Catch Surf Odysea Surfboard Review

Catch Surf has designed another winning surfboard, it’s called the “Odysea” and it one hell of a game-changer so you best keep reading!

 

Choosing Your Odysea Board

The Odysea Board is a soft top board that makes it ideal for beginners. Foam boards today offer more options when it comes to selecting a board. Soft tops come in both longboard and shortboard designs.

The key points that all surfers should consider when thinking of purchasing a surfboard is their height, weight, age, and fitness level. The surfer must also consider the condition of the beaches and the types of waves and his/her current says, “Your surfboard is a mirror of you, so pick one that is appropriate for the surfer you are now, not the one you want to become.”

Price is also a major consideration. For someone just learning to surf, the lower the price, the better. Your board is going to get banged up and nicked a lot while you are in the learning phase. Don’t buy an expensive board just to get it all beat up.

The potential buyer also needs to consider the performance of the surfboard. The three major surfboard companies have upgraded soft-tops to include safety features that beginning students need.

 

 

 

Skipper
  • Odysea Skipper
  • Length: 5'6", 6'0", 6'6"
  • Shape: Short Board
  • Fins: Quad
  • Tail: Fish Tail
Stump
  • Odysea Stump
  • Length: 5' ft
  • Shape: Egg, Fun Board
  • Fins: Quad (4) & Thruster (3)
  • Tail: Flat Tail
Wave Bandit
  • Odysea Wave Bandit | Shred Sled
  • Length: 37", 48", 4'10"
  • Shape: Fun Board
  • Fins: Double Fin
  • Tail: Flat Tail

 

 

 

 


Odysea Stump

This is a great soft-top for the beginner to learn how to surf. It is lightweight and floats well, but it’s also stable. These are necessary characteristics of the board that a beginner needs. But it’s also versatile, in that as the beginner gains experience and confidence, the Odysea Stump can be used to further their training.

Odysea Stump by catchsurf

The Stump is equipped with the new hi-performance fin system. Other features include a stiff dual composite core, three maple stringers, HDPE slick bottom with graphic, and the old-school PE deck with a retro design. The dimensions of the board are 5’0” x 21.5” x 2.5” (36 Liters)

 

 

The Skipper

Catch Surf is known, not only for the excellent quality of their surfboards, but also for the amount of fun they offer the surfer. The Skipper is built with a sleek fish shape for speed and perfect turns.

 

Catch Surf Odysea Skipper soft top surfboard Review

As is all of Catch Surf’s boards, the Skipper is now equipped with Catch Surf’s high performance fin system.

The Skipper measures 6’ 6” x 22” x 3.125” (55 Liters). It is also made with a stiff dual composite core, triple maple stringers, durable HDPE slick bottom with a permanent graphic on the bottom and the old school PE deck with a retro design.

 

 

 

Wave Bandit Shred Sled

Catch Surf Wave Bandit Shred Sled soft boardThe Wave Bandit is the smallest coming at just 48 inches, so just 4 feet tall. This thing is badass for all young and lightweight groms. Although this thing was make for the younger rider in mind, well as older gentlemen who like to get like to get their party on out in the water and don’t care who’s watching or young at heart (or you are down right immature and act like you are ten years old) then you can also ride this board. It works great for pounding shorebreak and your local summer time beach break.

As more of a younger board, it is perfect for the beginner or intermediate rider who is looking to advance his or her skills and eventually transition to the next level.

The Wave Bandit Shred Sled comes equipped with removable dual fins, a most excellent high quality leash and the same high quality construction you will find with any other Catch Surf wave craft.

The Log

The Log foam longboard surfboard by Catch Surf

In true Catch Surf tradition, The Odysea Log is made for hours of surfing fun. The Log has a classic look, a dual composite core and triple wood stingers. It comes equipped with a HDPE slick bottom with bumper-tail, a retro-designed old-school PE deck, and a tri-fin set with a leash plug. The Log is available in three lengths: 7’, 8’, 9,’ and the remaining dimensions are 24.0” x 3.5”.

The Plank

Review of the Catch Surf Plank Soft SurfboardThe Plank comes in three sizes:

  • 7’ x 22” x 3.125” (72 Liters)
  • 8’ x 23” x 3.375” (86 Liters)
  • 9’ x 24” x 3.5” (98 Liters).

The Plank comes with a 9” Performance Single Fin, but also included is a Special Fin Box that will hold any standard longboard fin. As with the other boards, it is made with stiff dual composite core, triple maple-ply stringers, HDPE slick bottom with a bumper tail, and an old-school PE deck with a retro design. It is easy to catch a wave on the Plank and lots of fun for the beginner surfer to the most experienced.

 

 

 

 



Accessories

Odysea Safety-Edge Thruster Fin Set

If you’ve been having second thoughts about charging that shore dump with your Odysea Stump, maybe the Odysea Safety-Edge Thruster Fin Set will help you grow some nerve. These thruster fins were built to have a more rigid or stiffer inner core but the outer edges have a soft rubbery outline—making these 4.5” fins safe for charging shore breaks, or any heavy wave.

  • Odysea Safety-Edge Thruster Fin SetThruster fin set (3 pieces)
  • 4.5” in height
  • Stiffer inner core
  • Soft rubber outer core
  • Built for shredding shore dumps
  • Comes with a fin key
  • Comes with a Catch Surf sticker
  • Available in neon pink and neon lime
  • Works only with the Odysea Stump
  • Does not work with the Log

 

Odysea Safety-Edge Quad Fin Set

If you prefer to charge using quad fin set-ups then you’re in luck. The Odysea Safety-Edge Quad Fin Set will make you charge even harder! These quad fins are built like their tri-fin counterpart: stiffer core for more drive, but the outer edges are lined with a soft rubber material to give you peace of mind. No dings, no chops, no accidents. Now charge!

  • Quad fin set (4 pieces)Odysea Safety-Edge Quad Fin Set
  • 4.5” in height
  • Stiffer inner core
  • Soft rubber outer core
  • Built for shredding shore dumps
  • Comes with a fin key
  • Comes with a Catch Surf sticker
  • Available in neon pink and neon lime

 

 

 


FAQ

Who needs to buy this board? 

Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or skimboarder, or still new to the world of surfing, you can find endless ways to enjoy this board. Although the Odysea boards were made for those with a relatively good hold on surfing knowledge, it can also be used as an entry-level board that you can practice on before you get a traditional surfboard. Precaution must be thrown in the air, because these boards can be so much fun that you might never want to ride anything else again!

 

Who doesn’t need to buy this board?

If you are absolutely sure that beater boards aren’t your thing, then you can skip this page altogether and look for a board that suits your needs. However, if you haven’t decided on a direction for your surfing, you should definitely give the Odysea a try. It’s not a toy board, so don’t mistake these models for kiddie kick boards. They are serious surfboards built for serious fun in the surf.

 

Is the Odysea easy or difficult to learn on and ride?

Just like any other surfboard, learning how to ride the Odysea will take patience, dedication and time. Depending on the size you’re getting and the current surf skills you have, standing up and riding on this soft board will take more than the first try. An advantage the Odysea has over traditional surfboards is that it’s safe to practice on because of its soft material, and yet it is also durable enough to withstand all types of conditions.

 

Is it worth the money?

If you have money to spare for an extra board, yes it is. However, if you’re still saving up for your one true board, you might want to postpone owning an Odysea board until you master the fundamentals on your other board.

 

What is the Odysea board best and known for?

The Odysea is known for getting you into steep waves and launching you high up in the air with ease. Depending on your skill level, you can perform all kinds of radical and progressive tricks on this board. Getting barreled on the Odysea is a one of a kind experience because your ride is so stable, you’re going to forget it’s made of foam!

 

What are the similar competitor boards out there?

There are other soft top board companies such as BZ and INT but they haven’t quite perfected the shoredump-shredding capabilities of the Odysea boards. Catch Surf is known to continuously push the envelope for beater type boards in terms of ride-ability, technology, material and style.

 

Does this board have fins?

You have the option to snap on some fins (see Odysea Safety-Edge Thruster and Quad Fin Sets) to your Odysea board, but you can always experiment and go fin-less like other beater boards! Not only do you get a board that helps you charge shore breaks, you also get a board that will let you diversify your surfing style.


Final Thoughts

It is clear to see why Catch Surf is one of the top surfboard manufacturers in the country. Superior craftsmanship, top-of-the-line materials, and up-to-the-minute technology mixed in with a sense of adventure and a love of fun goes into every Beater Board and Odysea Board.