Bodyboard Size Chart & Design Information
Educating our customers is very important to us at 662 Bodyboarding Shop. We want you to be riding the best bodyboard possible with the best materials and specifications for you. No gimmicky stuff. Please enjoy our knowledge base. The bodyboard sizing and design information below. Click here for Bodyboard materials information.
- Contour Decks
- Wide Point
- What is Flex and Recoil?
- How do I install a leash?
- 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.
BODYBOARD SIZE CHART
Board Length (inches)
Rider Weight (lbs)
Rider Height (ft.' & in.")
- What kind of bodyboard tail is best for me?
- TAILS: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.
Do I want a wide or narrow bodyboard?Width: In general wider boards are better for smaller waves and narrow for bigger waves. More flotation helps you get through slow sections while in bigger waves you have enough power from the wave already and its more important to control the board as much as possible which is easier less narrow. Narrow makes it easier to turn in steeper and hollow waves. Wider is better for 360 spinners in flatter waves.What's it matter where the wide point is at??Wide Point The wide point is the distance from the nose to the widest point of the board which will affect the whole look and template of the bodyboard. A high wide-point suits a wider nose and straighter boxier template better for prone riding. A lower wide-point bodyboard will have more curve in the template design and is suited for versatile (dk/prone combo) and dropknee bodyboarding.What is Flex and Recoil?Flex and Recoil: is something you’ll hear a lot of bodyboarders talk about. So let’s unpack this jargon. When looking for a board you need rigidity for paddling out but you also need flex to bottom turn or cut back. The speed with which your board recoils or reforms to its original shape creates projection. Effectively this is speed - what all bodyboarders crave! With us so far? The ability of a board to return to its original shape is called memory.
The older and more worn a bodyboard becomes the more it loses its ability to recoil. It becomes slower and loses its memory. At this point, it’s time for a new bodyboard but it means you’ve been shredding loads. Well done you.
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