Yes don't learn to stand in crowd. Can you find a place where you can catch the white water, stand and drop off into deeper water where the wave reforms into a swell? Soft tops i don't know much apout them. Sounds to me like thay might be soft on top with a hard pointy nose. Maybe if you paint it bright fluorescent? If i were to choose a board to run me over it would be a total spong. Also try Proteck Fins.
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.
If you have to go that route,You might want to go check out the Sunset.Not sure about all softtops but this one does way a ton.I'd rather get hit in the head by a regular board.Probably easier to learn on thou.I would stay away from the Liquid Shredder.My suggestion is the CI Waterhog.I had an 8'6.Great board and an easy paddle.
Last edited by GoodVibes; Apr 12, 2012 at 01:13 AM.