No doubt these are both important to improved surfing performance.
The Holoholo Board does a pretty solid job. The H1 model that I tried is made of thick sturdy wood and covered in grip tape. Its balancing act is put into action by a plastic tube that attaches to the bottom and rotates to create the unsteady sensation of moving water. This model also comes with a semi-circular tube to be attached for beginners. More advanced riders can detach the tube completely to really step up the balance training.
I ran the H1 through the paces while awaiting an upcoming swell and will attest to the calf muscle workout with some emphasis on core strength as well.
There is a fun and challenging aspect to riding the board, and balance training is an activity you can do while listening to music or watching TV. It’s especially fun to play a surf video while you train.
My kids jumped on the Holoholo Board and challenged each other to see who could balance the longest.
The Holoholo Board is solidly constructed and a bit cheaper than other balance boards on the market. What it lacks in pizzazz, the H1 makes up for it straight functionality. It offers a great leg and core workout as well as giving a surfer some semblance of stoke when the waves are flat.
This board would make a great addition to a surf school curriculum or a thoughtful gift for a surfing family.