If you are considering taking up surfing for a hobby, one of the decisions you need to make is whether you are going use a longboard or a shortboard. There are different factors that will help you to decide on what board you are going to use.

The term shortboard doesn’t always have to do with the length of the board. It is used to refer to the shortboard’s high performance characteristics. Shortboards usually have three fins and some even have four. Another thing that defines a shortboard is how the board generates its power. Shortboards do it by being put on a rail. They are really thin and have a lot of rocker so they will slow down when you are going straight. In order to get it moving you have to pump the board from rail to rail which puts pressure on the board’s fins and flex pattern. The short board offers the rider a lot of variety and chances for movement.

All that being said, there are a lot of shortboards to choose from when you are shopping and we know the process can be tedious. This is why we have created a list of some of our favorite shortboards on the market today and in 2019. We will talk give you a description of the product and a list of features to help you decide on what you want to do. Enjoy!

Giantex 6′ Surfboard

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The Giantex 6′ Surfboard Surfing Surf Beach Ocean Body Foamie Board is a great beginning option for kids and adults alike. With this board you are going to get slick HDPE high speed bottom and a durable top foam to ride on. It is perfect for those who are just starting on shortboards. It’s a good looking board, is competitive in price and a good quality product.

Overall, customers have said that this is best functioning board that you can get for the price. You have to be careful to store this when you’re done because the top layer can scratch and puncture easily. Outside of that, this board is a great way to get you started.


– Built of slick HDPE high speed bottom and durable top foam
– Comes in a variety of cool colors
– Fins can be removed for easy transport and storage
– This board is used by people of all sizes and ages
– Simple assembly

RAYSTREAK 6’ Soft top Surfboard with Blue Green Red Options

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The 6’ Soft Top Surfboard by Raystreak is a great shortboard for under $200. This board offers a non-slip deck foam and comes with fins and a leash. It also comes in three different colors so you can add your own unique flavor to your day of surfing.

The board weighs in at a very light 7.5 lbs. It is easy to transport and store. In addition, it’s not as easy to damage this product with double reinforced epoxy sealed stringers, 100% waterproof EPS foam, HDPE slid for better gliding, 6 oz fiberglass internal core and hot pressed IXPE skin. The Anti-scratch and non-slip crocskin will make your ride a nice one.


– 6 foot long and comes stock with leash and fins
– Unique graphics and great colors that will make this board stand out
– 100% satisfaction guaranteed
– Hot pressed IXPE deck
– Waterproof EPS foam
– Fiberglass internal core
– Anti-slip Crocskin

THURSO SURF Lancer 5’10” Fish Soft Top Surfboard

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The Thurso Surf Lancer is a 5’10” soft top fish surfboard that comes with twin fins, double stainless steel swivel leash, an EPS core and IXPE deck. It also has a HDPE slick bottom and a built in non-slip deck grip. For $160, you get a board with all of these features and more.

When Thurso Surf made this board, they had glide and stability in mind for maximum enjoyment and easy riding. This seems to be true when you read reviews about this board. This is more of a beginner board because of the focus on stability but after using this for a season or two, you will be ready to step it up to the next level.


– Made with glide and stability in mind for easy riding and a great time for beginners
– HDPE slick bottom that is heat laminated for a responsive and strong bottom skin
– Two wood stringers for more controlled flex, rigidity and strength
– Fish tail

Rock-It 6′ HOPE Surfboard

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The Rock-It 6′ HOPE Surfboard is the next level up for a shortboard. Before we get into the great things that make this board ride smooth and fast, note that there are around 8 different colors to choose from so no matter what you do, you’re going to look good in the water.

Now for the good stuff. This board is made in the retro design because it transitions well into a soft top design. The shortboards of the 1970’s are early 1980’s had pulled in tails, lots of rocker in the front and more volume under the chest. These are the features that make this board looks great and can be ridden by anyone. The fins are stiffer than your standard but still safe too. Try this board out!


– Dimensions: 6’ x 21.25” x 3”
– Perfect board for beginners under 200 lbs.
– Inspired by old school boards with the diamond tail three fin design
– Built with EPS foam that has been recycled
– Two layers of 6 ounce fiberglass cloth under soft top as well as two stringers

SBBC 6’ Razzo Hybrid Surfboard

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The 6’ Razzo Hybrid Surfboard by South Bay Board Company is a great shortboard for people that are ready to get busy in the water. This is a wax free surfboard that includes a soft top and hard bottom. This hybrid surfboard was built with performance in mind and when you look at the reviews you will see a lot of happy customers. The board is stable and great for beginners of all ages. Not only does this board perform well, but it looks great.

Don’t wait too long to buy this board because the longer you wait, the longer you are going to have to wait to see your surf game go up a notch.


– Wax free board
– 6 foot long
– Board was built with performance and stability in mind
– Soft top and hard bottom hybrid
– Warranty through manufacturer