The Best Surfboards of 2013

Firewire RapidFire Baked Potato, Walden Magic Dually, Lib Tech Bowl (Inga Hendrickson)
Firewire RapidFire Baked Potato Walden Magic Dually Lib Tech Bowl summer buyers guide best surfboards of 2013

Firewire RapidFire Baked Potato

If ever there was a true small-wave performance board, this starchy vegetable is it. Extra wide with plenty of volume, the five-fin RapidFire is designed to make the most of subpar conditions. The five-foot-nine model we tested paddled easily into thigh-high SoCal summer waves. And once up and riding, it showed surprising drive, and the diamond tail allowed for satisfyingly big turns. 5'1"–6'3”.

Walden Magic Dually

Firewire RapidFire Baked Potato Walden Magic Dually Lib Tech Bowl summer buyers guide best surfboards of 2013
Firewire RapidFire Baked Potato, Walden Magic Dually, Lib Tech Bowl (Inga Hendrickson)

Like a mullet, this longboard perfectly matches two opposing styles. The front two-thirds of the nine-foot-six we tested looks and rides like a traditional old-school log, and it proved perfect for walking the nose. But step back to the tail, which has the shape of a high-performance longboard, and you can make quick arcing turns on steeper waves. We had fun on the Dually in everything from ankle biters to head-high beach break. 9'–10'.

Lib Tech Bowl Surfboard

Firewire RapidFire Baked Potato Walden Magic Dually Lib Tech Bowl summer buyers guide best surfboards of 2013
Firewire RapidFire Baked Potato, Walden Magic Dually, Lib Tech Bowl (Inga Hendrickson)

Pretty impressive debut: the Bowl, part of the snowboarding brand’s first line of surfboards, is one of the most durable surfboards we’ve ever tested. It’s made from a lightweight composite instead of fiberglass, and the rails are wrapped in rubberized metallic fibers. We jumped up and down on a six-two thruster model on concrete and didn’t ding it! It also paddles well and comes alive in steep, chest-high beach break. While the board has lots of flex, which can suck drive out of turns, it’s also bombproof and ideal for moderate-to-big surf. 5'8"–6'4".

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