We at FoamieCrew love the foam surfboards Mick Fanning produces. This summer we tested the Surf School Edition soft top. Read here about our experience. The MF’s aren’t truly soft boards – they’re hybrids: Rigid boards wrapped in foam which makes them really stiff and really durable. The MF Surf School edition is both of those things AND is probably the board with the best grip I’ve ever surfed.
FoamieCrews spot guide for the Normandy west coast! In the North of France, Siouville and its surrounding Sciotot and Le Rozel, are great for surfing. These three surf spots are great because: They have a surf webcam, plenty of camping space and good surf in all seasons. The surf spots work with different surf conditions. Some waves are really good for longboarders and soft top enthusiasts, others will appeal more to shortboarders. Read our surf spot guide on Siouville here.
Brittany is home to many surf spots, such as La Torche, La Palue and Quiberon. The Crozon Peninsula is a perfect surf destination when there is not much swell in the Atlantic. When the waves are under 4 ft, La Palue is one of the only beaches that produces waves. Crozon is still a bit undiscovered by surfing tourism, while La Palue is an absolute world class beach break. Uncrowded, far from any surf camps or hostels, and beautiful surroundings. Here is FoamieCrews surf spot guide on La Palue.
Watch FoamieCrew surf the MF Little Marley in France. We had a great time surfing the 5’10 Little Marley in summer waves. You’ve probably seen videos of pro’s ripping on the MF softboards. We thought it was time to show you how the surfboard works for beginner/intermediate surfers! We did a video review and blogpost of the 5’10 Mick Fanning Softboard. Enjoy!
The Little Marley is a super wide performance foam surfboard. Mick Fannings’ venture MF Softboards is quickly gaining ground worldwide in the soft top market. The MF Little Marley comes in 5’4, 5’10. I tested the 5’10 in France and I had a blast surfing on this foamie. The surfboard is seriously fun in small waves. The MF softboards are much different from other foam boards such as Olaian and Wavestorm. Here’s why –
Vision is a surfboard brand that is mainly active in Europe and New Zealand. Their soft boards are a surf school favorite. If you’re an advanced/intermediate surfer, the 8′ Softlite might be a good addition to your surfboard collection. We’ve had the Vision Softlite 8’0 for over a year now and what’s our verdict? Surprisingly the Vision soft top has become our most used board in Portugal. See some footage of us surfing the Vision Softlite mini malibu and read our full review here.
Is surfing dangerous for beginners? When compared to other board sports surfing isn’t as dangerous. When we’re looking at the likelihood of getting hurt, snowboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding are known to cause many more injuries than surfing. As a surfer your speed is relatively low and the water will absorb most of your crashes. However, there are some dangers involved in surfing. We’ll tell you all about the dangers in surfing and how to avoid them. Plus: the crew shares it’s surfing injury list.
Spains prime surf board brand Pukas recently initiated its soft top label Indio. Indio has released a whole range of soft surfboards, varying from small foam nuggets to 10ft SUPs. They have two fish-shaped models. We tested the Indio 5’6 Fishy – a small but wide entry level foam surfboard. Our review of the Indio Fishy was in 1ft onshore conditions. Our verdict: It really feels like a great surfboard for intermediate surfers that aren’t too heavy. However, the 5’6 Fishy has some downsides too (hint: durability and flex). Enjoy our review of the Pukas foam fishy.
A decade ago foamies were almost exclusively used by surf rentals and surf schools. O, how times have changed! Soft tops have been embraced by surfers of all abilities – also the pro’s! I think the street cred that soft tops have now is for a large part a result of pro surfers getting on the foamie band wagon. Seeing (semi) pro surfers shred waves to pieces on foam boards… all of a sudden advanced surfers want to ride soft tops too! See how Mick Fanning, Lee Ann Curren, Bethany Hamilton, Jamie O’Brien and Ben Gravy get their piece of the foam pie.
It’s commonly known that foam surfboards are products of the petrochemical industry. Foamies haven’t got the best reputation when it comes to sustainability. Are soft top surfboards just adding to the plastic soup? We want to introduce some young surf companies that are working on a more eco technology of making soft tops. Meet Spooked Kooks from Bondi, SkunkWorks from Ireland, Notos Korko from France and INT and Formula Fun from California.