If you reach the level of surfing where you want to shred the wave and take your surfing a little more seriously, then you’re going to need to get yourself a shortboard.
These type of advanced surfboards are a lot smaller and thinner than most surfboards giving you much more speed, power and control. However they are also a lot more difficult to master.
When should you get a shortboard? If you can catch waves and pop up without a problem and you’re getting turning down pretty well, you could look to take out the middle fin of your mini-mal to make the tail a little looser and the surfboard a little faster and easier to turn. If you can master that, you’re probably ready to go shortboard.
What will I be able to do with my shortboard? Shortboards are easier to manoeuvre and will allow you to duck dive under waves. It should also make getting out into the line-up a bit easier.