The main difference between an egg surfboard and a fish surfboard is the shape of the tail, but there are a few other differences as well. Both boards are fun to ride and can be ridden by beginners and intermediates, but the differences in speed, control, and stability often make the egg board a better option for unskilled surfers.
To help you understand the differences between these two surfboards, we’ve put together a little comparison where we’ll look at how they compare with regard to their shapes (nose, tail, rails, width, length) and how they react on the waves (speed, control, drive, stability).
If you’re a beginner surfer struggling to understand the differences between these two surfboards, then this is the guide for you!
The egg surfboard has been described as a “hidden gem”, an overlooked surfboard design that people seem to love once they add it to their quiver.
Egg boards are very wide, providing an immense amount of stability and creating something that is ideally suited to beginner surfers. It’s also fairly short, which makes it more maneuverable than other high-volume and high-buoyancy boards.
An egg surfboard is like a cross between a longboard and a shortboard, offering characteristics of both.
The actual design of an egg surfboard, including the style, width, and thickness, can vary considerably, but it generally fits the following description:
- A length of between 6′ and 8’5
- Rounded rails
- Lots of width
- An egg-shaped nose
Fish surfboards are so named because they have a fish-shaped tail. These boards are great for surfing in calm conditions, and you can use them to catch waves that other boards would struggle with.
Typically ranging from around 5 to 7 feet in length, fish boards are not as big as egg boards and so they are not as suitable for beginner surfers, but they are also not quite as tricky to ride as a traditional shortboard.
A few features of these surfboards include:
- A nose that is quite full but also comes to a point.
- A fish-shaped tail.
- A little thicker and wider than the average shortboard.
- Between 5′ and 7′ on average (although there are bigger fish surfboards available).
- The fin setup varies, but the most common fins are twins and quads.
Is a Fish Surfboard Good for Beginners?
A fish surfboard isn’t the best option for complete beginners. It’s a little on the short side and beginners typically need something much larger and with a lot more volume.
A fish board can be suitable for intermediate surfers and beginners looking to make a step up, but it’s not really suited to complete beginners.
Many advanced surfers and even professionals have fish surfboards in their quivers. They’re fun boards to ride and also provide a few options when the waves are weak, and the day is calm. If things pick up and there are bigger waves to ride, they just reach for their usual board, but until that point, the fish is a very fun and reliable option.
Is an Egg Surfboard Good for Beginners?
Egg surfboards offer a lot of length and width, providing immense volume and stability and creating the perfect surfing experience for complete beginners. There are also some benefits here for intermediate surfers, but it’s unlikely that advanced surfers will find anything beneficial in an egg surfboard.
What is the Fin Setup Like?
The fin setup will impact the speed and control of the board. Longboards use a single fin setup to offer more speed and ensure that the board stays fun even on small waves. Shortboards vary considerably depending on the skill of the surfer.
As for fish surfboards, they tend to opt for a twin or a quad fin setup while egg boards are often 2+1 or Thruster fin setups. It’s really down to you and the waves you’re looking to surf.
As a beginner, it’s not something you need to focus on. Just stick with the recommended setups, get a feel for the basics, and once you learn how to handle the board and can actually feel and understand the differences provided by different fins, you can advance.
Intermediate surfers should pay a little more attention to the fin setup, but again, it all depends on how you feel and what kind of waves you’re surfing.