Surftech Rusty Happy Shovel Surfboard

Can you dig it?

You're in for a fun day with the Rusty Happy Shovel Surfboard whether you're twisting on crummy knee-high waves or twisting off bigger shoulder-high ones. Rusty's crew of misfit surfers have yet to determine the Happy Shovel's limits, because it seems to play well on whatever they throw it on. Its mystical design combines a shortboard with a hybrid, and there's a high surface area and volume that make for easy paddling and planing.

Rusty also designed this surfboard with a moderate width from tip to tail that shreds more like a snowboard than a surfboard. The double-barrel concave works with shortboard rails to sink into water like a snowboard cutting through glorious powder. Add that to the surfboard's wider tail and flatter rocker at the nose, and you're in for a speedy treat. The Happy Shovel's one-of-a-kind TL Pro Carbon (TLPC) construction features a hand-tuned EPS core, fiberglass t-stringers, engineered HD foam, internal and external laminates, and carbon flex panels with a hand-finished hot coat.

  • Shaped by Surfing vet, Rusty Preisendorfer
  • Shortboard hybrid with high surface area and volume
  • Knee to shoulder high waves
  • Flatter rocker at nose
  • Double-barrel concave with moderate shortboard rails
  • Wider tail
  • TLPC construction
  • Five fin setups
  • Size down to daily driver hybrid lengths
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Bought 7' Happy Shovel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a 7' version of this board. Everyone said I was crazy. It's the most fun I've ever had on a funshape sized board. Best surfing decision I've ever made.

Good all around board for clean days

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Good board for clean days, wider template allows you to get into waves a little earlier than a traditional high performance shortboard and carries plenty of speed. Rails are low-volume, high performance rails. Would not recommend this board for beginners. Easily the lightest board I've ever owned, possibly a little too light for windy or choppy conditions.