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Mini Mal Surfboard Buyer Guide

Mini mal surfboards are by far the most popular type of surfboard we sell at Circle One. They offer a really versatile shape and length, suitable for beginners up to experienced surfers wanting a fun surfboard to catch waves on. There are many brands and styles on the market though, so where do you start if that’s the sort of surfboard you are looking for? We’ve compiled our handy mini mal surfboard buyer guide to hopefully help you out!

What is a mini mal surfboard?

A mini mal surfboard describes any mid-length surfboard from around 7ft in length to just over 8ft. They typically have a rounded nose and tail, although can vary in how tapered or pointy the nose and tail are, which can affect the ride and performance characteristics. Mini mal surfboards often have plenty of volume and decent width which make them buoyant and stable when catching waves. They offer slightly more manoeuverability than longboards making them a good choice for learning to turn on waves.


What length should I go for?

Mini mals start from 7ft – 7ft 2 in length. These shorter surfboards are great boards for progression and to play around in any waves. This is the surfboard length to go for if you are looking at a 7′ 6″ traditional mini mal as a beginner or improver surfboard, but are a smaller or lighter teenager or adult who would benefit from a slightly smaller length. Alternatively, it is a good step up from an 8ft mini mal if you have been used to riding that but are looking for a board which is easier to duck dive and more playful on bigger waves. It is a surfboard for the whole family; introduce the kids to surfing but also have great fun yourself!

Top Picks –

7ft Razor Mini Mal Package


7ft Pulse Mini Mal Surfboard


7ft 2 Bamboo Mini Mal Surfboard


The classic and most popular mini mal length is 7ft 6. This is a great middle ground between stability and sturdiness when catching smaller waves and learning to pop up, while offering some playfulness and steering in bigger waves when learning to turn. A great all-round length board. The 7ft 6 offers plenty of volume and stability but also a fun a playful feel. It is a great board for all abilities from beginners to experts alike. If you are looking for a surfboard to take out in any conditions, something to teach the kids on, have a play on, work on your turns and make you feel happy whenever you see it, then this is the surfboard for you!

Top Picks –

7ft 6 Bamboo Mini Mal Surfboard


7ft 6 Razor Mini Mal Surfboard


7ft 6 Pulse Mini Mal Surfboard Package


On the longer end of the mini mal spectrum, you’ll find boards around 7ft 10 – 8ft 2.  The bigger length and volume allows for better wave catching even in smaller waves, and is ideal as a first hard board while learning or for heavier or taller surfers needing a longer board to support them. The 8ft mini mal is a great fun length for flatter days or for those looking for full volume in their surfboards. It is a popular length for those not quite wanting the extra length of an out-and-out longboard, but want something more robust and sturdy in the water than a shorter mini mal or shortboard. A great surfboard for a beginner, or intermediate who likes full volume and stability. Perfect for UK surfing conditions.

Top Picks –

8ft Pulse Mini Mal Surfboard Package


8ft Razor Mini Mal Surfboard Package


8ft Bamboo Mini Mal Surfboard


If you would like more specific advice on the perfect surfboard for you, then please give us a call on 0330 043 1256 or email us on [email protected].

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