The bodyboard stringer revolution
- 22 June 2011 | Bodyboarding
When Tom Morey invented the modern bodyboard, stringers were not a priority. In the evolution of bodyboarding many add-ons have been introduced to get better rides, carves and quality in aerial landing.
In the last ten years, the bodyboard shapers developed stringers as a core part of a bodyboard construction. Stringers are seen as the spine that reduce deformation and keep the board intact when forced to major pressures.
That's why, in the beginning, a single stringer was added in the center of the bodyboard. The first units were even homemade in PVC or pipe and inserted by amateur riders themselves. Of course, by doing so, water invaded the custom made channel and, in a matter of months, the bodyboard was rotten.
The bodyboard industry bettered the concept and tested two stringers placed symmetrically. The leash plug had to be moved a few inches, but the new functionality delivered great results and a stoked feedback from the best pro bodyboarders.
It's easy to feel that stringers add speed, for example, in bottom turns. Finally, some brands decide to market a tri-stringer bodyboard. Rheopaipo opted for its Interchangeable Stringer System, letting costumers decide and replace stiff or soft stringers depending on the wave conditions.
Let's nof forget that, in 1983, Turbo bodyboards provided an alternative to the Morey Boogie dominance: a stiff board that could be custom tailored to suit your riding preferences. Great idea, at the time.
Today, bodyboard stringers are mainly built of carbon, graphite and even fiberglass. If you've never seen a stringer, watch it in action.