Before you dive right into the ocean waves with the wrong bodyboard, you should understand that starting out is going to be much easier for you with the right bodyboard.
Any sport that is going to involve the epic power of waves is going to require the right equipment for each person, which means that every person needs a different bodyboard. Especially if you’re just beginning to bodyboard, you’re going to want one that gives you the thrill of this water sport while maintaining your safety amongst the waves.
Making sure that we’re recommending the right equipment as always takes quite a bit of work and research. It’s not just about the experience of the rider, but the kind of bodyboard, the kind of rider and how intense the waves are going to be.
It’s one thing if you’re just going to jump in and figure it out as you go along. It’s another matter to train, learn the board and waves slowly, or through a class and develop your skills until you’re the talk of the beach.
- 1 The Best Bodyboards For Beginners Review & Guide
- 2 Our First Choice: Morey Big Kahuna 44″ Bodyboard
- 3 Our Back-Up Choice: Morey Cruiser 42.5″ Bodyboard
- 4 Our Value Choice: BPS Storm Bodyboard
- 5 Our Fourth Pick: THURSO SURF Quill 42” Bodyboard
- 6 Our Fifth Pick: BLACK MARLIN New Bodyboard
- 7 Our Sixth Pick: THURSO SURF Lightning 42” Bodyboard
The Best Bodyboards For Beginners Review & Guide
In our research, we wanted to emphasize a beginning bodyboard rider to be able to learn at their own speed while being as safe as possible. In order to do that, we searched high and low, short and far, and everywhere else in between to make a short list of bodyboards that would suit any beginner to learn the sport of bodyboarding with the waves rather than against them.
Our research and choices were made based on the following categories and standards:
Material, Size and Durability
In all honestly, your durability isn’t the only one we’re concerned about. The bodyboard is only as good, or thrilling as it’s durability allows it to be. Any good bodyboard is going to take the majority of the beating from the waves for that you don’t have to.
We’re making sure that happens, so we selected boards made of the best material, that are the perfect size for the majority of riders, no matter the skill level of the rider.
Most importantly, we’ve ensured that any bodyboard from this list will be durable enough to take many beating for your thrill and your dollar.
As far as the price of the bodyboards on our list are concerned, you can’t put a price on safety. On the other hand, we’ve made sure that our bodyboards have a range of price in order to fit your price tag, but also your experience level.
Just like how we wanted to leave room to adapt, we also wanted to leave room new riders to name their price. It comes down to passion and the thrill of the ride.
If you’re thirsty for the waves and the bodyboard is a little out of reach, you may get a ladder, but for those who just want to try it out, or don’t have as thick a wallet; there is some wiggle room as well.
In our research, there are always going to be intangibles no matter what sports equipment is required. In the case of bodyboarding, we wanted to make absolutely sure that our selections weren’t plain, or boring. We wanted to choose bodyboards with rails, grip locks, HDPE skin, or anything else we could find on these boards to ensure that we were selecting the best.
Our research didn’t lie and these are some of the best. We couldn’t be more confident that this short list will find any fresh bodyboarder to learn at their own speed on the waves, stay safe and have a board that will last.
Our first choice for the best bodyboard for beginners is the Morey Big Kahuna 44″ Bodyboard. Our back-up selection is the 2013 Morey Cruiser 42.5″ Bodyboard. Our value pick is the Younger 41 inch Super Bodyboard. These and the rest bodyboards that make up this list have passed our tests and we specifically selected for all the above reasons. Here is our list with the best bodyboards for beginners.
Our First Choice: Morey Big Kahuna 44″ Bodyboard
Straight from our research, this became a really easy decision to make. The Morey Big Kahuna is the biggest bodyboard we found at 44 inches. We selected this because it’s perfect for any size rider and it specializes in an intermediate to advanced ride, which means you’ve got the ability to learn with this board and then continue learning with the more experience you get on the open waves.
This bodyboard is built to ride hard and build to last. Made from the more durable construction materials and an additional Power Rod Stringer, this is a very solid board. This bodyboard is around $155 for one bodyboard, but it has color option. Additional features include being made with a polyethylene core.
It includes a crescent tail helps lock the body into position for superior control and has bottom channels, and very durable rails. This is our top selection for any beginner that is learning bodyboarding.
Our Back-Up Choice: Morey Cruiser 42.5″ Bodyboard
For about $75, the Morey Cruiser guarantees quality bodyboarding on par with our first selection for even less. It’s not a small board. It’s full size and is a 42.5 inch board that is designer specifically for beginner and intermediate riders.
Someday, you’ll have to get a new board, but for that price, you can’t beat leatning on a Morey Cruiser. It features a crescent tail, Phuzion core and an eight-pound IXL top skin.
The Cruiser has a 25-millimenter HDPE bottom skin with channels, eight-pound IXL rails, and a coiled wrist leash. It also includes grip Locks for better hand grip. Patented unique tube rail towards tail to give the rider extra control. There may not be a better bodyboard on the market than this one.
Our Value Choice: BPS Storm Bodyboard
If for any reason the first two bodyboards didn’t suit your fancy, the BPS Storm Bodyboard is going to suit you perfectly. For the insane low price of about $45, this bodyboard includes premium coiled leash and swim fin tethers/savers so you never get to loose it. The Storm Body Board is amazingly light and features a high speed slick bottom surface, an EPS core, bottom rear channels for great performance and a crescent tail to further help performance.
It offers impact strength durability. The Storm Bodyboard is lightweight & rigid with super slick bottom with channels to increase speed and glide through the water and waves. The BPS Storm board finally has a crescent tail that adapts to your body shape and increases the board’s fluidity. This bodyboard is available in many colours and the price is a steal.
Our Fourth Pick: THURSO SURF Quill 42” Bodyboard
If for any reason you found the above bodyboards not the best for you, then the Thurso Surf Quill Bodyboard might be just what you need. Its one of the most lightweight bodyboards on the market, with weather resistant, waterproof and shock absorbing EPS Core, IXPE deck (heat laminated) for impact resistance and durability, high density polyethylene slick bottom (heat laminated) and comes with a double swivels coiled leash. For about $55 what more could you possibly ask?
This bodyboard is perfect for beginners and kids to enjoy wonderful and exciting surfing experience in the sea, beach, river, swimming pool and water park.
The board is made of high density polyethylene slick bottom (heat laminated) which is a strong and responsive bottom skin that adds stiffness and maximises board speed. And it’s easy to control and can increase your speed and strength. You can easily stand or lie on it to meet your different needs.
- Board length 42″
- Widest point 21.5″
- Tail width 18″
- Nose width 13″
- Thickness 2 1/8″
Our Fifth Pick: BLACK MARLIN New Bodyboard
If you are looking for hours of fun at the water, then the Black Marlin Boogie Bodyboard is another excellent choice. It’s a lightweight bodyboard with slick bottom that adds stiffness and increases speed, projection and offers ideal flexibility. The crescent tail offers superior flexibility, better traction, more stability, higher speed and greater resistance for the best surfing experience.
The Black Marlin bodybooard is made of EPS Core that makes the body-board lightweight, durable and buoyant and IXPE deck for impact strength, durability and comfort. It comes with a leash included to have it secured to you through any wipe out and is designed for all wave conditions to give the board excellent control, more maneuverability, and increased speeds.
This bodyboard is perfect for beginners and kids for hours of fun at the beach, river, swimming pool or water park. For a price of around $45 like the previous board, you will definetely enjoy this bodyboard without spending much.
Our Sixth Pick: THURSO SURF Lightning 42” Bodyboard
Our sixth pick for the best bodyboards for beginners is the THURSO SURF Lightning 42” Bodyboard. The only reason this bodyboard is not higher on our list is its price as its a little more expensive than the rest of the bodyboards. But it totally worths it as it comes with a double stainless steel swivels bodyboard leash, and a LUX bodyboard carry bag too. Its a lightweight bodyboard designed with a focus on stability and glide for easy riding with maximum enjoyment. Rigid PE core with 2 FRP stringers makes the board very light and buoyant offering a more stable ride.
The 4mm High density durable IXPE deck (heat laminated) makes the board well cushioned and sealed to reduce risk of delamination. The board is made of high density polyethylene slick bottom (heat laminated) which is a strong and responsive bottom skin that adds stiffness and maximises board speed for the best surfing experience.
A quality board that will give you years of fun on the water at a great price, considering whats included in the package.
Specs: Board length 42″ widest point 21.5″ tail width 17″ nose width 12″ thickness 2 1/8″
This board is ideal for riders between 160 – 180 lbs and 5’9 – 6′ tall of any riding level.
If you don’t mind spending a few more bucks to buy a quality bodyboard for beginners, then this is for you.
Thank you for reading and good luck with your choice. Feel free to drop a question, or comment and let us know what you thought of our selections and your own.