I ask these questions often in my surf classes and not all people seem to know these terms..
So hereby.. read it, study it.. and next time when somebody is trying to say to something cool about surfing.. You know where they are talking about
1. Nose. This is the front part. It’s arched so you can maneuver it better.
2. Rocker. This is the curvature of the nose. You can see it from a profile view. A more pronounced curve is easier to maneuver but slow, and if it’s flat, it will be faster but more difficult to make any sudden moves.
3. Concaves. They help push you in tight turns.
4. Leash. This is the stretchy plastic cord that keeps your board from running away using a Velcro strap.
5. Leash plug. This is found on the back part. It’s used to attach the leash to the board.
6. Fins. These are the rudders that allow you to steer and remain stable. They are fixed and removable.
7. Tail. This is the back part. It tends to be sharper and slimmer. Here you’ll find the fins. It can be wide for smooth waves, or narrow for tube waves. You’ll glide better if it’s round, but you’ll be able to make stronger maneuvers if it’s square.
8. Rail. Pay attention and you’ll see that rails can vary over the length of the board. Rounded rails help your board stick to the wave better, sharp ones cut the wave and give you more speed, and curves give you better maneuverability.
9. Bottom. This is the bottom part of the board and it tends to be concave to allow water to flow out so you can glide better, this is called the “lift force of the surfboard”. This is a factor that will make you realize the difference between a good board and a bad one.
10. Outline. This is the general shape of the board that you see from below.