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Nos conseils pour bien choisir sa planche de surf en mousse en 2022 - Surf By Ocean Essentials

Our advice for choosing the right foam surfboard in 2022

Have you decided on a foam surfboard? Here are some tips for choosing the right equipment.

Foam surfboards have been gaining popularity in the surfing world over the past few years. They were originally found in surf schools all over the world. They are accessible and safe for learning to surf thanks to their deck entirely covered with EVA foam . Foam or soft top surfboards allow you to learn to surf smoothly and offer good durability, subject to quality construction.

Foam boards are generally wider and thicker. They also have more volume than a traditional rigid surfboard of equal size, which allows the greatest number of people to easily take the smallest wave .

As on other surfboards, there is a wide range of boards available in several types of shapes. From fish to mini malibu without forgetting the longboard. This diversity of shapes allows riders of all levels and sizes to discover the sensations of surfing . Some brands like Softech have specialized in the design of high-performance foam surfboards based on shortboard shapes.

If you are looking for the indestructible surfboard, we have a selection of made in France surfboards available under the Tahe and SIC (Ex Bic) brands and under the French surf brand Oxbow.

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Our opinion on foam surfboards

If this is your first surfboard and you are looking for a board that is strong enough and not afraid of shocks, the foam will allow you to surf with complete peace of mind. With a soft construction, you can surf with a clear conscience: the foam fins and rails are made to not hurt you in the event of an impact during your falls.

What size foam surfboard?

As for a classic surfboard , foam surfboards are chosen according to several criteria , you must take into account your level of practice. This will allow you to have the most suitable size and shape.

For a beginner surfer , we recommend a similar size foam board to the one used in class, usually between 7' and 9'. Traditionally we opt for the same shape, type fun board Where longboard.

In the SIC Darkhorse range you will necessarily find your happiness, beginners, intermediates, children, templates over 100 kilos there is a board for you.

  • The Darkhorse 8'4 allows the biggest and heaviest riders to discover the joys of surfing. With its 85 L you can surf it without worries up to 125 kilos. Close to a longboard shape, this board is fast when paddling and allows you to go on the smallest waves without forcing.
  • The Darkhorse 7'4 is the perfect foam surfboard for beginners, it's the right compromise between volume and length to glide effortlessly. Its strong point, it's how easy it is to take-off. With its 70 L, getting up on your board becomes child's play. The SIC Darkhorse 7'8 will be suitable for the whole family and will allow you to surf in a wide range of conditions and spots.
  • The Darkhorse 6'8 : do you know how to surf? Or you are less than 90 kilos here is a board that will will allow you to progress in surfing quickly. With its five fin boxes, you can also test different configurations fin depending on your style. It is the favorite board of teenagers, it combines glide and maneuverability.
  • The Darkhorse 5'8 has been designed for demanding riders, they are also suitable for children and the lightest With a modern and compact shape, it will be able to chain turns in small waves. Riders up to 70 kilos will be able to surf it without worries. With its 40 L it offers stability and is close to the performance of a traditional shortboard.

The only concern with foam boards is that they all look the same. Difficult to navigate in the real jungle of the market. They can be found at all prices, and for a beginner, it is not easy to sort out the claims made by brands and their marketing . Unless you cut your board in half and look at what's inside, it 's hard to see the differences between the boards. If you can try it, even better. If the surf school works on a brand, it may be the right one, because surf schools have an ultra-intensive use of equipment.

The quality of the EPS (core) bread tells you about the durability of your foam surfboard. Depending on the density and how it's assembled, you can have a board that lasts for years or only does one session.

Without going into details, to make a good board, you need good ingredients from the core to the foam and the fiber: nothing should be left to chance, otherwise your board will end up in the dump in less than a week. . Because yes, foam surfboards are not recyclable. So if you are tempted to buy one, you should favor a quality board.

Investing in a cheap surfboard is like paying twice for it. Foam surfboards are very difficult to repair unlike other types of hard surfboards.

You can also turn to boards designed for beginners made in France or find a good second-hand board in a surfshop.

Before buying a foam surfboard here are our 3 tips to not be disappointed with your new board

  1. Opt for a board reinforced with fiberglass and/or stringers. These wooden or fiber slats will stiffen your foam board and prevent some breakage.
  2. Look at the details like the fin boxes, the leash plug, the carrying handle. Foam boards must have a shape, ie they cannot be completely flat like your ironing board otherwise it will be impossible to surf with it.
  3. At less than 200 euros ask yourself questions. If you need help contact a surf shop or make an appointment with one of our experts for advice.

Our selection of foam surfboards for 2022

  1. SIC Darkhorse
  2. Oxbow Chinadog 6'6
  3. Oxbow Chinadog 7'0
  4. Ocean Earth Happy Hour

We have a few Oxbow boards left in promotions if you want to equip yourself without breaking the bank?