Every surfer should have a soft surfboard in their quiver. This type surfboard gives you lots of versatility and as a serious surfer you need to have a wide range of surfboards. If you are a beginner, you also need to start with a soft surfboard. Soft Surfboards are fun, safer and add another dimension to your surfboard quiver.
Soft surfboards come in many different sizes and shapes ranging in size from 4′ up to 12′. Soft surfboards were initially invented by Mike Doyle and Tom Morey. Soft surfboard types have gotten very popular and have come into their own especially now since the quality has improved.
Surfing is really fun when you have the type surfboard that you can do just about anything with and not have to worry about damaging. You can bang it on a wall or your car, drop it on the ground, have it wash into the rocks if you lose it while you are surfing, or even have it blow off your car surf rack while you are driving. If these things happened to your fiberglass surfboard, your board would be in the ding repair shop and you would not be able to surf it for a few days or maybe weeks in some cases depending on the extent of the damage.
Surfing is also fun when you don’t have to worry about surfing a hard surfboard that will hurt you if it bangs into your body when you fall off, if it hits your shins or arms when you are trying to get through the waves and surf on your way out to surf. Having a friendly, soft surfboard type when you are a beginner, learning to surf or playing around in the surf as an experienced surfer eliminates many chances of you getting injured since you will be falling off your surfboard a lot and taking chances of getting hit by your surfboard.
Along with being fun, a softboard is also more cost effective than a fiberglass hard surfboard. Did you know that you can buy one of these boards at Costco for as little as $100? The initial cost of these surfboards in surf shops or online is normally less than for a hard fiberglass surfboard.
Another key part of cost savings is ding repair. When your hard surfboard is damaged, you will have to pay a ding repair shop for the repair. Hard fiberglass surfboards are more prone to getting damaged. Soft surfboards bounce off of hard surfaces, where hard surfboards get dinged.
If you are a parent buying a surfboard for your son or daughter, one of your primary concerns is for them to be safe and not get hurt riding their new surfboard. This makes the soft surfboard a popular choice for parents. Now days, kids seem to be learning to surf at a much younger age than in the past. I see kids a young as 5 years old being pushed into a gentle wave by their parents, standing up and riding the wave for long distances. Having their kid on a friendly, safer surfboard makes it much easier for the parent by giving them piece of mind.
Girls also seem to prefer softboards until they get to the intermediate level of surfing. Girls don’t like to get banged by hard objects and prefer a more gentle approach to surfing. They don’t like bruises on their body and prefer a softer surface when paddling their surfboard.
Older people and those who are recovering from injuries also prefer soft surfboards over hard surfboards for the same reasons as stated above. They also don’t have anything to prove anything to their peers like the younger surfers on their fiberglass short surfboards and long surfboards. They are not motivated by competition. Their only motivations is their love for surfing.
Many of the soft surfboards are also referred to as funboards. Funboards are typically 7′ to under 9′ range in length. You will see many fantastic surfers riding soft surfboards in marginal surf just having fun on their soft funboards. They ride these surfboards right up onto the beach or in the shorebreak trying to get barreled inside the wave. Many times they get rolled with the surfboard inside the wave and get banged around only to come up laughing. Their board ends up getting washed up on the beach with no damage to the surfboard. Soft surfboard types make this fun possible.
So my friends, you can see that there are many advantages to having a soft surfboard in your quiver. Some of you will want more than one type and design to give you more versatility, which will result in more fun.
Surfing is a lifestyle that will bring you fun and enjoyment. You will take this to your everyday situations at home and at work, in your relationships with your family and your friends, and maybe even calm you down and make you a more patient person.
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