Shortboarding is a form of surfing using a shorter board than the traditional longboard. Shortboards have been around since the 1960s. Shortboards are typically around 7 feet long with a pointed nose and a rounded tail. Shortboards have gained popularity due to their increased manoeuvrability compared to longboards. This extra agility on the board comes at the price of it being somewhat harder to catch waves. Shortboards tend to require larger and more powerful waves to be effective. However, the speedy nature of the shortboard has allowed for a lot of innovation in the world of surfing. .