Have a look at some frequently asked questions and see if you can find your answer. If you can't find it below, please feel free to reach out to us!
> What does it mean to have a semi-customizable surfboard?
Great question! A semi-customizable surfboard allows you to design your very own surfboard, customized to your specifications.
After many years of designing one-on-one with our customers and friends, we have made some tried-and-true models available in a variety of sizes for you to order. From this suite of base model offerings, you can choose from the Haze custom color wheel to customize your board's color as a tint or opaque.
> Why semi-customizable versus fully-customizable?
A semi-customizable option allows us to minimize delivery timelines, while maintaining top quality, and ensuring that the shapes and colors you choose from are as close as possible to what you have seen in the water, on the beach, or on top of your friends car.
> How can I learn more about your asymmetrical designs?
Living and surfing in San Diego has exposed me to a fantastic world of creative surfing and even more thoughtful surfboard designs. From 5’2 Simmons to 11′ gliders, and everything in between, we experiment with many designs. Asymmetrical designs have found their spot in our design line up, simply because they work, and they provide a special culmination of select design elements.
We currently have two proven models, one which is more of a performance board, and another which is designed to cruise through sloped out sections and when the surf heights are lower. These boards feature a longer rail on your toe side, with a slightly pinched rail profile when compared to the shorter rail on your heel. Rockers are unique for toe and heel, which blend with specially designed "spiral" concaves on the bottom.
These boards are designed with varied rail lengths and other designs with our body mechanics and kinesiology in mind. These boards are designed based on your stance (goofy or regular), not on the wave direction you'll be riding.
> What do resin tints, opaques, lap-lines, and deck patch mean?
Tint means that the color will be transparent, so that you can see the stringer, fiberglass lap lines, and deck patches.
A lap line is visible when colors are selected for tint options, and is caused by the two layers of fiberglass overlapping from the top and bottom fiberglass lamination.
A deck patch is an additional layer of fiberglass on the top of the surfboard that increases the strength of the deck to knee and heel pressure dents.
Opaque colors prohibit you from seeing through to the stringer, as there is no transparency.
> How do I order a fully custom surfboard?
We love that you are looking for something more than what’s currently offered! To us, this means that you are passionate about your new surfboard, and really want to dial in your equipment. This has been our specialty for over a decade, and we are more than happy to accommodate custom orders for you!
Each custom board receives one-on-one collaboration so that we can develop that creative project you've had your mind on for so long. We offer a fully customizable process, where you can consult directly with Haze. We will get in direct contact for this order. Check out the Customs page to get started.
> What if I want something different than what’s offered in the Haze Designs, but not looking to order a custom at the moment?
We are constantly adjusting our custom color wheel, designing new shapes, and searching for custom fabrics to incorporate new options into the Designs page. If you don’t see something that meets your fancy now, be sure to keep your ear to the ground and check back in a few months, as we will be periodically launching new offerings as part of our Designs page.
> I’m not really sure what board model will be best for my order, how can I learn more?
Knowing that you don’t know can help us help you, and we are more than happy to hear from you through the contact form in this website's footer. Our goal is to help you have fun, and make your surfing as enjoyable for you as it has been for us!
> There are some terms that I am unfamiliar with relating to surfboard design and surfing in general. Can you explain the typical surfboard design lingo?
Surfboard design discussion can take off in a whole bunch of directions, so we understand where you’re coming from. Here is a list of commonly used terms (feel free to contact us if you need anything else clarified).
Rocker – This refers to curve of a surfboard, when looking at the profile from nose to tail. A good way to gauge a boards rocker is to place it on the ground, and “rock” it by pressing down on the tail/nose. The more the board rocks, the more rocker it has. When designed correctly, this design feature will enhance speed, maneuverability, and overall control.
Concave – Concave is generally added to the bottom of boards to increase hydrodynamic lift, and flow underneath the board as you turn, glide, and paddle through the water. When configured well, concave will enhance the speed, drive, and general power of a board. We will also add concave to the tails of longboard decks to enhance nose riding stability.
Belly – Belly refers to the hull design of a surfboard, and is generally found on boards in the upper ranges of the board length continuum. You can think of belly as the convex design of the bottom of the board, as it “bellies” out to create a smooth rounded surface. When designed correctly, this feature will help displace water in such a way that will enhance glide, maneuverability, and overall balance of a board.
Vee –The shape feature resembles a “V” when looking down the bottom of the board from the tail (deck facing upwards). Vee generally refers to the peaked planes that create the bottom of the board’s surface. This design will emphasize a flat planing surface on each side of the board’s center line stringer, which can enhance drive, speed, and maneuverability.
Downed Rail – This refers to the profile of a surfboard’s rail, which will have a greater portion of the profile shaped down to meet the bottom rail. The apex of the rail will be located further towards the bottom of the board, when looking at the rail’s profile. This design feature can enhance stability, speed, trim, and general control of a board.
Foil – Foil refers to the dynamics of volume change throughout the board, from nose to tail, and rail to rail. Foil will determine where thickness is distributed throughout the board, and can impact all elements of surfboard design and performance.
Finish Style – The finish refers to the final finish that a board will receive during the lamination phase of production. The final finish will determine the amount a board will not only shine , but can also provide additional protection to a board. Sanded finishes can be thought of as a matte finish, and includes no extra sealing coats over the board. A sanded gloss will provide a sealing coat to your board, but still provide a matte-like finish. Gloss and polish will provide a high-shine finish, while also providing additional protection of your board from the elements. Please keep in mind that extra resin can add some weight; so if you are building a light, high performing board, keep this in mind!
> Where can I learn more about surfing terms used to describe the way boards perform?
Thanks again for your targeted question! We've prepared a few descriptions below for your reference.
Trim – Trim is one of the key features to riding a board with finesse and style. When a surfer has a board “in trim”, it is as if all the design elements of the board are being engaged. This term is generally used when describing the riding characteristics of a board in the middle to upper ends of the board length continuum.
Glide – As you can imagine, glide is somewhat of a subjective descriptor. However, a board with more glide will generally have a feeling as if the board effortlessly moves through the water, with all of its features allowing the surfer to feel connected to the wave’s energy as it peaks.
Manueverability – This describes to the ability of a surfboard to be maneuvered on a wave, referring to both the ability to maneuver the board tail to nose and rail to rail. The goal of a surfboard’s design is to increase maneuverability, while drawing out the other features of board design, based on specific wave types and surfing styles.
Power – Power can refer to the ability to paddle at greater speed with more power, or to the ability of a board to turn and maneuver with distinction. Power will generally describe a feature of a board that communicates the surfer’s ability to gain momentum while surfing with control and determination.
Drive – Drive specifically refers to the ability of a surfer to harness power from bottom turns, top turns, and carves while surfing on any part of the wave. Drive can be enhanced by the design elements of the board itself, as well as by the fin placement and fin designs.
> What is the proper way to care for my board?
Use a Bag - We highly recommend that you travel with and store your board in a protective bag. This reduces potential chances for minor damage, and can significantly sheild your board against small and mid-sized dings.
Avoid Heat - We realize that the inside and roof of your car are typically where you will be keeping your board during a summertime beach day. However, these places should be avoided whenever possible, or at least limited in duration.
Avoid Long Sun Exposure - Picture this... you just got out of the water after a great surf session. You had a bunch of fantastic waves, you're tired, and all you want to do is take a nap under the umbrella in the sand. Your board wants the same thing! Protect your board from direct sunlight. Go ahead and put the board in the shade, or slip it into a bag.
Careful with Roof-racks and Straps - If you're strapping your board to the roof, make sure the board is positioned so that a minimal length is hanging over the front rack. When the board is positioned too far foward, it will catch more wind while driving. This causes it to bend and flex more than it should... leading to potential issues down the road.