Surfers have gone soft
Surfing is showing its softer side.
Surf retailers have experienced a boom in the trade of surfboards made of soft foam rather than the traditional hard fibreglass.
One shop owner said he had seen a big rise in foam surfboard sales of “about 400 per cent in the last two years”. The growth has seen surf companies jump onboard, with past world champion Mick Fanning lending his name to a line of soft boards.
Retailers say the reason for the upswing includes beginners using them at surf schools and then buying a similar model as an entry to surfing.
Tom Schoeb has been surfing for 10 years and said he bought his first foam surfboard three years ago and is presently riding a 5’8” foamy.
“It feels like it takes the seriousness out of surfing,” Mr Schoeb said.
“You can get out there on a foamy and feel like a kid again no matter how bad the surf is.”
Tom Nunn, Emma Shearman, Tom Schoeb, Sarah Shearman and Jake Harris with soft boards and fibreglass boards.