Surfboard anatomy – what are the parts of a surfboard and what do they do?
It may feel overwhelming to understand all the parts of a surfboard. There are many different kinds of bottoms, fins and decks. What’s the nose? The tail? What are the things on the bottom of the surfboard called? What is in the middle of the board? Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the different surfboard parts and what they are for. Let’s get down to the basics of surfboard anatomy!
Knowing the parts of the surfboard isn't just for the nerdiest surfers and the experienced surfboard shapers, it is important for the everyday surfer to know what’s on their board.
So this is where we come in, to help guide you through the construction of the surfboard! Not only is it good to know the parts to not come across as a total kook, but it will help you choose the right surfboard for you when it's time to buy your own.
The different parts of a surfboard – What are the parts of a board?
The illustration below shows the different parts of a surfboard, they all serve their own purpose in giving you the best ride possible down the wave. From water flow control and manoeuvrability to speed and stability. Although there are countless different boards and board types, the parts of them and the names apply to all.
The main parts of the surfboard:
Fins and fin plugs