Summer's Best Surfboards

Cornwall’s best surf shop operates on a pretty reasonable philosophy. “The only way to work out which surfboard is right for you is to test them,” says Paul Stickney, manager of Zuma Jay in Bude. “We get loads of people coming in with boards they’re not happy with. It’s not their fault, it’s the people who’ve sold them.” Which is where the try-before-you-buy idea comes from. Generally, you want to be thinking about size and weight — yours, not the board’s. “Get it right and you can surf anywhere. All you need is water.”

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  1. Escape 5ft 9in Vulture Quad
    A beautifully shaped board designed for riding powerful waves. Highly manoeuvrable and fast, it’s custom shaped in the UK. £385; escapesurfboards.com
     
  2. Surftech 9ft Takayama Noah Ka Oi Longboard
    Blow the budget on this very light, very strong board: it’s wood-veneered and collectable. US pro-surfer Donald Takayama, who died last year, was one of the best board shapers in the business. £1,200; surftech.com
     
  3. Bic Surf E-Comp 7ft 6in Mini-Mal
    The iconic beginner’s shape and size, a shorter version of the classic Malibu board (hence the name). You’ll catch loads of waves and have loads of fun doing so. £320–£400; bicsportsurfboards.com


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