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Shortboard (<6'11")

The Best Foam Surfboards on the Planet.

This may not be your first time out, but you want take turns safely. You also may want to avoid getting smacked in the face with a heavier fiberglass surfboard/glass fins ☹. Whatever your reason, we've got you covered on 4'11"-6'11" summer-style soft top short boards.

If you're looking to buy your first soft top surfboard, we recommend exploring our foam surfboard funboard and longboard collections.

Foam Surfboards

If you are looking for a top surfboard that is suitable for both kids and adults then you are at the right place! This list makes it EASY with only the best foam surfboard options, you’ll be off to catching waves in no time on a board unique in style and vetted quality.

There are a lot of variables, such as swell height, swell direction, wind speed, and wind direction, that affect the quality of the surf. Knowing the best surfboards for a variety of conditions will help you prepare for a great session every time. Foam surfboards come in many shapes and sizes making choosing a surfboard very daunting to the beginner as well as even to experienced surfers. But just as any of our ocean and mountain addictions, surfing can be inconceivably therapeutic. Introducing surfing to your children is an astonishing way to bring a new level of adventure and enjoy the outdoors. But for those who don't make the best board choice, it can immediately get disappointing.

A beginner surfer may not even understand or take into consideration the volume of a surfboard, but when they are struggling just to paddle into waves while their friends are riding all the way to the beach. The wrong equipment can make or break a person's decision to stick with surfing and shows how important it is even for beginners to get the right beginner surfboard.

There's no arguing that soft surfboards are for beginners - and once you've put your pride aside you'll quickly realize there is a valid reason behind it. First, they are stable, so it's easy to get up, and once you're up, you're hooked. Second, as a beginner you're gonna fall! A lot! That’s part of the adventure. You will make mistakes and using a soft-top surfboard is forgiving and will allow you to learn faster and enjoy your time in the water more. It is also buoyant so paddling is easy-peasy and way less tiring on inexperienced arms and shoulders.

The Good Wave foam surfboard collection offers shapes and sizes for all ages and skill levels, even experienced surfers enjoy using it them for a bit of fun and goofing around! Built with improved technology, the boards are becoming very niche for any conditions. Having a variety of surfboards to choose from will maximize your chances of actually enjoying your time in the ocean. It will also give you the ability to enjoy more days out as conditions change.

For beginners using the right type of board can make learning to surf fun and improvement quick! Generally, the best beginner board are ones that are light, wide, and thick. Foam surfboards are great for those learning because they are more gentle than a hard surfboard, but there are still a lot of foamie surfboard options available on the market and it can be frustrating trying to find the best one for you. There are both long and shortboards available in a variety of styles. If you are brand new to surfing, you will want a larger and longer foam surfboard for stability.

All of our foam surfboards are super light for the little ones to carry to the beach on their own! Our foam surfboards are the best boards in the market for beginners. Whether you're just learning to surf or a more experienced surfer these boards are choice. Our foam surfboards for beginners also ensure the security of your children above style or design. We have a wide range of models that are perfect for a step-up board from a bodyboard for toddlers through school-age children or a beater (yet performant) foam surfboard for experienced surfers. So instead of wasting your time reading, check out our foam surfboard collection and make this year the most adventurous and healthy year yet.

Any questions please do not hesitate to Contact us.

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Is Good Wave based in the United States?

Yes! We are based in sunny San Diego. Currently our team is 100% remote with teammates in California, Florida and throughout the Midwest. Yes, there are bodies of water in the midwest ;)

What is Good Wave’s standard foam surfboard shipping time?

Nearly all of our products are manufactured directly in the United States. It typically takes 2 business days to process, and 5-7 business days for shipping. Please feel free to reach out to let us know about any urgent date you need your product to arrive, such as for an upcoming surf camp, vacation, etc. Likely, we can arrange with our warehouses to meet your deadline but please reach out so we know.

Does Good Wave accept returns?

Yes, please refer to our Shipping & Returns page.

How do I contact Good Wave?

Urgent questions: please find us on chat on the bottom right of the website! If we're unavailable, we're helping another customer so please just leave us a message.

All other questions please use our contact form.

I want to order more than one foam surfboard. Can I get a discount?

Yes, please contact us.

Which foam surfboard size is right for me / my child?

Please contact us. It depends on experience, body weight, and carrying ability. This last one is particularly important for parents who want to get kids in the habit of carrying their surfboard themselves from the car to the beach.

Does Good Wave have inventory in a certain product?

If you can purchase it on our website, likely we have it. Sometimes we run out, but we can easily find you a replacement board or refund your order if so.