Surf Synergy Teaches You How To Design Your Own Board

If you have already begun your surfing journey, you may have noticed that there is a large variety of surfboards today. If you are interested in designing your own surfboard or simply want to know which type of board is best for you, you have come to the right place! Let’s go over the main features of a surfboard that factor into how your board will ride.

Length & Width

The first thing to consider when designing your board is what width and length you’d like your board to be. The size of your board will depend on what your surfing goals are. Longboards make it easier for you to catch smaller waves on a slow day. On the other hand, shortboards are easier to maneuver and are great for bigger waves. Even a few inches difference in board size will provide a different riding experience so decide what type of surfing experience is best for you beforehand!


The next thing to think about when designing your board is the volume of your board. The more volume your board has, the more it will float in the water. Less volume will require slower paddling and provide a more casual ride. High volume boards on the other hand will require fast paddling and will provide a much faster ride. The volume of your board largely impacts how your board will ride in the water!

Tails, Rails, & Rockers

The sides, back, and shape of the board will also factor into how your board is going to ride in the water. A swallow tail will release your board from a wave sooner than a rounded tail that would allow you to hold the wave for longer. The rails or sides of your board will also affect your hold on a wave and your speed. Ticker rails are best if speed is what you are looking for when surfing. Rocker refers to how much curvature your board has. A steep rocker can be great for big drops, while flat rockers are great for small wave surfing and maintaining speed.


The fins of your board propel your board forward and cut through the water. What type of fins you have on your board will determine how your board will turn and your hold on a wave. You can have anywhere between one and five fins on your board. The most common type of surfboard fin today is the thruster or three fins. The third fin in the back of the board gives the rider more control allowing you to make quick turns with ease.

Having your own board that is customized to you can be very beneficial and can guarantee the type of surfing experience you desire. If you don’t have your own board yet that’s okay! At Surf Synergy we provide you with all the equipment you will need to surf while you are here. Ready to book your surfing retreat? Contact Surf Synergy today to talk to our experts about your next trip!
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