The summer time in New York is the absolute best time to be hanging on the beach but unfortunately the waves usually suck. This all changes once hurricane season ramps up in late August and September but the months leading up to that usually consist of sloppyÂ windswellÂ in the waist high range. Having a board in your quiver to make surfing these conditions fun isn’t something most surfers have so we ride what we have and make the most of it. Over the winter I started seeing adverts for a company called Catch Surf and their Beater boards. It’s sort of in the middle of a high-end bodyboard and a soft-top board forÂ beginners. My question is, should I go and buy one to use on those summer days where the waves are crap and is it worth it?
The Beater board comes in two sizes, 4′ and 4’6” is all foam with a slick bottom and has aÂ sort ofÂ egg shape. One model is finless and the other has a single fin and they come in array of vibrant colors. The finless version costs $149.99 and the single fin is $169.99. Much cheaper than your usual shortboard and around the same price as an average body board but is it worth having in your quiver? I haven’t seen any in the lineups so far this summer and the videos I’ve seen online have guys surfing the Beater in waves that most would ride regular short boards.
So what do you guys think, should I go buy one? Am I wasting my money? Is this just another surfing fad? Do you own one? How do you like it?
Let’s hear what you have to say about it in the comments.