Foam surfboards and soft top surfboards (they are the same thing), starting showing up in the surfing line up about 5 years ago. Today, they are everywhere thanks to Costco's cheap (and fun) Wavestorm soft top.
Things have progressed since Costco's first foam surfboard, the Wavestorm. Soft tops are now so good in quality they rival the fun factor of the standard glass surfboard so much so, that both beginner and experienced surfers are riding them.
In fact, one employee we talked to at a well-known surf shop in San Diego said that most good surfers would have just as much fun on a foamie as they would on their performance board and might not even notice the difference.
Below are some of the best rated soft top and foam surfboards.
Best Foamie Surfboards Review
From big Catch Surfs to smaller Catch Surf models and other brands in between, we have a list of the best foam and soft top surfboards you can find in any lineup.
Our Choice: The Costco WAVESTORM
You've seen the on top of cars, in the beds of trucks and in every lineup all year long ... the Costco WAVESTORM.
Surfers love them because they are cheap, easy to use, paddle fast and ton of float. They make catching waves easy for newbies and they make surfing playful for the experienced surfer. They are one of the best faomie surfboards you can buy.
If you want a bigger foamie to have fun with, the WAVESTORM from Costco is a great option. If you want more turning in your surfing game, read on.
Runner Up: Catch Surf Heritage 5'6" Retro Fish Twin Fin Surfboard
This is our runner up in the best foamie category only because most foamies are geared to the newbies. However, if you are an experienced surfer who wants more performance from a foamie you came to the right page.
This foamie is one of the closest things you will get to feeling like you are surfing a fiberglass board. It comes with a side extra float for paddle power and fun, because, it's a foamie, duh. The Catch Surf Heritage has the class twin fin set up on retro fish outline.
You just may forget you are surfing a foamie. This is the go-to performance foamie. You can surf this board aggressively like a fiberglass board. You don't need to surf conservatively like a bigger foam board.
More Foamie Surfboards To Choose From
Here are some more great foamie surfboard options to help you catch more waves and have more fun doing it.
Catch Surf Odysea x Lost RNF 5'11' and 6'5" Surfboard
The Catch Surf Odysea x Lost RNF 5'11" and 6'5" surfboards are made from a dual composite core and impact resistant HDPE slick skin ... Whatever that means.
What is means to you is that you have yourself on capable foamie surfboard that is one part fish surfboard and one part foamie that gives you ton of float. This foamie board is great for experienced surfers looking to have fun and the newer surfer who is looking to stay on a foamie but wants more turning ability to their surfing game.
If you like or need your surfboards a little bigger go with the 6'5". For the majority of surfers, the 5'11" will be a good fit.
Have you ever heard of a high performance step up foamie surfboard? Neither did we, then we found this odd-ysea (zing!)
This Catch Surf foamie model is built to catch waves, bigger waves. It's got thruster, tri-fin set up which allows for tight turns, a rounded tail which performs in bigger surf and a “No Pearl” Flip-Tip nose which help with, you guessed it, pearling (aka, going head over heals as you are dropping in).
And, it comes with the extra float and paddle power that you come to expect with a foamie.
California Board Company's Foam Surf Board Quick-Hit Review
We've surfed this board. It is by far the easiest board you can use to watch waves. If you are looking to stand up on a surfboard your first day, this it the foamie board for you.
- Cost: $300 (range)
- Size: 7'
- Fin set up: Thruster
- Shipping & Handling: Free if you have Prime
The Bottom Line
This foamie makes learning to surf easy. It catches just about any ripple given how much foam it has. It's not the best turning board of the foamies, but if you are looking to stand up and go straight, this board will happily do the job.
INT Surfboards' Classic Soft Top Surfboard Quick-Hit Review
INT Softboards are the only performance soft surfboards hand-made in the USA. We craft our boards with waterproof, 100% recyclable, American-made foam.
- Cost: $369 - 459.00 (depending on size)
- Size: 7', 8', 9'
- Fin set up: Thruster
- Shipping & Handling: Additional
The Bottom Line
The INT Surfboards' line of Classic Soft Top Surfboards are made of higher quality material than other foamie surfboards. These boards will last longer and will surf more like a fiberglass surfboard, while still giving you that extra float that translates into catching more waves.
Other Foamie Surboards Worth Buying
The below is a list of foam and soft top surfboards are worth checking out.
Foamy surfboards are for beginners, groms, dads and anyone looking to maximize wave count.
Foamy is locally owned and operated in San Diego and Orange County.
Ocean and Earth Soft Top Surfboards
Lots of colors to choose form in this line of foamie surfboards.
Channel Islands Soft Top Surfboards
Models inlcude: Average Joe, Bethany Hamilton
Storm Blade Surfboards
The Storm Blade range features boards from 10ft to 7ft in classic longboard shapes and performance foam shortboards from 6ft6 to 5ft6.
Doyle Soft Top Surfboards
Mike designed the Cabo as a lighter weight, higher performance addition to the soft surfboard line.
Robert Weiner Soft Top Surfboards
high performance soft wrap surfboard by Robert Weiner
Great for beginner surfers.
Foamie Surfboards not yet available in the United States
Soft surfboards and bodyboards designed for maximum stoke whatever your level or ability
Quality foamie softboards.