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.
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 –
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.
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!
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 –
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!
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!