This foam surfboard by California Board company is a great choice for beginners. It’s made out of high-density EPS foam, complete with a one hundred percent waterproof core. It also features a tri-fin system for improved maneuverability, making it easier to catch waves or handle tight turns. A great buy for the surfer on a budget, this seven-foot foam surfboard floats well, offers decent acceleration and improved stability. Handling can be iffy depending on wave size, but overall, we feel that this is a board that any newbie can benefit from and appreciate.
Overview and Features
This board features a custom molded shape that consists of three layers of laminated wood stringers topped with a waterproof resin coating. This design makes this board one of the best surfboards for beginners because it ensures that this baby will remain afloat, even in choppy water conditions.
The EPS core features a heat laminated design with a core that’s one hundred percent waterproof. The bottom of the board consists of heat laminated polyethylene, which allows the surfer to cleanly and quickly slice through the water.
The tri-fin system uses nylon screws, which can easily be removed for transport.
The board also comes with a surf leash complete with a double swivel rail and a padded ankle strap, so you’ll never lose track of your board.
This model weighs in at just eight pounds and features a user weight capacity of two hundred and ten pounds.
We found this board to be impressively versatile, making it a great choice for first-timers. The board itself is well-made, offering a stable, durable platform that can be used to practice pop-ups.
Because it’s made from high-quality materials and features a dynamic shape, this board is one the beginner can continue to use as they perfect their surfing skills. Unlike a typical surfboard designed for beginners, you won’t quickly outgrow this model.
- This is a board that offers excellent buoyancy, even in tough water conditions.
- A great surfboard for travel.
- The soft rails and deck on this board will soften any blow to the head or body in the event of a fall, unlike a traditional surfboard.
- Highly durable, this board can take plenty of heavy-duty use.
- High-quality materials combined with improved technology make this board a great option for anyone who wants to learn how to become a sound surfer.
- The lightweight design makes this board easy to carry and transport.
- The board’s length and thickness allow it to handle tighter curves.
- Catching medium and large waves are simple thanks to the board’s volume and design.
- This model offers decent speed.
This board struggles when it comes to handling smaller waves.
We found the board’s surface to be pretty slippery, so we recommend using board wax before you take it out for your first ride.
This board feels more like a bodyboard than a typical foam surfboard, which can be a plus or drawback for surfers.
Other surfers noted that the material on the top of the board can cause a rash, so we recommend wearing a rash guard when you surf to prevent this issue.
Beginners in search of a foam surfboard designed for smaller surfers or children should take a closer look at the Liquid Shredder 70 FSE EPS/PE Soft Surfboard.
Conclusion and Rating
This board by California Board Company was designed with the newbie in mind. If you’re an advanced surfer, you’ll struggle with the board’s inability to turn and handle smaller waves. But for the beginner, this model offers the type of stability, handling, volume, and speed, that are needed in a starter board. Overall, we had no complaints regarding style and functionality but were disappointed in the slickness of the board’s surface which will definitely require the user to add some board wax for improved grip. We gave this model a rating of four out of five stars.