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.
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.