Hang Ten Surfboards Review

Hang with the best in the lineup – Hang Ten!

Foam boards have come a long way in shapes and designs.

Mostly thought of as a beginner board, foamies are great for those experienced surfers looking to transition to a short board without busting their bank account.

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Maybe you are not sure what board shape or fin system is best for your style of surfing and for the waves at your local surf break. A foamie is perfect for your quiver – whether you are just starting to surf, or you want to explore options for advancing your moves.

The surfers and designers at Hang Ten, a California-based surf company, brought to the surfboard industry a high-quality line of soft foam boards that are incredibly functional.

Their boards are for beginners and skilled surfers alike. This company embodies "a coastal state of mind." Hang Ten is an environmentally sensitive business, committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

They continually minimize their waste and recycling occurs throughout their facilities. The folks at Hang Ten are serious ocean advocates!

You will have a blast in the ocean on a Hang Ten Soft Surfboard. Though lightweight, they are rigid with some flex, and are thin and fast boards. Their strength comes from stringers molded right into the foam core, as opposed to cut in. Just picking one of these boards up will tell you there is something different about this soft surfboard compared to others on the market.

Hang Ten has two soft surfboards with different characteristics. One of these boards may be right for you!

Product Line


Hang Ten 6’ Super Fish Soft Surfboard

Hang Ten Super Fish Soft Surfboard 6ft review

  • Shape: Classic fish shape, tucked rails, swallow tail
  • Dimensions: 6’ x 22” x 2.8”
  • Board weight: 13 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 120 - 150 lbs
  • Best for: Novice to Intermediate; 1- 4’ waves
  • Characteristics: Rigid yet has flexibility; thin and lightweight
  • Materials: EPS core; mesh bottom layer for “torsional performance”
  • Stringer(s): Dual marine-grade plywood stringers
  • Fins: FCS 3-fin thruster; fins included
  • Leash: None
  • Best Feature: This board rips!

Ride the waves with this 6’ Super Fish. Beginners may find it challenging, but those novice and intermediate surfers looking to step down from a longer board will really fall in love with this fish. Easy to carry and handle, as well as maneuver in the water, you can take your surfing to the next level with this high-performance, versatile board.

The fish shaped board was popular in the 1970’s, and actually originates from the kneeboard. It is shorter, wider and flatter than a short board and works extremely well in smaller waves and mushy surf. With little or no rocker, it paddles easily and generates speed to get you through the slower wave sections. It is a fun board for learning new tricks on, too.

Hang Ten’s 6’ Super Fish is a versatile board, and one that can really rip!



Hang Ten 9’ Soft Top Surfboard

Hang Ten Soft Top Surfboard 9ft review

  • Shape: Classic longboard shape, tucked rails, rubber guard on squash tail
  • Dimensions: 9’ x 24” x 3.5”
  • Board weight: 15 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 110 - 210 lbs
  • Best for: Beginner to Novice; 1- 3’ waves
  • Characteristics: Glides and turn easily
  • Materials: EPS core; mesh bottom layer for “torsional performance”
  • Stringer(s): Dual marine-grade plywood stringers
  • Fins: FCS 3-fin thruster; FCS jelly tri-fins, included
  • Leash: None
  • Best Feature: Perfect board for nose riding!

The length, floatation, durability and stability of the Hang Ten 9’ Soft Top Surfboard makes this board perfect for learning how to surf.

Being buoyant and 9’ long, the board catches waves easily. Glide smoothly down the line on a broad, stable platform to develop balance. Even the intermediate surfer will rule the lineup on small days with this board. Learn to hang your toes off this Hang Ten board!




FAQ

What’s the best length for a surfboard leash?

Ideally, you want the leash to be at least the length of the surfboard it’s attached to. If you’re a beginner just learning, get a leash 1-foot longer than your board. With surf skills under your belt, you gain more control of your board in the water, and can then use a leash the length of your board or even 6” longer. In big waves, you want a longer leash.

A longer leash creates drag and can entangle around your feet on the popup. Too short a leash causes the board to snap back at you after a wipeout, increasing the chances of injury. Too long, and it just creates drag and can even wrap around your feet on the popup.


What does it mean when someone says the waves are “walled up”?

Walled up surf is usually not good – it’s literally a wall of water bearing down on you. When the surf is walled, the waves have no peeling face to ride. Instead, the wave is one long “wall” that builds and topples all at once. Surfers also call walled waves closeouts and yard sales!

A wall of water can be good depending on the length of the wall. A short, steep section of the wall could be nice, and that can be a good thing if you know what to do with it!


How do you “hang ten” on a longboard?

Hanging ten is walking forward on the board to hang all ten of your toes off the nose. Hanging ten requires several things to work in unison. You need enough force from the breaking wave to push down on the tail to counter your weight on the nose.

You want to be angling down the line of the breaking wave, as opposed to straight down the face. Your board’s fin also plays an important role, giving you that straight-line ability and anchoring your tail as you walk forward. Hanging ten is difficult. It requires practice and flair. You literally “walk” the board, forward and backward, in slow and quick movements, to get your balance and acquire those feelings when the board responds. Try hanging five first!




Verdict

The choice is easy. If you want to try a short board shape, go with the 6’ Super Fish. The 9’ longboard will give you more buoyancy, making it easy to catch waves, especially small ones, and you will glide more down the line of a wave instead of carving up and down the face. Whichever board you choose, you’ll have to buy a leash.