Gnaraloo Fatty – Soft


The Gnaraloo Softshell Fatty is designed with extra width, thickness and overall volume making this surfboard extremely buoyant, stable and easy to ride. This is the ideal board for surf schools and first timers.

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Product Description

The Gnaraloo Softshell Fatty is designed with extra width, thickness and overall volume making this surfboard extremely buoyant, stable and easy to ride. This is the ideal board for surf schools and first timers.

SKIN: Thick Polyethylene deck and a soft slick skin on the bottom is super durable, yet soft enough to keep beginners safe.

CORE: Expanded polystyrene core with thick dual plywood stringers provides a stiff, stable platform. While other softboards can over flex, our boards maintain rocker integrity so you can jump to your feet quickly and confidently ride waves.

CONSTRUCTION: Vacuum construction process eliminates hard or sharp surfaces, and prevents peeling or bubbling. Heavy-duty nose and tail bumper reinforced zones provide added durability for transportation and storage.

FEATURES: Convenient carry handle for easy mobility. Leash plug with HD internal reinforcements.

The Gnaraloo Fatty comes in three key sizes and has a special rocker profile (the curve of the board) that’s designed so beginners can learn, progress and have endless fun on the waves.


NOTE: Fins supplied with the board / Rider weight is based on board volume and intermediate rider skill level

LengthWidthThickVolumeFins Approx Weight Range
7'4''23''3 7/8''81 ltrPush through soft fin (supplied)ideal for all weights
8'4''23 1/2''3 7/8''93 ltrPush through soft fin (supplied)ideal for all weights
9'2''24''4''139 ltrPush through soft fin (supplied)ideal for all weights

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Technical Information

Construction Softshell

Boards with Soft Shell construction feature much more technology then the eye can see. They are a combination of materials designed to allow the board to perform to the highest levels given the constraints of the flexibility of the materials. All boards feature an integrated Fin System, 2 or 3 Wooden Stringers depending on the size of the board to ensure the board is stiff enough. A light weight EPS core combined with a PE foam layer on the deck and a High Density PE Slick that is mounted to a thin PE Foam layer on the bottom give the board an awesome feel in the water. Soft enough not to hurt should you fall on it but hard enough to handle the power of the waves.
You can find out more about GSI’s surfboard construction on our surfboard construction page.

Board Contours Flat Bottom
Rail Full Rail
Wave Height 0-3ft Waves
Surfer Skill Level Beginner

10 reviews for Gnaraloo Fatty – Soft

    Nolan October 10, 2019

    Last year my partner and I started Camel Rock Surf School and we bought Gnaraloo fatty’s. The boards work unreal, we are very happy we chose to purchase our boards from GSI. They can withstand daily punishment and are very buoyant giving our clients the best chance of standing. Highly recomend gnaraloo fattys!

    Muriwai Surf School, Auckland New Zealand August 29, 2018

    We have a huge range of softboards but the ones that the coaches go for first every time is the Gnaraloo fatty’s. These boards are so good for first time surfers that it makes the surf coaches job nice and easy which also means everyone comes in stoked. Not only are these boards nice and easy to ride but they have well and truly proven themselves to be strong and hardy in the large swell’s of New Zealand’s West Coast.. Well done GSI for making a product that lasts unlike many of the other brands we have tried.

    Kevin D May 14, 2018

    Surfed at NLand surf park in Austin for the past 2 days on my new 7’4” fatty. It’s all I had hoped for. I’m 5’10” and weigh 180lbs. Also, I’ve been surfing for 1 year (lifetime workout swimmer). I highly recommended this board to beginner/intermediate surfers where softie surf boards are required (or desired).

    sqrtbtr August 28, 2017

    I rented this board in Costa Rica and used it as a SUP at Dominical. The surf was 2-4 feet with some larger overhead sets. Although the board is unstable in chop I was able to stand on it in some wind and chop although I did fall down at times and had to use the paddle to stay up if there was wind or chop. The crowned board took a little getting used to. At 143 pounds I was able to catch and ride large waves and sail down the line and make pivot turns right and left. I found the board a lot of fun to ride. I transitioned from a 10′ Surftech single fin 2016 model and I found both boards fun and easy to turn and I had full confidence that that I could drop in and turn on steep faces. I did have to wear knee pads since the foam deck cut up my knees when I wiped out trying to get past the break.

    DaBA April 20, 2016

    Ok, so I’m not that fat, just a little bigger that I should be at 230lbs, and I really struggled with even paddling the 9′ Greco Eden. I decided to sell that and gave the Gnaraloo 9’2″ Fatty a try. Immediately I could tell the difference in paddling and the glide I could get when trying to catch a wave. I’m a total noob kook still but finally stood up on a green wave with this board. Thanks, Gnaraloo, great product!

    marcus bohm from Cabarete January 9, 2013

    we just received 7’4 8’4 and 9’2, what a pleasure to see students take off
    right away great feel , great balance and huge success in our Surfing
    our favorite boards to make students love surfing after minutes

    chuck herwig November 9, 2012

    Just got the new Fattys to Costa Rica with the CROCODILE SKIN ! Unreal , you guys have taken the best school board in the world and made it even better , no rash but plenty of new grip and the boards are staying cleaner and nicer with out the wax . We have found the 8’4 because of volume is great for almost all our students ! NICE JOB GSI !

    Dave Basher November 4, 2012

    Got two of these things- 8’4″ for the surf program I run at a small Aboriginal school. Noticed that a couple of the bigger kids were catching everything, so decided to have a go in the 2 ft lined up offshore conditions. So easy to paddle, stable so much momentum. Decided to take one out over the weekend- head high on the bigger ones- really too big for this board. Changed the flexible fins to stiffer FCS. Sat deeper than the 9-9’6″ riders, caught everything, massive glide and momentum- high line surfing- back to the 70s! Nursed it on turns, trimmed from the front- I had so much fun on this thing! A real handful on the bigger waves- to be expected. Could even knee paddle it! Such a huge leap forward compared to the older soft boards.

    k16 surf school Tenerife, Canary island September 24, 2012

    Que contentos estamos que por fin haya una tabla de escuela que nos haga el trabajo mas fácil de enseñanza a
    nuestros alumnos, ahora podemos garantizar a nuestros alumnos que se pondrán de pie en su primera sesión
    de surf…..Aleluyaaaaa !

    Brock Marcotte May 11, 2011

    Hey Bought the Gnaraloo couple months back for the surf school I work at we usually use a another brand of soft top boards that just rash, are new surfers up something fierce and not very forgiving when surfer was out of position for nose dive. When I read about the Gnaraloo soft board it made perfect sense to cut the length add the volume that you lose it works great. What really sells this board is the features the handle is perfect not only as use for carrying the board but also a great teaching tool, it allows the new surfer to find the middle of the board quickly. The fcs fin system add on is a super obvious feature that all the other learner boards really lack because not only can you replace the stock soft rubber plastic safety fins with any old regular fcs fins (the soft fins are almost indestructible so I doubt I am ever going to have to do that). Lastly the construction quality has been great at the beach that 99% of the lessons take place the reef meets the beach and new surfers ram there boards into it daily witch just dings the hell out of the regular epoxy of glass learner fun boards the Gnaraloo gets dropped on the reef rode up the reef the only damage I was able to find is a couple of puncture marks the shipping company did when the board had to come here the camp I work at is in the Dominican Republic.

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