Once upon a time, there was a soft top surfboard and it was very uncool. But then one day, that incredibly uncool surfboard got in with the right crowd… and everything changed.
Oh, the story of the soft top surfboard. I remember a time when soft top surfboards were considered to be lame and kooky. They were the sure sign of a newbie and your average too-cool-for-school-surfer wouldn’t be caught dead walking around with one of those dorky boards under their arm.
Good lord, how times have changed… for the better. Nowadays, soft top surfboards or foam top surfboards, have become a staple in your average surfer’s quiver. They’ve basically become synonymous with good vibes, having fun, and are now some of the coolest surfboards in town.
Not that long ago, it seemed that foam surfboards were mostly 7, 8, or 9-feet long and particularly ugly. Now they come in all shapes and sizes and some foamies even have pretty sleek designs and style for days.
Soft top surfboards are a great option for surfers of all abilities for different reasons.
For beginner surfers, an 8- to 9-foot foam longboard surfboard is a really good option as a beginner surfboard for a variety of reasons. A big ol’ foam longboard is easy to paddle, user-friendly, super forgiving, and very stable which makes catching waves and standing up a lot easier.
Spoiler alert— when you’re learning how to surf, you’ll inevitably fall and you just might get hit by your board. But not to worry, because your soft surfboard will be a helluva lot more forgiving than your typical hard fiberglass surfboard.
Another nice thing about foam surfboards is that you don’t really have to worry about dings. You can just chuck it in the back of a truck, casually throw it up on the roof of your car, or even drop it right on its rail and WHAM!, it greets your careless handling with a smile and miraculously remains ding-free.
For intermediate to advanced surfers, foam surfboards are all about having fun. And since they come in all shapes and sizes these days you can find a foam top surfboard for just about anything.
Grab a foam longboard for cruising on small crummy summer days, or a soft top fish surfboard for those dumpy shallow beach break barrels that you love to thrash around in so much. You won’t have to be so concerned about getting gouged by your board when you get swallowed up by froth pits and drop into closeouts.
Soft top surfboards have seriously come a long way in design and shred-ability. You can find just about any size, shape, and fin set that you would ever want. From quad fins to single fins, shortboards to longboards, and everything in-between, the age of the foam surfboard is upon us, so do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on the fun.
For your foam surfboard scouting pleasure, here’s a collection of the best soft top surfboard brands around.
Soft Top Surfboard Guide
This 9-foot longboard by Degree 33 is perfect for beginner surfers or more advanced surfers wanting to up your wave count. The board is a Hybrid Epoxy Softtop which has a soft EVA foam deck on top and a durable epoxy build on the bottom – a combo that gives you the perks of a soft top with the performance of an epoxy board. 2 + 1 FCS fin boxes and center fins included.
This 9-foot soft top longboard by Foamy is the ideal match for small waves and summer mushburgers. The classic longboard shape gives beginner surfers ultimate stability for learning, and if you’re a seasoned vet, you get to maximize your wave count in subpar conditions. Thruster fin setup and leash included. Use the discount code ‘LUSH’ for 10% off your order.
Want the performance of a regular surfboard with the perks of a soft top? Get the best of both worlds with Degree 33’s 8-foot Ultimate Longboard Surfboard. Made with a Hybrid Epoxy Softtop, the board has soft EVA foam on top and a durable epoxy build on the bottom. Ideal for all skill levels who want a board that’s easy to catch waves on yet has more maneuverability than a 9-foot longboard. Available in two color options.
Maximize your wave count in style with this 8-foot soft top by Foamy. This dapper foam board is a great midpoint between the stability of a 9-foot board and a smaller (and a more squirrelly) short board. Thruster fin setup and leash included. Use the discount code ‘LUSH’ for 10% off your order.
With eight feet of foamy goodness, this is Catch Surf’s mid-length log, complete with a classic longboard shape and wave-catching delightfulness. Take your pick from four styling colors: Electric Lemon (above), Vanilla, Hot Pink, and Cool Blue.
The Codfather Hybrid Softtop by Degree 33 is a 6-foot fish surfboard that’s a unique blend of soft top and epoxy board. The fish has a soft deck with grippy foam, and a durable epoxy bottom that gives way more performance than a typical foam board. Beach break fun time here you come!
Get the perks of a soft top with the performance of an epoxy board with this 5’7 Hybrid Epoxy Soft Top Shortboard. The Cloud has a soft top EVA foam deck combined with a durable epoxy build on the bottom. With a chopped tail and tail flip that gives a loose, skatey feel, this board is perfect for radical beach break maneuvers without worrying about dings and damage.