Bodyboard: The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing The Best

Bodyboard - Vs Surfboard

Bodyboard surfing is quite appealing. Surely you are thinking of getting started in it after being on the beach and witnessing any event.

We get it, this is a very fun sport, and the best thing is that people of all ages can practice in intensities appropriate to their abilities.

Now, due to the enormous amount of variants that are applied in the tables, which one do you choose?

We bring you a simple guide so you can select the right bodyboard for you.

Bodyboard - Surfer
What a bodyboard surfer looks like!

Although we understand that you are here looking for help and, mainly, to have fun, buying any board simply because of its appearance or price is not sensible, since you may end up suffering.

Types Of Bodyboard Materials

From its inception to the present day, many materials have been, and continue to be, used in its manufacture, so this is an average estimate:

Boards For Beginners:

  • They have EPS (polystyrene foam) cores.
  • They are usually glued together and made to be cheap, so they are not durable or high performance.
  • They’re a good idea if you have a limited budget or just want to try.

Medium Level Bodyboard:

  • They usually have PE (polyethylene) cores and they also have a crossbar or two (the crossbar is a rod, usually carbon or graphite, inserted into the board to give it rigidity).
  • PE-based bodyboards are much more durable and perform better than EPS-based boards, but they cost more. 

High-End Boards:

  • Their cores are made of PP (polypropylene).
  • This PP core is lighter and a little stiffer than PE and is less temperature sensitive than PE, so it is also more expensive.
  • Almost all PP core boards have at least one spar.

Bodyboard Length

The most important thing about bodyboarding is the length. If it’s too big, you won’t be able to control the board or you’ll have to paddle very efficiently to move.

Bodyboard - Vs. Surfboard
Small surfboard vs. long bodyboard

On the other hand, a board that is too small does not offer enough floatation, will make your riding slower than necessary, will cause a dragging or sinking effect (or both), and will make it very difficult to ride waves.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right size board from the board you will be using. In fact, some riders try a couple of different sizes before finding the one that suits their style perfectly.

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All the measures matter

Both height and weight should be considered when deciding your size, so take in consideration the chart below:

Board Length (inches) Rider weight (lbs) Rider height (feet. ‘& In. “)
32 “-34” 40-64 Below-4 ‘
36-38 ” 65-85 4′-5 ‘
39 ” 86-115 4’6 “-5’2”
40 ” 110-130 5’3 “-5″ 6 ”
41 “-41.75” 125-170 5’7 “-5’9”
42 ” 145-180 5’9 “-6’0”
42.5 ” 160-190 5’10 “-6’2”
43 ” 170-210 6’1 “-6’3”
44 ” 180-270 6’2 “-6’4”
45 ” 195-255 6’3 “-6’6”
46 ” 220+ 6’4 “+

Other Surfboard Design factors

You should also think about the other factors that make up a table when choosing it. For example, when it comes to tails, there are two types, each with its own characteristics:

Bat Tail:

  • Bat tail boards work best in weaker waves or if the waves act unpredictably.
  • If you’re a bit of a heavy rider, then the bat’s tail provides an additional little float at the back of the board.
  • The downside is that it feels a little looser on the wave.

Growing Tail:

  • They are excellent for holding the wave well and are good boards that are easy to use; they are also ideal for riders who prefer to ride with the knee down.
  • The shape allows you to position the body so that the hips are at the back of the board, perfect for catching a wave.

You now have a better idea of how to get the perfect bodyboard, so get to work and find the one that better suits your needs.

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