Catch Surf Beater Boards Are Catching On

by Sponsored Post on August 5, 2014

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Innovations in surfing equipment are coming thick and fast, but not all of them catch on. The industry is buzzing with new sustainable ways for manufacturing surf products, asymmetrical surfboards seem to be making a comeback, and the foam Beater boards from Californian company Catch Surf are attracting a lot of interest. They have been around for a few years now and are becoming a staple board in many-a-surfer’s quiver, but what makes them so good?

Let’s start from the beginning. The name “Beater” is a pun really, because one of the original ideas behind the board was creating it so that it could be surfed during busy summer periods when lifeguards raise the dreaded black ball flag. While conventional hard surfboards are deemed unsafe to be in the water when the yellow and black flags appear, a soft foam board could be acceptable. And so the blackball ‘Beater’ was born, a fun surfboard perfect for small summer surf days. Plenty of buoyancy for a board with such a short length, and soft enough not to cause any significant damage to swimmers in the water if a collision occurs. The first ones did not even have fins, and no doubt were disregarded by many in the surf industry as just another surf toy that wouldn’t take off. A few years on and the Beater has progressed somewhat.

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Options for finless, single fin and twin fin are available now, as well as a whole range of colors and signature models with some funky artwork. Durable, user-friendly and relatively inexpensive, the Beater is just the type of board you need to drag down the beach and throw around with your pals on the off chance there is a wave. Endorsed by Hawaiian pro-surfers like Kalani Robb and Jamie O’Brien, the Beater board is definitely catching on.

The funny thing is that for a board that was initially designed for small gutless waves and more of a plaything than a serious surfboard, the Beater surfboard really isn’t that bad at all. It’s all about having fun and not taking surfing too seriously, and can make a decent session out of small closeout days.

More and more surf shops are stocking the Beater board, and each summer these things are getting snapped up. To order online head over to and get one sent straight to your door. The Beater Original 54” finless will set you back $149, while the signature pro models are a little pricier at $229.95. If you want to go finless an official Catch Surf conversion kit will cost you just $11.75, and if you somehow break your fins a twin fin kit is only $25.75. All in all, the Catch Surf Beater boards are pretty reasonably priced and are well worth the price tag if the small summer surf is getting you down.

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