BUYING A BODYBOARD

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Spring is here, the days are getting warmer and heat waves have been predicted in the midst of summer! Whether you are planning to hit the beach in the UK on a blazing hot day or are planning a beach holiday abroad, make your time in the sun much more fun by getting your hands on a top-quality bodyboard. There’s no better way to really make the most of the sun, sand and sea than by getting stuck in and riding the waves. If you are looking to hit the beach and start this new amazing hobby, you are in luck. We’ve written up a buying guide consisting of what you will need to consider when picking your very first body board.

 

 

Spring is here, the days are getting warmer and heat waves have been predicted in the midst of summer! Whether you are planning to hit the beach in the UK on a blazing hot day or are planning a beach holiday abroad, make your time in the sun much more fun by getting your hands on a top-quality bodyboard. There’s no better way to really make the most of the sun, sand and sea than by getting stuck in and riding the waves. If you are looking to hit the beach and start this new amazing hobby, you are in luck. We’ve written up a buying guide consisting of what you will need to consider when picking your very first body board.

 

Selecting The Correct Size For You

Generally, you will want to make sure that your bodyboard reaches your belly button when stood upright on the ground. It is important to note that if your board is too short, your legs will be plunging into the water behind you which can cause you to slow down and lose momentum, along with lacking the ability to float sufficiently. Smaller bodyboards may also be prone to sinking. However, if a bodyboard is too large, you may struggle to maintain control and manoeuvre efficiently.

 

Another indication as to whether a bodyboard is a good fit is if you can comfortably carry it under your arm. If you're a child and are growing quite quickly, you might want to consider buying a bodyboard which is slightly larger than one that is required for your height at the time of purchase.

 

We have also included a size guide below to help you choose the best bodyboard for you, whether you are a kid or an adult:

 

  • 33" bodyboards - suitable for kids and riders up to 147cm (4' 9") in height and weighing up to 47kg

 

 

  • 42" bodyboards - suitable for adults and larger riders from 160cm to 183cm in height (5' 3" - 6' 0") and weighing 65 - 90kg. Check out our 42” Body Glove Rasta Bodyboard.

 

  • 45" bodyboards - suitable for adults and very tall riders from 193cm to 198cm in height (6' 4" - 6' 6") and weighing up to 115kg.

 

 

Your Riding Style

Your riding style will depend on the size of the bodyboard which you purchase too. If you plan to bellyboard the smaller, calmer waves in whitewater then you can benefit from one that is larger, i.e. stands slightly taller than your belly button when upright. If your build is one that is slightly larger, then you may want to go with one that is slightly wider in width too. If, however, you plan to hit the big, harsh, more aggressive waves, further out in the deep water, you will want to go for a smaller bodyboard that will allow you to maintain control as the heavy waves come through.


Laying The Bodyboard Flat

You will want to lay the bodyboard flat on the floor before flexing the board very gently to check that it springs back relatively well.

 


Considering Construction & Design

Although you may be tempted to buy the most stylish bodyboard on the market (and rightly so!) you will want to make sure that the construction of the board is suitable for you. You will want to ensure that the length and width is suitable for your build (as mentioned above) as well as ensuring that it is within your price range and has been constructed to last, looking out for strong cores as well as the ability to absorb shock and keep water out, for example.

 

 

Considering The Core

If you mainly ride in cold water, then you might want to consider a softer core to allow for a softer core which allows for greater flexibility. However, you won’t want to use a softer core for warmer waters, your board may end up being too flexible.

 


Terms To Be Aware Of

  • Deck – The deck, as the name suggests is the flat part of the surface that you lie flat on.

 

  • Nose – You can find the nose at the top of the board, where you take hold of.

 

  • Tail – The tail can be found at the opposite end of the nose. The shape of the tail generally dictates how the board moves as they waves roll in.

 

  • Rails – I.e. the sides of the board.

 

  • Channels – The channels are grooves that have been cut into the slick bottom that channel the water for enhanced control and motion.

 

  • Stringer – The stringer is a straight rod inserted into the board's core to maintain stiffness. It also increases the bodyboard’s lifespan and robustness as a whole.

 

Now that you are equipt with the key considerations to buying your first bodyboard, have a browse of our range here and find the perfect one for you!