Brand: Gordon & Smith
Features: Fiberglass, channels
Gordon & Smith entered the thriving bodyboard market in the mid-1980s with a short-lived line of fiberglass bodyboards. Crafting quality surfboards since 1959, G&S applied their longtime knowledge to build several dozen slick looking airbrushed bodyboards with channels. The downsides were evident: the lack of padding made for a less forgiving board, and fiberglass is susceptible to dings. Most notably, the complete lack of flex worked against what many considered to be an essential characteristic of bodyboards.