Tim Swallow

Soft top surfboards for beginners? Think again!

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.

Soft top surfboards not recyclable? 5 foam brands that show the mass industry how it’s done

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.

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Best Euro surf vlogs – 5 Youtube channels to binge

I’ve listed five of the best European surf vloggers on Youtube. Their vlogs are full of stoke, surf and travel. Since the most popular surf vlogs – J.O.B. vlogs and Ben Gravy – are American, I thought it was time to shine a light on surfing vlogs from other countries. Starting with: Europe! FYI: most surf vloggers in this list are NOT pro’s. That’s what makes their video’s so relatable. Here are Sebastian Steudtner, Kelly Says Surf, Barely Livin, Luka Lacoste and Quemalavida! Binge time!

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MF Softboards Review – the MF Eugenie 5’10

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 –

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What type of soft surfboard? A short guide to foamie shapes

The great thing is: the past years a wide range of new soft boards have entered the market. Ten years ago it were primarily the surf schools that worked with foamies. The shapes were basically mini malibus. Round nose and tail, nothing too innovative. Since the soft top revolution in the 2010s a ton of cool and diverse shapes have been added to the market. Egg shapes, mini simmons, logs, fishes, you name it! Ultimately, the key to finding the right board is determining how you will use it and what board will help you have the most fun in the water! To help you decide on what to try, I’ve put together some descriptions of different shapes, plus videos of amateur surfers riding them. Enjoy this little guide!

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How to mount a GoPro on a soft top

It’s crazy if you think about the amount of GoPro’s and other action cams that end up on the ocean floor each year. Most people think a regular adhesive Surfboard Mount will do – BUT THEY’RE WRONG and you’ll see why in the next alinea. So what does work on soft boards? There are three different ways to attach an Action cam to a foam surfboard:
1. Use a Bodyboard Mount
2. Use a Leash Plug Mount
3. Use Clams or Jaw-type Action Cam Holders
They all involve some extra gear that you have to purchase (starting from €10). All three methods of attaching your action cam to your foam surfboard have different pros and cons. We hope this little guide on how to mount a GoPro on a soft top surfboard is useful to you!

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MF Softboards Review – the MF 5’8 Twin

The MF DHD 5’8 is a fish-shaped performance foam surfboard. Mick Fanning started MF Softboards recently and has brought some interesting foam surfboards on the market. The MF DHD Twin is designed by shaper Darren Handley and comes in 5’4, 5’8 and a 6’0. I tested the 5’8 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 MF softboards are much different from other foam boards. Here’s why –

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The Ultimate Guide to Decathlon Foam Surfboards

– A complete guide with pictures of all foam Olaian! – Olaian is Decathlons’ surf brand. They offer soft tops at very attractive pricing… But are they any good? And what board should you buy? A board too heavy can really hinder your progression in learning maneuvers, while a board too small might prevent you from catching the waves you want. Although the Olaian boards come at a friendly price, it’s still an investment. That’s why it’s smart to consider what Olaian board fits your type of surfing. We are here to help you make the right decision and achieve what all of us want: to catch more waves and to surf better.