the board....... Ahhhh, the mini mal. A board
for all occasions, a board designed for all seasons
and for all people!
Mini Mals have it all. The rounded nose template
makes catching waves simple (or as simple as
it can get anyway). The wide mid point means
that they are stable, easy to paddle and plane
early. The tail template is shortboard related
so if you stand anywhere over the fins you will
get tight turning arcs and accurate performance.
The bottom shapes vary depending on what performance
the surfer is looking for. The vee bottoms have
more predictable handling and help to iron out
choppy conditions whilst the concaves helps
liven the board up in more challenging conditions.
Most suitable for... The funny thing is if
you live and surf regularly in the U.K. then
pretty much you would appreciate a mini mal
in your quiver. On the face of it mini mals
are ideally suited to learner / intermediate
surfers. If you stand near the middle of these
boards you get great stability and safe handling
which suits anyone trying to get their act together
in the surf. Also because mini mals are relatively
light, they are easy to control and fairly easy
to 'hang on to' in choppy conditions all points
that a learner surfer should be stoked to hear.
On the other side, many established surfers
often choose to carry a minimal in their quiver
because these boards are so user friendly in
such a large range of surf conditions. If your
usual surfboard won't function because the waves
aren't right then you can pretty much guarantee
a mini will function. By covering your basics,
you'll spend more time surfing.