SmoothStar can be used by beginners, intermediate and advanced. SmoothStar has spent many years perfecting the right board and model to suit the right rider and their level of surfing.

SmoothStar has not only engineered and perfected the Thruster to emulate surfing, but has designed all the other elements that makes up the best surf feel for each and particular surfer size and skill level.

To Help Improve Your Surfing

In order to get the most out of your SmoothStar and make it feel just like your surfing, we recommend following our detailed guide. Each model reflects different size surfers and they have all been tested by our R&D process, pro surfers, pro surf coaches and our teamriders.

Smoothstar board recommendations*

Surfer Height Weight Recommended Board Click to View Range
+ 155cm 25kg – 50kg View 30″ range
153cm – 170cm (5″0′ – 5″7′) 40kg – 75kg View 32″ range
160cm – 181cm (5″3′ – 5″11′) 55kg – 95kg sb2-5 View 32.5″ range
162cm – 183cm (5″4′ – 6″0′) 55kg – 85kg View 33″ range
180cm – 193cm (5″11′ – 6″4′) 70kg – 100kg View 35.5″ range
182cm – 203cm (6″0′ – 6″8′) 85kg – 120kg View 39″ range

*Do you like to surf with longer surfboards or do you want to cruise on streets on longer distance? Then we recommend you our 36” or 39” even if you are smaller or lighter person then it’s written in the table above.

Board performance ratings

SmoothStars Models Size Critical Turns Downhill Drive* Skatepark Street Airs
30″ star_3 star_3 star_4_5 star_4 star_3_5
32″ star_3_5 star_3_5 star_5 star_4 star_5
sb2-5 32.5″ star_4 star_4 star_5 star_4_5 star_5
33″ star_4 star_4 star_5 star_4_5 star_5
35.5″ star_4_5 star_4_5 star_4 star_5 star_4
39″ star_5 star_5 star_2_5 star_5 star_2_5
*Drive = Speed through turns


Wheel Base & Deck Length

Wheel base is really one of the key aspects of choosing the right SmoothStar for your riding ability. Typically the shorter the wheelbase, the tighter the turning and more critical turns. However, you don’t want it too short that you shorten the width of your legs too much that you lose balance. Typically, we recommend thinking about your surfing stance which is approximately a little bit wider than the width of your shoulders. Measure the width of your stance against the Wheels Base of the SmoothStar models.

SmoothStars Models Deck Lenth Wheelbase Approx Surfing
Stance Distance
30″ (76cm) 52cm 35cm – 60cm
32″ (81cm) 52cm 45cm – 65cm
sb2-5 32.5″ (81cm) 52cm 43cm – 62cm
33″ (84cm) 54cm 45cm – 65cm
manta-ray-small-thumb 35.5″ (90cm) 58cm 50cm – 75cm
39″ (99cm) 67cm 50cm – 75cm

Wheel Base & Deck Length

Deck Concave is very important to emulate the surf feel, connecting your feet to the board. All SmoothStar deck designs have been tested thoroughly for the appropriate rider. For example, the more critical boards such as the 32”, 33” and 36” boards have a steeper concave as riders using these boards carver harder and sharper than those of the 30” and 39” models. Without the concave, you simply don’t get the surf feel. SmoothStar boards have very low tail kicker and this is really to emulate your tail pad on your surfboard.


Wheel Width

Having a wider wheel: better the grip between turns, it increases stability, can handle rough surfaces with small stones. Having a thinner wheel: faster you will go between turns – faster release, you will be able to slide as there is less surface area gripping the ground.

Wheel Hardness Soft Wheel: better absorption of bumps, better grip on turns, less foot vibration.
Hard Wheel: faster, slide the tail more

SmoothStar has generally soft to intermediate hardness wheels. However, SmoothStar has thin and thick wheels. However, the most suitable wheel for most riders is SmoothStar Stingrays, they were developed for the intermediate surf skater, which provides all rounder performance. To buy SmoothStar Stingrays, click here