Compared with paddleboards meant for all-around use, surf sticks are generally shorter, narrower, and designed to be maneuverable with a paddle in the waves.
Hobie CM Ultimate
This stick combines the look and feel of a standard-size, custom-shaped surfboard with the advantages of a stand-up. We found the 10-foot-4-inch Hobie to be an excellent nose rider, with the glide of a longer board. One note: The larger the surfer, the more experience is required, since the narrow, thin swallowtail can make the board tippy in heavy surf. [$1,149; hobie.com]