Top 8 Best Foam Surfboards | 2020 Reviews (South Bay Board)

“Foam is your friend. Don’t be scared of it. A little bit of extra foam here and there is good for the soul, and your surfing.” – Rob Machado

While he didn’t entirely mean it to be about foam surfboards, his thoughts still resound to how foam surfboards add more fun to surfing. Foam surfboards used to be ugly and uncool until a group of popular surfers used them. Everything changed then.

They were once lame and boring. The I-wouldn’t-be-caught-dead-with-that kind of surfboard. But now they’ve become synonymous with cool, fun, and good vibes. Now, almost every surfer has in their rack at least one of the best foam surfboards.

Best Foam Surfboards

Foam surfboards have seriously gone a long way in terms of design and ride-ability. You can find and custom for yourself the best size, shape, and fin that will work for you. The perfect surfboard that you can take on small and crummy summer days as well as when shallow barrels are present.

For all your foam surfboard scouting needs, we’ve listed down potential boards that may just be the one you’re bringing on your next ride.

  1. Verve 8’8 by South Bay Board Co.
  2. Wavestorm 8′ Classic Surfboard
  3. California Board Company 9’ Foam Surfboard
  4. Ruccus 7’ by South Bay Board Co.
  5. Giantex 6’ Foam Surfboard
  6. Raystreak 7’2” Crocodile Groove Foam Surfboard
  7. Easy Rider 7′ by Wave Bandit
  8. Empire Ehukai Soft Surfboard

#1. Verve 8’ by South Bay Board Co. – Best Foam Surf Board for Beginners, Kids, and Adults

8' Verve

Verve 8 at a Glance

  • Length: 8 feet
  • Width: 23 inches
  • Weight Capacity: 230 pounds
  • Board Weight: 15 pounds

Verve 8’ is a high-performance foam surfboard that has the ideal shape and size for catching whitewater waves. Its dimensions running at 8 feet x 23 inches x 3 inches combined with its rounded rubber tail equals superior stability when you are just starting to learn how to turn. The double concave bottom aids in shock absorption and adds up to balance.

By far the most impressive of the South Bay Board Co.’s Verve series, it features IXPE (Irradiated Cross-linked Polyethylene) Fingerprint surfaced foam that lets you surf wax free. This keeps you from cleaning off and re-applying wax every single time.

The core of Verve 8’ is made of compacted close-cell EPS. This technology aims to prevent water from being absorbed even when the board gets dinged. Some foam surfboards absorb water over time, resulting in it becoming heavier and less efficient rides. It is far from happening with The Verve.

The surfboard blank is supported by two full-length wooden stringers and a 2/3 fiberglass center stringer. These are combined with the diamond weave HDPE bottom deck for added firmness, stiffness, and toughness.

Every South Bay Board Co.’s board is custom molded to be long-lasting and lightweight. Its nose is balanced to prevent diving and is suitable for riders up to 230 pounds. Verve’s shape that is similar to mini-log with a tri-fin set up, tampered rails and entry-level rocket add up to the maneuverable riding experience better than their competitors.

The package includes a GoPro mount, fins, and leash. And, if you throw in a few more dollars, you can go with the full package upgrade that supplies you with a board bag, traction pad, and colorful surfboard paint pens.

ProsCons
Can carry up to 230 poundsWeight-bearing capacity is at the lower end part of the board
Lightweight at 15 pounds
Poor packaging
Textured deck
Wax-free surfing
Custom molded

#2. Wavestorm 8′ Classic Surfboard – Best Foam Longboard

Wavestorm Classic Surfboard

Wavestorm 8′ at a Glance

  • Length: 8 feet
  • Width: 22 inches
  • Weight Capacity: Up to 200 pounds
  • Board Weight: 11.5 pounds

Wavestorm 8′ is one of the most omnipresent foam surfboards. It wouldn’t be called a “suburban stick” for nothing. After all, this foam surfboard has been everywhere and, in any condition, you can imagine. From the scenes in Jaws to the summer beaches in different surfing spots around the world, Wavestorm’s name paves the way for itself.

Beginners and advanced riders will find the size of the Wavestorm ideal. The Rasta Burst color pattern over the 8 feet x 22 ½ inches x 3 ¼ inches sized foam surfboard lets you spot the board even at the farthest part of the shore. It is so lightweight that it is easy to handle as well as to learn how to surf.

Wavestorm Company went through extensive and far-reaching manufacturing practices that sought to improve the boards they come out with year after year. Their construction for Wavestorm 8’ is made up of a solid EPS core supported by three stringer system. The crosslink skin top deck and rails offer a more stable, flexible, and comfortable soft top experience.

The slick bottom skin made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) makes it a high-impact bottom. Along with its stringer system, this foam surfboard is built to take beating all while being lightweight and buoyant.

The three fins come unattached from the surfboard, and you can fix it with the screw-like fin inserts. There are two inserts per each fin and within each fin are a couple of holes that match internally through the threading. This essential accessory lets you cut through the water to give you traction. Without it, you could potentially slide and spin out of control.

Wavestorm 8′ is perfect for anyone who is learning how to surf. They are easy to stand up on and the chances of falling, getting frustrated, and disliking getting back in the ocean reduce. Its construction contributes to the minimal odds of getting injured while surfing. Overall, it is safe, easy, affordable, and ideal for beginners.

ProsCons
Durable, buoyant, and stableLimited maneuverability
Soft on chest and feet
Fragile in heavy waves
Reputable and reliable
Wax-free surfing
Easily accessible

#3. California Board Company 9’ Foam Surfboard – Best for Heavier Riders

California Board Company 9 ft Foam Surfboard

California Board Company 9’ Foam Surfboard at a Glance

  • Length: 7 Feet (comes in other sizes too)
  • Width: 22 Inches
  • Weight Capacity: 210 pounds
  • Board Weight: 11 pounds

The new and improved design of California Board Company 9’ Foam Surfboard makes it the stylish foam surfboard that stands out and performs well in the water. At 9 feet x 24 inches x 4 inches, it can be easily confused as an actual longboard, seeing it from a distance. Its wood deck scheme came out effectively sharp and extremely clean.

California Board Company went heavy on heat laminated construction of this foam surfboard. All three stringers are multi-layered and heat-laminated. Its HDPE slick bottom, as well as the EPS core, are both laminated, too. Including the sleek wood graphic on deck is heat laminated into its IXPE foam top. This process makes this board close to being indestructible.

The perfect construction comes with a snag that is felt out in the water. CBC 9’ Foam Surfboard is so firm that it makes the experience feel like riding the waves with a bucking horse. There is less maneuverability that any miscalculation will get you to hold on for your dear life.

The tri-fin setup can be completed with its nylon screws. Like most, it helps with the traction for that smooth glide over the waves. Its light materials as well as the PU surf leash it comes with giving you a safer time in the waters. You won’t go wrong with California Board Company 9’ Foam Surfboard, especially if it is fun and stoke on the beach you are looking for.

ProsCons
High density 100% waterproof EPS core (heat-laminated)
Stiffness is not ideal for a wave riding experience
Comes with a PU surf leash and padded ankle strap
Needs to be waxed from time to time
Contoured shape perfect for beginners
Indestructible and heavy duty
Flat bottom shape

#4. Ruccus 7’ by South Bay Board Co. – Best Fun-size Foam Surfboard

Ruccus by South Bay Board Co.

Ruccus 7’ by South Bay Board Co. at a Glance

  • Length: 7 Feet
  • Width: 22 Inches
  • Weight Capacity: up to 160 pounds
  • Board Weight: 10 pounds

Another entry by South Bay Board Co. is Ruccus 7’. Ruccus 7’ is the fun-size version of Verve 8’. Whereas, all the winning features from Verve have been applied to Ruccus. These include IXPE Fingerprint Wax-less Deck, HDPE Slick Double Concave Bottom, Go Pro Mount, and tapered rails.

The size difference means Ruccus is built for smaller surfers. With a weight-bearing capacity of up to 160 pounds, it is designed and shaped for younger and lighter riders to experience the same wave riding feels of Verve.

This shorter and narrower brand offering came with a squash tail and pointed nose that lets far more maneuverability than other South Bay Board Co. boards. But, the price to pay for superior maneuverability is the difficulty of learning how to use it than other traditional foam surfboards. This board might not be what you want if a challenging learning curve isn’t your deal.

Its construction will let you surf waves of up to six feet tall, so you won’t have to think about transitioning to a new board as you progress into bigger waves. The layers of epoxy resin guarantee no crack under pressures of big rides.

ProsCons
FCS plug for an action camera mountLow weight-bearing capabilities
So small it fits inside of civic hatchbackDifficult to learn on
Textured, wax-free surface
Superior maneuverability
Durable and well-made

#5. Giantex 6’ Foam Surfboard – Best for Kids Foam Surfboard

Giantex Foam Surfobard

Giantex 6’ Foam Surfboard at a Glance

  • Length: 6 Feet
  • Width: 20 Inches
  • Weight Capacity: up to 200 pounds
  • Board Weight: roughly 5 pounds

The price and the size of Giantex 6’ Foam Surfboard make it the ideal foam surfboard for kids six years and below. Packed with a durable construction, colorful deck, and removable fins, it is the convenient surfboard for beginners. Add to that the free leash and the traction pad, it makes the board easy and comfortable to use.

Giantex 6’ Foam Surfboard’s 6 feet x 20 inches x 3 inches dimensions are all compacted into less than 10 pounds. This means it is so small and very easy to carry. It claims that it can withstand up to 200 pounds of weight, but the size of the board might not be enough to keep it from sinking.

Its core is made with EPS with its bottom Polypropylene. However, the quality of materials used is questionable since there have been reports about the foam surfboard absorbing water. This results in the foam surfboard to lose its structural integrity quickly.

Giantex 6’ performs reasonably well on small-sized beach break waves. Its ability to handle waves is limited to such surf spots only. Not ideal for heavy and big waves.

The built-in traction pad helps to improve the grip of your back foot. This helps you to not slip off the board as you rip. The thruster fins and the side bites help keep you maintain a clean and stable line down the wave.

ProsCons
More affordable than most foam surfboards in its sizeMight be too short for some beginner adults
Smooth HDPE bottom for better performance
Not for advanced maneuvers
6 feet length is good for faster waves
​Easy to transport and handle
Made of durable foam material

#6. Raystreak 7’2” Crocodile Groove Foam Surfboard – Best Fiberglass Coated Foam Surfboard

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Raystreak 7’2” Crocodile Groove Foam Surfboard at a Glance

  • Length: 7 Feet 2 inches
  • Width: 22.8 Inches
  • Weight Capacity: up to 220 pounds
  • Board Weight: 18 pounds

The next handy foam surfboard for beginners is the 7’2” Crocodile Groove Foam Surfboard by Raystreak. At 7 feet 2 inches x 22.8 inches x 3.2 inches, this beast weighs at 18 pounds and is powerful enough to bear the capacity of up to 220 pounds. These specifications are enough to provide loads of stability but not much on maneuverability.

7’2” Crocodile Groove Foam Surfboard’s internal core is EPS foam coated with fiberglass. Along with its double-reinforced epoxy sealed stringers, you know Raystreak went mano a mano with its competitors for being durable. They stayed with what works and used a high-density polyethylene slick bottom to aid in improving speed for such a heavy board.

The construction of this board used a combination of hot-pressed IXPE (Irradiated Cross-linked Polyethylene) and Crocskin to achieve the non-slip and non-abrasive deck. This method produced a feel that almost compares to South Bay Board Co.’s customer fingerprint texture. You can surf wax-free, but there may be times you may want to coat it a little.

The Raystreak likewise has a three-fin, removable setup for enhanced versatility. A leash is included in this simple but noticeable deck design that comes in various color schemes. The soft top is its smart feature that most beginner’s like as it reduces injuries big time.

ProsCons
Both nose and tail bumpers protect it in rough waters and during transportBlisters if left under the sun when not in use
Non-slip Crocskin deck design allows for wax-less surfing
Leash’s length is less than the ideal
Thicker than other foam surfboards making it more buoyant
Ultra-stable and durable

#7. Easy Rider 7′ By Wave Bandit – Best Foam Surfboard for Small Days

Easy Rider By Wave Bandit

Easy Rider 7′ By Wave Bandit at a Glance

  • Length: 7 Feet
  • Width: 22 Inches
  • Weight Capacity: up to 200 pounds
  • Board Weight: 18 pounds

This 80s looking foam surfboard comprises all the small things about the foam surfboard scene – good, bad, and fun. With its extremely loud colors, Easy Rider 7′ By Wave Bandit can be heard in and out of water.

As one of the pioneers in foam surfboards, Wave Bandit has its own Ben Gravy who vlogs while riding their full quiver of surfboards. This adds to the charisma that surfers want in a foam surfboard. Many times, Ben showed just how this board could rip in any surf conditions, no matter how small the waves are.

Of course, your feet will itch at the thought of trying it out too!

Similar to its Performer Series, Easy Rider has the dual stringers and composite core all within its dimensions of 7 feet x 22 inches x 3.1 inches. The 18-pound weight is inclusive of the standard leash holder, the tri-fin setup, as well as the thruster fin (back middle fin) that can be removed.

Don’t be surprised if someone by the shores refers to your Easy Rider as an egg. That is just the term for short longboards as they look like longboards that got squashed down and shaped like an egg. With its rounded nose, wide midsection, and even cut-off tail, it holds the speed and fluidity as its top priorities.

The Double Maple Wood Stringers partnered with an EPS core, and HDPE slick bottom helps keep rigidity, stability, and durability. These features help keep the foam surfboard retain its structural integrity for as long as they possibly could.

The package does not include the leash (just the holder), and while it isn’t worth noting, it is recommended especially for beginners. You may want to add some wax to coat it with before riding for a better grip.

ProsCons
Fun egg-shaped perfect for beginners and advanced alikeDoesn’t have the same flow and speed of a hard-top longboard
Comes with removable and performance thruster fin set
Needs waxing
Composite core made of high-pressure construction
Great for any size swell

#8. Empire Ehukai Soft Surfboard – Average Foam Surfboard

Empire Ehukai Soft Surfboard

Empire Ehukai Soft Surfboard at a Glance

  • Length: 7 Feet
  • Width: 22 Inches
  • Weight Capacity: up to 215 pounds
  • Board Weight: 13 pounds

At first look, you may think this foam surfboard still has its packaging on it. But who is to blame? Its design is rather plain only accentuated by a small picture of wave positioned at the center. Stop trying to remove it; it is not a packaging wrap stuck to it.

This what-you-see-is-what-you-get foam surfboard is constructed with four stringers and a high-density EPS core that keeps it from any premature wear and tear. Sad to say, even with all the foam, it remains prone to dents. It may probably be a quality issue since the board isn’t as stiff and rigid as most of its competitors.

Don’t be discouraged Empire Ehukai Foam Surfboard gives you some room in terms of performance and maneuverability with its tri-fin system and its mini-log shape. You won’t have to stop at surf shops on your way to the beach since fins and leash are included.

Empire Ehukai Foam Surfboard is a perfect entry board. If it isn’t for its slightly uninspired deck, it wouldn’t be too easy to pass this up for another board at the store rack.

ProsCons
Reliable, sturdy, and durableTri-fin setup increases the drag which is frustrating
Leash included
Lightweight

Our Top Pick

The obvious answer to the question, “What type of foam surfboard should I get?” is that it depends on what you want to do with it. But, if you are a beginner and you are not sure about it, you may base it with the shape and the size that would fit your type of riding.

The length that is perfect for catching waves is at 8 feet. This isn’t too long nor too short. From this criterion alone, the foam surfboard that comes close is Verve 8’8 by South Bay Board Co. It is wide and thick enough for the needed level of stability. It is long enough to paddle and comes with a fair level of controllability.

It has for some time established itself in the top spots of foam surfboard reviews. Their efforts in producing well-balanced boards with superior quality materials must be why they aren’t taken down. South Bay Board Co. is passionate about their craft and is seen in the boards they come out with.

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What are Foam Surfboards?

The first surfboards used when surfing became popular were made of wood. They were heavy, get easily marred, and hard to repair. The ones we use today are lighter, float better, and easier to mend.

The huge difference?

Most surfboards now are constructed with foam middle, coated with an appropriate polyester, layers of fiberglass cloth, or epoxy resin for foams. These foams are called surfboard blanks. These surfboard blanks are made from different types of foams, each with a feature that adds up to the overall character of foam surfboards.

Polyurethane (PU)

Majority of surfers who rider foam surfboard prefer Polyurethane (PU), Polystyrene (PS) or Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam. PU has been a top choice for shapers since the 1950s. This is due to the material being light and shapeable.

Custom surfboards are most likely made from PU. These are fine and brittle, and you can simply take sandpaper to shave off the corners without tearing into it. Customizing PUs doesn’t take too long. Soon after you shape them, airbrush them according to the design you like, and you’re good to go.

PUs being highly toxic in and by nature is its biggest snag. These materials pose a potential threat to individuals that work with them. Aside from being a contaminant to the environment, they are also non-renewable products.

Polystyrene (PS)

One of the biggest suppliers of PU foam surfboard blanks, Clark Foam, ceased operations and closed their doors in 2005. This led foam surfboard blank manufacturers to look for other composites similar to what PU can deliver. Polystyrene (PS) gained a huge following after Clark Foam.

PS are conventionally lighter and less resistant than PU. They are shaped using the hot or fast wire method to create an even and smooth cut. PS is not as sturdy as PU, but when coated with epoxy resin, they can stand bumps and bends.

PS takes two to four times the labor to shape and finish. Polyester resin, the material used to make fiberglass dissolves PS foam; therefore, epoxy resin is added to prevent melting.

The good thing about PS is they are greener than their PU counterpart. They are environmentally friendly, reusable, and recyclable. PS, just like PU, can also be brought by blocks that you can shape on your own.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is a version of PS that features small foam balls close together. They are gaining popularity in the world of foam surfboards as two of the major players in foam surfboard manufacturing use them as their core material. EPS foams have been around for so long before they got noticed in surfing.

The foam used in disposable coolers, as well as the ones used inside boxes to safeguard packages, are EPS. They are made up of tiny foam balls compressed together by an adhesive. EPS is extremely light and buoyant, but very difficult to shape by hand. They are tough to shape that when you try to sand it with sandpaper, you’ll end up tearing chunks of foam off of it.

Machines usually mold foam surfboards made of EPS. But, if you want a foam surfboard blank to get shaped according to your specifics, find a shaper that works with this material. Although they are quite hard to find.

EPS is more prone to water absorption, although recent improvements have been able to address those issues. As or the skin it can use, only epoxy resin is compatible with it since polyester resins can destroy it.

Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XTR or XPS)

XTR (or XPS) foams are 100 closed-cell foams that do not absorb water even when dinged and bent. They offer flex memory, guarantees superior resistant to powerful impacts, and don’t feel too stiff to ride.

Foam surfboards made with this construction are relatively more expensive than the others. But it offers higher value to the rider throughout a board’s lifetime.

With the growing list of materials that foam surfboards are made of, it could be overwhelming to pick one that you would want for your next shred stick. It wasn’t so hard to decide when Clark Foam was still operating. Just the names of these materials bring confusion to surfers. So, what should be picked?

Polyurethane (PU) vs. Polystyrene (PS)

PU foam surfboards, despite Clark Foam’s closing years ago, remain the most common among daily surfers and pros. They can be shaped and airbrushed easily. PU blanks can be glassed with either polyester or epoxy resin. This is a handy feature giving surfers more options.

PS foams are regarded as lighter and more buoyant than PU, although they can’t be shaped as easy as PU. They also react harmfully to resin’s hot chemical characteristics leaving epoxy resin as its only option for coating.

PUs are more responsive while PS lack flex energy. This is why most surfers still prefer PU. However, PUs tend to absorb water and yellows over time and are reported to contain carcinogens and harmful elements to the environment. PS’s combination with epoxy resins emits fewer toxic gasses making it better overall for nature.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) vs. Extruded Polystyrene (XPS)

PS foams have two versions, EPS and XPS. EPS is open-celled and beaded. They are similar to what you see on Styrofoam coolers. They lack flex and memory and, they absorb water over time, as well as when they get dinged. They can be challenging to shape and paint, too.

XPS is closed-cell making it durable and lightweight. They are more flexible than EPS. Water absorption is very minimal, and they can remain white and rigid for a longer period. XPS construction is similar to the conventional PU foam, therefore it is also easy to shape and airbrush. The only downside of closed-cells is the gas buildup that forces the sealed resin to detach from the board.

The bottom line is, if you are an advanced surfer, stay with the old school PU foam surfboards with polyester resin. PU foam surfboards start light and responsive but wear out faster than the others. If money isn’t an option, go with an epoxy PS foam. Beginners should pick a solid board where they can learn while being beaten. They, they can transition to epoxy EPS foams.


Why you should use a Foam Surfboard

Even with the huge advancement of foam surfboards, it remains hard to say that it is for everyone. But, to put it simply, if you are up for catching more waves, then yes.

Catch Waves in Any Weather Conditions

A common saying in surfing, “foam is your friend!” That’s true. Catching waves even in an unpleasant weather condition is easy with foam surfboards. They are wider, broader, and has more volume. More volume means more float and more buoyancy.

The extra volume allows you to cover flat sections, letting you ride longer waves with less effort. The same applies when the wind is present. On and cross-shore winds produce choppy waves. Foam surfboards let the surfer paddle early on and muscle their way through bumpy rides.

Sure, you can have fun with a foam surfboard on days when the weather isn’t so great. But, for days when the waves are glassy and hollow, you may want to go with boards that aren’t as full volume as foamies.

Dominate Crowded Surf Spots with Comfort

More and more riders are now seen with helmets on. Helmets! We even have an article on surf helmets, so check it out! Is that really where we are going in surfing? Painful collisions must be the culprit.

You wouldn’t want to be kicked out of a surfing spot just because yours is a forbidden foil board. According to SurferToday, there are municipalities like Anglet that ban such surfboards. Such a shame to not ride those waves, right?

Transport Surfboards Safely with Commutes and Bike Rides

Unless you own front beach property, then go for that $1000 worth of surfboard. Otherwise, don’t stress yourself by wondering how to get your fiberglass to and from the beach. Foam surfboards are easy to transport. Pop them to your bike’s rack or hold them while walking, it wouldn’t tire you as much.

Dings, falls, and impacts are all part of a surfboard’s life. But, if the epoxy board gets dropped on the concrete fall, the damage will surely require a repair which is very unlikely for a foam surfboard.

Avoid Dings and Trips to Surfboard Repair Shop

Dings and damages don’t just happen during transport. Although, it is one of the most common reasons a high-performance surfboard gets damaged. An impact with another surfboard is an expensive trip to the repair shop. The damage may range from a scratched coating to a cracked top layer.

Even after a repair, a crack to the top layer of your surfboard will let water enter the inner part of the board and soak the foam. This leaves your surfboard heavier. The increase in surfboards with closed-cell foam rather than open-cell foam is mainly because of that. Closed-cell technology keeps the water from entering the foam cells, buying you enough time to finish your ride before paying a visit to the repair shop.

Foam Surfboards are Multi-purpose

Would you let a 9-year old beginner use your fish board you just bought? Neither do I. Foam surfboards are both for young and old, beginner and intermediate. Foam surfboards have better resistance to holes and cracks, so you won’t have to hold back when someone borrows them for a quick ride.

Even surfing schools switch to foam surfboards as it saves them so much time and effort in repairing dings and cracks.

So, should you get yourself a foam surfboard? Not if you are an advanced surfer trying to improve turns. That should have you a hardboard. If your take-offs are fine and you are working on rail-to-rail surfing, a shortboard is your best bet.

Foam surfboards are fun but are considerably slower in turns and falloffs. Most recommend a custom-shaped foam surfboard. Visit your local shaper. They know which shape is ideal to perfect your progression.


Foam Surfboard Buying Guide

While we have gone through the materials that are ideal for the best foam surfboards, here are a few more items you need to look out for when picking your next surf stick.

Design

Most foam surfboards have almost the same design. Its core, deck, rails -they’re all the same. Pick the one whose foam surfboard is covered by a material that ensures you have traction, padding, and allows you to float easily on the water.

Volume

The amount of space the surfboard takes up is the volume. To find out its volume, multiply together the length, width, and thickness. Once you know that, you will have an idea if this is the right foam surfboard for you. Basically, the larger waves you want to surf, the smaller volume you would want your board to be.

Durability

For a novice, the foam may sound not durable enough. But foam has gone a long way. Not just with designs but with the technology they are now produced with. The foams now are heavy-duty, reliable, and strong. To get the best foam, you just have to research the materials that are used to construct these foam surfboards.


Long or Short Foam Surfboards?

One of the most important things to consider aside from the materials these foam boards are constructed with is its length. Should it be longer? Or is fun-size, just right?

To cater to a variety of surfers, manufacturers come up with foam surfboards that have different sizes. There are short, sporty, long, and flat ones. Keep in mind that for beginners, it is recommended to start with a longer board. These are easy to paddle and have enough room to stand on.

Shorter boards are for intermediate and advanced users. These are faster and are reactive enough so you can take your surfing skills to the next level.

Your experience will tell you about your personal preference. It should be just right for your skills and of course your physique.


Conclusion

Surfing is the most exciting sport done in the waters. But it would not be as fun if played with the improper equipment. Riding an unsatisfactory surfboard will just leave you dissatisfied, disappointed, and you just might lose interest.

We hope this guide shed light for you on whether you should add a foam surfboard to your rack, and which one is it that you will add.


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: Are foam surfboards safe?

Yes. They are one of the safest of all surfboard designs thus are being used to teach beginners how to surf. They are excellent in helping you survive a wipeout. The foam itself makes it the safest design as an injury is less likely to happen.

Q: How to take care of a foam surfboard?

As with most surfboards, proper maintenance and care will last it long, if not a lifetime. This includes making sure that it is always rinsed after use. You don’t want the salt from the sea to stay on it for too long as it is an abrasive material. Invest in some accessories like racks and travel bags to make sure they are always protected, especially during travels. And, do not forget to apply wax when needed.

Q: What is the difference between a regular and a foam surfboard?

Both types come in different designs, styles, and lengths. The difference lies in the surfboard blank used, which is not recognizable from the outside. Regular surfboards may have a foam core but covered in hard fiberglass with epoxy resin. They are hard and heavy. Foam surfboards have foam, and very rarely a wood core. Its outer layer is soft and may be covered in foam too.

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