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Bodyboard Buyers Guide

What is a bodyboard?

A bodyboard (often called a boogie board) is shorter and wider than a surfboard and made of pliable foam-core rather than hardened fiberglass. Bodyboarding is easier to learn then surfing and the little kids love it.

Instructions on How to Bodyboard
  1. Lie belly-down on your bodyboard, and position yourself beyond the breaking waves. As a wave approaches, begin kicking toward the beach so that the wave propels you instead of breaking behind you. At this point, both hands should be on the front of the board.
  2. Feel the wave begin to carry you along and determine whether you are going to ride to the right or to the left along the wave's face.
  3. Reposition your hands so that, if you are going left, your right hand is on the rail (the side of the board) while your left hand remains on the front, or vice versa.
  4. Pull your body up over the front of your board and arch your back so that your chest is over the front of the board and your head is held high.
  5. Use your outside hand to pull up on the side of the board, causing the wave-side rail of the board to dig into the face of the wave. This will prevent you from sliding down the face of the wave.
  6. Release the right rail to slide down the face, and dig in again to ride up. Going up and down the face helps you build speed and control.
  7. Drag your swimming fins (which are a necessity for serious bodyboarding) if you wish to slow down, but otherwise hold them up out of the water.
Bodyboarding Equipment
  • Bodyboard or Boogie Board (See our complete selection of bodyboards from Morey, BZ and Wham-O)
  • Bodyboarding Fins can make the difference between an enjoyable session or an irritating painful session.
  • Bodyboard Bags - Protects your board during travel and makes it easier to carry. We have bags from Morey and BZ.
  • Bodyboard Leashes - Keeps your hands free and reduces the risk of losing your board. Most of our boards come with a leash but feel free to upgrade to a better quality leash.
Tips & Warnings
  • When purchasing your bodyboard check out our handy bodyboard sizing chart to make sure your ripping with the right size board
  • Fins are one of the most important pieces of equipment in a body boarder's arsenal. A good pair of fins can make the difference between an enjoyable session or an irritating painful session.
  • Beginning bodyboarders eat a lot of sand. If you get tossed in the waves, hold your breath until the tumbling stops, then swim ashore to rest.
  • Bodyboarding is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting it.