Whether you’re a grom or a bona fide shredder, soft top surfboards are a fun and convenient alternative to your typical fibreglass board – you can also ride them into the flags. We recommend steering away from cheap crap and maxing out on length if you want to ride anything bigger than a shorey. Have a look for boards that feature FCS or Futures fin setups because standard soft top fins are notoriously shit.
1. Mick Fanning Soft Top Surfboards
Who knows surfboards better than Mick? With three WSL World Championships under his belt, the man knows his surf tech. These soft top surfboards are made with the experienced surf-rat in mind with speed, power, and flow as priorities of the building process.
The Eugenie was designed for fun when the surf’s giving nothing more than 2-footers. A good addition to keep handy during the surfing off-season.
2. Spooked Kooks
Spooked Kooks have some sick colours and designs, bringing back the glory days of short shorts and thick mo’s. With a range of customisable options backed by solid engineering, Spooked Kooks are a winning company.
The Dead Hippy is the classic embodiment of Spooked Kook’s throwback culture. It’s a longboard made for finding the sweet spot on the wave and riding it all the way in.
3. Softech Surfboards
Softech has got something for everyone as the soft top surfboard market continues to grow in popularity with surfing old-hands. The boards can cop the biggest waves and replica their fibreglass forefathers in durability.
The Felipe Toledo Wildfire soft top surfboard is the cornerstone of Softech’s Performance Series, this is the closest thing you’ll get to fibreglass performance with foam.
4. DRAG Board Co.
These guys are all about having the best time the waves can offer and for them, softies are huge part of good times. A DRAG board is guaranteed to shake up your shredding experience for the better.
The Dart 5’6 Thruster is a little pocket rocket of fun. It’s perfect for shories or just chasing sneaky runners. Get around the rad flame and aqua colour combo.
5. Catch Surf Boards
The kings of the soft top surfboard, Catch Boards, are dominating the American and Australian markets. Offering some of the best company collabs and a huge range of boards, the fellas got exactly what you’re looking for.
Not for your average grom, the finless Original 54 is the ‘all-purpose, fully-customisable shred stick.’ If you’re more of a novice, the Catch Surf Odysea is probably a better fit. In contrast, the Beater is Catch Surf’s favourite all-around performer, for even the most seasoned shredders.
No matter your weapon of choice, soft top surfboards are definitely in again, so get involved.