My immediate response to this question is always the same; The first board that goes in your bag should be whatever you like to ride at home. Your “go-to” board – the board that just feels right when you pick it up and paddle out at your local spot, even if it’s been a few weeks between surfs! Give it a good clean, strip off that cold water wax and check for any little creases, dings or cracked fin plugs. If you find any get them fixed! Then give it a gentle rub with some warm water wax and it will be ready for that first morning when you wake up to 3-4ft Maldivian glass!
The second board I would bring would be a board that goes really good in small waves. Something fatter and wider perhaps? Something fast and loose? Maybe a longboard, a fish or a twin fin! If you love riding a standard short board and don’t want to deviate too far from your path maybe consider a little fish/short board hybrid. You will be ripping across those little sections and won’t miss a beat when you go back to your regular shorty. You can be sure that whenever you go on a surf trip there will be at least a couple of small days. So if you have a board that suits those perfect little runners you will be loving life. So yes, I always recommend finding space for that magic small wave board. Especially as the waves are so forgiving out here so you will be surprised how often you can ride it.