Softboards - any thoughts

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GuySmiley started the topic in Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 3:05pm

Had a few surfs lately where people have been surfing softboards, small summer beachies mainly. Yesterday a girl was riding a MF long keel and was having a blast. Interested in people’s thoughts, if fun is the aim ....

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GuySmiley Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 3:06pm

Anyone out there have a softie in their quiver?

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Blowin Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 3:09pm
GuySmiley wrote:

Anyone out there have a softie in their quiver?

6’0 and 7’0.

I’d prefer the 6’0 had the proper foiled rails like a Mick Fanning board but it does the trick.

Softies are a revelation. Days when you’d not normally consider surfing are made fun.

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seaslug Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 3:46pm

A Softlite 7'0 popstick

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stunet Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 3:57pm

I don't have a softy in the quiver, yet the other day I was struck by how competitive the softboard market now is.

Pros who currently own or have shares in the market include Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina, JJF, and Chippa Wilson who bought into Drag. Jack Coleman and Ryan Heywood own 88 Surfboards, Haydenshapes has released the Hypto Krypto as a softboard, and they all join the existing players such as O&E (15 models!), El Nino, Softlite, Mullet, Catch Surf, Softech, Ryd, Surf Crimes (cheapest board AUD $999) and a hundred or so cheaper brands selling directly through eBay.

Have we reached peak softy yet?

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Craig Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 4:00pm

Might have to get Gary G's opinion on that one. He's all for the hard decks.

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simba Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 4:03pm

dont forget j.s has a couple as well

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GuySmiley Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 5:09pm

As Blowin says they seem ideal for small days otherwise poor conditions or in crowded city surf so it should be about float and ease to paddle in and less about performance, gawd I’m also (inadvertently) inviting Gary G to comment.

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groundswell Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 5:17pm

I reckon JOB has been a bit kooky riding a softy at pipe and his surfing on fibreglass boards isnt as good as it used to be, maybe due to riding a soft top so often.i dont know just seems a bit less hardcore riding a softy all the time.

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etarip Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 7:17pm

I’ve got a BodyGlove 6’0” that I bought to push my kids into waves. Ended up riding it heaps on small, summery mush. Still do.
It’s fun, and because I don’t give a shit when I'm surfing it increases the number of fun surfs I have when I wouldn’t surf otherwise. When I’ve lent it to mates they’ve all had a blast too. I’d rather ride a softy than a longboard in tiny waves.

I’m going to upgrade to an O&E softy / expoxy hybrid soon as I’ve lined up a good deal. Will buy the grom one too, as he’s getting pretty consistent.

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icandig Friday, 25 Feb 2022 at 5:47pm

Bought two 8ft Catch Surf Logs this summer- one for my better half and one for me. Fun and no danger for the missus - also gets me in the water in marginal conditions to tune up my paddle arms. Not much surf around my way for summer, but managed to get it in some semi decent small waves a few times. Surprisingly fast. Unsurprisingly not very manoeuvrable. Good fun every time. I'll eventually take the fins out for a slide around. Probably caught my best waves this summer on my softy.

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LukeClay1983 Tuesday, 5 Jul 2022 at 10:22pm

Anyone surfed one of the performance soft boards, like the Softech or JS ones? any feedback

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channel-bottom Wednesday, 6 Jul 2022 at 9:39am

My kids have got the Softtech Gieselman model, once you put decent fins in them, they are pretty good.

I've got a 5'11" Catchsurf RNF, I've had heaps of fun on it. Only problem I find is when a bit of swell arrives and you swap back to a shortie, you can feel like you're underwater for the first bit due to the comparative lack of float.

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garry-weed Wednesday, 6 Jul 2022 at 2:44pm

Most of the newest 'performance' softies are too performance oriented...Too much bottom curve etc. They bend but have no 'spring'. The softech Torpedo is great. More like a Simmons. Parallel rail and lots of buoyancy and glide. Discontinued....

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VicRhino Wednesday, 6 Jul 2022 at 4:34pm

Sale on some softboards at the moment

https://www.softlite.com.au/

I just bought one for the kids to use this coming summer