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Your Guide To Buying a Boogie Board

Lucky Bums Boogie Board Wham-O Boogie Board
Yehuda Posnick

Even though the indigenous people in the Pacific Islands have been known to surf waves for hundreds of years, it was Tom Morey who invented the boogie board (also known as a “body board”). He already was used to a surfboard. But he noticed that a body board, where you lie down while surfing, would allow you to feel every nuance of the waves. A person can ride the boogie board either prone (lying down perfectly flat, while holding the nose and side of the board), or with one knee on the board, or even standing (like with a surfboard). There are still some features that are unique to some boards, which will help you decide which to buy. Here is a guide to some of the best boogie boards on the market.

Lucky Bums Body Board with EPS Core, Slick Bottom, and Leash, with a clipped crescent tail

Lucky Bums Boogie Board with EPS Core, Slick Bottom, and Leash, with a clipped crescent tail

Boogie Board Types

We can distinguish between the types of boards by the materials from which they are made, and the dimensions of the various sections. First, we have to become familiar with the parts of a board:

  • Core: This is usually made from foam, such as polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). Polyethylene is best in cool water, which allows it to remain rigid. Polypropyrene is better for warmer waters. Some boards have a sandwich of both PP and PE foams.

  • Nose: This is the front edge of the board.

  • Stringer: This is a strip of material running through the length of the board in the middle. It gives added strength to the board.

  • Bottom: This is typically made of fiberglass. It should be very slick and smooth, for better surfing ability.

  • Deck: This is the top of the board. You lie down upon this part of the board.

  • Rails: These are the foam sides of the board. The angle that the rail makes with the board determines how much control you have over the board. A shallow angle will mean less resistance, and thus the board will be able to travel faster.

  • Tail: This is the lower end of the board. It is a major factor in the stability of the board. A wide tail is more stable and fast, while a narrow tail is more maneuverable. There are three main shapes of boogie board tails:

  1. Full crescent shape: where the tail is a perfect arch,

  2. Clipped crescent shape: where the tail is arch with two straight sections on the sides. This is considered more maneuverable and comfortable.

  3. Bat tail: with a wavy tail, resembling a bat with wings outstreched. This is somewhat uncomfortable at first, but it allows you to attain faster speeds.

    Wham-O's Morey Cruiser 42.5" Bodyboard w/Coiled Leash 2014 Model, with crescent tail

    Wham-O’s Morey Cruiser 42.5″ Boogie Board w/ Coiled Leash 2014 Model, with crescent tail

What People Are Saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

  • Durability: People notice that the boards start to de-laminate and bubble when exposed to a hot sun. Also, the leash may come off in the cheaper boards. The Lucky Bums board seems to be more durable, even though some said that the cover of the board can tear. Also, the side pieces can become unglued.

  • Get a slightly larger size: Taller people said that they preferred getting a board that has extra length and width, for better maneuverability.

Useful Tips for Shoppers

  • GoPro Mount: If you have a GoPro camera, you can attach it to a boogie board while surfing. The result will be absolutely breathtaking pictures of what it’s like inside a wave!

  • Leash: Most boards allow you to attach a leash—a strap that helps you hold onto the board more securely. The straps fit all types of boards. You wrap the end of the strap around your wrist while surfing.

  • Correct height of body board: The way to find the proper height of the board is to stand the board on its tail next to you. The tip of the board should reach to your navel. Alternatively, you hold the nose of the board under your chin—if the board reaches your knees, that’s the right length.

  • Thickness of the board: The board can come in various thicknesses. It can be around 51 mm thick. A thinner board is more maneuverable, while a thicker board cuts into the waves and goes more quickly.

  • Width of the board: You’ll see boards of different widths. A very wide board will float more, while a narrow board will allow more sharp maneuvers in the water.

  • Sun and water damage: The Legendary boogie board tends to bubble if exposed a long time to direct sunlight or high temperatures. It’s suggested to cover the board with a towel when it’s not in use. Also, leaving it in a hot car for a long time can also ruin the board. Saltwater also can ruin the board, if the salt is left on the board. It’s recommended to rinse it off after use.

Top Brands

Lucky Bumsare based in Boise, Idaho. They make a line of outdoor gear and equipment for kids. They make paddleboards, bodyboards, skimboards, and tubes for water recreation sports. Lucky Bums also makes products for the snow and for hiking and camping.

Legendaryare makers of the Pro X Slick Bottom body surfing board. The board comes in various sizes, according to the rider’s body weight and height.

California Board Companyare makers of a wide range of boogie boards. They also make stand-up paddleboards and surfboards.

Wham-Owas founded by Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr in 1955, when they marketed the first Frisbee (originally called “The Pluto Platter”). They expanded their product line to include many other types of outdoor toys: hula hoops, superballs, hacky-sacks, and boogie boards.

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