Softboards For every level of surfing
Author: Michael Laielli, of Primal Surf School Owner/Operator 25+ years in Brigantine, NJ.
In my 25 years of teaching surfing, I’ve seen the evolution of the soft board come to what it is today. Softboards started out being crude in shape and weight, but effective for teaching surfing. Soft surfboards have evolved to the point of being able to ride them in serious high-performance waves, as proved by many pro level surfers who now have their own models of softboards out on the market. Choosing your first surfboard it’s quite easy for a beginner. What you need to consider is the following; riders height weight and age, experience level, and how often rider will be using the board. A good surf shop will have someone available to guide you with your choice. In my experience over the years, the learning curve is accelerated if you choose a board in the right size range to float the rider properly, giving them plenty of paddling speed and flotation to enter the wave. Most adults will benefit from 8 to 9 foot full volume softboard such as Catch Surf Odysea Log. or Surftech Softop, Surfers that are experienced or young children would be in the 5 to 7 foot range depending on age and skill level or preference. For the advanced Surfer, there are quite a few options from companies such as Softech, Catch Surf, JJF Funformance, Surfers with a good amount of experience are choosing boards from all the categories, which allows them to catch waves early because of the higher volume they contain. Experience surfers also enjoy the level of fun they provide in conditions such as crowded beach breaks, or smaller summer surf conditions, but not limited to those days as the boards will handle performance waves as well.
Whatever your level of experience is, we will help you choose the right softboard to suit your needs. Stop in our shop at Primal Surf, 3106 Revere Blvd., Brigantine, New Jersey. When fully stocked, we carry approximately 150/200 soft surfboards in inventory. Soft surfboard brands that we carry are: FCS Softech, Surftech Softop, Odysea, Catch Surf, Beater, Wave Bandit Ben Gravy, JJF Pyzel Funformance, and Stormblade.
We also have an excellent surf school program running June through Mid September. We use top quality brands of boards and wetsuits in our school and have the areas best beaches to surf. Brigantine has more surfing area littered with sandy bottom beach breaks that are also guarded in season.
Get a board and get out there!
Article by: Michael E. Laielli, Owner and operator of Primal Surf In Brigantine, NJ. Surf and Water Sports Trainer for 20+ years.
In my 20 years of teaching surfing, I have never imagined that soft surfboards would be so good as they are today. In the beginning, they were heavy and shaped poorly, with flimsy fins, but the students only needed to catch the wave, stand up, and go straight to get hooked. From that point, it was straight to a fiberglass board so they could progress. Well things have changed tremendously! The soft surfboard has evolved to a high performing board that even the highly skilled surfer wants to have in their quiver. The choices range from the higher volume beginner logs that are great to learn on and help you progress on to a shorter board if you want to do high performance maneuvers, or you can get a short board that mimics a high performance short board, and all with colors and designs that will blow your mind! But why a soft surfboard? Soft surfboards are safer, more durable, and you don't have to worry about every little "ding" that fiberglass surfboards get. That equates to tons of fun for the surfer and beginner.
At Primal Surf in Brigantine, NJ, we're committed to having the areas largest selection of soft surfboards of the best quality. Cheap soft surfboards found in box stores will delaminate and are made of cheap EPS foam core that sucks in water making them an unrepairable, disposable board in a short time, and that is also bad for the environment. The boards we stock are also used in our surf school because thy hold up over time, and perform best.
The brands that we've chosen to use in our surf school and sell in Primal Surf are: Catch Surf, Odysea, Wave Bandit [Ben Gravy}, Softech, and Stormblade soft surfboards. I like these brands because they are well built, and they are shaped to suit all kinds of riders and performance levels.
At Primal Surf Shop, we help our customers choose the proper size and shape to fit their needs, and we also have a large rental fleet of the same boards that you can try before you buy, and we'll even apply a portion of your rental fee towards the purchase of the board. We always recommend a lesson or two to get the basics down before making a purchase if you've never tried surfing, so you will be properly fitted to the correct board while learning all the safety skills as well.
For more information on surfing lessons and surf gear;
visit our website at www.psurf.com or call us at 609-264-1999
Happy healthy surfing,
Soft surfboard selection at Primal Surf in Brigantine, NJ
Students using the proper soft surfboard at Primal Surf Lessons
how to choose a paddleboard or sup
About the Author:
Mike Laielli, Owner of Primal Surf in Brigantine NJ since 2003, has been surfing and involved with various water-sports for over 50 years.
WHAT TO CONSIDER
First of all is your height, and weight. The larger the rider, the larger the paddleboard you will need. Then your experience level, and frequency of use will also play a big part in what size or type of paddleboard is best. There are a few other things you need to consider, such as where you will use the board, and what conditions you will paddleboard in. If you live on the bay, ocean. or lake and only want to paddle it there, then you will want something specific for the waters you will be paddling. Generally, the flatter the water the flatter the board you can use. Flatter boards cruise faster, but allround paddleboards are better for ocean paddling and work quite well on flat water too.
Not all boards are created equal, and generally speaking "you get what you pay for". Cheaper boards are made with cheaper products, and are not going to hold up under most paddling conditions. What makes a board have a high strength to weight ratio is the method of construction such as vacuum bagging of high pressure molding where the board is compressed in the assembly process.
A cheap paddleboard will also not be worth much on resale or trade in value, due to the fact that it was probably made in China where they cut corners in product and process to bring the price down.
If you are unsure of paying the price for a better quality paddleboard, it's usually due to not knowing if you will stick with the sport. In that case, you should take a lesson and learn more about paddleboarding. A reputable paddleboard retailer should be able to teach you, and fit you with the right gear to suit your needs. You will also learn about the various locations to paddle, what conditions to avoid, and many other tips and safety factors that will keep you enjoying paddleboarding for years to come.
WHERE TO BUY A PADDLEBOARD
Being in the business since the start of the sport, we've seen it all! Many people buy "too good to be true" deals on the internet, or a big box store, leaving them dealing with shipping damages, cheap product, and no one to support them when they have issues with the product. If you buy from a reputable "bricks and mortar" paddle sport shop, they will be there to support you with information and experience of local conditions, year round, you will be happy you made the right choice.
The best USA built surfboards are at Primal Surf in Brigantine, NJ. .Stop in to our shop or visit our website to see the best selection of longboard surfboards built in the USA.. Boards by: Donald Takayama, Ricky Carroll, Justin Quintal, Black Rose, CoreVac, Cannibal, Savage Surfboards, Kenny Brielle, Shawn O'Donnell. We can also custom order a board for you, in the dimensions and colors to suit your needs. Our surfboard builders are top board builders and masters of their craft. We travel to our builders on the east coast to see their methods of construction, and they personally deliver them to our shop to avoid shipping damages. You can email us at www.psurf.com or call us at Primal Surf in Brigantine, at 609-264-1999 to get more information on surfboards.
Best Surf SUP and Paddle Board Selection at The Jersey Shore is at Primal Surf in Brigantine, NJ
Our inventory of boards is listed on our website at www.psurf.com, but stoping in the shop is always best. Picking up and feeling a board, eyeing it up on the board rack, and going over the details is a long time ritual of picking out a sup or surfboard, and NOTHING can ever replace it! We carry boards from Sunova, CoreVac Cannibal, Surftech, Kings, Steller, and NSP. The Sunova SUP is built amazingly, with a balsa, fiberglass sandwich epoxy construction. Here's a link to the Sunova website that explains the construction: https://sunovasurfboards.com/en/technology.
We are the fastest access of all shore points from the greater Philadelphia area, via the AC Expressway tunnel connector. We are located at 3106 Revere Blvd., in Brigantine, NJ .