Foam surf boards have been around for years but for the most part have mainly been beginner boards and a favourite with surf schools and board rental stores. Recently however more and more competent surfers are taking them out for a blast and the humble foam surfboard is becoming an essential in a surfers quiver. The latest example of a foamie being used for a ‘proper’ surf comes courtesy of Chippa Wilson who has been out shredding his signature model Odysea Stump Board.
Foam boards are popular because of their incredible amount of float and their ability to pick up small waves and also the fact that they are pretty resilient to knocks and scrapes, however they are not known for their ease of performing tricks on. That doesn’t put Chippa off though and the video we have featured below, shows him popping airs, board slides and a pretty impressive chop hop over a rock in the shallows!
The Catch Surf Odysea Stump surfboard is only 5′ long and 21.5″ wide and available in either a thruster or quad fin set up, they retail from $249.99. Very much like a bodyboard the deck is PE with a HDPE slick bottom and the strength that allows Chippa to perform airs on the foam board comes from 3 maple stringers and a dual composite core.
Enjoy Chippa in action sessioning the life out of his foam Odysea Stump board in the featured video underneath this article and let us know if you are a foamie fan and what is it you like about riding these soft surfboards? You can see Chippa ollying the rock at the two minute point of the clip.