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G Boards Soft Surfboards

G Boards Logo 1280 x 960At Zak Surfboards we stock a full range of soft surfboards from local Torquay brand G Boards. Specifically designed to provide a safe, forgiving introduction into surfing – these G Boards are one of the best riding and most durable soft surfboards available.

G Boards Soft SurfboardsGboard collageUnlike many other products on the market, G Boards are constructed out of closed cell foam. If a G Board is punctured or damaged (eg by rocks etc) little if any water will be absorbed by the foam core (other brands of boards soak up water like a sponge if damaged). Using this material greatly increases the life of the board and eliminates the costly procedure of repairing you board to keep it water tight.

G Boards are also one of the closest soft boards in shape to a real surfboard. A curvier shape and tapered rail means that G Boards perform a lot more like a real surfboard compared to other products. As the rider progresses, they will be able to start learning basic manoeuvres on a G Board.

G Boards Soft Surfboards G Boards Soft SurfboardsG Boards have earned the reputation over many years as being one of the safest and most durable pieces of learning equipment available – as a result, they are used by the vast majority of surf schools throughout Australia.

Come and check out our full range of G Boards in store or ONLINE

*Package prices are available in store as well
(Includes a padded board bag, leash/leg rope and fins)


Crest Softboards are designed by our shapers here in Australia and produced overseas to the highest quality. The core is EPS  boards has double hard wood stringers for strength, the boards are then fibre glassed in epoxy making them one of the most ridged softboards on this earth.This means they surf loke a real surfboard while offering you a soft safe alternative.  We have 40 7ft softboards left and only a few 8ft so get in quick.

7ft package

7ft Softboard, fins, leg rope and bag. CASH PRICE $380 CARD $450   RRP $629.95

8ft Softboard, fins, legrope and bag . CASH PRICE $480 CARD $550   RRP $729.95


Find a beginner surfboard for starting out

Have you ever been to the beach? If so have you ever bodysurfed or boogie boarded? Did you have a lot of fun doing those things? If the answer to any or all of the above is yes, then maybe you should think about learning to surf too. Sure it looks hard and maybe even a little scary too, but it is not impossible to learn and there are surfing schools out there that will teach you how to surf. When you decide you want to learn to surf there is really only one thing you need and that is a surfboard or more to the point a beginner surfboard.

There are a few types of surfboards that will make a great beginner surfboard, but the one that is perhaps best for the job is the soft surfboard. There are many pros to using a soft surfboard or foamie for learning to surf. First off they are made of foam and that is good because they are very light and buoyant. Secondly, since they are made of foam your physical injuries can be minimized even if it does not minimize the injuries to your pride, which is guaranteed until you get better at surfing. One more good thing about a foamie is that newbie’s can catch waves a lot easier and learn to stand a lot quicker too.

Another good beginner surfboard type is the pop-out. The pop-out surfboard is an entirely different stick from a soft surfboard by the way that it is made. While a soft surfboard is made of foam a pop-out surfboard is foam covered over with a thick fiberglass coat. This kind of board is loads heavier and virtually indestructible, which is a good thing for a beginner. The reasons that a beginner might want to learn on a pop-out is that it is a lot more steady in the water than a foamie and another reason is minimal board performance. The real downside to pop-out is of course its weight and that what it hits it will hurt.

Some custom surfboards are okay to use as a beginner surfboard, but the board you choose is very important. For starters stay away from thrusters or short boards because there is nothing about the design that will do a newbie any good. If you want to learn on a custom or glassed surfboard then steer more towards a mini-mal because they are longer, wider, and thicker. Another good thing about a mini-mal is that it will have excellent buoyancy, which will help the beginner surfer to catch waves much easier. The real downside to buying a mini-mal is the price because they can cost big time.

Another good custom for a beginner surfboard is the venerable longboard or Malibu as it is also called can benefit a beginner who is learning to surf. The longboard has all of the same attributes as a mini-mal and is even longer too. It is not that easy to turn a longboard because of its length, and another downside is that since they do not maneuver so easy it makes stepping down to a mini-mal difficult and even more so to a shortboard. However, they do provide a stable platform and catching a wave on a longboard is easier to do as a beginner than say on a thruster.

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