Bodyboarding is a fun way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great way to try surfing without taking all the risks of learning how to surf on a board. Bodyboarders can use their boards in shallow, calm waters near shore or go out into deeper water where waves are breaking on reefs or sandbars. Whether you’re an experienced bodyboarder or just starting with body boards, here are some tips for getting started.
- Get the right bodyboard for your body size.
- Know your body measurements. If you are a male, get a shortboard, or buy a shorter longboard if you aren’t ready for the steep learning curve that comes with riding a ‘shortie’.
- Decide if you want to ride waves alone or in groups. Some boards are more suitable than others, depending on this decision.
- When choosing the right surfboard for yourself, assess your fitness level and surfing experience. Again, there is no one-size-fits-all solution here!
Decide where you want to surf.
Surfers and bodyboarders in the know will tell you specific things to look out for when deciding where to surf. In addition to being sure that there aren’t any sharp rocks or other dangerous objects lurking beneath the surface, you’ll want to pick a spot with a gentle slope. You should also ensure that there aren’t any currents nearby. Currents can get very strong, even if they don’t appear so at first glance. The last thing you need is an unexpected current pulling you out into open water. You could end up miles away from home, and no one would know where to start looking for you.
You should also be mindful of sharks when choosing your surfing location. Many shark species enjoy swimming near the coast and are known for attacking people unlucky enough to enter their territory. It’s always best practice when surfing in areas where sharks may be present (such as Australia) never to go alone. This way, if something terrible happens, then at least someone else will be around who can help save you.
Pick a day with good weather.
Once you’ve found a suitable bodyboarding spot, it’s time to ensure the day is right for you. Good weather and correct tides are essential for body boarding because waves can be hazardous when they’re too big or if there’s too much wind.
If you want to check the surf report and water conditions:
- Check the weather forecast
- Consult local tide charts and wave charts
- Surf reports will show whether waves are breaking at all, which way they’re breaking, and how consistent they are.
Get bodyboard wax.
Wax is a substance you apply to the top side of your bodyboard to reduce friction. You can use wax to help stay on the board, but it’s also helpful for catching waves, getting out of the water faster, and sliding into the water quickly.
Practice swimming with the board in deep water.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to take your bodyboarding skills to the next level.
Once on the board, lay on your stomach and hold onto the rails with both hands. You’ll use your arms to help you balance and your legs to paddle. To get up from the body boards, push off with both feet at once (if there’s a lot of water behind you) or scissor kick backward until it slides under you (if there isn’t much water behind).
Drop both legs while holding onto the railings to get back down after getting up. The board will slide under them as they fall into position so that it doesn’t tip over too far and throw off balance again for later moves like sculling around waves or surfing fast.
Bodyboarding is a fun and exciting sport that people of all ages enjoy. It’s best to start with a smaller wave and then progress as you get better.
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