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.
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.
Epoxy refers to any of the basic components or cured end products of epoxy resins, as well as a colloquial name for the epoxide functional group. Epoxy boards are generally a bit lighter and are said to have a slightly harder flex. 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.
If there were one board to rule them all in the world of tiny waves, the performance groveler would be it. Grovelers are pretty similar in terms of shape to shortboards, though draw in elements from other boards like fish boards so that they are able to perform well in these smaller conditions. The Eggplant is our performance groveler.
Draping five toes over the nose of the board. A “cheater five” is where the surfer is actually placing the majority of his or her weight on the back foot, and simply sticking the forward foot out as far as it can go.
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.
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 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. “
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.
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.
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.