These boards pretty much mimic the longboards of the 60s in length, width, thickness and plan shape. Where they differ is in their profile, rails, fins and weight. While they retain fairly substantial flat or semi-flat planing areas in the mid section, often with a concave in the nose to aid in nose riding, the tail section kicks to allow tighter turns. While still forgiving, the rails provide more drive and holding power and the weight is considerably less than the original Longboards.

The standard fin setup is an adjustable box centre fin with removable side fins for added drive, stability and holding power. You can ride these boards in tiny to large waves, in either the more traditional way - emphasising style and grace - or you can push the limits in the more radical Longboard style, adopting as much of the Shortboard repertoire as you can manage.

While they are easy to paddle and stable they are not ideal boards for beginners. Because of their length they take some skill to manoeuvre. A Mini Mal is a better choice for a complete novice, however if you're returning to surfing after a few years lay-off, or just want to put some fun into those small swell days, a Modern Mal is the perfect vehicle; you won't believe how much fun you can have on one of these.

Recommended range of basic specs:
Length - 8'10" - 10'
Width - 22" - 24"
Thickness - 2 1/2" - 3 1/4"
Nose Shape - platypus, round, tugboat
Tail Shape - full range
Bottom - full range
Rocker - low - moderate




Stranger Surfboards
Tasmania, Australia
0419 008 036