Surfers have gone soft

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.”

Pic­ture: Tim Hunter

Tom Nunn, Emma Shear­man, Tom Schoeb, Sarah Shear­man and Jake Har­ris with soft boards and fi­bre­glass boards.

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