- Are designed for all types of water conditions ranging from flat-water lakes to surf.
- Provide good stability.
- Make a good choice for beginners.
- Are shorter boards that are designed to be more maneuverable on surf but are more difficult to paddle than all-around boards.
- Have a narrower nose to make it easier to catch waves and more curve (rocker) to make them turn more quickly.
- Move slower and don’t track well on flat-water surfaces and also are less stable.
- Are designed for leisurely paddling on flat-water rivers, lakes, and open water.
- Are longer than all-around boards, increasing speed.
- Have a pointed nose, making them easier to paddle for long distances.