Find a jar lid or tin about 75mm in diameter. Place it on the nose of the surfboard, on the deck. Draw a line around the front and cut off what sticks out the front. Round it off and put fibreglass over it. In collisions this will dissipate the energy of the impact over a much larger area, greatly reducing the chance of severe or critical injury. The board will surf better because you have reduced the swing weight and wind resistance. It is shorter, turns quicker, and pulls off moves you couldn't do before.
George Greenough, Broken Head