Search through our list of words to see an explanation of what you need to know.
A/V-ST stands for Aluminum Stringer and Vinyl Skin Technology, which is the formula behind our #perfoamy. The double T-Aluminium Stringer provides the needed stiffness and drive and allows the Foamy to perform just like a normal surfboard. A thought but soft Vinyl Skin was specially developed to finish off the FOAMY construction. It is wrapped around the hand shaped core and fixed by the PVC rubber band.
Board sizes are different for all kinds of conditions and skill sets of the surfer. The board size typically is measured in inch and foot. One inch corresponds to 2,54cm and 12 inch are one foot.
Citywave is a technology for generating standing waves, developed in Germany, which makes it possible to go surfing all year round. Indoor and outdoor – even in places far from the sea, as is often the case in Central Europe. Surfing is made possible by an artificial river wave generated by several powerful electric water pumps in a pool. This allows everyone to fall in love with rapid surfing. We cooperate with many City Waves all over Europe. You can find out more on our partner page.
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Find out more about our rental surfboard partnerships with Citywaves and surf pools around Europe.
Single concave is basically described as a single curve from rail to rail. The deepest part of the curve is along the stringer or centre of the surfboard. The depth of a single concave can vary but it is usually deeper than a double concave.
On Single Concave surfboards, only one concave directs water from the front of the surfboard to the fins and tail of the board. The design allows for faster surfing and works very well in big, clean waves.
Epoxy refers to one of the basic ingredients or cured end products of epoxy resins, as well as a colloquial term for the epoxy functional group. Epoxy boards are generally slightly lighter and are said to have a slightly harder flex. Epoxy boards also have more buoyancy than polyester boards and are much more durable than polyester surfboards. So you won’t get pressure marks and discoloration as fast as a comparable polyester board.
However, with the patented KANOA HRT technology we can adjust the flex behavior so that no difference can be noticed.
The fish is a very recognizable surfboard design: short, wide, thick, flat rocker, with a swallowtail. The volume, width, and thickness of a fish combined with its short length and swallow tail makes for a super-fast board that’s easy to move around but maintains excellent hold when you want it.
The Foamy is our interpretation of a high performing soft-top surfboard. Super resistant thanks to our patented A/V-ST Construction and soft and secure at the same time. The KANOA foamy is a totally new approach to surfboard construction and shows to be one of the most performing soft-tops out there.
The glassing schedule is the layup of fiberglass cloth that a surfboard has. It forms the “skin” around the foam core.
Glazing is one of the final steps in surfboard shaping. Here the surfboard is covered with a glaze that completely seals the board so that no water can penetrate later. For this purpose, fiberglass mats, resin and a hardener are used. The glassing dries extremely quickly, which is why high precision is required in this step. This is where the surface of the board is given its final shape.
If there were one board to rule them all in the world of tiny waves, the groveler would be it. Grovelers are pretty similar in terms of shape to shortboards, though draw in elements from other boards like fish boards. Their shape has a slightly wider outline and some more volume below the chest so that they are able to perform well in these smaller conditions. The Eggplant is our performance groveler with loads of float and paddle power but also slightly sharper rails towards the tail for some shortboard-like performance. The bigger sizes are the perfect entry level hardboard for up&comers that want to move on from a mini mal or softtop to shred their first shorter surfboard.
A Hang Five is a maneuver, more specifically a nose drive, which is mainly performed on longboards. The surfer positions his front foot so far forward that five toes hang over the nose. Therefore known as Hang five (;
The Cheater Five is a variation of the Hang Five. Here, the surfer simply stretches the front foot as far out as possible.
This the point at which a swell is breaking most heavily and most frequently. If you fall, you should leave the impact zone as quickly as possible. The direct way back into the lineup is not always the fastest. If you fall, use the sideways current to paddle around the breaking waves and avoid larger sets.
An INTERMEDIATE rider is a surfer who can successfully paddle out alone at a familiar location and catch and ride waves to a logical finish frontside or backside, confidently using the three basic surfing turns – bottom turn, top turn and cutback.
Landlocked stands for a surfer not living close enough to the sea to surf regularly, typically a holiday surfer. Many surfers in Central Europe can be described as landlocked but are still passionate surfers.
In our blog series Improve your Surfing without living near the ocean, you will find a whole series of tips on how to improve your surfing even as a landlocked surfer.
The area where surfers congregate, waiting for waves. Originally, people paddled out and waited for their turn to take a wave, hence the term. No one waits in a line-up anymore, but the term is still used. First come, first served. Don’t snake. It’s bad karma.
The longboard is primarily a single-finned surfboard with large rounded nose and length of 270 to 370 cm (8.8′ to 12′).
Longboards are especially popular for small, long-running waves. Due to the size, you usually get into the waves much better and are also carried along better. In addition, boards of this type are more stable in the water. However, longboards are harder to move than smaller boards and therefore not as agile. It is also more difficult to paddle into the line up.
“The Pad is a piece of eva foam that sticks to the tail of your surfboard. The main function of the traction pad is to provide a greater grip for your back foot. Pads are self-adhesive and are bonded with high-strength 3M adhesive for the entire lifetime of a board. So be careful, once it sticks, it sticks – so think about where you apply your pad beforehand. Typically, a pad is placed just above the leash plug. Use the modular nature of your pad to get more grip on wider board tails. “
A board designed for fast and skillful surfing. Performance surfboards are usually rather short and have angular rails so that they bite better into the wave, making the board faster to maneuver.
The Battery is our all-around performance shortboard and a strong choice for advanced surfers looking for a lot of agility. Without sacrificing paddling power.
Pin tails are mostly found on guns or “step-ups”, surfboards that are specifically designed for big waves. This type of tail gives you the ultimate hold and control. Its very narrow shape means the tail sinks deeper in the water, giving you extra “traction”, a bit like a big fin would.
Railwork describes the art of shaping the rails of a surfboard and is an important factor in how the board will perform in the wave. The rails of the surfboard are thereby sanded and brought into the desired shape.
When choosing the shape, it all depends on what the board should be able to do. Round rails with a lot of volume give the surfboard uplift, even in the turns. This will make the surfboard more forgiving of mistakes. Thin and sloping rails dig better into the water surface and allow more aggressive maneuvers. There are also board shapes where the rails have an edge at the bottom. This ensures that the water can better release from the surface of the board after a turn. This is especially in the tail area of the surfboard a popular rail shape, because you lose less speed after turns.
Have you ever wondered how a KANOA surfboard is made? In our Making Of you can get some detailed insights.
Rapid surfing refers to surfing on natural standing or artificial river waves. Rapid surfing is similar to surfing, but surfers do not have to pay attention to wave conditions, the tide or the swell. The standing waves are static – therefore, the surfers are always back on the wave quickly. There are waves that are built into the course of a naturally occurring river, such as the Eisbach wave in Munich, or completely artificial city waves, such as the Wellenwerk in Berlin.
The term Rapid Surfing was created by the Rapid Surf League, which constantly pushes the scene.
Find your perfect board for rapid surfing in our Riverboard Guide!
This refers to a channel of water running out to sea. Currents help experienced surfers get into the lineup quickly, but can be dangerous for beginners and swimmers as they often pull you out to sea faster than expected.
This is one feature of the ocean bottom which has a great effect on the shape of waves. Sandbars get moved around by larger waves, one day a peak breaks here – next day, it can be gone. Sandbars are usually found at beach breaks and river mouths.
This refers to a group of waves. A “rogue set” is an unexpectedly large set that can flush the lineup nicely. The time between sets is called period. The larger the period the better, cleaner and stronger the waves. Periods of 12 seconds or more are considered good.
Shortboard characteristics sacrifice paddling ease for speed, power, and control. They are generally around 5’6″ to 6’4″ long and between 16″ and 19″ wide, often with a rounded square tail. Checkout the advanced / pro section of our board guide to find the right shortboard for you.
The state of near-Nirvana that accompanies a surf session. Has been known to cause those who are stoked cannot stop themselfes telling everyone how stoked they are and carry a huge smile on their faces. If you wanna check out the most “stok-ed” out individual in surfing, checkout world champion Italo Ferreira.
The neoprene suit was worn by surfers during cooler times. Should fit snugly to allow just a bit of water to enter. The body heat warms the water and helps keep the surfer warmer in cool/cold water. Measured by the thickness of the neoprene ie; 4/3, 3/2, etc. The numbers designate the thickness of the neoprene.