A Guide to Mid Length Surfboards

The mid-length surfboard has a growing following in the surfing community and while it also has plenty of detractors, it’s a board that most people are getting behind.

Known as a “one-board quiver” due to its versatility, the mid-length can handle any type of wave and there are a few different styles to explore.

How Long is a Mid Length Surfboard?

Mid lengths are the Goldilocks of surfboard sizes, as they’re not too big and not too small. Also known as Mini Mals, mid-length boards typically fall between 7 and 8 feet, with a full nose, a medium volume, and a low to medium rocker.

It is the ultimate all-rounder!

What Are Mid Length Surfboards For?

Mid-length boards are best suited to knee-high messy waves. It’s a consistent board and it can handle most types of surf, but it really shines in those small to medium waves.

These boards have been described as being akin to lighter Longboards that you can throw around with ease. They’re great fun and while you won’t get the high performance of a Shortboard, you will have a lot of fun riding small waves.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at look at these top mid length boards,

Channel Islands’ CI Mid: The CI Mid is a high-performance mid-length board that was created in collaboration with Devon Howard, a Californian surfer who has spent many years riding mid-length boards.

The Raven by Bing: Between 6’6″ and 8’6″, The Raven is as good as it gets and has been ridden and approved by many top surfers.

El Dub by Noll: Maneuverability isn’t the best but it’s a powerful and fast board with a tri-fin set up and a gloss finish.

Gary McNeil’s Single Fin: At over $800, this option might be out of the price range of some beginner surfers but it’s a solid mid-length board.

Solution by Chemistry: A board that is suitable for beginners in larger sizes and is more suitable for experienced surfers in smaller sizes. The lengths in-between strike a great balance between the two. The Solution ranges from 5’2″ to 8’0″ and begins at around $675.

Mid-Length Surfboard FAQs

Still got a few questions about these boards? Take a look at these FAQs.

Best Fin For Mid Length Surfboards

A Thruster is usually a good starting option and one that features on a huge number of boards. You could step up to a quad as well, although many seem better suited to tri-fin and 2+1 fin setups.

How Long Is A Mid Length Surfboard?

A mid-length board is usually between 7 and 8 feet, but the term has also been used to describe boards up to 8’6″. At this length, you have a decent amount of control and a lot of buoyancy. It’s also great for paddling, although it obviously lacks the power, drive, and control of a performance Shortboard.

Where Can You Get a Mid Length Surfboard?

You can buy these boards from any major retailer, but if you want to support the industry, buy from an independent shop or look for a local shaper.

How Much do Mid Lengths Cost?

You can get a very good mid-length board for less than $800.

Should I Get a Mid Length Board as My First Board?

You will be much better off with a Longboard if you’re new to surfing. Look for a cheap Longboard or Foamy, as a shorter board may prove too challenging.

Summary: Mid-length Surfboards versus Shortboards and Longboards

Mid lengths are more suited to surfers with some degree of experience. It is a board that deserves a place in the quiver of any average surfer. If you’re a complete beginner, you may be better off with a Longboard; if you’re a pro seeking the best performance, opt for a Shortboard.

A mid-length is not about getting the best performance or teaching you how to ride the waves. It’s about having fun on the waves and being able to enjoy messy, choppy, and otherwise disappointing surf.

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