10 surfboard brands you need to know
Surfboards come in all shapes and sizes. Some brands cater to absolute beginners, some are just for the top dogs. The choice is always very personal, much like a pair of shoes you will have to wear for a long time - It obviously depends on individual needs and aspirations. We want to help you choose you best partner in crime, so we have put together a bunch of the cream of the crop surfboard brands out there.
1. Lost Surfboards
A group of friends who enjoyed sports without much success called themselves "Team Lost". Little by little, they started focusing on creating surfboards. In the mid-eighties, they created 20 surfboards on which the word "Lost" was written. The creator, Matt Biolos, surrounded himself with the best artists and experts in surfboards. Lost surfboards is famous for having some of the most attractive visual designs in the world thanks to the talent of artists such as Sean Spoto and Drew Brophy.
2. Mick Fanning Softboards
Mick Fanning is a brand everyone learn about. It's a safe bet for beginners, but also for intermediate surfers who want to keep learning. "It's the brand of those who want to improve" says Mick. Among other outstanding features, these softboards are coated with a foam material to create a unique experience.
3. Aloha Surfboards
This specialized brand offers a wide variety of options. That's why it's a favorite of many for longboards, shortboards or twins. It is recognized as brand the best surfers in the word are loyal to. This Australian manufacturer started in 1978 and is a great classic of Sydney’s coasts.
4. Firewire Surfboards
Looking for eco-friendly? Fireway surfboards are the perfect combination of green materials such as EPS and Epoxy. Beyond sustainability, the brand is known for having the world's best shapers, including Daniel Thomson. Their innovative models run out easily, making these surfboards some of the most desired models worldwide.
5. Pyzel Surfboard
Jon Pyzel was five years old when he created his first surfboard (yes, you have read it right). His business has only grown since then and today his surfboards are distributed all over the world. To create his project, Pyzel surrounded himself with the best Hawaiian surfers, who showed him how to adapt the boards to different levels and waves.
6. Pukas Surfboards
Pukas Surfboards is a Spanish family business born in the north of Spain, famous enclave for steady waves. They are known for the handmade manufacturing of surfboards, which gives them a unique personality. Their adaptation to the surfer that they offer has gained them a lot of recognition. "Our club and shapers offer solutions for each one of the conditions that occur in the sea" says the Pukas team.
7. Channel Islands Surfboards
Terry and Al Mick started this project in the late 1960s. Channel Island Surfboards specializes in high performance surfboards, so, if you buy one of their products, you can expect exceptional quality. After 50 years of experience they have been able to reach the most innovative models.
8. Sharp Eye Surfboards
These surfboards have great fans and users, such as like Filipe Toledo or Alejo Mniz.
With Californian influences and decades of experience, Sharp Eye boards are designed for progressive surfing and are high performance. Sharp Eye has iconic creations such as Holy Toledo, highly demanded by American seasoned surfers. If you like Rusty, Linden and Al Merrick, this brand is a great fit for you.
9. DHD Surfboards
Born in Australia's famous Gold Coast, DHD is a widespread brand that today combines fiberglass and epoxy for extra durability. This brand and its ambassador - Asher Pacey - are at the head of the Twinfins market, so if this is what you're looking for, you've already found it. DHD's star team includes other top surfers such as Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore or Owen Wright.
10. Simon Anderson Surfboards
The Australian surfer Simon Anderson is also an inventor, and he was the father of a three-fin system known as “thruster” that has proven to be a complete success. Anderson's Face Dance model is one of the classics when it comes to surfboards in his country. It is perfect for enjoying small waves that do not go over 1.5 meters.