Softlite Pop Stick
The Pop Stick is a super versatile board based on a traditional surfboard shape and designed for all levels on surfing (size and skill level depending).
It is the ideal board for someone who is looking to step down from a Mini Mal and start doing proper turns, or just the lazy, more experienced surfer who wants an extra bit of volume for the weaker Summer swells.
While we usually push beginners into our Mini Mal template, we also feel the Pop Stick is the ideal choice for any grommets first board too!
for the groms
The Pop Stick is the ultimate first board for any grommet.
Generally, we suggest a Mini Mal Shape (Chop Stick or Koolite) for learners, but because kids are generally pretty agile & often light for their size, the Pop Stick shape often suits them well as it is has a bit less volume.
Having a little less width is also helpful for them as they begin to paddle around by themselves.
perfect step down
for INTERMEDIATE SURFERS
This is the perfect board for progressing from a Mini Mal and learning to do proper turns.
The template is super user friendly, and has a bit less surface area through the nose and tail making it a bit more manoeuvrable.
It's slightly thinner through the rails for some increased responsiveness and the round tail is smooth yet stable when transitioning between turns.
In saying all that, it still has lot of hidden volume around the chest, so it still has plenty of paddle power, guaranteeing you will catch plenty of waves!
for advanced riders
We aren't really trying to re-invent the wheel with this one - we're just looking to get you out in the water when you usually wouldn't bother!
This board uses a small-wave shortboard template.
It is designed to perform best in below average waves (think Summer conditions). It has a high widepoint to give plenty of paddle power and keep you planing through flat sections.
If you ride it around the same size as your shortboard, it'll be more than enough litreage, or jump up 6"-12" for more of a Mid-Length vibe.
Pop Stick Features
From our customers
My 14 year old son learnt to ride a fibreglass short board when he was 9. He then had a few years of not riding. When he decided to get back on the board he struggled to catch waves. He was heavier than 5 years ago and his board just wasn't right for him despite the size still being fine. Reluctantly it was recommended that he try a soft top board due to its increased buoyancy, ease of ride (and reduced potential harm if it hit him), and ease of manoeverability. I was reluctant, as was he. "They aren't cool...I want a hard board so I can do tricks..." These were his initial comments. After researching many soft top "Foamies" he and I agreed that he would give one a go. We bought the 7" board. The colours helped get him across the line. Once he got in the water he caught many, many waves with ease. He also noticed how many people, young and older ride these boards. All of a sudden it was cool - he was cool and he was catching every wave. His surfing has improved dramatically, I'm a lot calmer on the beach watching him, and he is loving being on the board again. These boards are great. I highly recommend them. I have a very happy son who wants to be out in the water every second he gets and the improvement in his ability has a lot to do with the confidence he has gained from his Softlite Board. It was a great choice...(Pop Stick 7'0)
Bought a 6’0 pop stick “for the Mrs to learn on” and have ridden it flat out. For too long I paddle-battled with the groms on a board that barely floated me because I thought I was gonna punch skitz airs and do mental window wiper floaters - now I sneak out behind the grovellers and paddle on to waves with ease, chuckling as I glide past the thrashing plebs who just blew a grand on a shiny DHD that’s gonna snap on the next duck dive.
Long story short, get a pop stick, you’ll still get good waves that won’t feel wasted!(Pop Stick 6'0)