Frequent question: What size bodyboard do kids need?

What size bodyboard does my child need?

Longer is better as a bodyboard that is too short will not provide enough flotation. Our most popular sizes for children are 33” and 37” bodyboards for tall teenagers and adults use 42” bodyboards and bigger.

How to choose the correct size bodyboard…

Bodyboard Size Centreline Length
37″ 36″

How do you know what size bodyboard to get?

You are about to buy your first bodyboard and you see multiple varieties of bodyboard sizes and shapes. You are probably thinking, “Which bodyboard size is right for me?


Weight Height Bodyboard Length
< 65 lbs. < 4′ 32″-35″
65-85 lbs. 4′- 5′ 36″-38″
85-115 lbs. 4’6″- 5’2″ 39″
115-130 lbs. 5’3″- 5’6″ 40″

What age is bodyboard for?

There is no minimum age for learning to bodyboard. However, kids may start catching their first whitewater rollers by the time they reach three or four years. Basically, as soon as they can walk and swim, they’re ready for the first bodyboarding lessons.

What age can children bodyboard?

This slightly more specialised bodyboard is designed for young children between 4 and 8 years old, making it ideal for their first go on the waves, guided by an adult.

What should I look for when buying a bodyboard?


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Hold the board on its edge and look down its rail; it should be nice and flat. Boards with excess rocker are harder to catch waves on; they push water and are therefore slower. When you need rocker (for turns) you should be able to bend it into the board whilst riding.

Can bodyboards be too big?

Size / Weight

If you don’t float enough, it means that your bodyboard is too small and it will be very difficult to catch waves. But if your board is too big, it may be easy to catch wave, but it’s going to be very hard to control it on the face of the wave, especially in powerful waves.

Do you need fins to bodyboard?

CAN YOU BODYBOARD WITHOUT FINS? You may not need bodyboarding fins, but it certainly gives an advantage to catching the best waves just in time. While you can bodyboard without fins, it’s close to surfing without arms — essentially, when bodyboarding, you’re using your legs to propel yourself and catch waves.