– 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.
Ok, apart from the cheapest one (around €60 from an online -only Amazon model) decently manufactured soft tops start at around €120. CostCo or Decathlon are your go-to retailers if you’re looking for a cheap but fun soft top. Around €300 there’s a whole lot of shapes and brands you can choose from. If you want to buy a high performance soft tops you are looking at €400 to €500. Why should you pay over 400 bucks if you can get a foamie for half that price? In this article we explain all about soft top brands, models and prices.
Foamies can handle blunt impact pretty well but they’re not so good with sharp objects. In fact, it’s pretty likely that you will get a hole or cut in the soft top deck eventually. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to fix a cut on the deck of a soft top. Also if you have limited tools at your disposal. I had a fin cut on my soft top recently. It was on a surf trip with absolutely no glue nor glue store anywhere near. The waves were foamie heaven so I was frothing to paddle back out. We managed to fix the board really quick and I was out in the line up in less than 5 minutes! All we used was a pocket knife, a lighter and surf wax.
Does a fish tail make sense on a soft top? When the sea offers medium height and a bit of steepness, a fish is a good choice. Fish boards generally have little rocker – which makes it easier to generate speed in small waves. The split tail supports round turns and smooth transitions. It turns out that a fish or swallow tail works pretty well on foam boards as well! From INT to Liquid Shredder: We made a list of some of the hottest fish foamies available.
Generally, soft top surfboards are mass produced toys. Sure, we are seeing the rise of surf board brands producing hand-build soft tops and local shapers experimenting with custom foam crafts. But 99% of the foam boards in the lineup have their origin in a large factory. Most foamies are a result of automated processes. We’ll describe the most common method here -using videos and infographics.
The Olaian 900 5’4 foam surf board is a mini simmons or beater performance foamie. Decathlon follows a trend in surfing, that of the ultra short foam boards for shore breaks and wedgy waves. We tested the board and we found it very maneuverable – almost too much so! Once you’re on the board it turns so quickly. It’s easy to generate speed and it performs well in different types of waves. In bigger waves the board gets a little shaky, though. Bottom line of this review: The Olaian 5’4 is a bouncy, skatey shore break freak machine – and definitely not for newbies!
How is the performance of this Decathlon soft board? We put the Olaian foam 900 6’0 to the test. In our experience it’s a fun, versatile foam surfboard that’s a whole lot more capable than the price suggests. However…I wouldn’t call it a performance surfboard and I’ll explain why in this review.
We love the design and it gives a super fun riding experience in both small/choppy waves and steep shorebreaks. We tested the board in different surfing conditions – read our review here.
Should I wax my foamie? The answer is YES. Surf brands have experimented with applying grippier top layers to foam boards but we’re not quite there yet. Most soft top boards appear rubbery but when wet they get slippery. A layer of wax will add extra grip to your soft top board. Here are some steps to give your soft top board the best wax job possible.
I often get the question: Should I buy a soft top surfboard? And despite the tremendous innovation around foamies, I would still say it’s not for everyone. There are several reasons to buy a soft top surfboard. Foamies have some clear benefits over regular surfboards. We’ve put together this little guide to help you answer the question “Should I get a soft top surfboard?” and we’ve listed seven reasons why we prefer our foamie over a rigid surfboard. Sometimes.
There’s a belief that adult beginner surfers should start on a 8+ board. The longer the board – the better to learn. But what if you know that shortboarding is more for you? Looking back at my own journey from beginner to where I am now, I would have done things differently. Here’s my view on shortboard vs longboarding for beginner or intermediate surfers. Based on my own experience.