The best bodyboards in the world in 2021

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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 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 dozen tricks and maneuvers in the waves.

A cheap bodyboard - usually under $40 - 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 2021 season:

 

Morey Boogie Mach 10

Morey Boogie Mach 10

With a narrow template and a slightly wider wide-point, the Morey Mach 10 has been designed for bodyboarders seeking speed and controllability.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Morey Boogie Mach 7

Morey Boogie 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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Morey Boogie Mach 7-SS

Morey Boogie Mach 7-SS

The Morey Boogie Mach 7-SS is an all-around bodyboard that will perform very well in both prone and drop-knee wave riding. It's a versatile model featuring knee contours, raised thumb ridges, channels, and an upper chime rail.

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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

NMD Board Co. Ben Player Kinetic LTD

NMD Board Co. Ben Player Kinetic LTD

The Ben Player signature board comes with a kinetic polypropylene (KPP) core, stringer, bull grips, graduated channels, and a crescent tail.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Empire Bodyboards Duo PE LTD

Empire Bodyboards Duo PE LTD

A high-performance polypropylene (PP) board with a polyethylene (PE) deck, two stringers, nose bulbs, channels, and bat tail.

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.

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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Custom X Beast

Custom X Beast

An extra-wide and super thick bodyboard for big riders. With its high buoyancy, it can also be used for tandem wave riding.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

BZ Fundamental

BZ Fundamental

BZ's finest advanced model features a narrow template ready for extreme pocket maneuvers and big wave riding.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

BZ Advantage

BZ Advantage

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

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Tandem Boogie AIR

Empire Bodyboards Andre Botha PP

The Tandem Boogie AIR is the world's first tandem bodyboard. It's an inflatable bodyboard equipped with soft handles and a GoPro mount that fits in a backpack. It takes two to ride this boogie board.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hubboards Lite Boog Mat

Hubboards Lite Boog Mat

The Hubb Lite Boog Mat is an inflatable tandem bodyboard for one or two riders. The mat features drop-stitch technology and hand grips. The air pressure can be adjusted to match the wave conditions.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hubboards Lite Fun Size Mini Kickboard

Hubboards Lite Fun Size Mini Kickboard

The Hubb Lite Fun Size Kickboard is a 21" bodyboard for young children and adults alike. It's the perfect boogie board for kids to get into the waves and for grown-ups to bodysurf and ride shore break waves. You may also use it as a kickboard in the swimming pool.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hubboards Hubb Edition PP Pro - Hubb Tail

Hubboards Hubb Edition PP Pro - Hubb Tail

The Hubb Edition PP Pro is a high-performance bodyboard featuring a polypropylene (PP) core, single or double stringers, mesh, surlyn slick, nose bulbs, and a handhold line contour deck to fit comfortably in your hands.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

 

Hubboards Dubb Edition PP HD

Hubboards Dubb Edition PP HD

The Dubb Edition PP HD features an all-around template that will excel in drop-knee, prone or stand-up bodyboarding. With its lightweight PP core, double stringers, and HD slick, this board is your go-to weapon for speed and durability.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hubboards Houston PE Deluxe

Hubboards Houston PE Deluxe

The Houston PE Deluxe is a signature bodyboard by 2018 world champion Jared Houston. It is the perfect board for those who prefer a polyethylene core. It features a line contour deck, stringers, and an HD slick bottom with graduated channels.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Pride Royal Flush X1

Pride Royal Flush X1

The Pride Royal Flush X1 is a predominately prone bodyboard featuring a slightly higher wide-point than a traditional template. With a PP core and single to double concave channels, it is a board built to last.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Science Bodyboards Tanner LTD Quad Channels PP

Science Bodyboards Tanner LTD Quad Channels PP

A super-fast polypropylene core template with curve control and airs on big and small waves. The board is equipped with a central stringer, quad vent channels, and a tri-crescent tail.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Science Bodyboards BSD Danny Kim

Science Bodyboards BSD Danny Kim

A stand-up model with a thick polypropylene core, a full crescent tail, three stringers, flat channel-less bottom, and a 55/45 double rail.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

 

Science Bodyboards Hybrid XL

Science Bodyboards Hybrid XL

The is Science's board for drop-knee riders who sometimes ride prone.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hubboards Hubb Edition Quad Core Plus

Hubboards Hubb Edition Quad Core Plus

The new sci-five concave bottom increases the board's overall speed, control, and responsiveness, especially in steep, hollow, and fast-breaking surf.

Buy: Amazon.com

Pride Guru PP Single to Double Concave ISS

Pride Guru PP Single to Double Concave ISS

The Pride Guru PP Single to Double Concave ISS features a PP core combined with one carbon fiber stringer and a mesh layer at the bottom. Expect more speed and better rail-to-rail control.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Pride Answer

Pride Answer

The Pride Answer is a PP core bodyboard that is fast and adapts to all types of conditions. It comes with a Surlyn slick and a stringer. It won't crease easily, thanks to its mesh.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Ben Severson Designs (BSD) Bodyboard

Ben Severson Designs (BSD) Bodyboard

A limited-edition bodyboard shaped by the 1986 world bodyboarding champion, Ben Severson. The legendary shape is back with a high wide-point, a Surlyn bottom with channels, and a single stringer.

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.

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.

Buy: Amazon.com

 

Hardy Shapes Modern Kinetic PP

Hardy Shapes Modern Kinetic PP

Ryan Hardy and Todd Quigley developed a fast, strong bodyboard featuring Hardy's favorite shape, a CFT stringer, an ergonomic Contour, nose bulbs, 60/40 rails, and a Surlyn bottom with mesh.

Buy: Amazon.com


The bodyboard buyer's guide and review has been updated on March 13, 2021.