Bodyboarding: the sport has its own lingo | Photo: Sacha Specker

The sport of bodyboarding has its own lingo. The invention of the bodyboard by Tom Morey brought new terms, words, expressions and tricks to the world of wave sports.

The bodyboarding glossary of terms used in the waves is useful to all levels of bodyboarders. Discover the vocabulary of bodyboarding and learn new words:


Bodyboarding: learn how to walk with swim fins | Photo: Creative Commons/SayLuiiiis

Bodyboarding beginners may find difficult to walk in swim fins, but the trick is quite simple. Just exaggerate your steps.

Fins are one of the most important tools in contemporary bodyboarding. You need them catch the best waves, as fast as you can. First of all, get your leash on.

After warming up, and while walking towards the water, bring your knees up higher than you usually would, and walk in a kind of skipping action so they don't get caught as you bring your foot through.


Amaury Lavernhe: second world bodyboarding title in the pocket

Amaury Lavernhe has conquered the 2014 Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) World Tour, in the waves of Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal.

In the last day of competition, Jared Houston was not able to handle the pressure of the quarterfinals, and left Uri Valadao and Amaury Lavernhe chasing top honours. Four years later, the French bodyboarder would grab the trophy as the Brazilian failed to move on.

"Thanks to all of you! I am so happy. It was an incredible day. Congratulations to all riders and, to all of you. Without your support and confidence nothing could've happened," underlined Lavernhe.