Once upon a time, surfboards shapes were a personal thing. You spent time with your shaper, he got to know your style, your quirks and ambitions, and after a couple of years (and plenty of trial and error with custom boards), he nailed it! Your favourite board was born, and my oh my, what a feeling it was.

Fast forward to 2015, and off the rack is the new black. We have Craig Anderson riding stock Hayden Shapes models with more style than George Clooney and grace than ballerina, and Kelly Slater performing aerial shows on oddball Firewire designs available at any local stockist. Thanks to the evolution in surfboard shaping and modelling technology, stock models have been refined so much, that they are good enough for professionals to surf. Read on to find out which surfboard models are leading the chase in 2015.

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