Every surfing enthusiast has their own definition of having fun while out and about in the water. And isn’t that all that matters? I know most of you might believe that performing all manners of flips and tricks with your foam board is what entails fun. That might not be true.
If you are feeling disappointed and downtrodden, then it could be time to change surfboards. Take it from me, I used to have one of those regular surfboards and didn’t achieve much until I got to know of surfboard foamies from a friend.
These surfboards are the soft types that basically ride like the usual surfboards, albeit with a host of increased possibilities. Available in options of long and short, a surfboard foamie is definitely a watersports gear you want to try out.
Type of Surfboard Foamie (Longboard Vs Shortboards)
Apart from the materials surfboards are made from, the most apparent differences between surfboards are their lengths. Surfboards are divided into two: Longboards and Shortboards.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of the two so that you know which option to go for when the time comes.
Between the two, it is this type that has been around for the longest time. Their lengths typically vary between 9 and 15 feet with weights of up to 80 kilograms. Because of their lengths, these surfboards have more float in water making it easier for surfers to catch waves and paddle through the water.
If you ask most experts, they will tell you that these types are best used by surfing pros. Their enormous sizes make them difficult to maneuver on water, plus it becomes harder to get over waves.
However, others will tell that these are the best for learning since they are very buoyant and slower on the water in comparison with Shortboards. They are also more stable than their counterparts.
If you are an intermediate to advanced surfer, these are great choices. There is no specific length for a Short board as it refers to anything below 6 feet, 6 inches. Shortboards are meant for surfers with a thirst for speed as well as maneuverability.
Unlike the rounded nose on the longboards, these products have a pointed nose with about 3 fins. Shortboards are not ideal for use by beginners for a myriad of reasons. They are thin, unstable, and fine-tuned for high-speed performance. These are the exact opposite of what a learner requires.
Advantages of Using Surfboard Foamie
Surfboard foamies are a great investment to a surfer, no matter the skills levels. It accrues the user several benefits over other materials. That is why their popularity is on the rise in recent times. These foamies are great for a number of reasons.
- They are easy to travel with. You do not have to worry about the board developing dings on it, whether you chuck it on the back of the truck, or on your car’s roof.
- They are safe to use. Every surfer must have experienced this when they were setting out to horn their skills. Falls are inevitable, just as the subsequent whack from the board. Trust me; the hit from a foam surfboard is more forgiving than the one from fiberglass.
- Great durability. Rail dings on your board do it a lot of harm. Since these types handle well your careless handling, they stay in top shape for longer.
- Saves money and time since they are cheaper to buy and easier to maintain. You spend less money buying one off the rack while reducing time spent out of water due to damages.
- Softer board material means that you don’t accidentally damage other people’s boards, neither do they damage yours. You would be cut some slack in case you make a rookie mistake.
- The boards have a high resell value.
Shortboards Surfboard Foamie
The Giantex Surfboard is a 6 feet long shortboard with removable fins. It is a great option for beginners, kids, children, and adults alike, provided you do not weigh more than 200 pounds. Its top surface construction is done from a foam material, while its slick bottom features a High-Density Polyethylene for responsiveness.
In addition, the deck of this core is made from an expanded polyethylene for stiffness, while its core is expanded polystyrene for less weight and rigidity. Transportation is easier due to the inclusion of the removable fins. A fishtail provides more traction and holds for more lift and better speed planning.
- Slick bottom achieves high speed
- High-efficiency concave bottom
- Great aesthetics
- Easy to transport
- Increased traction
- Generous weight limit of 200 pounds
- Customizable fins
- Easy to assemble
- Color comes off on occasions
- Feels cheaply made
Measuring 4 feet long, the Wave Bandit is a twin fin foam surfboard for those who are looking to start surfing. The shape is designed such that it can be conveniently used by kids. On its core is a dual composite construction done at high pressure to withstand variable speeds.
The two fins that this surfboard comes with can be removed. By removing the fins, you can safely transport your board as well as surf without them, albeit with reduced capabilities. The package includes a leash plug and the accompanying pro-style leash. For better board grip, you can apply surf wax.
- Excellent for kids
- Lightweight composite construction
- High-quality leash
- Can be used by 4 feet tall people
- Colorful finishes on either side
- Usable without fins
- Sturdy construction
- Develops dings
- Less durability
The Tri-Wave Bandit performer is Turquoise in color and measures 6 feet, 6 inches in length. A fish shape, as well as a rocker feature makes this surfboard a relatively high performer in its class of surfboard foamies. It features a dual composite core as well as twin wood stringers.
In order to easily slice through water and rise above waves, the bottom part is made from high-density polyethylene. As part of the 3 fins configurations, a 4.5 inches long performance thruster is included. Additionally, it requires surf wax for better grip.
- High-pressure resistance core
- Streamlined fish shape
- Better grip with surf wax
- Slick bottom
- Great pricing
- Easy riding for beginners
- Massive 55 liters’ water displacement
- Large size difficult to maneuver for beginners
- Requires extra surf wax for grip
For added fun out in the water, I think you would love the egg-shaped Wave Bandit EZ Rider. With this shape, beginner and advanced surfers alike can use it with ease. It is relatively long as it measures about 8 feet in length. You have to be sure you can handle that length before making a purchase.
Expanded Polystyrene foam is used in the construction of the core. It makes it stiff enough to handle higher youth/beginner weights. At 21.6 pounds, this surfboard does not handle much weight. Pop through thermoplastic Polyurethane 3 fin setup measuring 4.5 inches enhances speed control as well as maneuverability.
- Very buoyant
- High endurance
- Excellent maneuverability
- Flexible skill level
- Easy learning
- Soft, sturdy, removable fins
- Great water surface contact
- Usage tends to be only for kids
- Develops dings on occasions
The Liquid Shredder foam surfboard measures 5 feet, 10 inches long and has a fish shape. It also has wooden stringers. These features make it an excellent choice for young beginner riders. An increased width easily floats on water while the stringers add to the overall strength and board stiffness.
Instead of gluing the parts together, they are heat laminated. It is a design feature that prevents stripping of the Expanded polyethylene deck and the slick bottom. The soft foam deck is forgiving in case you black out and it hits you. Included in the package are the 2 fins and the post on which you connect the leash on.
- Durable laminated parts
- Forgiving deck
- Short enough kids and teens
- Floats well
- Over 200 pounds weight limit
- Smooth ride
- Weight seems off as stated
Longboard Surfboard Foamie
The 8-foot-long Wavestorm surfboard features a great looking brushed graphic that stands out. A removable ankle leash, a concave shape, and a set of 3 fins make it a high-performance longboard. Provided you do not weigh more than 200 pounds, then this board would be a good surfing gear.
Board strength results from the core made of an expanded polystyrene. At the rear end of the board is a traction pad together with 3 marine-ply stringers. These work together to ensure your stability on the board. High-density polyethylene makes for a slicker board bottom.
- Impressive traction
- Stable deck platform
- Ankle leash can be removed
- Side rails improve strength
- Twist-resistant core
- Easy to handle
- Great for both beginners and fun having pros
- Catches light waves
- Complaints of poor customer service
- Highly price
Do you fancy an egg-shaped longboard for surfing? Well, if so then you could check out the Wave Bandit Ben Gravy Pro EZ. A white finish on the deck and flamboyant graphic on the underside makes it look great. Double maple stringers made from wood run from end of the board to add it strength and stiffness.
The core of the surfboard is made from an Expanded Polystyrene. This type of foam uses beads which results in the lightweight properties of the surfboard. Other likable features include a “pop thru 4.5 inches TPU tri fins set up” and a slick high-density polyethylene board bottom.
- Fun egg shape
- Appropriate for a variety of skills
- High strength reinforcements
- Handles small to medium-sized waves
- Right price
- Durable construction
- Amazing buoyancy
- Sick graphics
- Less stiff as it only has 2 stringers
- Not geared for high performance
For better bending resistance, this 8-foot-long has a 3 stringer system. This means increased weight handling as well as making it resistant to flexure. Soft foam construction reduces the chances of you getting hurt or damaging other peoples’ board when a wave wipes you out.
The top deck is formed by putting together water barrier skin crosslinks and deck rails. A surfer gets adequate leg room for a myriad of riding styles. To create a slick bottom, a glossy polyethylene foam is used then finished off with a brushed color graphic art on the deck.
- Removable 3 fins
- Transport/storage bag provided
- Large water volume displacement
- Considerable weight limit
- Functional traction pad
- Any surfer can ride it
- Light (11 pounds)
- Limited weight limit (200 pounds)
As a beginner or an intermediate surfer, the 7-foot-long Channel Islands surfboard matches your skill and performance requirements. However, even pros can still have a go at it once in a while for the feel-good factor.
Weighing just about 10.8 pounds and having a weight limit of 200 pounds, nearly every entry and intermediate level person can use it. 3 removable fins and their tuck through bolts are included in the package. High-density HDPE bottom enables a smooth sliding over water.
- Design geared for fun
- Fins can be removed for a fin-free ride
- Eye-catching graphics
- Fairly priced
- Grows with your skills level
- Special note by Bethany Hamilton upon purchase
- The length might not be sufficient for longboard surfers
Channel Island surfboards have been around for some time now. They produce some impressive surfboard foamies, and this one is a classic example. With a length of 7 foot, it’s a great fun surface for any adult or teen weighing over 110 pounds
You also have to be taller than 5 foot and 6 inches to comfortably use this surfboard foamie. Stability is key if you are an intermediate level surfer. It handles well and is easier to maneuver in comparison to a 9 foot and above surfboards.
- Massive 81 liters volume
- Reputable performance
- Excellent for intermediate riders
- Easily rides onto medium sized waves
- Flexure resistant
- Costs a lot for an intermediate surfboard
How to Buy the Best Surfboard Foamie
- Consider the Surfboard Design
There is an insane number of surfing boards you can buy. Considering the design and your preferred surfing style easily eliminates over 80 percent of the surfboards you might not be buying. Consider things like how big the waves are or if you will be traveling frequently with the board.
For beginners, a simpler board would do. Things like surfboard nose or the rocker shouldn’t concern you much.
- Know How Much Water It Displaces
It may sound like high-level science, but in essence it is not. Most first time buyers do not consider the indicated volume of their boards. This figure is usually indicated on the surfboard.
In denotes the size of waves the board can surf on. For bigger or erratic waves, a small volume would be ideal. But if the waves are flatter, then you need most speed and this means that you will need more volume.
- Determine Length and Width
Next, you have to know the nose to tail length of the surfboard before picking it. The width of the board also determines whether its designated for a pro or a beginner. I have seen too many beginners struggle in boards that are too narrow for their skills.
For a beginner, the wider the board, the better suited it is for you. A width of not less than 20 inches provides just about enough surface area for stability. But then again, you should be able to carry the board under your arms. Dragging the board is just reckless.
- Look for reviews on how durable the board is
The durability of your board is one aspect that you must consider. If you are a beginner, you would want your board to last you through your training until you master the waves. A durable board also comes in handy when you frequently bang the board on rocks.
For a learner, falling would be a norm. You need a surfboard that would escape unscathed from such eventualities. Look for what prior buyers say about its ding resistance properties before settling on it.
Type of Surfboard Foamie Brands
Wave Bandit is one of the leading brands for beginner to intermediate surfboards. In fact, most of the top surfboard foamies I have included in this review are from Wave Bandit. There are a huge number of other models you could choose from.
Although they are rare, these brands are some of the cheapest, solid build surfboards. They are mostly made for beginners looking out to try their wave rising skills for the first time.
Despite being a new entrant in the surfboard foamie market, this company is beginning to cut a niche for themselves in the creation of top-notch boards. Standard Shortboards and longboards are available.
Boards from the Channel Islands are famed among beginners who are looking for fairly long surfboards. There are quite a number of products with top foam and bottom HDPE construction.
How to Use Surfboard Foamie
The best way of learning how to use a surfboard foamie is by learning from a surfing pro. Do not try to learn the whole process on your own as it would lead to unnecessary frustrations. Every one of us advanced surfers are always willing to teach a beginner a trick or two.
You only need to be willing to learn and be sincere of your surfing abilities. Whenever you need help stabilizing yourself on the board, just ask for help. If you have parents who are surfers themselves then having them teach you how to surf would be the best.
I have seen tons of families on the beach teaching their kids how to surf. In as much as it’s a hilarious sight to watch due to the tumbles, it gives you great joy.
How to Maintain Surfboard Foamie
- Just like any other saltwater gear, rinse your foam surfboard after every surfing session. If salt water is allowed to settle on the board for too long, the board becomes brittle.
- Keep your rinsed or stored board out of direct sunlight. You could wipe it dry or air it in a cool, dry place. UV rays damage the lamination or glued parts.
- Always carry the board under your arms. Don’t be a reckless surfer who drags their surfboards on the ground.
- In as much as foam resists dings, do not pile up objects on your board. It would develop them either way. Keep your gear on a shelf, or under a cupboard, away from falling objects.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)
Q: Between a longboard and a shortboard, which one should I get?
A: The length of your board is dependent on skill levels, type of surfing style and the surfing direction. For first-timers, longboards or wide Shortboards would be ideal
Q: Should I wax my surfboard?
A: A shortboard requires relatively little waxing in comparison to a standard surfboard. So yes, some waxing wouldn’t be so bad.
Q: Does a surfboard foamie have any advantages in terms of faster learning?
A: A surfboard alone does not determine how fast or slow you learn how to surf. A surfboard does have its advantages as it makes the learning curve easier than other boards.
Q: After getting my surfboard foamie, do I need any other surfboard?
A: That depends on you. However, part of surfing fun comes from the idea of trying out a variety of boards. If you intend to become a pro then try out all the options you can get.
Q: Do the fins on foam surfboards come already attached?
A: No. Most of the surfboards I have come across come with the fins unattached. However, doing the assembly is a breeze.
Tips/Tricks When Buying a Surfboard Foamies
- Always compare prices from multiple retailers. An expensive surfboard foamie on Amazon might be very cheap elsewhere.
- Buy a longboard as if it will stay with you for longer. You want a product that wouldn’t outgrow after a couple of sessions.
- If buying for the first time, crap off the wax as it tends to hide some dodgy repairs, in case you are buying a second-hand item.
- Pick up your purchase yourself if you can.
- Same as water skis, size is important, more so when transportation is an issue.
- Be honest about your capabilities as a surfer.
- Make use of the sizing charts provided
Apart from being a challenging water sports, surfing is one of the most fun activities around. Just ensure you have the best surfboard for the job. It makes it easier to catch an increased number of waves and ride them to the shore.
Finding the best one boils down to preferences and user skills levels. That being said, I think you might want to consider the 6-foot Giantex Surfboard and the Wave Bandit Ben Gravy EZ if you want to buy a shortboard and longboard respectively.