quiver


A surfer's personal collection of surfboards, usually numbering from three to six, but occasionally going up to 20 or more, with each board designed for a specific kind of wave. A quiver of boards is the surfing equivalent to the golfer's bag of clubs.

Prior to 1968, surfers generally rode all-purpose boards, about 10 feet long, and rarely kept more than two boards at a time. After the late '60s shortboard revolution, as designs became increasingly specialized, hardcore surfers began assembling a graduated set of boards—often from the same shaper—so as to be ready for any type of surf. Generally speaking, the bigger the wave, the bigger the board. Mark Richards, for example, used a six-board quiver in Hawaii in 1975, with boards ranging from a 6'9" sting for small waves up to an 8'6" pintail for 25-footers at Waimea Bay.

A 2011 Surfer magazine survey revealed that the average quiver size of its readership was 3.64 boards. Pro tour kingpin Kelly Slater, that year, kept an estimated 70 boards stashed at various surf spots around the world.