You have finally decided to buy yourself a new or your first bodyboard. The problem is: what size? Which type of bodyboard suits your needs?
You'll have to choose the board that fits three important issues - your weight, height and your level of knowledge of the sport.
Check the following table, because you should decide for a good paddling/flotation ratio.
The main bodyboard features are: height, width, core material, nose, tail, stringer and leash plug. Take a look at the bodyboard size chart:
The correct bodyboard for your body is usually the one that levels your belly button.
If you ride small-to-medium waves, you can pick a bodyboard which is one inch below your navel.
To convert Kg to Lbs, note that 1kg equals 2,2 lbs.
To convert Meters to Feet, note that 1m equals 3,3ft.
How to pick the right bodyboard?
After carefuly selecting the right size, it's important to know the main features of a bodyboard.
Today, bodyboards are made of two core materials: dow polyethylene foam (PE) and polypropylene foam (PP). Polyethylene is heavier, flexible, solid and good for low temperature waters. Polypropylene is lighter, but stiffer with stringers and in cold water conditions.
Stringers have been added to modern bodyboards to add strength to the core. Usually, you can remove stringers for some wave riding conditions and then add them again for other rides.
Bodyboard tails are the last exit point for water leaving the bottom of the board. The "crescent" and "bat" shapes are the most common in modern bodyboards. Crescent-type tails stick the board to the wave, while bat-type tails are more loose.
Width is also a relevant feature in the performance of bodyboards. Wider boards have greater buoyancy and are more difficult to turn. Modern models are narrower to allow performance and speed turns.
Thickness is an important issue in bodyboards. The latest models have become slimmer (51mm) to increase maneuverability and response to quick movements.