The best bodyboards are the ones that have a strong construction with excellent buoyancy and firmness.
Bodyboards (also known as boogie boards) are a great way to catch some waves and make an excellent gift for anyone who loves the water. While they are more commonly used by children, they are great for adults too.
Our list provides everything you need to know about the best bodyboards on the market. If you are unsure what features to look for, our Frequently Asked Questions and Buyer’s Guide provide all the information you need to make an informed decision.
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We reviewed over 9 bodyboards for this article. Below are the best options.
The Goplus Super is a very lightweight, durable and buoyant bodyboard with a strong EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) Core and is the Best Budget board on our list.
It has a crescent tail, rear channels and 60/40 rails which provides its users with superb control, maneuverability and speed, no matter the conditions.
The board features a soft, durable IXPE deck for comfort and a slick, hard HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) bottom for stiffness, speed and flexibility.
Despite being a budget board, the Goplus Super is a high-performing bodyboard.
It is versatile and can be used at the beach, in the river or at the water park, providing you with endless hours of fun as you hone your wave-catching skills.
For this reason it is great for beginner and advanced riders alike, and has a weight limit of 145 lbs (65.8 kg).
It comes in 7 bright colors for you to choose from and includes a safety leash with a firm harness that can be used on your wrist or ankle.
The THURSO SURF DuoSlider is the perfect family board as it was designed to hold two people (a child and an adult).
This is a great start-up board as many junior riders would feel more comfortable and gain more confidence with an adult on the board with them.
It has a strong EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) core and a moulded channel on the IXPE top deck to provide junior riders with a secure position on the board.
The High-Density IXPE deck is heat laminated and gives the board a well-cushioned feel to provide comfort for those little bodies.
The bottom deck features hard, slick HDPE (High-Density polyethylene) for stiffness and speed, allowing the adult to easily maneuver the board.
What makes this a DuoSlider however, are the dual integrated handles and 2 PRO double swivel leashes.
The dual handles, coupled with the contoured deck, allows you to easily keep the little one centred, ensuring they feel secure and can just enjoy their riding experience.
This board is the perfect way for the littlest junior riders to gain confidence being on a bodyboard with the support of an adult. Pretty soon they will be itching to use it on their own.
The BPS Storm Bodyboard is built for speed and easy maneuvering with its hard HDPE slick bottom that easily slices through the water and allows you to catch the waves.
This high performance board features a lightweight EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) core with bottom rear channels and a crescent tail that enhances your executions perfectly.
With barely any resistance while catching those waves, this board offers riders (new and verteran alike) a fun boarding experience.
Each bodyboard includes a safety leash and 2 fin savers, as well as printed instructions on how to install them and how to care for your board.
The Storm Bodyboard comes in 3 different sizes with 13 color patterns to choose from.
The Own The Wave, Wave Weapon is a lightweight bodyboard that offers its rider great flexibility and speed. It features an ultra-light design that gives its rider greater control and makes maneuvering easier.
With its strong EPS core it has excellent buoyancy and its HDPE bottom makes gliding through the water effortless.
It features 60/40 rails that aids maneuverability and bottom rear channels with a crescent tail for a versatile riding experience.
The HDPE bottom adds a firmness to the board that increases its strength with simultaneously aiding speed and maximum performance.
With its crescent tail this board supports nearly all riding styles, making it incredibly versatile.
The Wave Weapon bodyboard includes coiled leash with fin savers to ensure that it will neither lose your board or your fins.
It comes in 10 fun colors and 3 different sizes to choose from.
With its heat-sealed shell, the Legendary Pro X from GYN Trade is stronger than most other boards.
Heat-sealing the laminated shell (as opposed to using glue) ensures that all the layers are bonded together stronger and this creates a stiffer board that is much less likely to bubble.
The laminated shell covers an EPS core that is lightweight and buoyant, and features a slick bottom with a detachable leash at the bottom of the board.
The crescent tail allows the rider to maneuver easily in the water while also allowing for a variety of riding styles.
The Legendary Pro X comes in 14 different colors for you to choose from.
The Bo-Toys Bodyboard is lightweight, versatile and buoyant; a great board for the beginners to gain confidence on and for advanced riders to just enjoy the waves.
It has a lightweight EPS foam core and a heat laminated shell that adds strength and durability to the board.
The bottom features slick, hard HDPE which gives the board the rigidity needed to keep you afloat, while also aiding speed and an easy glide.
The channels, crescent tail and 60/40 rails all allow for easier maneuverability and helps you to hone your boarding skills.
It also makes the Bo-Toy versatile enough for you to try out a variety of different riding styles and waves.
You can choose between blue, pink and red, and a Pro leash is included.
The Mach 7 is probably the most famous bodyboard in the world, and is the Best Overall board on our list.
Many other boards have been based on its iconic shape throughout the years. Its classic shape and Crescent Tail has become the most well-known bodyboard shape.
It is a well-built, stiff board with a PE (Polyethylene) foam core, a TC8 top deck and an HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) hard slick bottom.
It also features a single power rod stringer for extra strength and stiffness, giving this board the firmness needed to catch waves and keep you from sinking.
The foam core ensures that it is buoyant, while the hard slick bottom and rod stringer means that the board will have no give and can hold your weight as you glide through the waves.
It has a wonderful versatility that will allow its rider to use various styles and catch a variety of waves.
It comes in either yellow or orange, and has a weight limit of 200 lbs (90.8 kg).
The THURSO SURF Lightning 42” is designed for speed and stability and the Best Value buy on our list.
A rigid PE (Polyethylene) core and 2 FRP stringers results in a lightweight, buoyant bodyboard with sufficient stability and rigidness to hold your weight.
The 4mm high density IXPE deck is heat laminated and provides extra comfort and support for the rider. The risk of delamination is greatly reduced by the heat sealing, which means that the board will last longer than most.
It features an HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) hard slick bottom (heat laminated) which adds strength and stiffness to the board, while also allowing for a smooth and fast glide through the water. The HDPE bottom also makes maneuverability in the water easier.
This package comes complete with the board, a LUX carry bag and a double stainless steel swivel leash. The board comes in 3 different colors.
Designed for experienced riders, the Wave Rebel Pro Classic Bodyboard is perfect for those who want to advance to the next level.
With its bottom-lined channels and bat tail design, this board offers its rider superb control.
It features a lightweight EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam core with 1 FRP Stringer added for strength and firmness.
It has an XEPE deck and the bottom is Pro-Slick to give the rider an easy glide and speed to cut through the water.
The Pro Classic offers riders maximum performance and stability on a strong, buoyant and well-constructed board. The board includes a pro-coiled leash and comes in 3 colors: black, white and yellow.
If you are new to using a bodyboard, then you will need more stability than a more experienced rider. A larger board would work best for beginner riders. It offers more surface area and is this more stable and easy to use. You will only be catching small waves with a larger board, but this is a good thing for a beginner as well.
Once you have gained confidence and have had ample time to hone your new skills. You can consider trying a smaller board for those larger swells. Bare in mind, however, that smaller boards require more skill and control, and a lot more effort to catch waves.
Anyone can use a bodyboard, although they are the more popular board used for children. All bodyboards have information about their dimensions and maximum weight limit. Be sure to look at these carefully before purchasing a board.
There are certain bodyboards that have been specifically designed with this in mind. They have multiple hand holds (front and sides) and usually have a channel on the deck for the child to fit in comfortably while you control the board.
If you cannot find one with these features, try looking at the maximum weight allowed on the board to determine if it will hold your combined weight.
The size and construction are the main differences. A bodyboard is usually shorter than even a short surfboard and does not have the extra layers than many surfboards do. Bodyboards are cheaper as well, because less materials go into their construction.
They are great starter boards for kids and adults alike who want to learn to catch some waves but are intimidated by a surfboard.
Yes, it does. The most popular and common bodyboard design is wide with bottom channels and a crescent tail. These boards are so popular because they provide more stability, control, maneuverability and an easier glide.
Depending on your experience level, you might want an easier or more challenging board.
Yes they are. EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) foam or PE (Polyethylene) foam are used as the core for bodyboards.
EPS foam is the most commonly used as it is not only lightweight and firm, but it floats well too. The board needs to have these characteristics at the very least, or it would be pretty useless in the water.
Caring for the board is an easy thing. The most important things you need to know are to rinse it with clean water after every use, and to keep it out of direct sunlight.
Sea water and UV rays will damage your board more easily that bumping it would. It would be good to store your board indoors to protect it from the elements. You can also purchase a storage bag which will keep it safe during storage and travel.
When purchasing a bodyboard, there are a few key features and considerations that you need to take into account.
This is probably going to sound obvious, but the size of the board absolutely matters. The dimensions of the board are important, and if you buy a board that is too small for the rider, it will not work out well.
Another consideration to take into account is that a beginner rider would be more comfortable and stable on a bigger board. The bigger boards are perfect for catching small waves. The novice rider can easily gain confidence and hone new skills on a larger board.
Smaller bodyboards are designed to catch larger waves. They require more skill and strength from the rider too. Thus, much like short surfboards, the smaller bodyboards are for the more experienced riders who want a new challenge.
All bodyboards are foam boards. This is because EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) or PE (Polyethylene) are lightweight, firm and buoyant.
It should be noted, however, that EPS foam is the preferred choice for many brands as it is the more cost-effective option. EPS is lightweight, rigid and moisture-resistant which is what makes it so great for bodyboards (and surfboards too).
EP foam is more durable since it has a closed-cell construction. It is also vibration-resistant and thus will handle knocks and bump a lot better.
If you have a surfboard (or even just researched one) then you might already know how important stringers can be.
Stringers are placed between the foam core and the outer shell to increase the strength, stability and rigidness of the board. Not all bodyboards have them, but those that do will be firmer and hold weight better than those that do not.
No matter how firm the foam core might be, it is still foam. Without stringers or a hard bottom, it is not likely to hold the riders’ weight well and will be less stable.
Since these are foam boards, the top deck is soft-top and fairly comfortable to lie on. There are some brands that add a layer of EVA textured foam on the top for extra comfort and non-slip traction.
Even if there is only a textured pad on top, the extra traction will be incredibly useful if you are going to be up on your knees without slipping.
The most common construction for the bottom of a bodyboard is HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene). This is a hard, slick bottom that provides much needed strength and stability to the board.
HDPE gives the board extra rigidity and firmness, and is slick enough to provide an easier and faster glide. It also adds an extra layer of durability for those inevitable bumps and knocks that are a common occurrence with beginner riders (especially the little kids).
Bodyboards all generally have the same or a similar design, hence why choosing the right one can be a difficult task. Here are few things to look for when choosing a board.
The most common tail is the crescent shape. It provides excellent maneuverability that allows even the most novice rider to catch a few waves.
This first became popular when Tom Morey introduced his bodyboard for the very first time. The Morey board has become the most iconic (and common) boogie board design. It is the board that many modern generations use as their basis.
The crescent offers comfort as it adapts to your body shape. It is however, not the only tail shape available. The other popular shape is the bat tail. It was first designed by Mike Steward, another bodyboarding legend.
This tail shape is much more suited to professional or experienced riders as it was designed for spins and flips. It has a wider surface area and thus more contact with the water.
There are of course variants of both of these popular tail shapes, however all you need to remember is that crescent tails are perfect for all riding levels and skills, while the bat tail is designed with the pro-rider in mind.
Contours in the board will help with maneuvering and speed. This is not exactly a necessary feature to have, but it does make turning and catching waves easier than it would be without it.
There are certain boogie boards that have a channel on the top deck, which is usually accompanied by extra hand holds. These are two-person boards, designed to hold one child and one adult. Let me reiterate by saying it is not necessary but it is incredibly convenient.
You already know that longer boards are better for beginners. However, did you know that the width is equally important? A wider board will give the rider extra stability and this is necessary for novice riders who still need to gain confidence on a board.
Most bodyboards come with their own leash, although there are some that do not. This is an important accessory to have. If your board does not come with one, be sure to purchase one separately. Without it, you could end up losing your board in the waves which would be an unpleasant (and avoidable) experience.
Unlike a leash, it is rare to get a storage bag with your board. It would, however, be a good investment. The bag will keep your board safe when out of them water and in storage. It protects it from unnecessary knocks and UV exposure (which can do incredible damage).
Another rare accessory, fin tethers or savers are used to prevent your fins from coming loose and getting lost to the ocean. You can purchase them separately if you feel the need for them, or purchase a board that includes them in the package.
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