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Are you buying a bodyboard? Do you need to be familiar with the world's leading bodyboard manufacturers? Are you unsure about which board model will suit your needs? Check out the ultimate guide to buying bodyboards.

Buying a new bodyboard is always an emotional moment. You want to get the right board for the right waves. Ultimately, it all comes down to the fun factor. You want your new board to glide you through dream waves.

If you're unsure about how your height and weight affect your bodyboard buying decision, check the bodyboard size chart. Nevertheless, and as a rule of thumb, the ideal boogie board is the one whose nose is leveled with your belly button.

If you buy a very long bodyboard, it will be harder to control in challenging conditions, and you may struggle to paddle into waves. On the opposite side, small bodyboards have low flotation, and may feel too loose at times.

Modern bodyboards offer multiple shapes, and are manufactured using a wide variety of core materials including beaded cores, extruded polystyrene foam (XPS), extruded polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and arcel.

When you buy a bodyboard, it comes flat and relatively stiff. It will only become more flexible with time, after a few dozens of tricks and maneuvers in the waves.

A cheap bodyboard - usually under $100 - is never the way forward. If your goal is to spend a few spring, summer, and autumn weekends improving your bodyboarding, get a quality board. A high-end bodyboard will help you evolve and, with proper care, it will last forever.

The Top Bodyboard Brands

There are a dozen brands producing quality, high-performance bodyboards.

In Hawaii, Mike Stewart created Science Bodyboards, his signature bodyboard company. Hubboards is a joint-venture between multiple-time world champion brothers Dave and Jeff Hubbard.

In California, you'll find Custom X, an Oceanside company founded by Debbie Colwell in 1987, and Empire Bodyboards, a more recent brand established in San Clement.

Also from the Golden State, there's the iconic Morey Boogie, the oldest bodyboard company in the world founded by Tom Morey in the 1970s.

BZ was founded by Bobby Szabad, a former factory worker at Morey Boogie, while No. 6 is a 21st-century bodyboard brand founded by Mark Dale and Chris Wellington in Glendora, California.

In Oceania, it's impossible not to mention Manta, Australia's first bodyboard brand, and NMD Board Co., a firm founded in 1999 in New Zealand.

Finally, Pride Bodyboards, a French company born in Biarritz, is the most popular bodyboard brand in the Old Continent.

Here are our favorite bodyboards for the 2018/2019 season:

 

Science Bodyboards Style LTD

Science Bodyboards Style LTD

A universal design board shaped to fulfill all wave conditions, and types of riding. A perfect balance between control, speed, and maneuverability. Yours for $359.

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Science Bodyboards Pocket LTD PP

Science Bodyboards Pocket LTD PP

A bodyboard for those who privilege rail to rail transitions in the critical energy zone of the wave. Only $353.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

 

Science Bodyboards Hybrid

Science Bodyboards Hybrid

The is Science's board for Drop-Knee riders who sometimes ride prone. Yours for $353.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hubboards Hubb Edition Quad Core

Hubboards Hubb Edition Quad Core

A bodyboard with two cores in one that will work well if you're into airs. Yours for $399.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hubboards Dubb Edition PP Pro Plus ISS CT

Hubboards Dubb Edition PP Pro Plus ISS CT

A bodyboard model with an ISS stringer system for Drop-Knee enthusiasts who sometimes go prone and stand-up. Features a line contour deck that maximizes grip for both hands and knees. Yours for $349.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Pride Combo PE

Pride Combo PE

A durable mid-range polyethylene bodyboard featuring deck contours for extra comfort and control, an HD slick, channels, and a crescent tail. Only $139.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Pride Stereo PE

Pride Stereo PE

A perfect entry level bodyboard. Designed for maximum enjoyment and made to last. Yours for $119.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

NMD Board Co. Ben Player Kinetic PP

NMD Board Co. Ben Player Kinetic PP

An all-around bodyboard which combines 55/45 double rails, graduated channels, bull slick grips, and a stringer. Only $282.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

NMD Board Co. Mix Tension Tech

NMD Board Co. Mix Tension Tech

A thinner, stronger and stiffer bodyboard with incredible elastic flex for instant recoil and spring-like projection. Yours for $315.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Empire Bodyboards Andre Botha PP

Empire Bodyboards Andre Botha PP

A model designed by the two-time world champion with the same name. Delivers superb projection, optimum board recoil and response. Yours for $289.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Empire Bodyboards Maxx

Empire Bodyboards Maxx

A special bodyboard for larger riders. With its durable template and bat tail, it maximizes speed off those bottom turns. Only $259.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

No. 6 Covenant V3 PP BT

No. 6 Covenant V3 PP BT

A long-standing template that is on continuous improvement, year after year. Recommended for riders needing extra length yet longing to use a board maneuverable enough in all types of conditions. Yours for $286.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

No. 6 Deuce PP CT

No. 6 Deuce PP CT

a popular, all-around model for both prone and Drop-Knee riders, offering crisp clean rails with faded channel bottom. Only $232.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Manta Raul Mari CT PP

Manta Raul Mari CT PP

A crescent tail bodyboard for all types of conditions. Yours for $249.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

BZ Advantage

BZ Advantage

An excellent and inexpensive bodyboard for kids weighing less than 125 lbs, and under 5'2''. Only $59.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Morey Mach 7

Morey Mach 7

One of the most popular models of all time, known for its versatility and durability. A revamped edition that maintains its classic shape. Yours for $149.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Custom X Beast

Custom X Beast

An extra wide, and super thick bodyboard for big riders. With its high buoancy, it can be also used for tandem wave riding. Only $302.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Custom X XPE

Custom X XPE

Features a tight cell deck material and double rails at 60/40 for high-performance prone riding. Yours for $155.

Buy: Amazon.com


The bodyboard buyer's guide and review has been updated on November 1, 2018.