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Tips & Tricks

Different types of surfboard Tails

The tail is the back end of the surfboard and helps to define the type of curve the board will make on a wave. Depending on the type of board, you can have a curve that is more open (round) or more closed (broken). Don't Forget, however, that the type of curve really depends on a combination of the outline, bottom curve of the board, the distribution of pressure, the location of the fins, etc.


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Squash - A tail gained widespread acceptance through the introduction of theThree-fin thruster by Simon Anderson. As the tail with the greatest area, it is the tail with the most support, particularly good for smaller waves. It also allows a broken-line approach.

Swallow - A long-time a favorite, this tail allows radical turns and is one of the most used, after the squash tail. With an unconventional line, it is perfect for someone looking for a surfing style that allows quick turns and jumps.

Round-Pin - Provides a round surfing line. It's best in short round waves with little support. It's not recommended for big waves.

Square - Different from the squash in that it's end is squared instead of rounded, thus it's is more similar to the swallow. It's good in round waves, where it offers optimum adherence with the water.

Pin - Only used in boards larger than 7', it is good in big, round, and fast waves. It has great adherence in turns and good response in tubes. It is very popular in Hawaii.

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