Top 6 Foamies Reviewed For Christmas

13 Nov 2015 17 Share

Frothing groms on their foamies at the Surfing Australia Surf Grom program, Photo by Surfing Australia / Nikon

Frothing groms on their foamies at the Surfing Australia Surf Grom program, Photo by Surfing Australia / Nikon

It’s time to hit the shops and get those Chrissy presents sorted.

Really want to get in the water with your kids this summer and can’t tell the difference between the foam board and Learner options on the market? We’ve put together the 6 perfect foamies for all levels but best of all beginner boards to go under your Christmas tree and get your kids stoked! Our guide will help you in pick the ultimate foamie for optimum family summer stokeage. Whether you want to muck around on the wind-swells like Julian Wilson or get the kids practicing, here's the list:

SEE ALSO: The 50 Best Christmas Presents For Surfers

#6 Beater Pro 54 Julian Wilson - Twin Fin | Catchsurf

Features: High density bottom (HDPE) making it stiff and durable for beginners. The core is lightweight, tough and water resistant and has a 2x maple plywood stringer. If you’re looking for a fun, multipurpose board to keep the kids entertained, the Beater should definitely be your Christmas investment. This twin fin (or finless) board is suited for all skill levels but will be an absolute shred-sled for experienced surfers. Beginners are able to use it as a skim or body board before building up the confidence to ride it standing up. 

Size Range: 5'4 x 20 x 2.5, 30L

Price: $359.95

SEE ALSO: The Best Surfboards For Summer, Reviewed

The Julian Wilson Pro 54 Beater Board

The Julian Wilson Pro 54 Beater Board

#5 Softboards Australia

Features: Softboards Australia are the boards that Manly Surf School manufacture and use. They are made of the best polyethylene with a high-density slick bottom and have extra foam on the deck and nose bumpers keeping, them hardy. All materials are heat-laminated and the boards consist of two fibreglass stringers.

Matt Grainger the owner of the company, has a long history in the surf industry and tested out almost every foamie there is before putting his name behind the brand and using the boards for his surf schools. Because of this, the Softboard has all the elements a great learner board needs. Performance, durability and safety have all been taken into consideration in production of these boards. These boards will go that extra mile because the nose bumpers reduce delamination and breakdown of the board under the harsh Australian sun and salt water is not a problem because they are 100% glue free. A great board for your kids? I think yes!

Size Range: 6ft, 7ft, 8ft, 9ft, 10ft

Price: $350 - $600

Softboards Australia

Softboards Australia

#4 Elnino Cruiser | Elnino

Features: Tough NXL Decking. The core made up of the best EPSHG. Dependant on size but stringers range from 1-3 fibre stringers dependent on the board size.

Elnino has created the ‘Cruiser’, a lightweight board shaped like a Mal’ to help assist the beginner surfer. The board is made with a fuller nose and wider body to give your kids perfect stability while shredding up the waves. With one, two or three stringers depending on the size, the Elnino is the perfect balance between weight and strength. The ‘Cruiser; is buoyant making it easier for turns when the kids start to get confidence and stability down-pat.

Size Range: 6’6ft, 7ft, 7’6ft, 8ft

Price: $329.95 - $499.95

The Elnino

The Elnino

#3 Gnaraloo Flounder Pounder | Global Surf Industries

Features: Made up of a thick polyethylene deck with soft skin on the bottom. The core is polystyrene and contains 3 plywood stringers.

The Flounder Pounder is a great super grom board for learners and transitional kids because it’s thick enough to support and promote balance but small enough to encourage them to try out some trick and small maneuvers. The board helps kids to quickly learn the ropes of performance surfing enabling time to get up and on waves and will supply everyone with hours of endless wave riding fun. You will get a great use out of this board even after your kids have exceeded skills beyond a foam board, and you can even have fun in the summer waves too.

The Flounder Pounder is designed for performance surfing with 3 stringers that supply the integrity of the performance making it a great board for learning new tricks and great for overall surfing practice. You’ll get so much from this board, it’s definitely worth a look.

*BONUS The Flounder Pounder uses FCS standard fin boxes which means you can swap regular fins in and out!

Size Range: 5’6ft, 6ft, 6’6ft

Price: $350 - $390

The Flounder Pounder

The Flounder Pounder

#2 Ezi-Rider | Ocean and Earth

Features: Board has IXL PE and WBS (water barrier skin) and HDPE bottom plate. Core is EPS and has a double stringer.

Ocean and Earth’s ‘Ezi-Rider’ is our top pick. This board is great for learning everything about surfing. It’s safe, durable and has been built for ease and movement which will allow the frothing grommets to catch more waves and whitewater and can even hold up the old folks, the comfort of the template enables it to suit everyone. The polyethylene will give extra strength in performance for when the kids have moved.

The best thing is, there will be no end of summer throw outs because all boards have been heat tested for delamination which means they use the best materials to make sure it will last as long as possible, bubbling and delamination is often an issue with other foamies. The Ezi-Rider is fun and impact resistant making it a smoother ride your groms.

*BONUS the Ezi-Rider uses FCS standard fin boxes which means you can swap regular fins in and out!

Size Range: 5’6ft, 6ft, 6’6ft, 7ft, 7’6ft, 8ft, 9ft

Price: $335 - $460 

The EziRider

The EziRider

#1 Handshaped 8'0 & 5'0 Flash Performance | Softech Surfboards

HANDSHAPED 8'0
Features:
It's time the groms to learn to surf? Best get an 8'0 to build their confidence with the stability, 8'0s are also great to have in the garage if you've got visitors over who what to give surfing a try in gentle waves. Softech boards are handmade and have been built to withstand the toughest conditions from beginners to experienced surfers in conjunction with World Champion Tom Carroll. This longboard is 100% EPS foam core with a double stringer and VFS fin setup. 

Size Range: 6'0, 6'6, 7'0, 7'6, 8'0, 8'4

Price: $459.95

THE FLASH
Features: This is one of the best fun short foamies for summer. They've put extra foam in the chest to make paddling easy. The tail has been tapered so you can pretty much pull off most regular surfboard manoevers. It has a single stringer and made from X-density EPS foam core. It's 31L and features the FCS fin system to swap fins in and out. It will make summer waves super fun for dad, mum or the groms. Best thing is, if you're out among the crowds, you can't ding this thing.

Size Range: 5'0, 5'7

Price: $399

Handshaped 8'0 & 5'0 Flash Performance

Handshaped 8'0 & 5'0 Flash Performance

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