Even if you are new to surfing then you have probably noticed the enormous variety in shape, volume and size for surf boards. Once there was only one type of surfboard - what is now known as a long board - but innovations which became popular in the 1970s meant the advent of quite literally thousands of different designs. Many surfers will now own several boards to be able to pick and choose the one which will perform best in specific conditions.
The different terms used for surfboard designs and shapes can be bewildering especially as there is often some disparagement even amongst surfers as to what defines each and especially now there are so many hybrid boards in the mix. The aim here is to explain the most common surf board types and their differences.