This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

The back section of a surfboard, referring either to tail width or shape. Tail width is measured at right angles to the board's stringer, one foot up from the tip; average tail width for a 6'6" shortboard is about 14 inches. Increased tail width means greater speed, particularly in smaller surf, but less control; wide-tailed boards tend to lose traction and spin out during a hard turn. Narrow tail...

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