We all want to surf like Mason Ho! Now, for a lousy €300, we can. Right? We put the Mason Signature Model 5’6 twin to the test. Paddling into the wave was easy. The Softech Twin has plenty of volume which makes it perfect for chop waves, whitewater take-offs and small shorebreaks. The fish tail gives a nice, firm push right before you stand up. However, it also had some downsides. Read our soft top review here.
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.
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.
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.
Olaian launched a line of well-designed and decently priced hard top longboards. The three new 2019 models look really sharp and we couldn’t wait to dive into the specs. What is the difference between the Decathlon longboards and Torq or NSP longboards? What makes the ‘performance’ longboard stand out from the other 9’0? The new Olaian 9′ is based on the old Tribord 9′, a well-priced longboard with a two+one fin option. Besides the new 9′, Decathlon introduces a high-end 9′ performance longboard with a round tail and a two+one fin setup. The third new model is the Olaian 9’4 single fin – the tallest longboard developed by Decathlon till date. The redesign under the Olaian brand has done well for the looks of the longboards!
The Eugenie by MF Softboards is a performance foam surfboard. Mick Fanning started MF Softboards recently and has brought some interesting foam surfboards on the market. The Eugenie model is a thruster that comes in various sizes. I tested the 5’10 and I had a blast surfing on this foamie. It honestly feels like riding a rigid board which makes turning and pumping much easier. The 5’10 Eugenie allows you to paddle in all sorts of waves and make proper turns like you would on a shortboard. I preferred it to the MF Twin 5’8 that I also tested. The MF softboards are much different from other foam boards. Here’s why –
Softech has expanded its foam surfboard range immensely the past years. It now has fishes, quads, mini simmons…you name it! We tested a more traditional Softech soft top: the Softech 8’0 of the Handshaped line. The yellow / blue soft boards are a common sight in surf schools and rentals. But how is the Softech 8’0 for intermediate surfers? Does it allow you to do turns and catch steeper waves? We rode the board and here is our verdict: the Softech Handshaped 8’0 is a good board for absolute beginners or for people that like longboarding. We can say that it’s also a fun board for intermediate surfers. It paddles into waves pretty easily and is stiff enough to make some mellow longboard style turns.