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.
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. Get at it, ledge.