Use and Capacity:
Board bags can be divided into two types: One for air travel or extended road trips. The other type is for day use. So start by choosing what you'll be using your bag for. For air travel / road trips we offer two kinds of bags: one is designed to carry multiple boards (the World Traveler) and the other is designed to carry a single board (the Regulator). The World Traveler will hold 3-4 shortboards or 2-3 longboards. Note, you can squeeze 2 shorts boards in a Regulator if you size up the board length to bag ratio (see below). Other than capacity the most notable difference in bags is that the World Traveler has wheels which is a sweet feature for hauling through airports.
The second type of bag is for day use around town or inside one of the above mentioned bags. These bags are great for the back of the car or in the garage so your board doesn't get dinged. Again two kinds: one is a board bag made with a thinly padded tarpaulin material (the Daylight). The other is a knit board sock. The Daylight is a bit more rugged and offers a little more heat protection so your wax doesn't melt in the back of your car. The sock is lighter and offers added protection when used inside a bag designed for air travel.
Length and shape:
Your next choice is length and shape. For any board up to 9' feet you should choose the same size of bag as the board you're trying to fit. Example 7' foot bag for 7' foot board. When in doubt or for boards over 9' 2" size up to the next available size. Sizing up also allows you to squeeze two thrusters into a bag designed for a single board. Example, you can fit a 6' 2" and a 6' 4" into a 6' 6" Regulator bag. You also need to choose a shape: thruster or noserider. The thruster is for thruster shaped boards (pointed nose) and the noserider is for longboards with rounds noses.
How To Buy A Surfboard:
If you're having any issues choosing what you think is the right surfboard for you we recommend calling one of our board specialists at (800) 255-7873 who is more than capable of choosing your magic shred sled. Our board specialists are available in between the hours of 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday-Friday, Pacific Standard Time. If for some reason they don't pick up leave a brief message with your name and phone number and they will get back to you the same day. If you leave a message over the weekend hang tight and they'll get back to ya first thing Monday.
Use traction pads to improve the grip and placement of your back foot. Good for stomping on the tail as you pull into barrels and catching your back foot as you pull massive airs. They incorporate lifted arch area and a rolled kicktail to insure your foot doesn't slip. Pick the design that fits the shape of your board contour. We feature high-quality pads designed by the world's best surfers.
There are two main decisions when choosing a leash: the length and the thickness of the cord. You should choose a length that corresponds to the length of your board. For boards 6' - 6' 10" choose and 6' leash, 7' - 7' 10" choose and 7' leash and so on. Thickness ranges from super light hollow cords to thick 5/16" cords. For everyday surfing 1/4" cord is about the right thickness. For bigger the waves and bigger boards use a thicker cord (5/16"), for smaller waves and smaller boards and less drag go thinner (3/16th"). The hollow cords are nice for because it allows the leash to float over shallow coral or kelp. They are great for those tropical surf trips.
All the leashes we sell feature: maximum strength urethane, double brass swivels on each end of the leash preventing the leash from tangling up. Super comfy neoprene covered ankle cuffs that release quickly. Triple wrap velcro rail saver prevents leash pull-throughs and allows for removing the leash off the board easily.
Your choice of fins will depend on your style of surfing, skill level and the surf conditions. In the most general terms use bigger fins for bigger boards and bigger people and smaller fins for smaller boards and people. You'll need to buy longboard center fins for longboards. Otherwise there are a bunch of variables that are described in the glossary that can help you tweak your fins for different conditions and performance. We recommend that you start with a basic fin shape and test from there.
The primary differences in fins are overall size (base width and height), rake (or sweep angle - the average angle of the fin front to back), foil and flex characteristics. Additional factors are the cant angle (angle towards the rail) and toe-in angle (relative angle of the side fins towards the nose).
Template Size and Rake:
Larger fins add drive and holding power. A larger base and/or increased rake extends the arc of your turns. Smaller and more vertically raked fins loosen up your board, increasing maneuverability.
Inside foils allow for greater angles of attack without cavitation, which allows tighter faster turns without the fins breaking free of the water flow. Well designed foils also increase the efficiency of the fin, allowing you to surf a relatively smaller template while increasing drive, holding power and maneuverability.
Stiffness adds drive, flexibility increases maneuverability. Finding the right balance depends greatly on your weight, surfboard design, skill level and the surf conditions.
Most traditional side fins are designed with a 4° to 6° cant which typically hold better in the barrel. Increasing the cant enables your inside fin to remain deeper while allowing your outside fin to release earlier.
Side fins are positioned on the "shaper's dot" which align in the direction of the nose of your board. Increasing the toe-in angle, back from the nose, tightens the turning radius of your board. Decreasing toe angle adds down the line speed and extends the arc of your turns.