The June solstice was two days ago, which means that the typically small, crowded, onshore conditions of California’s spring will soon be replaced by the typically small, crowded, onshore conditions of California’s summer—but hey, at least the water’s warm!
In all seriousness, while summer has never been the most exciting season for Californians surf-wise, it’s always been a great time for experimentation. In expanding the old quiver, we can unlock new sensations in the surf and turn even the most listless conditions into some kind of aquatic thrill. Below, you’ll find the summer craft that the SURFER staff is most excited by, and feel free to throw your own suggestions for doldrum-busting boards in the comment section at the bottom.
This article originally appeared on Surfer.com and was republished with permission.