The 12 Best Surf Brands Right Now

Roots: Founded by Jack Shipley and Gerry Lopez in 1970 in Oahu, HI.

Lightning Bolt has been the brand of choice for the hard-charging since legends Jack Shipley and Gerry Lopez started shaping boards together in 1970. The partnership resulted in huge leaps in shaping and design, and also offered a style alternative that moved away from the clean-cut Beach Boys era and catered to surfers who partied as hard as they shredded.

Lightning Bolt's recent resurgence under the legendary Jonathan Paskowitz harks back to the brand's golden years while looking forward. A recent collaboration with menswear favorite Unis and staying atop that cozyboy wave means Lightning Bolt should be on your radar whether you're a beachbum or city rat.

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