Bodyboard Buying Guide - Choosing the Right Bodyboard for You
Choosing the Right Size Bodyboard
Bodyboards come in all different shapes and sizes. It is important to choose the right bodyboard for you, based on your height and weight. The general rule is that when you are stood up, the nose of the bodyboard should be level with your navel (belly button).
33" bodyboards are ideal for kids and riders less than 143cm / 4' 7" in height and up to 50kg in weight
37" bodyboards are ideal for riders 123-153cm / 4'-5' and weighing 28-55kg
41" bodyboards are ideal for adults 173-176cm / 5' 8"-5' 9" and weighing 55-80kg
42" bodyboards are ideal for adults and larger riders 178-183cm / 5' 10"-6' 0" and weighing 55-90kg
45" bodyboards are ideal for adults and very tall riders 193-198cm / 6' 4"-6' 6" and weighing up to 115kg
Choosing the Right Shape Bodyboard
Bodyboards come in 2 different shapes, and with varying features.
Crescent Tail: Crescent tail bodyboards are ideal beginner boards. They ride a wave well, and are very user friendly.
Bat Tail: Bat tail design bodyboards function better than Crescent tails in weaker water or unpredictable conditions. Bat tail boards are also better suited if you are a heavier rider, as they offer increased flotation on the rear of the board.
XPE / IXPE Polyurethane Textured Deck: The top of the board. Smooth, comfortable and durable.
EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) Foam Core: The middle of the board. Lightweight and durable.
HDPE Slick: The smooth underneath of the board. Delivers a smooth trajectory through the water for enhanced performance.
Channels: The grooves on the underside. These channel the water away, and help control and manoeuvre the board.
Leash: Never go bodyboarding without a leash! Not only will a leash stop your board from drifting away, it may also help you if you get into difficulty in the water as you will be attached to a flotation device.