With the summer doldrums upon us, it’s important to keep some perspective. We Northeast Florida surfers have had a #blessed winter. See for yourself, here. Oh, and here.

As it gets warmer, however, and the north Atlantic storm season slows to crawl, things are bound to regress towards the mean. Never fear: our distinctive bunch of NEFL shapers have been busy dreaming up an idiosyncratic assortment of high-performance grovelers, mush-destroyers, and cruisers to keep stoke levels high, as you slide through summer.

Here’s a batch of boards from our annual Surfboard Guide:

WHISNANT SURFBOARDS

The Abyss (Void Surf Crafts)

Dimensions: 6’3 x 20 x 2 7/8

Pairing a ’70s style single-fin outline with modern design elements, The Abyss allows for retro flow, without comprimising performance. With a mellow entry rocker and a hard edge beyond a winged pin tail, the Abyss can handle any wave you can claw into. Recommended with a 7-inch fin for optimal hold. (whisnantsurfboards.com)

The Oddball

Dimensions: 5’7 1/2 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2

While it was built for maximum performance in a variety of waves, The Oddball turns on when things go sub-optimal. Meant as a wider, flatter alternative to your standard thruster, The Oddball can get you into waves and help you generate speed in the most gutless conditions. (whisnantsurfboards.com)

COS

Bonzer

Dimensions: 5’10 x 21 1/4 x 2 1/2

Duncan and Malcolm Campbell’s Bonzer design should have revolutionized surfing when it first appeared in the early ’70s. With a clustered fin setup and dramatic double concave bottom contour, The Bonzer represented a drastic improvement on the single-fins of the day–perhaps too ahead of its time. COS’s version of the Bonzer aims to restart the revolution in Northeast Florida. The board’s innovative design greatly increases positive feel in critical sections and adds more drive to turns. A unique, performance-oriented board, the Bonzer is in a class of its own. (cleanoceansurfboards.com)

 

GHETTO SURFBOARDS

Perro

Dimensions: 5’10 x 20 x 2 1/2

A classic single-fin outline with 2+1 capability, The Perro is an all-around shape for any condition. The foam is distributed for maximum paddling power and enhanced turning ability. The perfect option for your one board quiver, take The Perro to any break, from Jax Beach dumpers to Chicama peelers. (Instagaram: @ghettosurf)

The Model

Dimensions: 5’7 x 21 x 2 1/2

A modern take on the classic Steve Lis-style twin-fish shape, The Model offers plenty of foam to keep your wave count up and your turns loose. Available for custom order with glass-on keels, Futures twins, or as a quad, it’s the retro fish that is a must for any modern surfer’s quiver. (Instagaram: @ghettosurf)

SAVAGE

Mushburger

Dimensions: 5’9 x 19 x 2 3/8

The Mush Burger is a shorter, wider board with low-entry rocker built for speed. Works best in knee-to-head-high surf. (savagesurfboards.com)

Jason Motes Model

Dimensions: 5’6 x 21 3/4 2 5/8

The Jason Motes Model is a performance board built for our waves and for the surfer who likes surfing made easier. Lots of foam and full rails for increased paddling ability and acceleration through flat sections. If you want to surf progressively, but not struggle on the small stuff, this is the ultimate all-around board. (savagesurfboards.com)

QUIET FLIGHT

Anti-Hero

Dimensions: 5’8 x 21 1/2 x 2 1/2

The Anti-Hero is Quiet Flight’s newest high-performance groveler and is a must-have for the modern Florida quiver. Wide and short, with continuous rocker, it gets you in quick and easy. And the swallow/diamond hybrid tail with channels creates speed and releases easy. (Available at Aqua East Surf Shop.)

Pontoon

Dimensions: 5’8 x 22 1/2 x 2 5/8

The wide, flat, broad-nosed Pontoon is the ultimate cruiser. With plenty of foam for optimal paddling power and lots of surface area for planing across stubborn flat sections, this board will keep you ripping all summer long. Features a single fin box and quad FCS set up for all manner of stokage. (Available at Aqua East Surf Shop)

JAY GORDON SHAPES

Twin Fin

Dimensions: 5’10 x 21 x 2 1/2

Opaque purple resin work done by the Dragon Factory with an EPS foam core and glass-on keel fins. It’s a throwback design with modern concaves and rails to give it more of a performance feel. (Instagram: @shapesbyjg)

The Mons

Dimensions: 5’4 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4

Made with recycled EPS foam from Marko, The Mons has a fuller nose outline, but still keeps a high-performance rocker profile and a unique double concave through the back half of the board, making it super user-friendly and ready to shred. (Instagram: @shapesbyjg)

BOARD THEORY

Orange Whip

Dimensions: 5’3 x 19 x 2 3/8

Board Theory’s original shortboard, the Orange Whip was so named to be the ultimate performance shortboard for Florida–orange for the state fruit and whip because it’s a pocket slayer. Built with a single concave under the nose moving to slight double through the fins. (boardtheory.com)

The Plug

Dimensions: 8’1 x 22 x 3

A big, but short step-down log, The plug has you covered. An easy paddler, with plenty of float, this babe is a wave hound that’s sure to double your wave count. Great for gutless, everyday surf. (boardtheory.com)