You’ve probably been riding a longboard or a beginner soft top and want to make the leap into more performance orientated boards. You know you want something shorter, but it can be hard to know how much shorter to go. Do you get a beater or a twin or something else entirely?
Or, maybe you’re looking for a starter board for your child. Some of the longer soft tops look like they’d be way too big for a small surfer to handle. You probably know that you want something a little smaller, but the options can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, we’ve found some great 6’ surfboards to help narrow your choice down. The 6’ board is great for the small, younger surfer and the progressing surfer alike. With a smaller area, it is easier for the little ones to paddle and offers more control for radical maneuvers for the intermediate surfer.
So we’ll dive right into our list of our favorite 6 foot surfboards.
Who Is A 6 Foot Surfboard Perfect For?
The 6ft surfboard is a great board to transition to from a longboard or funboard. Maybe you’ve felt yourself progressing or are just ready for a change of pace. That’s where the 6ft board comes in.
6ft surfboards are true shortboards. This being the case, they may not be for everyone. There’s less foam under you, so less volume. This means the board will float worse and may be more difficult to paddle.
With those caveats, a 6ft surfboard is a great option for many surfers. If you are between an intermediate and advanced skill level a board of this size will go great. 6ft is a great size to feel maneuverable on the wave face and sit in the pocket of the wave but still feel the stability of a longer board.
A 6ft surfboard is also a great option for the smaller surfer. These boards typically offer flotation for surfers from around 50lbs to 180 lbs. If you are much taller than 6ft, it may be uncomfortable trying to balance while paddling on this short of a board. For a smaller surfer, like any grom out there, a 6ft board offers the ideal size to feel comfortable on.
So if you’ve had some water time already and are ready to rip now, the 6ft surfboard is the ideal option for you.
6ft Surfboard: Our 5 Favorites
#1 South Bay Board Co. 6' Razzo
When it comes to a board to transition to from a longboard, look no further than the South Bay Board Co. 6’ Razzo.
With its hybrid construction and outstanding shape, it has everything you’ll need to rip any type of wave.
Whether you are looking for something that can float in some weaker surf or make more critical drops and stay in the pocket, the Razzo has the volume and size to help you out.
At only 6’, it is small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies of any wave pocket or even into the barrel.
We really like the hybrid construction on this board that merges the rideability and ease of a soft top with the performance of a hard board construction. You won’t need wax or need worry about dinging the deck of the board when you duck dive or accidentally fall on it.
The hard bottom and FCS fin plugs make this board perform like a hard board surfboard. The Razzo slides easily along the face of the wave. Having FCS fin plugs also gives this board the ability to customize your fin set up so you can find your best fit.
#2 South Bay Board Co. 6' Guppy
The 6’ Guppy is a great option for any smaller, or younger, surfers looking to get their start.
This board is very user friendly with plenty of options to help any beginner surfer ride waves.
The Guppy has a much more round outline making it much more forgiving.
If you struggle to balance or are worried about your grom struggling when popping up, the Guppy has a wide base through the nose.
This helps the board feel more stable and go quicker through soft, rolling waves.
This board has all other kinds of goodies to help the small, beginning surfer. Its soft top is user friendly. The deck is forgiving if you fall on it, not to mention also easy to store and transport.
Speaking of transporting, the board also has an easy to use handle to help the smaller surfer carry the Guppy to the waterline. You can be ready to paddle out in minutes when you get your hands on the Guppy.
The fins are also made of soft plastic making them easy to install and safe. When you fall, you won’t have to worry about your fins maybe cutting you.
#3 Liquid Shredder 6'
The Liquid Shredder has the high-performance outline of a classic 6’ shortboard and all of the convenience of a soft top surfboard.
The Liquid Shredder’s EPS core with a slick bottom gives this board plenty of flotation for the smaller surfer to help paddle and catch waves easier.
If you are looking for a thinner profile, this board is a great choice.
On some of the larger soft tops, it can be hard to paddle because the deck is so wide.
You won’t experience any problems like that on this board.
This board also has a pointier nose to help stick more radical drops. Unlike boards with wider noses, you’ll be able to cut through some of the chop that a flatter board might get caught up on.
The Liquid Shredder is best suited for either the advancing surfer or the young beginner. If you are a full-sized adult, you may have trouble balancing properly on the Liquid Shredder. But for any groms out there, this board is the perfect size to learn and progress on.
#4 Giantex 6'
The Giantex 6’ is a solid option for the younger beginner looking to catch their first waves to the beach.
The round outline, thick rails, and nose rocker all work to make this board feel stable over bumps on the wave face. For the beginner, this board will feel easy going straight.
There are plenty of features on the Giantex 6’ to help the beginner surfer out. With easy to remove fins, the board is easy to store and transport.
Also with its thick rails and relatively wide width, this board will feel very stable and buoyant for its size for a young surfer. Even though it is only 6ft long, it floats like a board that is longer and is stable like a longer board.
This board also comes with a leash and comfortable traction pad so any surfer will be ready to go once they get their hands on it. Pretty sick.
#5 Driftsun Nymbus 6'
Like some of the other boards we’ve been looking at, the Driftsun Nymbus has a rounder outline making it better suited to the younger or smaller beginner.
The round outline makes this board more geared towards stability instead of performance.
One thing we really like about the Nymbus is the rocker outline. Since it has a little bit of nose rocker which then runs flat through the tail, this board will be quick on the wave face.
It will have the ability to cut through some chop and make some of the steeper drops, but you won’t feel out of control while doing it.
The EPS core on this board adds to the overall durability of this board. It is built tough so it will last many sessions which is one other reason that we like it.
OUR #1 PICK - South Bay Board Co. 6' Razzo