How to Choose the Perfect Foam Surfboard: Tips and Tricks
Our guide to choosing the right foam surfboard for 2023
Buying a foam surfboard can be a daunting experience when first starting out, finding the right type of board and sorting through the many offers on the market can be difficult.
We are going to give you advice on how to choose your foam surfboard 😎. The goal is to find the board that best suits and have good surf sessions in 2023.
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Foam surfboards have been gaining popularity in the surfing world 🏄🏻♂️ over the past few years. Originally designed for surf schools in Australia and the USA. The idea being to have boards that are more accessible than traditional resin surfboards. Today, we find them in surf schools and surfcamps 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. If this is not the case, you will end up with a board in two after a few sessions 🌊
Foam boards are generally a bit wider and thicker than other boards . They also have more volume than a traditional rigid surfboard of equal size, which allows the greatest number of people to easily take the slightest wave or undulation present.
This diversity of shapes allows riders of all levels and sizes to discover the sensations of surfing . Some brands likeZeus and Softech specialize in designing high-performance foam surfboards based on popular shapes.
Our opinion on foam surfboards:
If it's for a first surfboard and you're looking for a fairly solid board that doesn't fear 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 .
For a first surfboard, foam is a safe bet ✅.
If you have the chance try your board before you buy it , at Ocean Essentials we have a full fleet of test and rental boards. So why not come and test your surfboard in Royan and discover the spots of Pontaillac and the Côte Sauvage . 👉🏻 To rent your it's over here 👈🏻
What size foam surfboard?
As with 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 Or longboard.
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 day. 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.
Depending on your level:
"When choosing a foam board, it's important to consider your surfing level and experience . Foam boards are generally designed for specific surfing levels, and choosing a board that suits your level will help you progress faster and have more fun on the water.
If you are a beginner, you should opt for a longer and wider length foam board. This will give you more balance and stability, which is essential when learning to surf.
Thicker foam boards are also a good option for beginners, as they are less susceptible to technique errors.
Three popular beginner boards
- Zeus Fuego 7'0 - The reference for beginners - 70kg - count between 350 and 400€
- Zeus Rosa 7'6 - Perfect for adults under 75 kilos - count between 350 and 400€
- Zeus Temper 8'0 - The first board for adults of 80 kilos and + - Count 400 euros
For intermediate surfers:
If you already have a few surf sessions under your belt and are starting to feel comfortable. You may consider buying a foam board with a little less bulk . This will allow you to maneuver more easily and ride faster waves .
It is also important to consider the shape and volume of the foam board when upgrading to an intermediate level. Foam boards with more pronounced rocker and a thinner tail will help you maneuver faster and ride more technical waves.
Our selection for intermediate riders
Happy Hour 7'0 - The perfect board to progress - Count 450 euros
Happy Hour 7'6 - Our best-seller in the intermediate category - Count 450 euros
The Happy Hour range is available in several sizes from 6'0 to 8'6
For advanced surfers:
If you are an experienced surfer, you should look for shorter, thinner foam boards with better performing shapes. A foam board is a good option for days when the spot is crowded.
Before buying a foam surfboard, here are our 3 tips to not be disappointed with your new board
Opt for a board reinforced with fiberglass and/or stringers. These wooden or fiber slats will stiffen your foam board and prevent some breakage.
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 them.
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 pick of the 10 best foam surfboards for 2023 to get started
Zeus Fuego 7'0 - The reference for beginners under 70kg - A board found in surf schools
Zeus Rosa 7'6 - Perfect for adults under 75 kilos
Zeus Temper 8'0 - The first board for adults 80 kilos and +
Happy Hour 7'0 - The perfect board to progress
Happy Hour 7'6 - Our best seller in the intermediate category
Ezi Rider 7'0 - An easy and affordable shape for teens
Ezi Rider 8'0 - A super stable and easy board
Ezi Rider 9'0 - A quality foam longboard
Zeus Mielo 8'6 - Perfect for those over 85 kilos
Tahe Meteor 7'10 - A high-end board made in France
In summary, a foam surfboard is a good choice to start surfing. Foam boards are accessible and sturdy and offer the benefits of a soft top construction and good value for money.
Take into account your level and your size to find the size and shape that suits you. Choose a board with good construction and quality materials.
The benefits of foam boards:
Accessible and safe boards.
Different shapes for different levels and builds.
Well-chosen quality materials.
Cons of foam boards:
Difficult to navigate in the variety of offers on the market
About the Author :
Clément Morandière is an expert in the board sports industry. Over the years he has worked for some of the best known brands in the world of surfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding.
He worked at Starboard International , where he spent three years managing the international distribution of Starboard Windsurf and Starboard SUP. During this period. He has also worked closely with Starboard's R&D department , testing most products for paddle sports and windsurfing.
As founder of Ocean Essentials stores he also made a significant contribution to the boardsports industry. He also worked as Brand Manager at Jorcani Sports, where he was responsible for re-establishing the distribution of the Starboard and Severne brands in France.
During his career, Clément also played a key role in the distribution of Surftech in Europe , which helped make this surf brand more accessible to European surfers.
With all his professional experience and expertise in the board sports industry .
Clément is a valuable asset for all things surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and Windusrf. His knowledge and experience make him a go-to expert for anyone looking to learn more about these exciting sports.