My first longboard - a Degree33 Surfboards 8'6" Ultimate. I got it on their infamous Thanksgiving sale so it was a terrific deal for a new quality board.
Degree33’s surfboards are a great choice if you are just learning to surf or want an affordable way to add another board to your quiver.
For learning, their epoxy longboards (which is what I have) are so much lighter and more maneuverable than those heavy and awkward foam boards. Degree33’s boards are also competitively priced. If you’re going to spend money on a used surfboard, you might as well get a brand new board for about the same amount of money! I’ve surfed on the foam boards and sampled a lot of other long boards at demo days, however this length and board is just perfect for me. I was about to purchase one of their longer and heavier fiberglass boards because I liked the looks of it, but they convinced me to strive for performance and pick a board that was best for my surfing needs. I’m glad I listened to them. If you’re starting out surfing and are serious about sticking with it, Degree33 Surfboards are your best bet! They even have a recommended surfboard height chart on the Longboard guide of their site if you want to find out what longboard is the best length for you.
Degree33 Surfboards also have many other board styles, and combined with their affordable pricing, buying from them is a great way to add a surfboard to your quiver in an economical manner.
They also partner with another local shaper in town, so if you are looking for a classic fiberglass board, those boards are shaped and made in the U.S.A. as well.
This is the Rail Grabber, literally just like an extension of your arm. Just grab this, grab you wide longboard or even a super wide fat fish, and it's a breeze for a short person with short arms to carry. There are surfboard slings and such, but this makes it so easy to just grab and go off to the beach with your board!
I shaped this lil Feisty Fish myself at Shaper Studios! Well, they helped me a lot but it was super cool to shape it with my own hands, and I painted the back/Nemo side. It is something I highly recommend everyone do at least once.
Shaper Studios is a great place as well, they really talk to you and find out what you're looking for before you start shaping. I already had a couple fun boards and a longboard, so I wanted to add a shorter board to my quiver but still give me good stability as I'm not the most coordinated person out there. It's definitely just as easy to stand up on this board as my longboard as it is just as wide and almost as thick. You really feel like you're flying on this thing when you catch a faster wave!
I call this board my feisty fish because of the Nemo on the backside - as he only had one fin but was such a strong little swimmer. That's how I feel about my surfing, I'm not the most coordinated person, but I'm a determined little feisty fish out there in the saltwater!