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Best bodyboards 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated November 1, 2019
Best bodyboards of 2018
I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below.
The best bodyboards will make your fairytale dreams come true! Like choosing clothes or cosmetics, choosing bodyboards should be based on your purpose, favorite style, and financial condition.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this bodyboards win the first place?
The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this bodyboards come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this bodyboards take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work.
bodyboards Buyer’s Guide
The wide point on a bodyboard is literally the widest point down from the nose of the board.
Boards with the wide point towards the middle work very well in most conditions, both for prone (lying) and drop knee (semi standing). The further up the board the wide point is, the more directional the board will become. This works better in bigger waves, where your weight is pulled a little further up the board for speed.
The best way to test how wide a board is against another is to lay them down side by side as shown in the photo.
Many people ask us….what is the difference between a £30 board and a £150 board? Basically it will come down to strength, build quality and performance. All of our boards here will have the best performance for their price but before you buy we will explain a little more about what is inside your new board. Starting from the cheapest, let’s look at the options.
NRG & PARADOX CELL CORES
In recent years we have seen the addition of what are known as as either NRG or Paradox cell cores. These are names given by the two main factories producing bodyboards in the far east. These cores were primarily produced to replace PE cores on pro boards but they have infact found there own place in the market.
These cores are 1.PCF PP cores that are less dense than standard PP, hence allowing for more flex. This is often used in conjunction with various stringer and mesh combinations to give strength. Early results seem pretty good as long as you get the correct combination of materials. A typical NRG/ Single stringer/ Mesh combo is perfect for 1to 1degree water temp. Paradox cell and three stringer combination is very similar perhaps a tad stiffer.
Double rails mean that there are 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 strenths to the boards edge, This helps to give the board durability and a bit more speed.
The inner layer is often a crosslinked foam which is a higher density. There are various combinations of materials used on the outside rails but the rule of thumb tends to be that crosslinked deck boards use double crosslinked rails wheras open cell boards tend to use a crosslink inner and open cell outer rail.
NOSE & TAIL BUMPERS
Bumpers are extra layers of higher density foam attached under the nose and tail that help prevent these areas from de-laminating.
The corners of a board take a lot of punishment so having this extra protection is great feature that will make your board last a lot longer.
The following section covers all the different aspects of the boards design, features and how they affect the way the board will ride in the surf.
TEMPLATE SHAPE & WIDEPOINT
A – Wider boards will give you more flotation and are especially good for smaller days and bigger riders.B – Medium width boards tend to be good allrounders but will need a bit more push in the wave if you are a heavier rider.C – Narrow boards tend to be the fastest but are harder to pull moves off at slower speeds. Not good in the small and weak surf.
NOSE & TAIL WIDTH
Wider tails offer more flotation which is great for smaller weaker surf. they also tend be looser for sliding moves, spins and slower speed manouvres. Narrower tails will turn harder of the bottom turn and are generally more responsive which is great in better surfing conditions. The downside is the loss of float so not really a good choice for the small stuff.
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 55/4rail configuration. This means 55% rail to 45% chine. A great all round design for 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 loose speed so it is always to consider a design that ticks both boxes.
Nose bulbs are small indentations that are scooped out from the corners of the nose on the slick side. The idea is to give you more grip and a better feel for a board. Well worth having and feature in all our boards from the NMD 360 upwards.
Catch Surf Womper can be used like a hand plane so if you are looking to get deeply barreled, this is the mini kickboard for you. Not only is it made by the fun guys at Catch Surf, it is also a highly functional board with the right features to give you stability and speed when you need to take out your swim fins.
Tail is the length of the tail.
Surlyn (Bottom of the board) The material of the bottom of a bodyboard affects the quality of your ride. Most bodyboards come with a polyethylene or a polypropylene bottom. Some boards are built with graduated channels at the bottom to help achieve greater speeds.
These short-bladed fins are quite stiff to allow for rapid kicking in short bursts. Make sure you are comfortable with your choice and that the fins have an open heel to allow water to pass through easily. Neoprene booties or Lycra socks can greatly improve comfort and will prevent chaffing. Some swim fins will come with grips to prevent a boarder from losing them. These attach at the back to the leg with a Velcro strap.
If you plan to bodyboard in colder climates, a wetsuit is a good investment. Neoprene will also make you more buoyant in the water – a good safety aspect. Wetsuits come in all lengths, thickness and prices. A 3mm suit is a good all-year suit for cold waters. Make sure that you don’t have too much restriction in movement.
The type of core used in the board can help you reach your full potential in the water. Different cores offer varying performance perks. Predominantly made from polyethylene, polypropylene, or expanded polystyrene, cores are what provide flotation and have a big effect on performance.
Good for skilled kids, teens and adults and tiny micro groms (under year olds). Beginner surfers (even kids) will have more success learning on 7’0”+ models in the Softlite range.
Softlite classic & lani 7’0”
Great for small kids and tweens (under 40kg) wanting to learn to surf, as these boards are more stable and make catching waves and staying connected with waves easier for kids than the smaller boards in the range.
Fit and flexible adults of 60 – 80kg will also be able to ride an 8’0” softlite. Less flexible or fit adults and adults of 70+kg will have more success on a 9’0” to 10’0” softboards from other brands.
Soft Surfboard range 7’0”, 7’6”, and 8’0” Kids, teens and small adults will find learning to surf easy and fun on these models. For families looking to buy one board for all to enjoy, the 8’0” is a great board to share waves on surfing weekends and holidays.
Original Series 8’6” and 9’0”
Very popular models for average sized adults, these two boards are also widely used by some of the top Australian surf schools due to their ease of use for beginner surfers and durability that withstands the testing surf lesson environment.
Original Series 9’6” and 10’6″
Good for fit, average sized adults who possess decent paddle fitness and have the flexibility to pop up to their feet on the board in one motion. Adults who don’t possess this fitness or flexibility will find higher volume 9’0” and bigger boards from other brands easier and therefore more fun to learn to surf on.
The bigger two of the cruiser models, the 7’6” and the 8’0” will also be fun for kids and lighter teens for learning to catch and ride waves. The 8’0” Cruiser is the biggest board that El Nino makes yet has less volume than other 8’0” softboards on the market, so bigger teens and adults will find softboards from other brands easier to ride.
Alder Delta boards. Soft surfboards generally come with a leash and are ready to surf, our soft surfboard packages add in a boardbag, wax and a leash where applicable at a subsidised price.
Alder Delta Stringer
If you’re looking for the next step up for your kids then a more solid board is the answer. The epoxy or moulded boards from Bic, Cortez and Torq surfboards, respectively give a more positive ride and are a step up to riding the face of the wave and starting to turn the board. We list the suitability of each size to the weight of the surfer on each product so you can easily work out what’s suitable. After that it’s all about budget and colours.
The fin configuration of your SUP is important when considering whether you want to use your SUP in the surf.
Three fin ‘thruster’ configuration = more manoeuvrable and versatile in surf conditions.
Single centre fin = suitable for cruising in calmer conditions.
Racing = Look for interchangeable fins which can be switched out to accommodate high-performance and water conditions.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your bodyboards wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of bodyboards
- №1 — ‘Beach Attack Pack’ – WAVE WEAPON Super Lightweight Body-board by Own the Wave
- №2 — Lucky Bums Body Board with EPS Core
- №3 — California Board Company MMAG Bodyboard