Best Foamie & Soft Top Surfboards

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: 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.

Catch Surf Heritage 5'6" Retro Fish Twin Fin Surfboard
Catch Surf Heritage 5'6" Retro Fish Twin Fin Surfboard

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.

Foam Surfboards & Soft Tops on Amazon

Photo Title Price Buy
Wavestorm 8ft Surfboard...image Wavestorm 8ft Surfboard // Foam Wax Free Soft Top Longboard for Adults and Kids of All Levels of Surfing, Multicolor $236.90
THURSO SURF Aero...image THURSO SURF Aero 7 ft Soft Top Surfboard Foam Surfboard Package Includes Three Fins Double Stainless Steel Swivel Leash EPS Core IXPE Deck HDPE Slick Bottom Built in Non Slip Deck Grip $279.00
Wavestorm 5’6 Original...image Wavestorm 5’6 Original New Modern Swallowtail Surfboard $157.47
Giantex 6' Surfboard...image Giantex 6' Surfboard Surfing Surf Beach Ocean Body Foamie Board with Removable Fins, Great Beginner Board for Kids, Adults and Children $139.99
South Bay Board...image South Bay Board Co. - Beginner Surfboard (Soft Top Foam) for Kids, Teenagers & Lightweight Adults-6' & 8' Guppy-with 3 Rounded-Edge Soft-Top Surfboard Fins (Thruster Set) (Blue, 8 ft.) $229.00
California Board Company...image California Board Company Foam Surf Board, 9-Feet (Color: Brown/Wood graphic)
South Bay Board...image South Bay Board Co. - 7' Premium Beginner Surfboard for Adults - Wax-Free, Soft-Top Surf Board – Fins & Leash Included - Patented Heat Damage Prevention System (Blue, Ruccus) $449.00
KONA SURF CO....image KONA SURF CO. The 4-4 Surfboard for Beginners Kids and Adults - Soft Top Foam Surfboards for Beach – Surf as a Boogie Board Bodyboard or Softboard - Includes Fins and Leash in Light Blue sz:4ft 4in

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.

 

Catch Surf Odysea x Lost RNF 6'5" Surfboard
Catch Surf Odysea x Lost RNF 6'5" Surfboard

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.

 

Catch Surf Odysea x Lost Crowd Killer 7'2 Surfboard
Catch Surf Odysea x Lost Crowd Killer 7'2 Surfboard

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.

INT Surfbaords
INT Surfbaords

Other Foamie Surboards Worth Buying

The below is a list of foam and soft top surfboards are worth checking out.

Foamy Surf
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

Torq Surfboards
Great for beginner surfers.

BZ Soft Top Surfboards

NPS Surfboards: P2 soft tops

Foamie Surfboards not yet available in the United States

Reef Foamie Surboards

Rip Curl Foamie Surfboards

Mullet Soft Top Surfboards

El Nino

Vision Surfboards
Soft surfboards and bodyboards designed for maximum stoke whatever your level or ability

Platino Softboards
Quality foamie softboards.

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