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1. Và–LKL SELECTA 164

($599; volkl.com) Poplar wood gives the Selecta its ultrasmooth flex. But the "powder channel"-a groove in the tail-makes it float like a swallowtail.

2. KARHU LIMITED EDITION PFD 172
($749; karhu.com) Surf-obsessed freeheelers will love these birch-veneer fatties (139-110-137). But get yours now: Karhu produced only 150 pairs.

3. ELAN M999 181
($810; elanskis.com) An even flex, robust waist (99 mm), and easy edge-to-edge transfer make these cherry-topped twin tips ideal on both sides of the rope.

4. ARBOR PINLONGBOARD
($161; arborsports.com) Cruise your city streets on this classic pintail ride. It's made with the same koa hardwood Hawaiians used in the first surfboard construction.

5. ANON HYDRO PINSTRIPE FIGMENT GOGGLES
($70; burton.com/anon) The Figments' injection-molded faux-wood frames have serious retro flair-even though they just hit the market. (And, to the best of our knowledge, goggles have never been made out of wood.)

September 2005