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Bodyboard Buying Guide

Since the invention of the "Boogie Board" by Tom Morey July 9, 1971, the types of bodyboard materials and construction have come a long way. Manufacturers are producing bodyboards with major advancements in technology, design, and board performance. The materials used to create bodyboards have been responsible for the most recent advancements in the sport.

Educating our customers is very important to us at 662 Bodyboarding Shop. Regardless of your price range, we want you to be riding the best bodyboard possible with the best materials and specifications. No gimmicky stuff.

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Bodyboards come in many shapes and sizes. They can be broken down into four basic shapes:

    1. PRONE: This shape generally has its widest point further forward to support the upper body of a rider that mainly lays down while riding.  
    2. DROPKNEE:  The Dropknee riding style is when a rider puts one foot near the front of the board & lets the opposite knee rest on the tail of the board. A Drop knee shape is characterized by a lower wide point halfway down the board and a narrow tapered nose.  Riders with a Drop Knee stance have most of their weight towards the back of the board.
    3. COMBO:  Boards with a combo shape are the most versatile. They can be used for both Drop knee and Prone styles of riding.
    4. STANDUP:  This style of riding is when a rider stands upright while riding a wave. The tricks performed are similar to surfing both on the face of a wave and in the air.




    We Now Offer Three POLYPROPYLENE (PP) Cores

    KINETIC CORE™ 1.9lb PP ULTRA (K19)

    Kinetic Polypro Core is a state of the art engineered bodyboard core. A lightweight core that is fusion formed to create a nucleus that delivers incredible flexural properties, including instant recoil, added projection, enhanced longitudinal stiffness & awesome compression strength. This core is 100% waterproof.Constructed from premium grade 1.9lb density Polypropylene resins, Kinetic Core delivers amazing projection and response as a result of high pressure cell-fusion created during the blank manufacturing process. Kinetic Core is a warm water core available in various reinforcement configurations, each tuned-in for specific wave condition.

    KINETIC 1.5lb PP (K15)

    Developed using cutting-edge expansion cell technology, K15 is slightly lighter/ softer than Kinetic 1.9lb PP. Perfect for cooler water temps like Northern California, it is a cool water core specifically formulated to meet key performance characteristics as demanded by our worldwide team of the sports elite riders. It's great for riders looking for a bit more flex but not a pool noodle. K15™ gives you an even better mix of flex, recoil, projection and pop.

    LITEFLEX 1.2lb PP (LFX)

    A lightweight, affordable PP core that is best suited for cold water and grom boards under 40”. Not suitable for warm water temps. The most flexible of all 3 PP cores on the market. 


    NRG core's are lower density Polypro Core's. This Low density PP Core's designed to have the lightweight strength & stiffness of Polypro core but with more flex like a PE Core.  NRG Core is 1.5lbs PCF (Per Cubic Foot) This means they are lighter than PP as the Polypro Core cells are larger & less dense. This is the choice of core's if you want a more flex for cold water or a performance board that has more flex. This core is also great for kids or women as it is much easier to control.


    The original core used for the first bodyboards. The PE core gives the bodyboard flex which generates projection and instant response for the rider. PE is also good for colder water conditions, since low water temperatures increase the stiffness of all cores. The flex attributes of Dow™ PE allow the rider to contort and manipulate the board to harness the power of the wave and transfer that power into projection. As the rider drives into a bottom turn, the downward gravitational force of the rider is opposed by the upward draw of the wave


    EPS is primarily an entry level core that typically cost less than $100. EPS has come a long way in the past few years. It isn't the most durable of the cores however, It's very lightweight now is available with high end features like stringers and deck contours.




    ALPHAFLEX (Kinetic PP Ultra w/ Parabolic Gen 3 PFS Core)

    Alphaflex represents NMD's next core evolution. By integrating the all new Kinetic Ultra 1.9lb, a higher modulus PP core, with our exclusive PFS-T technology, Mez has engineered a board without the need for a traditional tubular stringer. The end result is a ride that delivers a more direct torsional flex for incredible projection off the bottom and drive throughout hard carves. Alphaflex is specifically designed for elite riders wounderstand the intricacies between flex and speed. Available in Crescent and Wifly V2 tail options. 


    Similar to the PFS2 technology but PFS3 high-density aerospace foam beams run in a straight orientation from tail to nose. This gives the board more longitudinal flex right out of the box, without sacrificing the exceptional strength the PFS boards have become renown for.


    Based on our groundbreaking Parabolic Flex System technology, the ProRide™ range of boards feature a Parabolic Base™ for revolutionary strength-to-weight performance allowing you to ride a thinner board without a loss in nose to tail stiffness. Parabolic Airex T90 high-density structural foam beams are embedded vertically into the base of the core for unrivaled flex-to-recoil energy transfer. Scientifically proven Vapor Tracks track water along the length of the beams creating a hydrodynamic effect through the center of the board for electric board speed.

    RADIAL FLEX (Pride)

    Radial Flex® was developed using the latest CAD software with integrated Generative Structural Analysis, allowing us to observe how a board reacts under typical wave riding load and flexion. The data showed us that when the rider pulls up on the nose of the board, the resulting structural load is directed through to the elbow in a radial pattern, and not in a direct line from hand to elbow. Based on these findings we have developed the Dynamic Arc® technology. Constructed from a single beam of lightweight, high-tensile Divinycell structural foam, the Dynamic Arc® has been configured to disperse the structural load along its vertical surface. By extending the natural curve of the Dynamic Arc® through to the tail of the board, we were also able to create a unique load-bearing frame that not only enables instant transfer from compression load to projection, but also distributes impact stresses, such as those caused by heavy landings, along the entire length of the frame.

    QUAD CORE (Hubboards) 

    The Hubboards Quad Core has four times the performance of any regular core. They fused two layers of engineered polypro core around a layer of tension tech mesh suspension. By adding surly slick, bottom mesh & a woven graphite stringer to these core's the final result is a core that responds like 2 core's in one. The quad core produces twice the projection & offer's twice the durability. With Jeff's refined signature shape & CNDC Deck the Quad Core plus is the most advanced board on the market & exclusive to Hubboards.




    8lb Non-Crosslink Polyethylene outer skins. The premier skin for high performance bodyboarding.


    Irradiated Crosslink Polyethylene outer skins feature a super-fine cell structure with less than 1% water absorption.





    Surlyn is a unique, rubber like combination of ethylene resins and other copolymers invented and manufactured by the chemical geniuses at DuPont. Unlike rigid plastics, Surlyn has amazing flexural stiffness that allows a board to conform and contort to the curve of the wave when controlled by applied pressure from the rider. When the torque is released, the dynamic memory properties of the Surlyn deliver instant recoil, projecting the board onto the next section. Surlyn is so strong that it is used as the cover for golf balls due to its unique abilities to resist cutting and abrasions from golf club impact. Surlyn is the slick of choice for high end bodyboards.


    The cheaper alternative to Surlyn slick is an HDPE slick. In terms of look and feel there’s little to separate it from Surlyn. However, HDPE slicks tend to appear on entry-level or beginners boards so unless you’re just starting out it’s usually worth paying that little extra for a Surlyn. Saying that, smaller and lighter riders tend to get away with HDPE slicks as they exert less pressure on the board. This means longevity isn’t affected. The HDPE skin is less performance-based to give great value for money while you increase your skill level.




    Tension Tech™ takes advanced sandwich composite principles and applies them to Kinetic™ and NRG™ cores for next level recoil and projection. A bi-axial Mesh layer is thermo-fused between 2 cross linked polypropylene skins. The resulting Mesh Fusion Layer is then laminated directly to the core, under the deck, greatly increasing the board's tensile and compressive strength. The dynamic properties of Tension Tech™ allow us to build a board that’s thinner, stronger and stiff, but at the same time, possesses incredible elastic flex for instant recoil and spring-like projection.


    Mesh is a wire-like plastic material that sits between the slick and the Core. It enhances projection and makes boards more durable. It also cushions the stress boards receive when landing aerial moves. Good to know, next time you get some air time.


    Diamond shaped mesh weave fused between the boards core and slick bottom skin for enhanced stiffness and recoil.


    Dual layers of React Mesh, fused under the deck and slick, create an all-over tension balance between the top and bottom surfaces. Pull up on the nose as you drive through the bottom turn and you load up the slick, the moment you transition out of the turn the board instantly snaps back for incredible projection. 


    Stringers are rods used to add strength, increase stiffness and to help maintain good rocker. Stringers lengthen the life of a bodyboard. Stringers are generally inserted into the center of the core. They normally start at the tail and end 6" from under the nose of the bodyboard. Stringers are made of many different designs and materials. Bodyboards can have anywhere from 1 to 3 stringers. (Note: Stringers do not prevent creasing – please check for stringer placement when drilling leash plug)


    High-grade filament wound composite-fiber tube for increased board strength and spring-like recoil.


    High-strength, epoxy fiber tubes for increased stiffness and board life.


    Prone Setup: 1 x full-length central CFT stringer, combined with 2 x shorter stabilizing stringers positioned 5″ either side of centre and 12″ down from the nose. The stabilizing stringers enable us to increase the strength of the board through its midsection, without making the overall flex too rigid.

    DK Setup: 1 x full-length central CFT stringer, combined with 2 x shorter stabilizing stringers positioned 5″ either side of centre and 22″ down from the nose. The low positioning of the stabilizing stringers enable us to increase the strength of the board through its tail section, perfect for DK carves and for driving off the bottom


    The ISS® – Interchangeable Stringer System™ revolutionizes bodyboarding by giving the rider the freedom to fine tune the flex of their board to better suit the wave and water conditions. Using patented ‘load and lock’ technology, ISS® stringers are inserted and removed with the turn of a key. The ISS® range of stringers utilize the latest in composite construction and manufacturing technology to create a quiver of shafts that covers virtually the full spectrum of a riders flex requirement.  


    Medium (for board lengths 39.5"- 41.25")

    Large (for board lengths 41.5"- 43.25")


    Soft Flex-20% Fibreglass spiral weave integrated with 80% unidirectional Fibreglass strands to deliver a stringer with a softer flex action. DRC designed for cold climates and riders who like a more flexible board.

    Mid Flex- 20% Carbon with 80% Fibreglass spiral weave resulting in a stringer with exceptional feel and a smooth flex action. The workhorse of the ISS range, the MidFlex stringer is designed to perform in mild water temps and is an essential component of any serious ISS quiver.

    Stiff Flex-The stiffest stringer in the ISS range.  Advanced composite construction featuring 60% Carbon interwoven with 40% Fibreglass to create a high strength DRC flex profile with outstanding torsional shaft stiffness. The 'go to' stringer for the tropics and riders who like to surf on rail.

    Carbon Fiber Flex- 100% aerospace grade 3K Carbon Fibre biaxial weave meets DRC integration to create a lightweight stringer with incredible high tensile strength. Precision calibrated for warm water temps and for riders with a need for speed.


    You may have noticed your equipment works differently depending on the water temperature you're in.

    The way a board flexes and recoils in warm conditions is different than in the cold; and your personal preference for what you consider as optimum flex is unique to where you live and what your local water temperatures are. To take the guess work out of which Science Bodyboards are softer (generally better for colder conditions) or stiffer (generally better for warmer conditions) and to help you dial in flex, we've created the Science Flex Factor: F1 being the stiffest - F10 being the softest.




    For boards fitted with a SINGLE STRINGER or TRIDENT STRINGER SYSTEM, drill at least 3 INCHES either side of the center of the board. 

    For boards fitted with a DOUBLE STRINGER, drill in the center of the board. 

     *Failure to comply may result in contact with the stringer. Damage caused by drilling the plug too close to the stringer is not covered by warranty. Although our stringer systems have been designed to increase board strength and maximize recoil properties, they will not prevent creasing. 

    Water can enter the internal structure during use via the opening around the plug. Water may be heard from time to time within the stringer. This occurs only in minute amounts and will not affect the performance of your board. 





    Classic 45 degree angle on a 385 degree radius cut. Crescent tail bodyboards are the industry's most popular construction. The crescent tail allows the rider to comfortably sit inside the rails of the board.This provides stability while making the rail the longest edge of the bodyboard to help hold your trim in the wave face. Crescent tail's are the go to for most prone & drop knee rider's as it is very versatile & allow's a tail piece or ISS stringer system to be added.The crescent tail is highly maneuverable & allows the core to flex in the back corner's while bottom turning providing great recoil & projection.


    Full crescent tails are the tail of choice for dropknee & versatile rider's. The sharper point of the tail allows the rail to sink further into the wave face for extra hold. This helps to hold a line with only a trailing fin in the water. 


    The protruding bulb increases the boards planning surface at the tail area for down the line speed with wings that lock the tail in throughout the turn. Machine rounded for rider comfort. Bat Tails are looser which provides you less control, but makes it easier to do 360 spinners.


    Delta tail's are an extreme bat tail. They have more volume & surface area than a crescent tail & thus more speed & buoyancy. Delta Tails excel in fast down the line waves & are great for clean lines & long drawn out turns. The delta tail makes the board "sit up" in turns rather than dig in (lIke a crescent tail) this means you cant turn quite as sharp but you'll come out of turn's faster. 


    Squashed Bat Tails are a more subtle version of a Bat Tail. Bat tails have more volume & surface area than a crescent tail & this more speed & buoyancy. Bat Tails excel in fast down the line waves & are great for clean lines & long drawn out turns. The bat tail makes the board "sit up" in turns rather than dig in (lIke a crescent tail) this means you cant turn quite as sharp but you'll come out of turn's faster. 

    WIFLY V2

    The WI-FLY TAIL is a progressive tail design incorporating the hydrodynamic flow from the Quad Concave for more positive traction during bottom turns and lip drives.  The aggressive Deep V tail's slightly shorter rails & the angled point from the tip of the tail to rails allows for better release and works in conjunction with the Quad Concave to release in tight spins & pocket moves. In the testing phase it was found that the Deep V removed a lot of volume from the tail area, so to compensate for the reduced volume there is an added 1/2” to length without changing nose, wide-point and tail widths. So if you ride a 41.5” in crescent tail you will ride a 42” in the WiFly V2.


    The New Tri-Quad Channel Tail combo is a on or off Channel System. It engages when you need it and has a normal ride in cruise mode.The Four Channels are narrow and deep with a flat section in centre to help give you a bit more release when you need it. Push hard on your rail and the quads rip in with hold and drive and combined with the Tri Crescent hooks in the First and Fourth Channel this allows you to turn sharper and still keep the hold and drive your after.





     The Quad Concave can be broken down into two parts:

    1. Central Double Concave - Tracks laminar (water) flow through the centre of the board keeping you higher on the wave face, which allows you to generate more speed into your bottom turns.
    2. Outer Venturi Channels - Draws the laminar flow from a wider entry point into a narrow exit through the tail. Based on Bernoulli’s principle, the laminar flow increases in speed as it progresses through the channel, giving you more drive.  
    The Quad Concave is precision shaped on our custom built AKU CNC shaping machine. The AKU gives us the ability to design progressive channel and concave set-ups with incredible accuracy and consistency previously not possible by hand shaping.


    The X4 Mini Quad takes the key design factors of our groundbreaking full-length Quad Concave and shrinks it down, focusing on the back half of the board. Starting below the wide-point, the X4 essentially splits the hull in two, combining the glide and flow of a flat bottom with the drive and directional control of the Quad Concave.  The X4 Mini Quad is designed to excel in small to medium size surf and for quicker transitions closer to the pocket of the wave.
    The Quad Concave is precision shaped on our custom built AKU CNC shaping machine.The AKU gives us the ability to design progressive channel and concave set-ups with incredible accuracy and consistency previously not possible by hand shaping.



    The New Tri-Quad Channel Tail combo is a on or off Channel System. It engages when you need it and has a normal ride in cruise mode.The Four Channels are narrow and deep with a flat section in centre to help give you a bit more release when you need it. Push hard on your rail and the quads rip in with hold and drive and combined with the Tri Crescent hooks in the First and Fourth Channel this allows you to turn sharper and still keep the hold and drive your after.

    3/2 CONCAVE (Empire)

    The 3/2 Concave is constructed with a split triple Concave to optimize speed and control w/ two interior venturi Channels for maximum responsiveness and engagement on the wave face. Concaves One, Three, and Five all have increased depth, width, and length to serve as hulls to produce more hydrodynamic lift which results in maximum speed and drive. The two inner (two & four) channels are designed to optimize stabilization and engagement on the wave face to produce maximum laminar flow resulting in the most proficient channel system ever created by Empire.This unique channel system permits for a quick and responsive feel for line adjustments while trimming and driving down the line. The 3/2 Concave System is precision shaped on a custom built AKU CNC shaping machine. The AKU gives Empire the ability to design progressive channel and concave set-ups with incredible accuracy and consistency previously not possible by hand shaping.This board is designed with two things in mind: Speed + Control.

    SDC (Pride)

    Some very basic fluid mechanics principles have been adapted to our case by our Pride Lab engineers. “When the water flow goes from a bigger section to a smaller section, the flow speed decreases and the pressure increases.” figure 1. explains Jeremy Arnoux. “Using this principle as an analogy to what happens below our boards (if water is coming from both side of the board), if the perimeter of the concave narrows, water will encounter resistance at the end of the concave creating a pressure which push up the board creating more lift. As a result, having a concave will add a greater sense of lift. Which also means more speed in smaller conditions." The Double Concave is coupled with the classic deep Hull channels.

    SDC+ (Pride)

    Our new SDC+ technology enhances grip on the face of the waves and enables greater control in hollow sections.Thanks to a light gradual concave AKU shaped on the lower third of both rails, this technology will help you scoop with ease at your local slab, giving you the most control in hollow waves. On the other hand, the concave rails won’t affect your speed and trajectory when you are on the glidingphase,making the most of your Single to Double concave bottom contour. SDC+ will provide you with as much lift and speed in small condition as our SDC boards. The best of both worlds.

    SCI-FIVE (Hubboards)

    The Sci-Five Concave bottom to greatly increase the board's overall speed, control and responsiveness. This happens as water is rapidly pushed through the 5 tight hydrodynamic channels creating cavitation which gives lift in the tail thus minimizing friction which reduces drag which equals increasing speed. When riding on your rail the Sci-five channels are engaged to give you heavy duty traction with out any sacrifice for maneuverability. The gradual 18 inch channels are narrow, and they also stop well short of the center of the board, this is designed specifically in order to allow you the freedom to spin, launch and carve in and around the pocket with ease. 


    Vent or Venturi channel's are named after the Venturi effect.  The Ventui effect is a result of water being constricted though a narrowing of a pipe, as a result it is forced to increase in speed & decrease in pressure. The same concept applies to the vent channel's. The laminar flow of water enters the channel at a higher wider entry point, as it is squeezed through the channel it increases in speed & drops in pressure as it progresses through the channel into the narrower exit at the tail, resulting in increased speed, stability & overall board performance.


    CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control while AKU is the name of the shaping software used.  This is the industry standard shaping combination for all boards. Channel's shaped this way are much more precise & defined. 


    Graduated Channels are used for most EPS, PE & low end PP Boards. These channels start off thin at the nose end & gradually widen until the tail. Bodyboard channels help hold the tail of the board in to avoid side slipping on the wave face. Most if not all boogie boards come with channels of some sort these days. 


    Parallel channel's run parallel to the rails & are slightly wider than most channel's. they are usually shaped by a CNC/ AKU Shaper. These channels are slightly graduated to capture more water & direct it out through the tail of the board resulting in more speed, hold in the wave face & release when you need it.





    Ergonomic deck contouring is designed to lock the body into position and improve hand grip.


    Dual purpose deck contouring. Specifically designed to create dedicated flex zones for torsional and nose-to-tail response and integrated with functional grip enhancement.


    Die-cut foam bulbs are positioned at each corner of the nose to enhance finger grip. Now with a new, curved contour for an even better handle.


    Thermoformed textured grips promote superior wax build up for enhanced hand traction.




    The rails are the side edges of the board. There are two parts, the rail which is the lower proportion of the edge and the chine which is the part that wraps around onto the deck. The rail, chine proportions are often referred in percentages like 60/40 or 50/50 with the first number being the lower half of the edge. Nowadays most of the better companies use a 55/45 rail configuration. This means 55% rail to 45%.

    A great all round design for the most type of waves and riding styles.

    60/40 rails will give more hold but a tad less speed.

    50/50 is a little faster but with less grip in the face.

    Remember that there is a fine line between speed and hold. Without control you will lose speed so it is always to consider a design has good balance of both.




    Single and Double rails mean that there are either one or two layers of foam running down the edge of each side of the board. By adding an extra layer the rail can be stiffened up which helps to give extra strength to the boards edge, This helps to give the board durability and a bit more speed. If you are looking for a better board always make sure it has double rails




    What size board should I buy?

    The most important part of bodyboard shape is the length.  If it’s too large you won’t be able to control the board or paddle out very efficiently. Your knees will hit the tail while pumping with your fins. A board that is too small in size simply won’t offer enough flotation. This will slow up your riding, cause a dragging/sinking affect, and make it very difficult to catch waves.

    There are many factors to consider when choosing the right size board for you.  Both height and weight should be considered when deciding your size. The size chart below is a great starting point in the process of choosing the correct size. While these charts and sizing methods can be helpful tools they are not always completely accurate. Please remember what works for one may not work for someone else. Some riders try a couple different sizes before finding the perfect fit, especially when boards come in size options broken down as little as ¼ inch differences.  

    The type of wave also plays a big part of choosing your size:

        • For bigger barreling waves some riders prefer small boards as it is easier to turn (scoop) into the pit,
        • For smaller, mushier waves a longer board is preferred
        • A slightly longer board is best for Drop Knee and Stand up riding is preferred, It is all a matter of preference.



    Board Length (inches)

    Rider Weight (lbs)

    Rider Height (ft.' & in.")



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    Still not sure? Below are some additional methods used in the industry to help you choose your size.

    METHOD 1

    Measure from the floor to your belly button. Typically you want the nose of the board to come to your belly button.

    METHOD 2

    Hold your board vertically in front of you, the bodyboard should reach from your knees up to your chin.

    PLEASE NOTE: Heavier riders may require a wider, thicker, or larger board.for extra flotation and buoyancy.



    So now you know all there is to know about bodyboards! Ready to start choosing the perfect model for you?  Don’t worry. If you’re still unclear about anything or need more information about bodyboard features then give us a call or email us at We’re ready and waiting to help find the perfect match for you.  

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