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.