is almost too much! The sheer width of the thing makes it paddle in nice and easy and boy is it fast, popping up the board feels super stable but very lively. It flows from rail to rail so easily its unreal, Tomo says it feels like its levitating, he's not wrong! It's super smooth and turns easily, an instant smile guaranteed. The smooth curvy outline really works, it still feels like it'll hold in bigger stuff but for anything knee to head it's going to be the board of choice.
The deep channels give it its drive, presumably what Tomo refers to as the 'double inside single concave into split quad concave planing hull' means the channels. Evan Slater said it felt faster than a standard board after that short interlude at the Gold Coast comp. Board sizing? No hard and fast rule here, use your usual volume as a guide and ride the Firewire Evo as short as you dare.
5. Slater Designs Omni
The Slater Designs Omni surfboard is a product of the dream collaboration between Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson and KS. The Omni carries Tomo's basic dims mixed with Kelly's more tucked-in tail and tuned to his eye.
The Omni looks like THE board to go for from the Slater Designs stable. If you're looking for an every-day sled that'll perform at your local break, as well as on your travels, in almost any conditions you're likely to encounter at home and overseas. Lots of our loyal customers have an Evo and an Omni in their quiver, except for total rubbish you are covered for pretty much everything you’re ever likely to come across!
6. Pukas Resin Cake
Love this board. The Pukas Resin Cake has been around a while and is still a strong seller. It’s a one board quiver for people who never really surf anything bigger than head high waves, heaps of paddle power and wave catching ability, and that pulled in tail makes it far more lively than you might expect. Stick to your normal volume, the RC will be your friend for life!
The Pukas Resin Cake has all the attributes of the modern-day groveller, without the ridiculously obese volume and dims in some of its peers. Paddle and catch waves super-early with the aid of the extra width under the chest, plant your back foot and feel the squirt out of the bottom turn compliments of the quad fins. Once up and riding the pulled in tail and bottom contours will accommodate rail-to-rail surfing and won't slip out should a steep section or even a little cover-up offer itself.
7. Channel Islands Rocket 9
The Channel Islands Rocket 9 surfboard by Al Merrick is a fast and hard turning shortboard that would excel in average conditions and fly in the punchy barrels of beach breaks around Europe and beyond. Its a simple concept updated for today's surfers, paddling and wave catching is straight forward its the responsiveness that comes as a surprise, its a fun surfboard for sure. One thing that has become very apparent is that changing the fin set up has a big effect, lots of people ride this with a twin fin set and smaller trailer as well as a standard thrusters, have a play and find the set up that suits you best.
Don't forget you can also order a customised version of this board and all the Lost, Channel Islands and Pukas boards on the list choosing your exact dims and fin system, check out our customizer service at Boardshop right now. All you need to do is pump in the details and pay a £100 deposit with the balance due when we ship your board, average build time is 6-8 weeks (longer for eps etc).
8. Lost Baby Buggy
The evolution of the Lost "Buggy" series continues with the introduction of the Baby Buggy, Taj's now go-to board when the pressures of competing take a back seat and he's looking for a little more fun on average days at home. For the competent surfer in the UK and northern Europe, the Baby Buggy would realistically make the ideal performance shortboard with a little-added volume to counteract the additional weight of a wetsuit etc.
The Baby Buggy is the perfect blend of domestication with some built in High Performance. Taj rides his 3" shorter and with a bit more volume than his regular shortboard, but an average surfer can be more generous and go with added volume and maybe only 1 - 2 inches shorter than his typical high performance shortboard.
Taj rides his 3" shorter and with a bit more volume than his regular shortboard, but an average surfer can be more generous and go with added volume and maybe only 1 - 2 inches shorter than his typical high performance shortboard. Good days at home, the Maldives, Europe this Lost board is your all-rounder of choice.
9. Firewire Almond Butter
Any surfboard with Rob Machado's stamp on it is going to be a little bit special, if a little quirky! Never one to shy away from a little extra foam, Rob's designs are designed to put a huge grin on your face and have that magic ingredient of versatility and the ability to thrive in anything from small to overhead, hollow waves. We were super-excited to hear of Rob's new collaborations with Firewire and it looks like we're not going to be disappointed with the Almond Butter. Rob has a knack of designing and shaping (he's one of the few top-tier surfers actually designing and shaping!) really usable surfboards that work for the average guy or girl in the waves most of us surf.
With one of the smoothest styles in the water Rob can execute the most radical of hacks or punts and still look completely relaxed....it's no surprise that Firewire jumped at the chance to work with Mr Machado.
Commissioned in the beautiful and eco-friendly Timbertek construction the Almond Butter holds a classic shortboard shape with limited rocker and a versatile five fin setup. Bung in a set of quad fins on the smaller days for some extra 'squirt' and grab a little more control with a thruster set for the bigger days.
10. HaydenShapes Hypto-Krypto
The Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto has rapidly gained a reputation for its versatility in a vast range of conditions, and its adaptability to fit a wide spectrum of riders, from weekend warrior right up to salty, seasoned traveller. We here at Boardshop speak to a huge amount of surfers, and it has been surprising just how many surfers either already have a Hypto Krypto or are planning on adding one to their quiver.
With this info, we thought we'd better find out what all the fuss was about, and judging by how it still sells so do you lot!