5 Best Boards To Ride Small Waves - Picked By @TheSurfingExpert

Posted: Dec 22,2017 Written by  @TheSurfingExpert

Unfortunately, even the most consistent spots sometimes don’t offer the conditions you expect, whether it’s a heavy shore break or small onshore choppy waves. Or, sometimes places just don't get good waves. Don’t let these conditions keep you out of the water!

These 5 boards have been made with one goal in mind: to help you HAVE FUN when conditions aren’t right. And don’t worry, they’re amazing when waves are pumping too!

 

1- PARAGON MINI SIMMONS – BEST RETRO-SHAPE

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BRAND: Paragon Surfboards 

MODEL: Mini Simmons

BOARD TYPE: Hybrid/Retro

WAVE SIZE: 1ft - 4ft

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to advanced

@TheSurfingExpert’s PICK: 5’6” – 35L Quad Fin Mini Simmons

WHAT MAKES IT PERFECT TO RIDE SMALL WAVES: This board is a small wave classic. Paragon gave it a great forgiving shape that not only will generate a ton of speed regardless of the size of the waves, but will also give you the control to produce some stylish turns.

ADDED BENEFITS & TIPS: Go at least 6 inches shorter than your traditional shortboard.

BUDGET: $$ - starts at $375.00 - That’s pretty much a steal for this classic shape that will never age.

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2- ZEFR FUSION BOARDS – BEST FOR THE SHOREBREAK

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BRAND: ZEFR FUSION BOARDS

MODEL: Fusion

BOARD TYPE: Hybrid surfboard/bodyboard

WAVE SIZE: 1ft - 4ft

SKILL LEVEL: All - Beginner to advanced

@TheSurfingExpert’s PICK: 4’8” Electric Fusion.

WHAT MAKES IT PERFECT TO RIDE SMALL WAVES: The board is crazy strong, which makes it a shortbreak favorite. Its short size makes it versatile, whether you want to get barreled on the inside bodyboarding, or standing up on the wave you caught at the back to ride it all the way to the beach.

ADDED BENEFITS & TIPS: Designed in New Jersey, ZEFRs come with a leash, fins and a lifetime warranty!

BUDGET: $ - starts at $120.00 - The ZEFR Fusion is both affordable and very durable.

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3- HAYDENSHAPES UNTITLED – BEST FOR PERFORMANCE 

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BRAND: Haydenshapes

MODEL: Untitled

BOARD TYPE: High-performance shortboard

WAVE SIZE: 2ft - 6ft

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced

@TheSurfingExpert’s PICK: 5’9” Untitled FutureFlex

WHAT MAKES IT PERFECT TO RIDE SMALL WAVES: From the flat entry rocker, to the deep concaves and winged swallow tail, everything in the shape has been made to catch any waves regardless of their size or power, and carry extra speed through the flat sections.

ADDED BENEFITS & TIPS: The Untitled is ridiculously responsive. Expect extra sharp turns in the pocket and it might become your new favorite board! It should be ridden a step down: 5’9 works best for me even though my traditional shortboards are 6’0.

BUDGET: $$$ - starts at $750 - Premium boards come at a price, but this one is well worth the investment!

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4- FORMULA FUN – BEST ECO-FRIENDLY SOFT BOARD  

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BRAND: Formula Fun

MODEL: Twinnie

BOARD TYPE: High-performance soft board

WAVE SIZE: 2ft - 6ft

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to advanced

@TheSurfingExpert’s PICK: 5’3” Navy Twinnie

WHAT MAKES IT PERFECT TO RIDE SMALL WAVES: It's made of an extremely durable material, which means you can commit to critical turns in the most powerful or shallow sections of the wave without worrying you'll ding your board!

ADDED BENEFITS & TIPS: No need to wax it, it floats like a boat (42L) and it’s a soft top so expect a ton of fun riding it! What’s not as common for a soft board is that it features molded rails and Future fins for high performance. Plus, it’s made in the USA and is 100% recyclable.

BUDGET: $ - starts at $250 - Excellent value/quality and even shipping is included in that price!

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5- SLYDE HANDBOARDS – BEST SURFING ALTERNATIVE

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BRAND: Slyde Handboards

MODEL: All

TYPE: Bodysurfing Handboard

WAVE SIZE: 1ft - 4ft

SKILL LEVEL: All – Beginner to advanced

@TheSurfingExpert’s PICK: Grom soft top board (electric lemon & turquoise)

WHAT MAKES IT PERFECT TO RIDE SMALL WAVES: This one is very user-friendly. It’s perfect to get a feel of what handboarding is all about. Getting pitted in the shorebreak has never been easier with this thing!

ADDED BENEFITS & TIPS: It’s lighter and smaller than any surfboards out there, so there’s nothing to prevent you from bringing your Slyde in your travels or on a day trip to the beach.

BUDGET: $ - Starts at $59.99 - A handboard won’t break the bank compared to a surfboard, but don’t expect less fun in the water!

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