best soft top surfboard

8 Best Soft Top Surfboards of 2018

When I first tried surfing, I was foolish to use a fiberglass surfboard. Maybe that was the reason I was discouraged to try again (until now). Fiberglass surfboards were too uncomfortable, and it hurt whenever my body would hit it. Little did I know soft top surfboards are actually a thing!

Soft surfboards are for beginners - while some may find this arguable, there is a valid reason behind it. First, they are stable so it easy to get up. Second, if you are a beginner (like I am), you will fall, you will make mistakes and using a soft top surfboard will less likely concuss a rider. It is also buoyant so, paddling is easy-peasy. It is also versatile that even professional surfers enjoy using it.

Conquering my uncertainty in trying out surfing again, through the use of soft top surfboards, I was able to list down the 8 best soft top surfboards for you.

Best Soft Top Surfboards : Top Picks

Giantex 6'   Surfboard 

Best for Beginners 

Giantex 6' Surfboard
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    Good for both adult and children beginners
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    Can carry surfers weighing 200 pounds 
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    Has funky designs 

Rated by: Thomas

Gold Coast Heritage Surfboard 

Best for Big Waves 

Gold Coast Surfboards
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    Can carry surfers weighing 230 pounds 
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    Bottom deck is made of Diamond Weave Slick HDPE 
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    Can keep up with the waves 

Rated by: Thomas

Wave Bandit Shred Sled 

Best for Small Waves 

Wave Bandit EZ Rider
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    Needs surf wax for grip 
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    Best for small and calm waves 
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    It has removable twin fins.

Rated by: Thomas

1. Giantex 6' Surfboard Surf Foamie Boards Surfing Beach Ocean Body Boarding Red 

Quick Summary

Giantex 6' Surfboard

Rated by: Thomas

First on the list is the Giantex 6' Surfboard Surf Foamie Boards Surfing Beach Ocean Body Boarding Red. This soft top surfboard is suited for adults and children beginners.

This surfboard is made of durable top foam and HDPE high-speed bottom. It is 72 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 3 inches thick. It weighs 10 pounds and can carry a surfer weighing a maximum of 200 pounds. I am a little over 200 pounds, but I noticed that this surfboard still supported me pretty well.

The Giantex 6' Surfboard Surf Foamie Boards Surfing Beach Ocean Body Boarding Red is made of EPE or expanded polyethylene, providing consistent durability, unrelenting cushioning, and shockproof feature. 

Together with its EPE component, its core is also made of EPS or expanded polystyrene. I like that this surfboard has funky designs and comes in bright colors.

PROS

  • It is good for both adult and children beginners.
  • It has a funky design and comes in bright colors. 
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    It is lightweight.

CONS

  • The paint has a tendency to fade easily.
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    It cannot be left under the sun because it can create bubbles on the board.

2. Liquid Shredder 70 FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard 

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Thomas

The Liquid Shredder 70 FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard is 7 feet in height, 20 inches in width, and 2.75 inches in thickness. The core is made of EPS (expanded polystyrene), in between a deck made of EPE (expanded polyethylene) and a bottom made of PP (polypropylene). It also has two wooden stringers that provide the stiffness needed for optimal performance.

The Liquid Shredder 70 FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard is hand-shapes and heat-laminated that guarantees high performance. This is something you feel immensely, especially when you are in the water.

This surfboard feels solid and relentless. It does not feel hard and cold against the body. I noticed how buoyant it was and I found it very comfortable to paddle.

PROS

  • It is lightweight and portable.
  • It comes with three fins. 
  • It is affordable. 

CONS

  • It does not come with a leash.
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    The fins are made of plastic and may break easily.

3. THURSO SURF Lancer 5'10'' Fish Soft Top Surfboard Package 

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THURSO SURF Lancer

Rated by: Thomas

Next on the list is the THURSO SURF Lancer 5'10'' Fish Soft Top Surfboard Package. It is 5 feet and 10 inches in length, 20.08 inches in width, and 2.76 inches in thickness. It weighs 6 pounds and can carry riders weighing a maximum of 200 pounds.

The complete package comes with one surfboard,  6-inch high-end double stainless steel swivels, twin fins,and triple rail saver ankle leash.

One thing I found quite cool about the ankle leash is that it is made of strong recycled plastic. A feature I appreciate about the THURSO SURF is its solid performance and smooth glide. I felt like a professional surfer, even when I am clearly not. 

The THURSO SURF Lancer 5'10'' Fish Soft Top Surfboard is extremely lightweight and floats easily. It has two wood stringers. It also has a fishtail that provides the board more hold, which I personally felt and traction to boot. Another feature worth mentioning is the adjustable fin box that makes the surfboard easy to transport.

PROS

  • It is lightweight.
  • It can carry riders weighing up to 200 pounds. 

CONS

  • Fins can fall off easily and may have to be reattached.

4. Gold Coast Surfboards Soft Top Surfboard 8 Feet and 8 Inches Heritage Surfboard 

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Gold Coast Surfboards

Rated by: Thomas

Riding the waves for a long time, the Gold Coast Surfboards Soft Top Surfboard is truly a household name in surfing.

Measuring in length at 8’8 Heritage Surfboard is 8 feet and 8 inches, in width at 23 inches, and in thickness 3.25 inches. This water armour is probably the one that has the biggest rider weight capacity: a whopping 230 pounds! And, yes, it can carry surfers weighing up to 230 pounds.

The Gold Coast Surfboard complete package comes with the surfboard itself, three rounded safe edge screw in surfboard fins, five 2-inch fin screws, one 2-inch leash plug crew, and one 9 feet surfboard leash.

The Gold Coast Surfboards Soft Top Surfboard 8’8 Heritage Surfboard is made special with a croc skinned top deck fortified with IXPE foam board. Its bottom deck is made of Diamond Weave Slick HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene); the materials and construction make this surfboard one of a kind. This I can speak for especially because I am on the heavier side. It was not hard to maneuver this baby with my body weight in the water.

PROS

  • Its rider capacity is up to 230 pounds.
  • It can keep up with the waves, providing an awesome surfing experience. 

CONS

  • This surfboard can be a little heavy for some people.

5. Wave Bandit Shred Sled 48 Twin 

Quick Summary

Wave Bandit EZ Rider

Rated by: Thomas

When I tested the Wave Bandit Shred Sled 48 Twin, the waves were calm and I had a grand time since I am a beginner surfer.

This egg-shaped, full-rounded nose, rounded-square tail, and slight rocker surfboard measures 4 feet in length, 18 inches in width, and 2.5 inches in thickness. I recommend this surfboard for chill surfing.

The Wave Bandit Shred Sled 48 Twin has a dual composite core, HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)  slick bottom.

It also boasts of high-pressure construction. It has twin fins that are removable. Its pro-leash style is included in the package. 

However, it needs surf wax for grip. As awesome as this board is, I cannot recommend it for those who are looking for extreme surfing or to catch the big waves.

PROS

  • It is good for beginners.
  • It has removable twin fins. 
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    It has a pro-style leash.

CONS

  • It needs surf wax for grip.

6. Wavestorm 8' Surfboard with Sunburst Graphic 

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Wavestorm Surfboard with Sunburst Graphic

Rated by: Thomas

When it was my turn to test out the Wavestorm 8' Surfboard, I was told repeatedly that it is deemed the most popular student surfboard in the United States. When I tried it, I immediately understood why - it is lightweight and comfortable to use in the water.

The Wavestorm 8' Surfboard is made of soft water barrier skin crosslink top deck, rails, plus EPS (expanded polystyrene) core with three marine-ply stringers, and a textured traction pad that provides a stable space for your foot while surfing.

With its  HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) slick bottom, it can solidly support a rider with a maximum weight of 200 pounds. The graphics vibrancy is brought to you by the AGIT Global's Patented Graphic Film Technology.

PROS

  • This surfboard provides a stable place for your foot.
  • It is a great student surfer board. 

CONS

  • It may be a little pricey for a beginner surfboard.

7. Wavestorm 8' Surfboard with Brushed Graphic 

Quick Summary

Wavestorm Surfboard

Rated by: Thomas

Next on my list is the Wavestorm 8' Surfboard with Brushed Graphic. If I am being honest, the reason I decided to test this baby out is because of its design and color.

Its features, characteristics, and the ride feel are similar with the Wavestorm 8' Surfboard with Sunburst Graphic, except that this surfboard’s design is more elaborate.

PROS

  • It has a more elaborate design than the Wavestorm Surfboard, Sunburst Graphic.
  • It comes with fins, leash, and surfboard sock. 

CONS

  • It may be a little expensive for a beginner surfboard.

8. Liquid Shredder FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard

Quick Summary

Liquid Shredder 70 FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard

Rated by: Thomas

Last, but certainly not the least on my list is the Liquid Shredder FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard. This classic surfboard has been around for a long time.

It measures 6 feet in length, 20 inches in width, and 2.5 inches in thickness. It weighs around 9 pounds with a volume of 44 liters; just enough to carry surfers weighing a maximum of 120 pounds.

I have to admit that as cool-looking as this surfboard is, it did not support me the way I wanted it to (But really that’s not the surfboard’s problem, more like mine).

The Liquid Shredder FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard is made of EPS (expanded polystyrene) core, EPE (expanded polyethylene) deck, and white PP (polypropylene) bottom. It also has two wooden stringers that provide rigidity required for optimum riding experience.

PROS

  • It is solid and unyielding.
  • It is safe to use, especially for newbies.

CONS

  • It is not suited for those on the heavy side.
  • It does not come with a leash.

What You Need to Know to Get the Best Soft Top Surfboards That Suit Your Needs 

1. The Number of Times You Will Surf 

Surfing is an extreme sport that you may not be able to do very often, not unless it is what you do for a living or your passion. But for people (like us) who do not live near the beach or are only trying it for the sake of crossing out surfing from our bucket list, then before you decide to buy a surfboard, consider how many times you will use it. As we all know, surfboards do not come cheap. It is best to make sure before shelling out big bucks that you will get what your money’s worth. As we all know, surfboards do not come cheap. It is best to make sure before shelling out big bucks that you will get what your money’s worth.

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2. The Price 

Not all surfboards are created equally, so they also do not cost the same. The price you are willing to pay is directly relative to the quality of the surfboard you get. Personally, if you feel like you are going to just surf once and will most likely not do it again, look for a cheap surfboard. But, if you are looking to really get into the surfing scene, then, might as well invest and buy a quality surfboard.

3. The Rider’s Weight 

You have to know your weight before deciding on a surfboard. If you are too heavy for a surfboard, then you just wasted your money. So before going out to buy one, step on a weighing scale first. Also, do not be shy to ask store representatives for advice.

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I Love Soft Top Surfboards but… 

...I love the Gold Coast Surfboards Soft Top Surfboard 8’8 Heritage Surfboard the most. I personally prefer soft top boards because not only are they cheaper, but also, unlike, fiberglass surfboards they do not get dings and dents. Also, soft top surfboards are easier to transport. They are lightweight, therefore easy to carry as well.

What I like most about the Gold Coast Surfboards Soft Top Surfboard 8’8 Heritage Surfboard’s complete package comes with the surfboard itself, three rounded safe edge screw in surfboard fins, five 2-inch fin screws, one 2-inch leash plug crew, and one 9 feet surfboard leash. It is croc skin textured with IXPE foam board and ts bottom deck is made of Diamond Weave Slick HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene). 

Gold Coast Surfboards

The Gold Coast Surfboards Soft Top Surfboard 8’8 Heritage Surfboard is one of the best soft top surfboards in 2018 because this surfboard can carry surfers weighing up to 230 pounds. Pretty awesome, right? The support it gave me was impeccable and there was enough space for me to be able to stand easily.

I may or may not continue surfing, but having a quality soft top surfboard to use. One that you can use for a long period of time and will give you your money’s worth.