Shortboard Surfboards

Shortboard riding took off in the 1970s, starting out with the better half of a broken longboard; the switch to polyurethane foam for board construction resulted more frequent board snapping incidents. Shortboards became instantly popular, for their increased manoeuvrability and ability to take on faster and more extreme waves.

Today, shortboard technology has come a long way and lightweight but strong epoxy resin pop-outs are ubiquitous.

However, if you are looking for a shortboard with a little more individuality, a little more personal style and custom graphics, then Crab Island Surfboards can help you to design, and then create, your ultimate shortboard.

Base Shapes


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Star Ripper

Paired down and lightweight


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Custom Design Options


The number, size and setup of fins can make a significant difference to the behaviour of your board. Traditional shortboards had a twin-fin setup, whereas more modern options usually have a three-fin (thruster) setup, or a quad-fin setup, Crab Island surfboards come with a range of fin systems and provide a mix of fin setups, for those wanting ultimate configuration. 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.

Tail shapes

Experimentation with more exciting tail shapes took-off during the early 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.

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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.