Grovelers, or surfboards designed for tiny, weak waves, evoke mixed feelings in surfers. They allow us to ditch the longboard in tiny surf but often have performance drawbacks.
Whether you’ve just entered summer or are looking for something to get you through the small wave doldrums, here is an evolution of grovelers by release – Firewire Sweet Potato, JS Pier Pony, Nick Blair Cab Sav, Channel Islands Average Joe – to tickle your fancy.
<UPDATE: there are many more groveler options on the market since writing this post. See this article for more options>
- Firewire Sweet Potato review: first commercial success in the movement towards drastically oblong groveler shapes
- JS Industries Pier Pony review: more versatile tiny wave eater, also works in slightly larger waves
- Joistik Surfboards Cab Sav review: in my opinion, the most versatile groveler design yet…this thing rips…and it looks cool
- Channel Islands Average Joe review: all about having fun and cruising, the latest groveler by Al Merrick does the trick in tiny waves and still turns
What’s your pick?