A surfboard volume calculator exists on nearly every shaper and board retailer’s website. The process is largely the same in each case: the user inputs a few pieces of information into their computer box, the calculator spits out your perfect board volume, and then a slew of supposedly “magic boards” appear on your screen, like you have just summoned your own digital surf genie.
While volume is a helpful tool to assist in surfboard selection, it has all the validity of an SAT score. Sure, it means something, but it’s really only one piece in a much larger puzzle. Purchasing a new stick on this number alone without considering size, shape, purpose, and a host of other variables would be a disastrous decision.