Bodyboard fins: thrust, comfort, durability, stiffness and price are critical

Bodyboarders know the importance of riding waves with quality fins. Thrust, durability, comfort, stiffness and price are the main variables you have to take into consideration before purchasing a pair of bodyboard fins.

Thrust is really crucial. If you're competing or simply getting the most of your current bodyboarding level, you should know when that is a "go" wave. Whether it's a small or big wave, if you decide it's a good one, you must not lose it.

Legs are for bodyboarders what arms are for stand-up surfers. Therefore, thrust plays a vital role in catching a wave. Correctly designed fins get the most out of the power of your legs and throw you into the selected wave easily. There are asymmetric and symmetric fins.

Durability is also a key factor. It's important that a $60 or €50 investment will be enjoyed for, at least, three, four or five years. Fin durability also means that you're not going to get yourself caught inside, in front of a 10ft set of waves just because one of your fins is totally ripped.

All bodyboarders know the difference between a comfortable pair of fins and a painful one. When you're riding waves for hours in consecutive days, fins must be an extension of your legs rather than a hard piece of PVC or plastic attached to your feet.

Stiffness is the sum of thrust, durability and comfort. Some riders prefer flexible materials and others like harder fins that respond more quickly. There are several historical brands producing top quality bodyboarding fins and there are cheap bodyboarding fins, too.

Churchill has been in the market since 1936. The Makapuu Swimfins are a classic choice. They use a patented construction which gives you optimum power and acceleration for catching and riding waves.

Viper presents the V5 Flex Model. It has neoprene padded foot pockets. Water is channeled between the vertical side rails and off the straight blade tip for a directed thrust to produce efficient kick.

If you're a BZ fan, then you can buy the BZ Rubbers model. Many riders are also enjoying the Tech 2 Swimfins and Body Glove's Moulded Swim Fins.

There's more. H2Odyssey brings the Smoke Fin and the Stealth 2 Fins offer a classic design. For the Manta lovers, there's the Blade Fins model. Laguna developed the Neofin Surf II and Mike Stewart marketed the famous Viper Swimfins.

Click on each bodyboard fin brand to buy directly from Amazon or visit the online surf shop for more information.

This bodyboard fin review has been updated on the 28th February 2014.