SIC Darkhorse Soft Top Surfboard
Wondering what to choose for your next surfboard ? A foam board or a traditional rigid surfboard?
Foam surfboards have been gaining popularity in the surfing world for 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. Soft top surfboards allow you to learn to surf smoothly and offer good durability (provided the construction is good).
As with other surfboards, there is a wide range of boards with different 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 such as Softech specialize in designing high performance foam surfboards based on shortboard shapes.
If you are looking for an indestructible surfboard, we have a selection of surfboards made in France available under the brands Tahe and SIC (Ex Bic).
Our opinion on foam surfboards
If it's your first surfboard and you're looking for a board that's solid enough and doesn't suffer from shocks, the foam board allows you to surf in complete serenity. With a soft construction, you can surf with a clear conscience as the foam fins and rails are made to prevent you from getting hurt in case of shocks when you fall.
What size foam surfboard should I use?
As for a classic surfboard, foam surfboards are chosen according to several criteria, you must take into account your level of practice. This allows you to have the most adapted size and shape.
For a beginner surfer, we recommend a foam board of similar size to the one used in lessons, generally between 7' and 9'. Traditionally we opt for the same shape, like a funboard or a longboard.
In the SIC Darkhorse range, you will find what you are looking for, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate rider, a child or a rider weighing over 100 kilos, there is a board for you.
- The 8'4 allows the tallest and the 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 to paddle and allows you to start on the smallest waves without forcing.
The 7'8 is the perfect foam surfboard for beginners, it's the right compromise between volume and length to glide effortlessly. Its big strength is its ease for take off. With its 70L, getting up on your surfboard is effortless. The 7'8 SIC Darkhorse is suitable for the whole family and will allow you to surf in a wide range of conditions and spots.
- The 6'8 : You already know how to surf ? Or you are less than 90 kilos? Here is a board that will allow you to progress in surfing quickly, with its 5 fin boxes you will also be able to test different fin configurations depending on your style. It is the favorite board of teenagers, it combines glide and maneuverability.
- The 5'8 was designed for the demanding rider, but is also suitable for kids and lighter riders. With a modern and compact shape, it will be able to perform 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.
About the SIC Darkhorse foam surfboard:
The SIC Darkhorse is part of the world of performance foam boards
Fun without compromising on performance, the Darkhorse is a real weapon on the lineup thanks to its reactivity, its maneuverability, its glide and a touch of nervousness!
The Darkhorse is available in two different fin configurations:
- Thruster (3) for the 5'8 and 6'8 models
- Combo (5) for the 7'4 and 8'4 models
SIC is one of the most iconic brands in the world of watersports. Founded by Mark Raaphors, SIC has quickly become one of the top brands in the world of SUP and Surfing. SIC surfboards are known for their durability and performance.
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Keep your equipment longer.
Buy used if you can, trade in and repair your equipment before making a purchase if you really need it.
If you can find a good used board near you, it's probably the best thing you can do for our planet, there are also sites like Akewatu which has a large selection of boards available at local surf stores.