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    Softtop Board Suggestions Needed

    Softtop Board Suggestions Needed

    After 30+ years of body boarding I am planning on taking up surfing.
    I am 53 years old, around 190 lbs and surf at Cape Henlopen and Assateague.

    For a first board I was looking at either the Original Liquid Shredder HD-9'0"
    http://www.softsurfboards.com/HD%20S...rd%2090Buy.htm
    or the Greco Eden 9í Soft Surfboard.
    http://www.grecosurfboards.com/surf/

    I am leaning toward the Liquid Shredder but wanted a professional opinion if possible.

    I donít mind spending a bit more for my starter board as I take many friends and family with me to the beach and expect the board to live on as a guest / grand-kids board for several years after I am done with it.

    Thanks,

  2. I woudnt go near a softtop ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougb View Post
    Softtop Board Suggestions Needed
    For a first board I was looking at either the Original Liquid Shredder HD-9'0"
    http://www.softsurfboards.com/HD%20S...rd%2090Buy.htm
    or the Greco Eden 9’ Soft Surfboard.
    http://www.grecosurfboards.com/surf/

    I am leaning toward the Liquid Shredder but wanted a professional opinion if possible.

    I don’t mind spending a bit more for my starter board as I take many friends and family with me to the beach and expect the board to live on as a guest / grand-kids board for several years after I am done with it.

    Thanks,
    your out of your mind if your willing to pay $500 for a foam board

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    agree with the above two posts.

    quick check of local craigslist ads shows legitimate used longboards in the same price range as the foam ones your looking at:
    http://delaware.craigslist.org/spo/2935080773.html
    http://richmond.craigslist.org/spo/2908425120.html

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    Sounds like a good plan... I would take advantage of craiglists and contact a few shops local to your area--maybe they have something used. If you can't find anything, I agree with the poster above...probably not the best investment to spend around $500 unless you're sure you are going to commit to it or if you can pass it down, etc. However, you could get something a BIC board for cheaper try to cover it in traction if injury is a concern.

    I never really like the quality of the liquid shredders...always felt way to heavy. If I were you...I'd go for a used BIC...most softtops delam and do not last...my $.02

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    don't do it man. That kind of cash will buy you a real board. If you are worried about the hard deck, put a ton of wax on it. I never scrape my log and i bet the wax a 1/2" thick in some places. Nice and comfie...

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    First thanks for the feedback.

    Soft vs Hard - I should have mentioned that the idea of buying a soft top board was more about hitting other people with the board than falling down on it myself.
    As a surfing newbie if I split someones head open with a real board that would be the end of my surfing carrier.

    Also the thought of letting a non-surfing friend try out a real board somewhere there are other people doesn't sound like a smart idea, but with a soft top board it doesn't seem too bad.

    Durability - I see lots of reviews of cheap foam boards that all say the same thing, they don't last and that is why I was willing to spend extra to get a better board that hopefully will last. The LS HD is a heavy duty board that they recommend for surf schools and other "hard users". I thought that would be a best bet for a durable board.

    Hand Me Downs - I have 5 grand-kids, three boys 14, 10, 8 that visit for a month each summer and would love to ride any board. A soft top would make me feel better as a learner board for them.
    Last edited by dougb; Apr 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM.

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    dude go to costco and get a wavestorm 100-150$ or go buy a int theyre like $250 i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougb View Post
    First thanks for the feedback.

    Soft vs Hard - I should have mentioned that the idea of buying a soft top board was more about hitting other people with the board than falling down on it myself.
    As a surfing newbie if I split someones head open with a real board that would be the end of my surfing carrier.

    Also the thought of letting a non-surfing friend try out a real board somewhere there are other people doesn't sound like a smart idea, but with a soft top board it doesn't seem too bad.

    Durability - I see lots of reviews of cheap foam boards that all say the same thing, they don't last and that is why I was willing to spend extra to get a better board that hopefully will last. The LS HD is a heavy duty board that they recommend for surf schools and other "hard users". I thought that would be a best bet for a durable board.

    Hand Me Downs - I have 5 grand-kids, three boys 14, 10, 8 that visit for a month each summer and would love to ride any board. A soft top would make me feel better as a learner board for them.
    Do like everyone says and stay away from the soft tops.......as far as your grandkids... they'll be fine with a regular surfboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougb View Post
    Soft vs Hard - I should have mentioned that the idea of buying a soft top board was more about hitting other people with the board than falling down on it myself. As a surfing newbie if I split someones head open with a real board that would be the end of my surfing carrier.
    You've been riding waves for 30+ years so my guess is you know how to avoid running people over. Hitting other people with a 9 foot softtop is bad in itself. The way to deal with that is to avoid learning to surf around others in conditions where doing so put them at risk, not by buying a softer board.

    Last thing - learning to surf this summer at Cape Henlopen is a bad idea, compared to assateague.

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