A soft top surfboard is great board to have in anyone’s quiver. Everyone uses soft tops from world champions to the first time surfer! Back in the day soft tops use to be frowned upon because they weren’t made to surf the way you would want. They were always falling apart and never had the performance level you were hoping for. Now soft tops are so popular that pro surfers are coming out with their own soft top companies and they are selling out immediately. Soft tops are especially good for learning how to surf but they have also come out with high performance soft tops that can surf like you would your regular surfboard.
Description: Soft Top
The soft deck top allows for a more comfortable paddle and is also very forgiving with dents and dings. They are lightweight, stable, and are more affordable than a normal fiberglass surfboard. Here we will go over the best soft tops in the surfing industry and why we like all of them for different reasons. We have took our surf school soft tops we have used for years and compared them to the best in the industry. Also we have talked to many top pros/amateurs to see what they preferred and also we ourselves have tried out every high performance soft top in the surfing industry.
We all want to have fun right? When learning how to surf you want to have a surfboard with a lot of foam. This will help you paddle easier and will let you catch a ton of waves compared to a smaller soft top surfboard. We recommend an 8ft-9ft soft top surfboard with as much width and thickness as possible! Here is our favorite learning soft top surfboard in the surfing industry. The 9ft Stormblade SSR soft top surfboard is perfect for learning how to surf on any type of waves. With the added foam it is very buoyant and easy to learn on. You will be standing up in no time. Here at Corky Carroll’s Surf School this is the soft top that we use to teach every new surfer.
For intermediate/advanced riders
Nowadays you can find any style soft top for all conditions. For your small wave days they make perfect summer surf long boards that any surfer can ride. For your medium size days they have what we call “fun shape” soft tops which are more high performance than your long board but can still make steep drops and do radical turns. Finally they make soft tops that are like high performance short boards in which you can get barreled and throw airs on. The list below is our favorite soft top surfboards.
Takayama Scorpion Soft Top
The Takayama Scorpion Soft Top is one of our favorite soft tops in the surf industry right now. They ride really well in small surf but also can handle bigger surf if needed. The round tail helps with different wave heights but still remains loose enough to be able to throw down turns. The thermal formed EVA soft top deck allows you to grip the board comfortably but still be able to let loose in more high performance waves. Here at Corky Carroll’s Surf School Private Lessons we use these boards all the time and they last forever.
Catch Surf Odysea Soft Tops
One of the leading soft top companies in the world right now. They have every kind of high performance soft top you can imagine. With the short board fun factor they create soft tops that will let you surf the way you want. They are super responsive in massive shore break and super cruisey on small long board waves.
INT Soft Tops: 7’0 Fun Board
INT Surfboards have been one of new up and coming companies to master the soft top industry! This 7’0 fun board makes our list because it paddles like a long board but performs like a short board. “It gives you enough to room to paddle around the line up with ease, has enough pop-up stability, and it gives you just enough responsiveness to execute tighter turns or make it down steeper waves.
Mick Fanning Soft Top Surfboards
The last soft top surfboard on our list is from your very own world champions Mick Fanning. He has created his own model of soft tops that represent his surfing and made them for everyone else to enjoy! If you couldn’t feel the foam on your feet then you think you were riding a real fiberglass board. This board is for all around fun but does better in more high performance situations. Its short, wide, and fast which make it one of the more versatile soft tops in the surf industry.
Whether you are just learning how to surf or a legendary surfer you can have fun on soft top surf boards! The new technology that we have come across will make soft tops at the top of the surfing industry for years to come. Everyone should have at least one soft top in their quiver of surfboards and if not then you are late to the game.