Gold Coast Surfboards Review

Go for the gold with a Gold Coast Foam Surfboard

Gold Coast Surfboards make superbly designed, durably constructed and highly versatile foam boards for just about every type of surfer and every wave condition.

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The California-based company sells directly to you, so there is no retailer and associated costs.

You can choose between their “Surfboard Only” and the “Surfboard Package” deals, which can save money if you already have some of the accessories, like a specific brand of leash and fins you absolutely love using.

Don’t worry, we’ve included what each includes in our look at these amazing foam boards.

On all their boards, Gold Coast offers a 15-day money back guarantee, and a 1-year warranty on manufacturer and workmanship defects.

Oh, and shipping is FREE! Plus, when you’re surfboard arrives – which is quickly – you apparently get a hand-written Thank You from Gold Coast for your purchase.

You know you’re dealing with a company that cares because they offer phenomenal customer service, too.

Let’s have a look at the five foam boards that Gold Coast has to offer!

Catch waves with Gold Coast style

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5’3” Casper Pro Series Surfboard

5’3” Casper Surfboard

  • Shape: Short board/egg-shaped, tapered rails, round nose & rounded-square tail
  • Dimensions: 5’ 3” x 22” x 27/8”
  • Board Volume: 35 liters
  • Weight Capacity: 150 - 200 lbs
  • Best for: Novice to Intermediate; 1-6’ waves
  • Best Feature: Can surf wide range of wave sizes
  • Characteristics: Generates speed with maneuverability and is stable
  • Materials: EPS core, Bamboo and HDPE clear plastic bottom
  • ​Vacuum-molded fiberglass/epoxy resin construction
  • ​Vacuum-molded fiberglass/epoxy resin construction
  • Fin System: FCSII 5-fin
  • Fin(s): None (Surfboard Only)
  • ​Gold Coast FCS Quad fin set (Surfboard Package)
  • Leash: None (Surfboard Only)

The 5’3” Casper Pro is a high-performance soft surfboard! Don’t be fooled by this foamie – it’s super fun in knee-high waves and a blast on head-high ones. This short board is lightweight and easy to handle in and out of the water. Carry it to the beach, manage it in the impact zone, and duck dive it. Learning basic skills is more fun when you can control your board like a pro!

The eye-catching wood on the bottom gives the board a classic look, and the way it generates speed and slices through waves will catch eyes, too!

7’ Ruccus Surfboard

7ft Ruccus Surfboard

  • Shape: Fun board, round nose, squash tail, nose-to-tail rocker, rubber tail guard
  • Dimensions: 7’ x 22” x 3”
  • Board Weight: 13 lbs
  • Board Volume: 49 liters
  • Weight Capacity: 150 - 190 lbs
  • Best For: Beginner to Expert; 1- 6’ waves
  • Best Feature: Good all-around board for a variety of wave conditions
  • Characteristics: Fun all-around board, sturdy and buoyant
  • Materials: IXPE foam deck with Croc-textured EVA (no wax needed)
  • ​EPS core, slick HDPE & crosshatched mesh bottom
  • ​Vacuum-molded fiberglass/epoxy construction
  • Stringer(s): Three stringers (one centered fiberglass rod, two outside maple wood)
  • Fin System: FCSII 3-fin thruster, fiberglass PVC fin holes
  • Fin(s): (3) screw-in fins and screws, Gold Coast leash plug screw
  • Leash: Gold Coast 7’ Rishu Leash

The fun board shape of the 7’ Ruccus lives up to its reputation as being a great option in a wide variety of surf conditions. A bit of rocker helps to get into steeper waves without pearling.

The squash tail has some width for better stability for maneuvering. The double concave hull design channels water more efficiently. For the absolute beginner, this board is great.

However, the novice through expert wave rider will get hours of pure enjoyment surfing this board! The 7’ Ruccus truly is a fun board!



8’8” Heritage Surfboard

8' Verve Surfboard

  • Shape: Longboard, full rounded nose, squash tail with rubber guard
  • Dimensions: 8’8” x 23” x 3”
  • Board Weight: 16 lbs
  • Board Volume: 86 liters
  • Weight Capacity: 220 - 250 lbs
  • Best For: Beginner to Expert; 1’ mushy whitewater to 4’ clean waves
  • Best Feature: Catches waves easily
  • Characteristics: Durable, maneuverable, fun
  • Materials: IXPE foam deck with Croc-textured EVA (no wax needed)
  • EPS core, slick HDPE & crosshatched mesh bottom
  • Vacuum-molded fiberglass/epoxy construction
  • Stringer(s): (2) double-reinforced marine wood
  • Fin System: FCSII 3-fin thruster, fiberglass PVC fin holes
  • Fin(s): (3) Gold Coast screw-in fins and screws, Gold Coast leash plug screw
  • Leash: Gold Coast 9’ Rishu Leash

A classic longboard, suited for various wave riders. The 8’8” Heritage does not offer speed, but it does offer glide.

It is sleek, and gives the rider that leisurely style of classic longboard surfing. Surf this board with your own unhurried flair. A great pick for small swell waves, and especially in crowded lineups – this board catches waves like a dream!



8' Verve Surfboard

8' Verve Surfboard

  • Shape: Hybrid fun board, rounded nose, squash tail with rubber guard
  • Dimensions: 8’ x 23” x 3.7”
  • Board Weight: 15 lbs
  • Board Volume: 74 liters
  • Weight Capacity: 180 - 220 lbs
  • Best for: Beginners to Novice; 1-3’ waves
  • Best Feature: Stable for learning
  • Characteristics: Double concave hull design to channel water off the tail
  • Materials: EPS core, slick HDPE & crosshatched mesh bottom
  • Vacuum-molded fiberglass/epoxy construction
  • Stringer(s): Three stringers (one fiberglass rod, two double-reinforced marine wood)
  • Fin System: FCSII 3-fin thruster
  • Fin(s): (3) Gold Coast screw-in fins and screws, Gold Coast leash plug screw
  • Leash: Gold Coast 8’ Rishu leash and leash plug screw

Stable and buoyant, the 8’ Verve is what you want for perfecting your popup and surfing down the line.

Easy to paddle and maneuver, it is lightweight and a great option for those looking to learn on a mid-sized fun board.



6’ Razzo Surfboard

6ft Razzo Surfboard

  • Shape: Hybrid short board, tapered nose-rail-tail, rounded-point nose, squash tail
  • Dimensions: 6’ 1/4” x 2213/16” x 2 7/8”
  • Board Weight: 8 lbs
  • Board Volume: 39 liters
  • Weight Capacity: 150 - 200 lbs
  • Best for: Beginner to Expert; 1-4’ waves
  • Best Feature: Caters to every type of surfer – small, big, old, young etc.
  • Characteristics: Custom dual-layered Bamboo design for lightweight
  • Materials: EPS core, slick HDPE & crosshatched mesh bottom
  • ​Vacuum-molded fiberglass/epoxy construction
  • Stringer(s): “Hand resined full length stringer”
  • Fin System: FCSII 3-fin thruster
  • Fin(s): None (Surfboard Only)
  • Gold Coast FCS Thruster Fin Set (Surfboard Package)
  • Leash: None (Surfboard Only)
  • Gold Coast 6’ Rishu (Surfboard Package)

The 6’ Razzo lives up to its Italian translation - Rocket! This board provides speed and maneuverability. The company has been “fine tuning” this popular model, making changes to the design and materials used, as well as testing the new updated version! They plan to have this newer model in stock and ready to ship by June 1, 2017!

The design of this board makes it fun. The tail shape has sufficient width, which gives stability, and it’s tapered to bite into the wave for maneuverable turning. The nose shape facilitates easier paddling so you can save your strength for popups! The board’s rocker helps you pull into steeper takeoffs. The single concave channel on the bottom transitions to a ‘V’ off the tail for more efficient movement of water off the board as you sail down the wave!

This board is a blast for the beginner or expert surfer! Get ready for take-off!




FAQ

Can I use Future Fins on the Gold Coast Surfboards?

No. Gold Coast uses FCSII fin boxes on their boards, so any FCS and FCSII fin will work. Future Fins will not work because they require a different fin box.


Can I write on the top of the board with special pens to customize it?

The top deck is made of foam and will absorb the ink differently than when applied to the which means drawing/painting/spray painting is completely possible, but it will adhere differently than the bottom deck, which is like drawing on a plastic layer. It is possible, but the effect will be different.


Do the fins on a 3-fin thruster all have to be the same size?

No. There is actually a surfboard fin set up known as the 2+1 that features a long fin in the middle and two smaller fins on the side. This is a typical longboard setup because the larger single fin provides stability while the smaller side fins give thrust and maneuverability.




Verdict

All of the Gold Coast Surfboards get excellent reviews. Whether you’re an expert surfer or a beginner, each of these boards has something fun to offer the wave rider.

Most boards function best in smaller wave conditions. Yet, for those surfers skilled in riding overhead waves, there are options for you, too!