Body boarding is a fun beach activity that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. The body boarder lies on top of a body board and, using their arms and legs to gain speed, they paddle along a wave until the force of it carries the boarder along.
Body boards are different to surf boards and surfing in that it is much shorter and made of foam. It consists of a foam core, plastic bottom and a softer foam top known as the deck. Each type of foam allows the board to flex to a different degree, thus dictating the level of control that the boarder has. Therefore, a stiffer board will reduce deformation and allow for greater speed. Some boarders wax their boards frequently to improve their grip on the board. Should you wax the middle of the board, be sure to wear a top or covering when boarding - the wax creates friction and will scrape against your skin.
All you really need to body board is the board and some waves. If you want to perform tricks and manoeuvres with the board, you may require a little training and practice. The standard tricks include 360° turns on the face of the wave in either a normal- or reverse direction, cut backs and El Rollo (where the boarder uses the power at the lip of the wave to throw himself in an arc and complete a roll, landing either on the surface of the wave or in the white water). Drop-knee is a form of body boarding whereby the boarder puts one foot at the front of the board and rests the other foot on the end. No longer as popular, but still worth a mention, is the stand-up form of body boarding where the boarder stands upright and performed tricks.
So if you are looking for something new to try at the beach and want a couple of lessons before you hit the waves, check out our Body Boarding Operators. They will teach you to ride the waves, perform some complicated manoeuvres and perfect your prowess with a board. Body boarding is the ideal summer holiday activity.