Who says soft boards are only for beginners? Not Jamie O’Brien and Noa Deane, that’s for sure.
Sporting the newest of soft-top technology, the Catch Surf Stump is a five-foot shortboard that is much like it’s longer predecessor, the Log. Only this board is shorter, more maneuverable, and a whole lot of fun.
We’ve put together this Catch Surf Odysea Stump review to get the word out on this shredder and to demonstrate how good we think it is.
Catch Surf is a leader in soft-top surfboard technology. Putting on their lineup some of the best of the best, like the Odysea series. For anyone who is looking for a soft-top shortboard, then feel free to end your search here. It’s not going to get much better than this.
What Is An Odysea Stump?
The Stump is basically the Log’s little brother. It’s as if a soft-top longboard got blasted with a shrink ray.
It performs with the fluid buoyancy of a longboard and with the sharp turns and control of a shortboard.
It’s not the shortest of the Odysea model series (that would be the 54 special), but it does hold its own against any shortboard competitor.
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- The board specs for the Stump are 5’ x 21.5” x 2.5”.
- It’s a small soft board that’s perfect for almost any condition.
- It has the tri-fin set up for optimal riding performance and stiff dual composite core.
Who This Board is Perfect For:
This board is perfect for all ages. Because of its short size, it could be great for younger groms and grommets who want to treat it as a longboard or their first shortboard. Meaning it could be a great transitional board for those beginners transitioning to full-time riders.
What’s fun about this board is that it also satisfies the veteran who wants to change up their style a bit. Riding this board like a short longboard means long smooth rides, great for pumping to high speeds, and still able to shred when the option is there. That’s why so many pros have endorsed this board.
It has the long smooth nose that helps cruise across waves and the sharp cut-off tail for hard turns. It’s a bit thicker than your typical shortboard at 2.5 inches, giving it the buoyancy and feel of a longer board.
Materials & Construction:
Soft surfboards are made of polyethylene foam. This technology is what gives off that sturdy squish feel of the board. The board also comes with dual-composite core, three maple stingers, and a durable slick graphic on the bottom.
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What really speaks to the rideability of the Stump is the number of pros who have backed this board.
Noa Deane is a younger freesurfer who made a big splash when he released his cutting edge surf films that pay homage to the 90s and early 00s style. He’s the next generation Dane Reynolds and he’s okay with people saying it.
Jamie O’Brien, Catch Surf’s sweetheart, is 35 years old and 6’1. He’s a grown adult who still loves shredding the gnar with a short softie under his feet. For anyone who thinks they’re too big for the Stump, check out Jamie.
Blair Conklin is known for his skimboarding prowess. He bridges the gap between surfing and skimming by taking what people love about both and combining them into one fresh style.
Harry Bryant is a big-wave surfer known for charging headfirst into whatever crazy storm is about to hit land. He also doesn’t mind taking a breather on a nice five-footer as well. That’s why he supports the Catch Surf Stump.
This board is the squish you get to dish! Guaranteed a fun ride in almost any condition. It rides just like the perfect combination between a shortboard and a longboard.
It’s almost hard to describe except to say it’s amazing and you’ve got to get one!
Catch Surf Customer
What size waves is this board good for?
This board, due to its height and makeup, is optimal for 2-5 foot waves. However, if the rider is on the smaller side, than it will probably ride well for 1-4 feet. For a larger adult, it might stand the test of 6 foot waves, maybe even 7. Just note that around 6 foot waves or higher, riders generally prefer a little bit larger board.
Can any fins be attached to the board?
The board comes equipped with a classic tri-fin set up that can be replaced with the fins of your choice. Be sure when replacing the fins to get the right specs. For a full explanation of fins, check out Surfer’s guide. Fins are what really make surfing, surfing. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to turn and pump on the wave like you can. That’s why a little education goes a long way.
Does it come with a warranty?
All Catch Surf boards come with a 30-day warranty that allows you time to inspect and confirm that this board is right for you. There are a few things that break warranty, like replacing fins, that will prevent you from getting a fix or new board. Be sure to read up before heading out for your first swell.
Can I learn on this board?
For a beginner who has never surfed before, this board might give you a little bit of trouble. However, it can be a blessing in disguise. What do we mean by this? Typically beginners want to learn on as big of a longboard as they can get their hands on. This is because, they will notice the ease with which they can pop up and flail around and still remain solid on the board. With something smaller than this, you could find you fall off a lot quicker and become frustrated.
If you’re someone who is willing to learn and ready to improve, then this board is the perfect board to learn on. Not only will you get the feel of what riding a shortboard can offer, but you’re granted a board that is easy to control and great for any size wave.
Final Verdict - Should You Get One?
Of course, it all depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a great performing short board that’s perfect for getting barrels, catching air, or for a beginner trying out their first shortie, than the answer is absolutely yes!
Or if you’re a veteran looking for something to change up your style, this board is definitely for you. When building a repertoire, this fits nicely between the skimboard for flat days, the longboard for 1-3 foot waves, and that shortboard to shred anything larger than 5-6 feet.
Catch Surf Odysea Stump Surfboard
- Price - 10/1010/10
- Speed - 8/108/10
- Performance - 9/109/10
- Stability - 9/109/10
- Quality Build - 10/1010/10