A Step Up surfboard is the board you're going to use when your standard shortboard doesn’t have enough paddle speed, or hold (or both!) to deal with the size of wave you want to surf. Once the waves start to get a bit serious, 6-8 ft plus you’ll need this kind of step up board, typically step-ups incorporate a rounded pin shaped tail and a narrower shape and a straighter rail than a standard shortboard. These features give you more control in bigger faster more powerful waves. The extra length you’ll typically find in this style of board helps generate extra paddle speed which is essential, in general the bigger the wave the faster it moves so you’ll need as much paddle in speed as you can muster. The little of bit of extra volume is also there to help you catch waves by improving paddle speed whilst not compromising the boards ability to set a rail.
The main underlying design trait of a Step Up is the narrower longer shape with a pulled in tail, the focus of this type of board is not tight turns, it’s all about getting you in and giving you the speed and drive to make sure you have every chance to avoid heavy hold downs and a beating! Pretty much every board builder has a step up style board in their arsenal, the Lost Round Up has been a favourite for years, the Channel Islands Black Beauty set the standard for many who have followed and the Firewire Hydronaut has taken design concepts to a new level. If you want to tackle the bigger better days at home or want to charge in Indo and beyond get a Step Up in your quiver. read more