7 Awesome, Underrated Surfboards You Should Consider
What makes a surfboard a breakout success? Are some boards simply better than others? Or, like most products in most industries, does success come down to brand power, advertising and word of mouth?
It helps when Dane Reynolds or Kelly Slater releases or endorses (or, heck, rides just once) a new model but, in our opinion, word of mouth drives purchase decisions disproportionally when it comes to a surfboard. How many times have you heard a mate talking about how well a board goes…and the seed is planted?
Well, it is high time we unearthed these diamonds in the rough…the ones you haven’t heard as much about…but should have.
DISCLAIMER: this list is purely subjective but after riding a ridiculous number of boards and chatting with an equally impressive number of awesome, like minded surfers, these are the boards that standout to me as:
A) amazing boards
B) that are asked about, commented on and shared less than, well, we expect them to be!
The great thing about these boards is that you may be able to find one at a wee discount. Without further adieu, here are our 7 Awesome, Underrated Boards You Should Consider.
1.) Lost Surfboards Sub Buggy
I scratch my head on this one. Lost is a big brand, Matt Biolos is a legend and their new models usually get hot quickly. Perhaps I missed the banter on this one but no one asks about the Sub Buggy and it is a mind blowingly awesome board!
An incredibly well balanced average wave performance shortboard, I had two of my best surfs in the last year on this board in challenging conditions. Fast and precise yet easy to surf, this board would suit just about any surfer from novice to expert from stomach high to a few feet overhead.
Get one. Do it now.
2.) Haydenshapes Surfboards Ando
Yes, it’s the signature model for the sensationally stylish, hugely popular and refreshingly humble Craig ‘Ando’ Anderson. Yes, it’s a Haydenshapes and does attract a bit of attention but, in my opinion, not nearly enough.
Sometimes, you have boards that stick like a thorn in your mind. You keep remembering this amazing session or that epic wave and, after time, you start to realise just how wondrous your time was with that particular whip.
“This is simply the best high performance shortboard I have ridden in the last year.”
It feels equally fast, stable and connected at shoulder high and double overhead, it turns on a dime, it fears nothing, it is sprinkled with magic. I made so many hairy drops on this board that I really had no business making. It made me feel like I surf much better than I do time and time again.[Shop Haydenshapes Ando at Benny’s Boardroom…]
(hot tip, we like Haydenshapes FutureFlex technology a lot but this board is better in traditional PE construction…)
3.) Stacey Surfboards Flathead
I’m a fan of Stacey and Stacey Surfboards. Speaking of underrated, he turns out amazing board after amazing board and has one of the most die hard fan bases of any shaper in Australia.
This Flathead is a revamp of another underground favourite, the Shovel Head. At first glance, it looks like your typical stubby performance hybrid – it is one – but I surfed it in waist high mush at home and double overhead, steaming Uluwatu freight trains and the board was equally poised.
A simple, clean design, if you’re looking for a performance hybrid, don’t look past the Stacey Surfboards Flathead.[Shop Stacey Surfboards Flathead at Benny’s Boardroom…] [Sydney Based? Get Benny’s Stacey Flathead...]
4.) Psillakis Surfboards Quad Fish
Mike Psillakis is a wonderful guy, a great shaper and he still shapes 100% of his boards by hand…that’s hard work but it’s a labour of love for Mike and it shows when your new Psillakis arrives.
A modern performance fish on steroids, if you are after an average wave all rounder you can leave in the back of the car year round and always fall back on for a delightful session at <INSERT ANY SPOT NAME> in <ANY CONDITION>, you should consider the Psillakis Surfboards Quad Fish.[Contact Mike directly to get your very own Quad Fish…]
5.) Simon Anderson Surfboards DTS
Another head scratcher. Every surfer knows Simon Anderson. He rips. His boards rip. This DTS is no exception. It was my go to on a semi-recent trip to New Zealand surfing glorious looooonnnnggg, left point breaks and rips my local beach break to pieces from flatter, waist high waves to hollow and a few overhead. It pretty much rips.[Shop the Simon Anderson Surfboards DTS Direct from Simon Anderson Surfboards…] [Sydney Based? Get Benny’s Simon Anderson DTS at Benny’s Boardroom…]
Haydenshapes Surfboards Psychedelic Germ
Admittedly, this cult classic is a little bit different…but not in a bad way. The boat like hull at the nose entry and snowboard inspired side cuts may look a but strange but this boards absolutely rips!
One of the best surfers I know (looking at you Matt Endo!) swears by this board and he’s not the only one. It’s a versatile all rounder, capable from stomach high to overhead and so fun and lively![Shop Haydenshapes Surfboards Psychedelic Germ at Benny’s Boardroom…]
Perry Surfboards Villain
Brayden Perry is a shaper you should get to know. He is uncompromising on quality (like JR, whom he worked under) and his shapes are as good as they get.
The Villain is as capable an all rounder as you will find. Easy paddling and user friendly but it knows no limits on performance.[Shop Perry Surfboards Villain at Benny’s Boardroom…]
Did one of these excellent models slip under your radar? Did you enjoy this article on our 7 Awesome, Underrated Surfboards You Should Consider? Let us know what you think in the comments…