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Gnaraloo Soft Surfboard

4.88 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

US$279.00US$475.00

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Product Description

Gnaraloo Softshell surfboards provide the ultimate in fun and safety for beginner surfers. These boards are incredibly buoyant, stable, and easy to ride.

With an emphasis on safety and durability, Gnaraloo Softshell surfboards feature a thick Polyethylene deck and a soft slick skin on the bottom surface that’s tough enough to take a beating, yet is soft enough to keep beginners safe.

The secret to the performance of these boards lies within the core. An embedded plywood stringer system maintains the integrity of the rocker while providing a stiff, stable platform. This lets you paddle onto waves with minimal effort and feel confident once you’re on your feet.

These surfboards are designed to withstand the toughest of treatment, making them ideal for surf schools. The vacuum construction process eliminates hard or sharp surfaces, and prevents peeling or bubbling. A reinforced tail zone also provides added protection.

Available in a variety of sizes from 9 foot right down to 5’6″ for the super groms. Each board comes fitted with a convenient carry handle, traction pad, and an easy-to-use fin system complete with flexible thruster fin set.

Your initiation into the world of surfing starts with a Gnaraloo Softshell surfboard.

Endoresed by Surfing Australia

Specifications

LENGTHWIDTHTHICKVOLUMEFINS (supplied with board)APPROX WEIGHT RANGE
5'6''19 3/8''3 1/8''40.8 ltrSoft Post60kg / 132lb or less
6'0''19 1/2''3 1/8''48 ltrSoft Post65kg / 143lb
6'6''21 3/8''3 1/4''56.4 ltrSoft Post70kg / 154lb
7'0''21 7/8''3 1/4''69.8 ltrSoft Post75kg / 165lb
7'6''22''3 3/8''75.7 ltrSoft Post80kg / 176lb
8'0''22 5/8''3 1/2''85.4 ltrSoft post90kg / 198lb
9'0''24''3 3/4''105.6 ltrSoft post95kg / 209lb +

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Softshell Construction

Softshell was developed for surf schools and beginner surfers who required a safe, durable, easy to ride surfboard. Softshell is essentially a thick Polyethylene skin wrapped around the deck and rail of the board, combined with a soft slick bottom surface that keeps novice riders safe in the event of impact.

Using a vacuum construction process eliminates peeling or bubbling and allows Softshell boards to withstand the toughest of treatment, while providing many surfers the opportunity to safely catch their first wave.

You can find out more about GSI's surfboard construction on our surfboard technologies page

Board Concave

Flat Bottom

Flat bottoms are quick to plane and loose.
Rail

Full

This is a high volume rail.
Wave Height

0-3ft Waves

Surfer Skill Level

Beginner

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  1. 5 out of 5 Great beginner board

    Bought a 9’0″ for my teenager and ended up also using it myself for some fun little waves, and for my 9 yr old because it’s much more stable than the shorter cheapo board we already have. That board will probably stay at home now. This thing is tough, lightweight, and the handle makes it so easy to carry from the car to the beach that any of us can do it- which means no more multiple trips for me. Couldn’t be happier.

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  2. 5 out of 5 What size board??

    Hi so im 5’8” and 175 what size board is best???

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    • Hi Monique. Not sure if we chatted online but I’d say 8’0 minimum would be best for a beginner based on your height and weight. The longer the board the faster you can paddle. The wider the more stable. The thicker the more float. So the more of each will allow you to catch more waves which will also allow you to have the most fun. Hope this helps. All the best. Tony

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  3. 5 out of 5 Gnaraloo 7'6"Softboard

    Purchased the 7’6″model for my 6 and 8 y.o. daughters after they were struggling with a shorter cheaper competitors board. I was concerned that it may be too long but it is perfect for a young beginner. with the extra length and volume the board runs really well on small waves and is very predictable. The quality is fantastic! You pay a bit more for the Gnaraloo boards but when you compare cheaper boards side by side, you’ll see that you get what you pay for.

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  4. 4 out of 5 Fun and safe surf

    I am an absolute beginner to surfing and tried out a variety of boards in Weligama, Sri Lanka. Gnaraloo is an absolute winner. It was stable and easy to catch waves. The only thing I would change is the carrying hole n the middle of the board as it frequently interfered with my feet as I was trying to learn. I am landlocked now, but would buy this board in a heartbeat if I lived near the beach.

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    • I’m 5’6 and 140 pounds what size board should I buy

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    • Hi Carrie, if you are a complete beginner I would say a 7’0 or 7’6 board will help you get into surfing really well. That size will make it more fun. Cheers Kel @ GSI

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Hi, brand new to surfing looking forward to learning, which board would you recommend? im 5’5 weigh 106 pounds

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  6. 5 out of 5 Perfect Surfboard

    This product seems like it would be perfect for me as a beginner and I can’t wait to try it! The only the I’m wondering is what the right size is for me. I’m 4’11” and I was thinking either the sizes, 5’6″ or 6’0″. I also love how the shipping is absolutely free and it only takes 3-7 days to arrive at your door!

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    • Hi Layne, I would actually suggest the 6’6. I think any smaller and you will find it unstable when getting to your feet. The 6’6 is almost 2″ wider than the 6’0 and with almost 8 litres more volume it will be easier for you to paddle and more stable when getting to your feet which is really important.

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    • I’m around 5’7 and I don’t know which sizes would be best. Any suggestions?

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    • Hi Ren, I would suggest the 7’6 for you. I think you’ll find this board easy to paddle and very stable when getting to your feet. The length will help catch waves easier which is really important when learn.

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    • I’m around 5’10” and i don’t know which size would be best. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    • Hi Nina, I would suggest the 8’0 for you. This size board will be easy to paddle, it is 3 1/2″ thick so it will be very floaty and with plenty of width this board will be very stable when getting to your feet

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    • im 5’4 and unsure about what board would be best because i tend to prefer bigger boards. thanks!

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    • im looking for something for my 11 year old. she is about 4’6″, I would like it to last a couple years.

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    • I’ve been meaning to pick up surfing; I’m 5’7″, and weigh about 145-150. I was suggesting getting the 7′ to start off with because I do have some skateboarding, skim boarding, and snowboarding experience. Was wondering if this is a reasonable size to start with, any advice or suggestions ?

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  7. 5 out of 5

    I love this board. Originally got it to teach friends on. But in the smaller surf out here in NY, I find myself riding this all the time. The 6’6 fits in my car and is super floaty and light (13.3 lbs). Don’t need to wax it (very convenient). And durable as hell. I’ll surf the wave straight onto the beach, maximizing my ride time. Wish I bought this way sooner. All the advantages of a longboard/mini mal without the disadvantages. Only thing I find annoying is the handle in the middle. Should not be there on the shorter boards as it sometimes messes with my toes/feet and the plug it comes with will pop out with ease. Also, would be nice if weights were posted along with volumes for all the other boards! Normally ridden in waves less than 3.5 ft without a leash. I weigh 145 lbs and am advanced/intermediate level.

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  8. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been surfing a long time so am pretty comfortable on fishes and mini mals (at 67 I stay away from short boards, the domain of the young-er and fitter surfer) but not too long ago tried a soft board just for the heck of it. I forget its make but it felt a bit cumbersome.

    Then someone mentioned the Gnaraloo so I demoed a 7’6″ and liked it straight away. I bought one mainly as a loaner for friends and rellies but I used it myself and after a while got to really like it and now use it most of the time.

    Buoyant, easy to paddle (catches a lot of waves) and turn, stable and manoeuvrable, and when trimmed quickly is pretty fast too. Tends to bounce a bit in white water but on a clean face it’s a really fun board. At the suggestion of one of the local surfing instructors I replaced the soft fins with FCS fins and that stiffened it up a fair bit and improved performance, especially turning and trimming.

    I did cop a bit of a ribbing from some of my mates when I first started using the Gnaraloo but not anymore! It’s a great fun board—good for beginners but lots of fun for more experienced surfers too. And isn’t surfing meant to be about having fun? Another bonus: it probably won’t hurt (well, not much) when it hits you or someone else. Have yet to do that but the possibility’s always there.

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