Fish surfboards have been on the surfing scene for years and initially shot to fame in the late seventies and early eighties. Today the fish surfboard is available in a variety of different styles each with different characteristics but ultimately with a similar riding feel. The retro fish surfboards of the eighties are still used and enjoyed today, with the twin fin design being a popular postcard image. More recently the rocker lines and fin options have changed with four and five fin designs available. Fish boards are fast, loose and encourage the rider to be aggressive in his rail engagement. Fish surfboards are great fun and if you have not tried this hybrid board then we recommend you add one to youre board quiver this season. The boards are traditionally flat, fast and short, this is makes them an ideal learning platform for people moving onto a smaller board. You still need to be a confident rider but the flat platform makes life much easier. A fish surfboard is quick by nature and therefore helps the intermediate surfer as they try to improve their wave speed. The more traditional retro fish surfboards are designed with a two fin set up and work on most waves but are happiest on smaller faces.
The latest custom fish surfboards are now available with more fin options and placements. The swallow and fish tail provides more volume in the back of the board therefore aiding paddling performance and more drive on smaller wave faces. The fish surfboard is a popular choice with many surfers because it helps to develop important surfing wave riding skills from day one. Once these skills are learnt on a fish they can easily be adapted for a smaller board and different narrower tail design boards. With such a strong heritage behind them the retro fish surfboards have come back into fashion as surfing has moved full circle with regards to style and wave riding experience. The shapers of the seventies and eighties definitely struck gold with the fish shapes as they do add a sense of cruising to your riding. If you want a surfboard that is loose, fun and different then try a fish you will be amazed by how good your surfing can get on one of these. read more