If you’re looking at this post, then you must be ready to pick out the perfect boogie board to hit the waves with. Although getting into boogie boarding is very exciting, it also can be a bit tricky in the beginning. Picking out the right board can be complicated for anyone new to the sport because of the numerous different designs and manufacturers. We want you to be able to make the right choice the first time, which is why we’ve written this short guide, so you can hit the water as soon as possible and save some cash.
Choosing the right size boogie board is crucial to having the best overall experience. A good rule of thumb is that your board, when standing on the ground, should come up to your stomach. This may be a little more difficult if you’re planning to purchase a boogie board online. So we recommend that you use a ruler or measuring tape to find out the total length from your feet to your stomach and compare the measurement with the boards you’re looking at online. If you choose a board that is too short for you, you’ll experience slower overall speeds which can take out quite a bit of the exhilaration.
So what’s next? You need to pick out what you want the board’s core to be made of. Getting this right is also very important for the overall performance of your board. Basically, there are two main types of core material, polypropylene and polyethylene. The major difference between these two types of foam is going to come down to how you want to use your board. Polyethylene is the material used in most boogie boards and is used more for colder water and better maneuverability. Polypropylene however is more ideal for warmer water. Not only are these boards faster and generally higher performance, but they also tend to last longer than regular polyethylene boards. While many prefer polypropylene, both are suitable and will perform fine. Also, the thinner the board is, the easier it is to maneuver but loses speed.
Next we have slicks and decks. The slick is the underside of the board and comes in two materials, HDPE and Surlyn. HDPE is generally used on starter boards for riders looking to save money while learning the sport, whereas Surlyn slicks are of a higher quality, faster, and more responsive.
Decks, the opposite of slicks, are the top portion of the board you lay on. Polyethylene decks are the most common and are soft just like the cores, which can lead to imprints on the board over time. The alternative is a cheaper solution, called crosslink, which is more durable and is usually found on boards under $120. Just be sure to pick up some wax for better traction.
Another important choice you have when picking out a new bodyboard, is the tail. A crescent tail is a better choice when you’re looking for better control and a bat tail is preferred when the rider wants more speed and surface area.
Basically, when it comes down to it, you have to know what type of ride you’re after. Do you want a board that is easier to control and more maneuverable or something a bit faster and more exhilarating? Are you a beginner or do you have more experience? As long as you follow the tips listed here, we’re sure you’ll pick out the right board for you.