Choice of Foamie Surfboards

There are hundreds of soft and foamie surfboards on the market, many offering slightly different benefits to each other and some just in different colours! Lets have a look at what size you should be looking for, this is a rough guide:

  •  45 kg – 5’8 Softboard or 5’8 – 5’10 Fish Surfboard
  • 45 – 55 kg – 6’2 Softboard or 6’0 – 6’2 or Fish Surfboard 6’10 – 7’2 Minimal
  • 55 – 65 kg – 7’0 Softboard or 6’2 – 6’6″ or Fish Surfboard 7’2″ – 7’6″ Minimal
  • 65 – 75 Kg – 7’4+ Soft Board or 6’6″ – 6’10” Fish Surfboard or 7’6 – 8’0 Minimal
  • Osprey Surf boards

If your child has some experience surfing or skate boarding then you might be able to get away with a smaller board than recommended above. The idea of a first board is to provide a stable platform to learn the basics and increasing wave count.

Soft Baords

The soft construction is important while learning, the odd slip and other simple accidents simply do not hurt with a light foam board, unlike a hard glass board! A nasty knock, being hit by your own board or hitting someone with your board will all set you back if not destroy your confidence before you have really started. Foam surfboards are a lot more forgiving.

Soft surf boards never really used to perform on a wave. They were a little sluggish, un-responsive and poorly designed. The new boards however are amazing! Well respected shapers have designed these new boards with performance and progression in mind. The new construction techniques for soft boards makes for a very strong board with the right flex through it, unlike their older cousins. CAD (computer aided design) has also helped make huge steps forward in board design as well as the use of wooden stringers, epoxy resins and modern fabrics to make stiff responsive boards.