The minimal is a small type of modern Malibu designed for easier surfing. They suit beginners, heavy people or people who don't surf that often or well. They have extra volume and width throughout, allowing easier paddling and greater stability. This helps beginners develop their basic surfing skills. This type of board can range from about 6'10" to 7'6" depending on the rider. They generally have rounded square tails with concave to flat bottoms for stability.