Maluku: 7 Boards For Small Wave Action

James Richards

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Updated 863d ago

If you're looking for something to maximise mellow wave fun then Maluku's range of surfboards are probably as far as you need to look.

Maluku, hand-shaped in a tight corner of Cornwall, UK, focus on designing a range of boards specifically for smaller, lumpier days, with the aim of getting you in the water, no matter what. The range caters for everyone from beginners buying their first board, to advanced surfers looking for something they can still surf when the conditions are poor and won't break the bank.

Here, we briefly run through the full Maluku range, available exclusively through the MSW Store. If you have any questions or want to discuss your needs more specifically, we quite enjoy talking about surfboards, so get in touch.

Flying Frog - From £459.99

Ability Wave Size Wave Type Fin Set Up Lengths Available
Novice - Advanced Knee to head-high Weak to punchy 4 + 1 5'10 (35.2l) to 7'10 (57.3l)

With an egg-like nose and a relatively harsh rounded pin, the Flying Frog is a true hybrid. Plenty of foam through the middle and into the nose will get you into the weakest surf, but take a step back to loosen up the tail and carve out proper turns. The drawn out tail will also hug the wave face on steeper sections.

The 7'10 has tons of volume for the novice and the 6ft lengths are ideal longboarder's shortboards. Single fin, 2+1, quad - it comes with plenty of scope for fin experimentation. There are tons of short, fat grovellers out there, but there are few that can guarantee fun as much as the Flying Frog.

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Sailboat - From £429.99

Ability Wave Size Wave Type Fin Set Up Lengths Available
Novice - Intermediate Knee to shoulder high Weak to moderate 5 fin Futures 6'3 (39.5l) to 7'0 (51.5l)

The Sailboat is designed for any surfer looking to step down from a softboard / minimal / longboard to a shortboard with zero hassle. With generous dimensions and a high wide point, the Sailboat is super stable when paddling / popping up and gets you in early.

The rounded tail makes rail to rail transitions smoother and more predictable whilst retaining looseness, and will keep the board responsive in slightly bigger surf. With the 5 fin set-up you've got the option of more drive and speed with a quad, or looser turns with a thruster.

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Fish Cake - From £399.99

Ability Wave Size Wave Type Fin Set Up Lengths Available
Novice - Intermediate Waist to head high Weak to punchy 3 fin Futures 6'3 (37.5l) to 6'9 (45.25l)

The Fish Cake is a versatile little board. More drawn in than the Sailboat, the classic, subtle swallow is going to give you that extra little bit of hold in better waves, coupled with a slightly more abrupt release. It's not much trouble to throw a bit of spray with this one. It's an ideal board if you've been surfing a slightly higher volume 7'0+ minimal and feel like you're looking for something that's going to allow you to push your surfing to the next level, with more powerful turns in better conditions.

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Genie - From £369.99

Ability Wave Size Wave Type Fin Set Up Lengths Available
Beginner - Intermediate Knee to chest high Weak to moderate 2+1 or 3 fin FCS 6'10 (46l) to 7'2 (51.5l)

The Genie is a classic mid-length egg. Take a longboard, chop out a couple of feet, and you have a Genie. Designed for longboard style trimming, it's got a flat rocker and soft rails through to the tail. The rocker ensures that the board planes at a lower speed, getting you into lumps of swell early, and the soft rails will help retain speed when turning on flatter waves.

It's ideal for those no hassle days where you just want to get in the water, cruise down the line and maybe snag a bit of a nose ride. A solid choice as a first board after stepping off a soft board. Available as a classic 2 + 1 or, for those on a budget, as a 3 fin FCS set-up.

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Manatee - From £369.99

Ability Wave Size Wave Type Fin Set Up Lengths Available
Beginner - Intermediate Knee to chest high Weak to moderate 2+1 or 3 fin Futures 7'3 (45.5l) to 8'0 (58.5l)

The big brother to the Genie, the Manatee is Maluku's classic mini-mal. It works as a full beginner board (although you probably want to have a reasonable degree of board control before you venture anywhere too busy), or, as we've found in the warehouse, a great option when it's small, sunny and all you want are waves.

As mid-lengths go, it's not actually that chunky and, with a relatively drawn in squash tail, it can really gouge out turns. Available as a 2+1 for the single fin option, or as a Futures thruster for the ridiculous price of £370, it's a very good value board for anyone venturing out on their first 'proper' surfboard.

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Steamboat - From £429.99

Ability Wave Size Wave Type Fin Set Up Lengths Available
Intermediate - Advanced Knee to head high Weak to moderate 5 fin Futures 5'4 (33.3l) to 5'10 (41.5l)

With the Steamboat, Maluku have crammed as much board as possible into the smallest outline they can. The intention is to get you as close to performance shortboarding as possible in gutless conditions. Flat rocker and a wide, flat tail maximise paddle speed and maintain momentum through fat sections. A big square tail keeps it as loose as possible at the back while the width and full rail profile give enough float to allow the length to be drawn right back, meaning it's still possible to generate speed and get the board round through a tight, small wave turn.

It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but we've had a lot of fun with this board on rubbish days, and it's quite liberating having so little board out in front. Ride it about 6" shorter than your standard shortboard.

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Kayu - From £489.99

Ability Wave Size Wave Type Fin Set Up Lengths Available
Novice - Advanced Knee to head high Weak to moderate 2 + 1 9'2 (73l)

The Kayu is a classic all-rounder. It's got a generous amount of rocker and quite a pulled in tail, so it'll comfortably handle more critical sections or bigger surf. It's definitely not just a board for trimming and noseriding. That said, it's perfectly adept at those with plenty of width through the middle and into the nose of the board, a gently nose concave and a flexible 2+1 fin set up. You'll be very hard pressed to find a new longboard that's better value for money.

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