Every surfer wants a one board quiver.
Shapers have responded with a multitude of models designed to get you up to your feet and having a ball in most of the conditions we surf, most of the time.
While there will always be tradeoffs when trying to cover too much ground with one board – an all rounder surfboard is, by definition, a jack of all trades but a master of nothing – here is a short selection of the best surfboards we’ve ridden in the last year for covering 80% of your sessions. These are the standouts but I can’t pick a favourite. Please let me know your pick (even if it’s not on this very short list) in the comments!
1.) Lost V3 Rocket
I have an unhealthy obsession with the original Lost Rocket and the latest evolution, the Lost V3 Rocket is, in my opinion, is more well rounded and handles a greater wave range versus previous Rockets. It flows effortlessly across smaller, flatter sections, is still fun, fast and lively but also gets down to business in bigger, better waves (I surfed my V3 in hollow overhead conditions and it didn’t flinch).
Matt Biolos, Founder/Co-Owner of …Lost Surfboards Talks About his V3Rocket:
2.) Channel Islands #4 by Dane Reynolds
An excellent utility board that is equally capable in stomach high mush and punchy overhead beach breaks! I lost count of the number of people who swore they would never ride “one of those short, fat, wide hybrid boards” but were quickly converted after riding the #4 by Dane Reynolds and Al Merrick. With two dimension sets – ‘Utility’ dims for the lighter, quicker surfer in slightly better surf and ‘Groveler’ dims for larger, more powerful surfers or more average conditions – there is a perfect standard dimension set for most surfers.
3.) Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto
One of the most popular surfboards in the world for good reason. The front half looks like a modern performance fish, the back half is all business. This ripping little all rounder is fast, capable and versatile. I know many surfers who have taken their HS Hypto Krypto’s to Indo but also surf it as their everyday board in average conditions. It is a magical little board.
4.) Chilli Rare Bird
An explosively fast, versatile board that works from waist high and mushy to well overhead and hollow. This board must be ridden to be believed.
5.) Perry Surfboards Villain
A perfectly balanced, performance oriented all rounder outline by up-and-coming NSW shaper Brayden Perry. Fast, lively, paddles well – this all rounder ticks all of the boxes!
6.) Stacey Surfboards Roach
How could I leave this board off of the list? One of the most surprising rides, I felt instantly connected once up to my feet on the Stacey Roach. It easily handles big (well overhead), grunty swell but also feels at home tearing pieces out of smaller, more average waves.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Gary McNeill Concepts Entity, Panda Surfboards Fang Banger, Firewire Surfboards Nano by Tomo
What is your favourite all rounder surfboard? Let’s talk about it in the comments…
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