Great for learning on, a foam boards, softboards or soft surfboards are the ones generally used by beginners. They are hard wearing, safer to fall on and have a lot of buoyancy so easier to catch small waves on. Simply put, they are a great way of getting an introduction to surfing at a lower cost. Built to be more buoyant and stable, they help new surfers establish good technique and confidence. Pretty much an essential part of any surf family 's quiver, there is always need for a permanent addition of a foam surfboard to any quiver.