Bodyboard Sizing & Design
- What size board should I buy?
- The general rule of measuring from the floor to your belly button is not always the case anymore. What works for one may not work for someone else. For bigger barreling some guys prefer small boards as it is easier to turn (scoop) into the pit, For mushier waves longer is preferred, It is all a matter of preference. Below is a general guide based on a rider’s height and weight to help you select the best board length for you.
RIDER HEIGHT (ft.) RIDER WEIGHT
36 & below 5' and under 100 and under 36 - 38 4' - 5' 65 -110 39 - 40 4'6" - 5'6" 90 -130 41 - 42 5'5 - 6'2 125 - 190 43 5'10' - 6'3 170 - 210 44 & up 5'11 & up 190 - 300
- What kind of bodyboard tail is best for me?
The tail design affects the speed, control and maneuverability of the bodyboard. In general there are two different tail types
Crescent Tail: The crescent tail features a symmetrical arc cut shape like an upside down “U”. It is versatile and works well with both prone and drop knee. Crescent tail gives you more control over your rider making it easier to turn and do what you want to do when you want to do it.
Bat Tail: The bat tail looks like the wingspan of a bat, it has a hump in the middle at the tail and goes out compared to the “U” shaped crescent. Bat Tails are looser which provides you less control, but makes it easier to do 360 spinners.
Crescent Tails are the preferred choice by 95% of the top professional riders.
- What do channels do?
- CHANNELS: When bodyboarding, the section of the board that is in contact the most with the water is the back corner. Channels increase the surface area of the slick maximizing contact with the wave which gives the rider the ability to draw better lines, hold a rail better turning and apply more power to turns. Smooth, shallow graduated channels design is the preferred method. Channels that are too deep and/or wide can cause a loss of speed. Bodyboards focused on Dropknee do not necessary need channels.
- What does a concave bottom do?
- CONCAVE: Concave bottoms have become very popular with the NMD brand bodyboards made by legend shaper Nick Mesritz. A concave bottom gives you increased speed and control and is slowly becoming the future of high end bodyboarding.
- What are contour decks for?
- Contour Decks: Contour configurations improve your grip and lock your body into position on the bodyboard. There are full contour decks and have contour decks available on a bodyboard. Half Contour Decks are for your elbows, hands and forearms. A Full Contour Deck ads comfort and control to your hips and lower torso. Once most people go contoured, they never go back!
- What are Nose Bulbs?
- Nose Bulbs are raised nose grips shaped into either the top deck or slick of a bodyboard. Sometimes both! It increases comfort and decreases the chance of the board slipping out of your hands.