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!
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.