Our 7 Favorite Midlength Surfboards

You’ve likely done a bit of research already if you’ve been thinking about a midlength, but there are a lot of options out there.  Here’s a list of our favorites, based on what we’ve seen and heard in the market.  As with any surfboard, everything is subjective, but these picks below have had solid reviews.  The prices below are for stock dimensions.

Haydenshapes – Midlength Glider

It doesn’t hurt to switch things up now and then and add a shape into the mix that’s both nostalgic and progressive—and, considerably larger than the “normal” HS quiver. Say hello to the new Mid Length Glider. A simply gorgeous mid length, the Glider is made in the original PU construction, with a classic combination of plywood stringered-polyurethane core, laminated with polyester resin. – Haydenshapes

Price: $825-$900

Channel Islands – CI Mid

The CI Mid is a modern classic design resulting from a fun collaboration with Devon Howard, a southern California surfer that has spent the past two decades riding and refining egg-inspired designs that are in a category of boards many refer to as midlengths. – Channel Islands

Price: $1,100-$1,500

Album – Darkness

A nimble, mid-length with a low, fast rocker. The pulled in tail makes it surprisingly maneuverable for its size.  A longboard alternative when the waves are small and weak and also goes on good days at long point breaks.  Mix it up with a twin, quad, single, or single with side-bites. – Album

Price: $1,050-$1,500

Pyzel – Mid Length Crisis

Easy paddling, responsive and loose, the Mid Length Crisis has a semi-traditional, wide-point forward outline that is sleek and racey for fast, down-the-line drive, but full bodied enough to provide added stability and glide in weaker, slower waves.  It has a beautiful foil from nose to tail, with a rolled deck that leaves the meat in the middle of the board to help with paddling and nicely thinned out rails for sensitivity and bite. – Pyzel

Price: $1,145-$1,245

Chili – Mid Strength

James (Chilli) designed this surfboard over the summer of 2018/19 whilst he had a niggling knee injury and couldn’t surf to his full ability on his standard shortboard. I just wanted something that paddled easy, catches waves and surfed without too much effort, so the Mid Strength was created. Essentially, this is a performance mid-length that should be a consideration for anyone who can competently stand and navigate along a wave. – Chili

Price: $775

Firewire – Seaside & Beyond

I’ve really been wanting to play around with some longer fishy kind of boards for a while now… Ever since I spent some time with Skip Frye and he showed me some of his fishes in the 7 foot range It’s been on my mind.  I first stretched out the GO FISH and made a 7 footer.  It worked great and really got my mind spinning.  Then I made a 7’0 seaside and it became one of my favorite boards in my quiver.  I rode it in everything.  Super small days, bigger days and everything in between.  It’s become a board that I will take with me everywhere I go.  It glides.  It turns on a dime and most importantly… it puts a smile on my face. – Firewire

Price: $920-$960

Takayama – Scorpion

The ultimate mini-noserider! Surf the board from the nose or turn on a dime. Probably one of the fastest mid-length boards out there, now with controlled maneouverability. Donald first came up with this design in the mid 60’s. It has been slightly re-worked and now is basically a smaller version of the Erik Sommer Model. Coming in lengths from 6’8” to 8’, this board will absolutely fly when ridden on the nose. With a true “pin” tail and a 2 + 1 fin setup, this board will perform the tightest of turns when pushed to it’s limits. An excellent alternative for someone looking for a shorter ‘longboard’. – Takayama

Price: $1,450-$1,695


When it comes to “mid length” boards. Finding the right board for your needs, however, can be tricky. Here are some tips to find the perfect midlength. – See the Midlength Buying Guide

Morro Bay | Jeremy Bishop

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