Like surfboards themselves, surfboard tail designs come in several variations, and each affect performance in the water. Because the tail of a board is extended back into the face of the wave with the weight of the rider, it is the focal point of many surfing manoeuvres and an essential feature of all surfboard designs.
Whether it be big wave riding, tube riding, aggressive turns, or simply coasting, shapers manipulate the tail of a surfboard to meet the various goals of surfers.
Knowledge of these designs is imperative when buying a board.
Although you’ll find many styles, surfboard tails are derived from three basic designs.
And understanding which category surfboard tails fall under will help you choose the right board to purchase and ride.
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