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