Matt Biolos' Guide To Every Surfers' Three Board Quiver.

The right three boards in your quiver, and there is no need for anything else.

Mat Biolos, from ...Lost Surfboards and Mayhem shapes. Mayhem

The legendary surfboard shaper Matt Biolos from ...Lost and Mayhem fame explains the basic three-board quiver for your average, every-man surfer.

Every surfer needs a high performance small wave board (HPSW). Slightly wider tail block, more surface area and lower overall rocker. There are two general types of lower rockers.

The first being a really relaxed entry but still keeping a kicked tail for down the line speed and quick turns on small waves (favoring snappy, quick, more light-footed surfers).

The other is to really lower the tail rocker and build the speed and drive off the tail. More popular for stocky-built or more lead-footed, power oriented surfers.

The Taj Burrow Beach Buggy, Stealth Pro and Scorcher fit into the first type, and the SubDriver and Sub Scorcher/SubScorcher2 fit into the second. These are boards that are designed to work well on the everyday surf that most of us are faced with, or the almost guaranteed down days on a surf trip. The volume is usually slightly above board number two (below) even though it will be one to two inches shorter.

Now, since were are talking surf trip here, and most people plan surf trips to at least get better waves than their typical surf at home, they also need to include a state-of-the-art, high- performance board (HPSB). This would be a board similar (but with the riders personal size and volume needs taken into consideration) to what gets ridden on the World Tour. A board designed to allow the user to do whatever his ability (and maybe a bit beyond) will allow him to, when he finally gets to spend precious time in real quality surf.

It's hard to use the word "typical" dimensions any more, because there really is not much typical these days, but for this exercise, this board would be your "typical" dimensions. Once again there are a few choices in rockers, based around body types and surfing technique. The dividing line is usually how the rocker is placed in the board, favoring either the entry or release rocker.

In our line-up, we have The Driver (most often used by Kolohe Andino and Brett Simpson) with its low and powerful tail rocker balanced by a healthy amount of nose bend.

On the opposite end, we have the Whiplash (most recent incarnation is by Taj Burrow) with a lowish entry rocker and plenty kick out the tail. Then in between we have the F1Stub (ridden primarily by the likes of Julian Wilson), which is sort of in the middle and would be considered a moderate, continuous rocker.

Everyone should carry along a solid wave board "Step-Up" of some sort. This could be as simple as your favorite HPSB stretched an inch or two into a round pin-tail, or as fresh and funky as a short, wide tube-shooter like our "Rock-Up" developed with Chris Ward, for an alternative approach to tube riding. Usually always with a rounded pin-tail  one way or the other.

There is a lot of fun to be had with using different fin set-ups in bigger tubing surf, so a five-fin option really makes a lot of sense here. I tend to raise the volume levels here, reduce concave depths to negate and help give control over the added volume. The trick here is catching bigger waves in a moving, often foreign and unknown, line up.

Then, once you get the wave,you'll be able to really ride the powerful beast with confidence. You can't use the speed without control, and step-up boards are all about control. Our most popular step-up would be the "F1" which I have been working on an tweaking since Cory Lopez was rampaging the South Pacific legs of the World Tour ten to fifteen years ago.