If you really prefer to go old-school when you're hitting the waves, then you need a hand-carved wooden board, like those from Grain.
The company makes its boards and board kits (for the hardcore DIY'er) from Northern White cedar wood, grown in Maine and harvested sustainably, as well as fish, single fins, funboards, and other designs can be purchased ready-made.
Kits include frame, planks, rail strips, and other must-haves. (Grain Surfboards, from $720)
Photo: Grain Surfboards