Longboard surfboards are the original form of surfboard, ridden since (and possibly before) the turn of the 20th century. Today, we consider boards that are 9'1" or longer to be longboards.
Of course, not all longboards are born equal and longboard shapes vary greatly depending on the size and style of wave you are wanting to ride, and other aspects like nose riding ability or manoeuvrability.
Whether you are looking for something traditional and nostalgic - single fin, big-stripe-paint-jobs and dreams of sunsets - or something more progressive, Crab Island Surfboards can help you to design and then create your ultimate longboard.
The 1960s-inspired retro Crab Island Classic Flight longboard provide the classic long-boarding shapes and features. Combining a greater width through the nose and shoulder, together with concave through the base of the board at the nose and a single large fin at the back, makes these boards perfect for nose riding and lazy summer days.
The Crab Island Flyer shaped boards are high-performance longboards designed for those seeking a more progressive longboard. Influenced by modern shortboard technologies these boards are ideal for those looking to push the limits of the modern longboard movement. Light, fast and manoeuvrable with a wider range of fin setups.
Custom Design Options
The number, size and setup of fins can make a significant difference to the behaviour of your board. Crab Island surfboards come with a range of fin box systems included, and even a mix of fin systems for those wanting ultimate configuration options to adapt to any conditions. Of course, longboard purists will tell you that any more than one big fin equates to blasphemy. Read more about fin setup within our surf technology articles.
Channels and Flutes (concave flicked edge channels) cut into the bottom of the board can further enhance flow and foiling properties. This can be especially effective when combined with a matching fin setup and also with cut outs and wings. Channels can be straight or curved. Read more about channels and flutes, and the impact that they can have on board behaviour, within our surf technology articles.
Experimentation with more exciting tail shapes took-off during the shortboard development of the 1970s. And choices these days range from pin tails, to round tails, to squash tails or square tails, and all the way through to swallow tails. Additionally, cut outs, which lead to faster water-flow off the edges of the board also influence overall tail shape. Read more about tail shapes within our surf technology articles.
Once we have a rough idea of the board type and other basic design features that you are looking for, we will be in touch to discuss other relevant details, such as rider size, weight, experience and wave size and type. We will then be able to design a custom surfboard that follows your precise specification and adds that little bit of magic into your surfing.