Chasing the best waves in the world and playing along with them is a hobby or sport that demands some fairly heroic steps to pursue. As you power through big waves threatening to wipe you out with relative equanimity, you need to, at the same time, explicitly give high priority to balance, flexibility, and endurance. Nevertheless, before you begin catching the best set of waves at a beginner, intermediate, or expert-level, you need to find the right surfboard.
Unraveled in the unfolding paragraphs is most of what you need to know about investing in a foam surfboard.
Whatever your level of surfing experience; a foam surfboard is right for you
Initially, foam surfboards were relegated to newbie surfers. They implicitly had a low priority among intermediate and expert level surfers. Overly, newbies trying to learn the ropes of chasing the best waves with foam boards were not given any status at the beach and were often corded off in the white-waters away from the ‘real surfers.’
Today, whether you are a newbie surfer scouting for their first surfboard. An intermediate surfer experimenting with different shapes and designs, or an expert surfboarder obsessed over minor details, you can commit to some insane fun with foam boards.
Durability, versatility, and performance of a foam surfboard
Generally, foam surfboards are less susceptible to damage than fiberglass surfboards and are engineered to last your surfing sessions for many years, up to a time when your abilities will outgrow the board. Nevertheless, according to Varial, how you take care of them is critical to their durability.
In terms of versatility, they offer great buoyancy, perfect for handling both smaller and bigger surf sessions. On a different note, foam boards are brilliant for performance on those days you want an easy surf, and the days you are keen to perfect your maneuvering techniques.
The size matters
The size of the foam surfboard you choose should be defined by your level of experience, weight, and length. For instance, if you are a beginner surfer, opting for a soft board that is too short while intending to ‘play the boss’ can limit your surfing progress and success. Additionally, wider foam boards offer more stability than narrow ones, thus giving you a seamless paddling experience.
Also, one of the most critical factors to consider while buying a foam board is the volume of the board in relation to your weight. A right board volume to body weight ratio ensures the board floats you while presenting less drag as you paddle.
Pros of owning a foam surfboard
- Soft boards are relatively affordable
- Foam boards have high durability
- The boards can be used by surfers at any experience level
Cons of owning a foam surfboard
- Foam surfboards are the biggest in terms of size as well as weigh the heaviest. They can, therefore, be quite daunting to transport around.
- They may not be appropriate where the expert surfer is focusing on beating minor details in a competition.