How to choose the right surfboard

Jeune femme avec une planche de surf Zeus au coucher du soleil sur un spot de surf en France

Finding the right surfboard to progress quickly is not an easy task when you are new to surfing.

Between surfing jargon, different shapes , volumes , board materials, the multitude of references on the surf market can quickly become intimidating.

At Zeus , we have been specialists in foam surfboards since 2017.

In this complete article , discover our advice for choosing your first foam surfboard or not:

  • The ideal volume and size according to your body shape.
  • The different types of shapes and their advantages.
  • The quality criteria to watch out for on a foam board.
  • Our recommendations by level and size.

With these key tips for buying a surfboard for beginners , you will be able to enjoy your first sessions!

So trust us and quickly discover our selection of foam boards perfect for rapid progress.

Green Mini Mlaiby Zeus Surfboard - How to choose a surfboard

Foam surfboards, also called softrop, have experienced real growth in popularity in the surfing world in recent years. Originally, they were designed for surf schools in Australia and the USA. The idea being to have boards that are more accessible than traditional resin surfboards. Today, they can be found in surf schools and surfcamps around the world.

They are affordable and safe for learning to surf thanks to their deck entirely covered in EVA foam . Foam or soft top surfboards allow you to gently learn to surf and guarantee good durability, subject to quality construction. If this is not the case, you will end up with a split board after a few sessions 🌊

Softop boards are generally a little wider and thicker than the other boards. They also have more volume than a traditional rigid surfboard of equal size, which allows the greatest number of easily take the slightest wave or undulation present.

As with other surfboards, there is a wide range of boards available in all types of shapes. Of fish At mini malibu without forgetting the longboard .

This diversity of shape allows riders of all levels and sizes to discover the sensations of surfing .

Foam surfing for novices - Zeus Surf

What size surfboard should I choose according to my profile?

As with a classic surfboard , foam surfboards are chosen based on several criteria , consider your level of practice . This will help you get the most suitable size and shape.

For a beginner surfer , we recommend a foam board of size similar to that used in class, generally 7 to 9' . Traditionally, we opt for the same shape, of type funboard Or longboard.

The only problem with foam boards is that they all look the same. Difficult to navigate in the veritable jungle of the market.

They are found at all prices, and for a beginner, it is complicated to sort between them. brand claims and marketing these last. Unless you cut your board in half and look at what's inside, it's tricky to see the differences between the boards.

If you can try it, even better. If the surf school works with a brand, it might be the right one, because surf schools have ultra-intensive use of equipment.

The quality of EPS bread (core) says about the durability of your foam surfboard. Depending on the density and its assembly, you can have a board that lasts for years or only does one session.

Without going into details, to make a good board, you need good ingredients, from the core to the foam including the fiber: nothing should be left to chance, otherwise your board will end up in landfill in less than a week. Because yes, foam surfboards are not recyclable. So if you are tempted to buy one, you must choose a quality board.

Investing in a cheap surfboard is the equivalent of paying for it twice. THE Foam surfboards are very difficult to repair unlike other types of hard surfing. You can also turn to boards designed for beginners made in France or find a good used board in a surfshop.

Choosing the right foam surfboard - Zeus Surf

Depending on your level:

When choosing a foam board, it is important to analyze your level and experience in surfing . Foam boards are generally designed for specific surfing levels, and choosing a board that suits your level will help to progress more quickly and have more fun on the water.

For beginners :

  • If you are a beginner, you should go for a longer and wider length foam board. This will give you more balance and stability, which is essential for learning to surf.

  • Thicker foam boards are also a good option for beginners, as they are less sensitive to technical errors.

Three popular Zeus surfboards to get started quickly

  1. Zeus Fuego 7'0 - The reference for beginners under 70kg - count between 300 and 350€

  2. Zeus Rosa 7'6 - Perfect for adults weighing less than 75 kilos - count between €300 and €380

  3. Zeus Temper 8'0 - The first board for adults weighing 80 kilos and over - Count 400 euros

For intermediate surfers:

  • If you already have a few surf sessions under your belt and are starting to feel comfortable. You may want to consider purchasing a foam board with a little less volume . This will allow you to maneuver more easily and surf faster waves .

  • It is also important to consider the shape and volume of the foam board when moving to an intermediate level. Foam boards with a more pronounced rocker and a thinner tail will help you maneuver faster and surf more technical waves.

Our selection for intermediate riders

  1. Dolce 7'0 - The perfect board for progress - Count 450 euros

  2. Mamba 6'6 - Our bestseller in the intermediate category - Count 450 euros

Our guide to choosing an intermediate surfboard

For advanced surfers:

  • If you are an experienced surfer, you should look for shorter and longer foam boards fine, with more efficient shapes. A foam board is a good option for days when the spot is crowded.

Surfing on a Zeus surfboard - Zeus Surf

Mistakes to avoid when choosing your first surfboard

  1. Opt for one board reinforced with fiberglass and/or stringers. These wooden or fiber slats will stiffen your foam board and prevent certain breakages.

  2. Look at the details such as the fin boxes, the leash plug, the carrying handle . Foam boards must have a shape, meaning they cannot be completely flat like your ironing board, otherwise it will be impossible to surf with them.

  3. Unless of 200 euros , ask yourself questions. If you need help, contact a surf shop or contact one of our experts for advice.

  4. In summary, a foam surfboard is a good choice to start surfing. Foam boards are accessible and robust, and offer the advantages of a soft top construction and good value for money.

Consider your level and size to find the size and shape that suits you. Choose a board with good construction and quality materials.

Choosing the ideal foam board - Zeus Surf

Foam surfboards have many valuable benefits:

  • Their affordable price makes them affordable to as many people as possible, especially for a first board. Count on 300 to 500 euros for a quality board.
  • Their foam construction makes surfing safer . The foam cushions shocks and limits the risk of injury.
  • There is a wide variety of shapes suitable for all sizes and levels: longboard, funboard, fish... Everyone can find the ideal board.
  • Quality materials like dense EVA foam and fiberglass reinforcements ensure durability and performance.

Foam boards also have some disadvantages:

  • The wide choice of models available can make selection difficult, rather for beginners.
  • They are not recyclable, because they are made of different composite materials.
  • Foam boards are difficult to repair . It is complicated to change a fin or repair a ding

In short, the foam surfboard is an excellent choice for beginners or for having durable equipment. Its qualities in terms of price, safety, and adaptability make it an ideal option for a first board.

However, faced with the multitude of existing references, it is essential to think carefully about the model best suited to your profile and your objectives. Consider testing several boards, comparing brands and seeking advice from professionals.

By choosing a quality board, with a size and shape corresponding to your level, you are guaranteed to progress in the best conditions and experience memorable surfing sessions.

So don't wait any longer and find your ideal foam surfboard!

Foam board for learning to surf - Zeus Surf

Frequently asked questions when choosing your foam surfboard:

What size foam surfboard for adult beginners?

For a beginner adult of average build, we recommend a foam surfboard 7' to 8' long. The taller and heavier you are, the more you can choose a size up to 8'6 or even 9'.

At Zeus we have the Classic range and the Progress range .

What volume of surfboard for a beginner weighing 85 kg?

For a beginner weighing 85 kg, prefer a foam surfboard offering a volume between 65 and 75 liters. This will give you more stability and buoyancy for your first waves.

What types of shapes should you favor as a beginner?

As a beginner, we advise you to choose a board with stable shapes that are easy to handle, such as the funboard, the mini-malibu or the longboard. These large shapes will help you progress.

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