Foamies and soft tops (they are the same thing), starting showing up in the surfing line up about 5 years ago. Today, they are everywhere thanks to Costco's cheap (and fun) Wavestorm soft top.
Things have progressed since Costco's first foamie. Soft tops are now so good in quality they rival the fun factor of the standard glass surfboard so much so, that beginner and experienced surfers are riding them.
In fact, one employee we talked to at a well-known surf shop in San Diego said that most good surfers would have just as much fun on a foamie as they would on their performance board.
Below are some of the best rated soft top surfboards. It's not quite a top 10 foamie surfboards list ...
Foamie Surfboards - Reviews and More!
Is Costco's Wavestorm isn't the original foamie, it might as well be given how many people it has helped introduce surfing to.
We've surfed the Wavestorm. It is fun, yes! Would it be easy to learn to surf on, yes. Is it going to last you more than a 2 summers, probably not. It's fun, but very limited you may get board and want a different board or it may fall apart. We think there are better quality foamie surfboards for beginners out there.
We've surfed this board. It is by far the easiest board you can use to watch waves. If you are looking to stand up on a surfboard your first day, this it the foamie board for you.
This foamie makes learning to surf easy. It catches just about any ripple given how much foam it has. It's not the best turning board of the foamies, but if you are looking to stand up and go straight, this board will happily do the job.
INT Softboards are the only performance soft surfboards hand-made in the USA. We craft our boards with waterproof, 100% recyclable, American-made foam.
The INT Surfboards' line of Classic Soft Top Surfboards are made of higher quality material than other foamie surfboards. These boards will last longer and will surf more like a fiberglass surfboard, while still giving you that extra float that translates into catching more waves.
The below is a list of foamies and soft top surfboards that didn't make our top 3, and are still worth checking out.
Foamy surfboards are for beginners, groms, dads and anyone looking to maximize wave count. Foamy is locally owned and operated in San Diego and Orange County.
Ocean and Earth Soft Top Surfboards
Lots of colors to choose form in this line of foamie surfboards.
Channel Islands Soft Top Surfboards
Models inlcude: Average Joe, Bethany Hamilton
Storm Blade Surfboards
The Storm Blade range features boards from 10ft to 7ft in classic longboard shapes and performance foam shortboards from 6ft6 to 5ft6.
Doyle Soft Top Surfboards
Mike designed the Cabo as a lighter weight, higher performance addition to the soft surfboard line.
Robert Weiner Soft Top Surfboards
high performance soft wrap surfboard by Robert Weiner
Great for beginner surfers.
Soft surfboards and bodyboards designed for maximum stoke whatever your level or ability
Platino Softboards Quality foamie softboards.