The EPS core refers to an Extruded Polystyrene foam. A compressed foam used in entrly levelled bodyboards, EPS is fusion moulded and 100% water resistant. This lightweight polystyrene is compressed at a higher rate than most bodyboards you're likely find in a standard department store. This compressed foam offers a bodyboard boasting in rigidity and buoyancy. EPS foam is for the Summer bodyboarder looking to get wet and ride waves on the shore. Whilst EPS cored bodyboards offer features like stringers, graduated channels and 50/50 channels, they shouldn’t be considered nor used as intermediate or high level bodyboards.
The PE core is a part of the intermediate market and refers to a Polyethylene foam. The PE core offers the rider rigidity and buoyancy with its highly-compressed/ highly-dense core. What makes the PE core an exceptional option for the intermediate bodyboarder is its compressed core. The compressed foam offers more rigidity and allows the rider more speed and more durability than the entry level bodyboard. As well as being available in pro rider templates, the PE cores will also incorporate features like stringers, mesh, nose bulbs and contours. These additional features can improve the bodyboards performance and help the rider to a higher level. It is worth noting however where the EPS and PP cores ARE waterproof the PE cores are not, so be careful not to slide your gut across rocks or leave your board where it might get damaged.
D12 is expanded polypropylene with only 1.2LB density as opposed to Polypropylene’s standard 1.9LB density. Basically, D12 takes the durable and waterproof features of the PP foam and uses them at a slightly lower rate of compression, this makes D12 an affordable price and an excellent option for the intermediate level bodyboarder. This lighter weight and lower density variation of the PP core offers intermediate riders an affordable bodyboard in the intermediate/ experienced market.
All the rage and with reason. The PP core refers to a polypropylene foam which is lightweight and fusion formed to deliver enhanced rigidity, compression strength, recoil and durability. The PP core is used by bodyboarder's working to progress their riding via spins, rolls, backflips, inverts and air reverses. Totally waterproof and extraordinarily rigid. A PP cored bodyboard is bound to outlast any and every other foam on the market. The high-density core which creates a rigid ride will maximise the riders speed on the face of the wave in all conditions. Shaped using purpose-built CNC machines, most PP cored templates are manufactured down to millimetres of specification. No imperfections in the final result allows the brands to refine and develop shapes in each and every season of boards. This constant refinement leads PP core boards to not only feel and perform the best but to also maintain their duability even when faced with the harshest of conditions. Brands will use different terms to make you think their PP bodyboards have an edge over their competitors PP bodyboards. Brands will incorporate names like Kinetic PP and Premium PP, no need to be confused by these terms, they all mean the same thing.
Purpose built for cold water climate. The NRG core is manufactured to duplicate performance characteristics found in foams like Polyethylene and Dow. Meeting these characteristics without sacrificing durability and weight of bodyboard was done by using a low-density PP foam. This allows the boards an honest amount of recoil, rebound memory and responsiveness without lowering the quality of the foam. Bear in mind these boards are waterproof the same as a PP core would be, so they by all means have the upper hand when compared to PE and D12 cores. Purpose built for colder climates means the lower density foam in the board will stiffen up considerably in colder waters. This idea is opposed to using a PP core or any thicker density core in cold climate and them becoming too rigid and too hard to control. The NRG will offer a good amount of flex even in the coldest of climates. Be careful using these foams in warm waters though, being of a lower density they won't last long.
The Radial Flex core is an initiative exclusive to Pride Bodyboards. These boards are amongst the most durable and rigid on the market. The Radial Flex core uses a PP foam and single stringer although the actual Radial Flex component of the board refers to an arced beam which runs not the entire length of the board. The beam runs bottom to top in a semi-circle fashion, arcing from tail to the bodyboards round point which runs roughly 20cm shy of the nose of the bodyboard. This arced beam is rock hard and offers the rider minimal flex from the base of the board, rather optimising the flex from the nose of the board. This improves both the drive of the bodyboard and the durability. Additionally, the directional waterflow created by the arced beam adds another element of speed to the board when surfing rail to rail. Pride’s Radial Flex is the ultimate cure for any bodyboarders' quick to wear through boards. Want something solid? You want a Pride Radial Flex.
The Parabolic core is patented and exclusive only to VS and NMD bodyboards. The technology uses two 10mm Divinycell Beams bonded lengthways into the core. These beams run the full length of the board and protrude veyr lightly through the slick of the bodyboard. In their rigidity they promote recoil and durability. This is tribute to the structure of the beams which are unable to stretch and therefore flex. Running at roughly ¾’s depth of the boards core the Parabolic flex core creates directional waterflow and offers the rider as much in speed as what it does in durability. This has become the choice for pro riders like Ben Player and Dave Winchester and is incorporated into all of their new top end quad concave bodyboards to better promote that speed factor every bodyboarder chases.
Based on the Parabolic Flex System technology, the ProRide flex core features a Parabolic base as mentioned in the above, however, the ProRide variation runs only half way through the core as opposed to the Parabolic’s ¾’s depth. Rather than being bonded, the ProRide’s T90 foam beams are wedged in tight to promote a bit more flex and offer something between Parabolic and straight PP. The whole idea with the ProRide core was to allow the user a thinner board without loss in stiffness. Inserting these T90 beams allowed the lovely folk behind NMD and VS to thin down their boards and keep their riders closer to the face of the wave. This increases control throughout all conditions and offers in their words, "unrivalled flex-to-recoil energy transfer."
The Quad Core is a Hubboards initiative and was brought to life via Jeff Hubbard’s need to improve his projection and his boards durability. Jeff's final product after years of trial and error was simply a PP core with dual meshing. The meshing is used under the slicking and decking of the bodyboard and incorporates a fused layer of Polypropylene which adds to the reinforcement.The Quad Core promotes a rigid ride which proves its worthiness in double the projection and double the durability as tested by both Jeff and Dave Hubbard.
The stringer is a fundamental aspect of any bodyboard, without which durability is limited. Stringers are predominantly built of carbon or at the vey least carbon lined. The stringer is similar in aesthetic to a skier’s pole, it’s a rounded beam which runs from the tail of the bodyboard to normally five inches shy of the bodyboards nose. Single stringers run directly through the centre of the bodyboard, double stringers leave roughly a 25cm gap between each other and run centred through the board and a triple stringer normally runs a full-length stringer through the middle of the bodyboard and two staggered, slightly shorter stringers on the outer rails.
Stringers act as the spine to your bodyboard. If you’re getting out in waves of consequence you're going to want to buy a board with a stringer. As well as improving the actual durability of the board, the stringer provides the rider with rigidity and increases the speed of the bodyboard. A stiffer bodyboard won’t flex and therefore won’t get as much water caught on the slick side. If you’re paddling out the back and travelling across the wave we’d highly recommend you invest in a stringered bodyboard.
ISS refers to the Interchangeable Stringer System. The ISS syste, allows the rider to change their stringer and therefore their flex dependant on circumstance. For example, in colder water one might prefer a softer stringer, whereas in warmer conditions one might prefer the opposite. You might like to optimise your control when facing bigger and heavier waves. It doesn’t matter. The ISS system offers the rider the ability to change how much the bodyboard flexes depending on personal preference. All ISS boards incorporate a lightweight, high strength polymer tube which forms a flexible sleeve insulating the stringer cavity from the core of the board. In simpler terms, your board has a hole lined with plastic through the centre, it won’t affect performance of the board in any way, shape or form unless you of course change your flex. Stringers load in to an empty ISS chamber and simply screw in clockwise. The rest is history. Travel the world and surf different waves, temperatures and conditions with one board and three stringers.
Note that all stringers are sold separately. All ISS bodyboards come with a standard issue stringer. To begin with these boards are the exact same as any other non-ISS bodyboard you might have purchased. It’s up to you to change the flex of the bodyboard as you see fit.
The PRS stringer is an initiative exclusive to Funkshen, Nomad, The No.6 and GT bodyboards. The PRS stringer is a tapered carbon fibre stringer. The stringer is thicker at the tail end of the bodyboard, whilst at the nose of the bodyboard the stringer becomes narrower and more flexible. The stringer works alongside the core in adding a spring like recoil in the nose whilst maintaining stiffness in the tail. The perfect combination for projection. Used by the best in riders like Joe Clarke, Lachlan Cramsie, Michael Novy and Chase O’Leary the PRS core is well tested.
Non-concaved bodyboards are bodyboards which have a totally flat slick. These days non-concaved bodyboards are a rarity. They phased out as the concave was introduced, but before they did they offered the rider a totally flush bottom which maximised speed throughout all conditions. Having a flat-bottomed board allows water to travel clean from your boards nose to tail without being manipulated. Water travelling nose to tail like that increases speed by all means but can be in instances hard to control when the waves get a wee bit bigger. Non-concaved bodyboards are more appropriate for smaller days when you need to generate a bit more speed.
Slotted channels are simply the channelled slots which run on the slick side of a bodyboard at the tail end of the board. One channel on the tail end of each rail allows the rider to maximise their control over the board. The slots on each side of the board redirect waterflow and offer the rider lift in the tail. Being able to manipulate the waterflow and create lift allows the rider a better grip on the wave. Once the rider has a good grip on the face of the wave they can control their speed, traverse sections, do manoeuvres and control their movements. Slotted channels were introduced some years ago now and you won’t find many boards without them now. They’ve retained their place as one of if not the most valuable and meaningful aspect of the board.
The quad concave is one of the newer initiatives in bodyboarding. Without introducing an unheard-of theorist or some word you have to google define, the quad concave simply tracks water through four slick sided concaves and expels said water for maximum speed. The two inner concaves on the bodyboard run within the confines of the PFS3 system and aid in maximising central waterflow. This central waterflow offers the rider more power in both the high line and bottom turns. The outer concaves, also complimented by the PFS3 system, draw water the full length of the outer rail which creates a much more power driven bottom turn as the water has to pass the full length of the board.
Atop of all this the quad concave offers a little bit more lift from the tail. Although it wasn’t an intended feature of the board most riders of the quad concave bodyboard note that the board paddles in to waves easier and also releases easier in terms of spins in and out of the pocket.
The single to double concave is again a new initiative in bodyboarding exclusive only to Pride Bodyboards. The idea trails off the back of technology applied to surfboards in recent years. The answer is really in the name. The board starts with a single concave centralised and quite high up on the board. As this concave runs out it splits out into a quad concaved bottom. This idea is appropriated for bigger and heavier conditions.
The nose of the board is dead flat and pushes water to simply plane without manipulation across the nose. This flat area unlike a concave which would trap excess water, rather expels it which generates speed. Once water passes the nose it meets the central singular concave which does manipulate water and offers the rider lift and therefore drive. As the water transitions out into the final four concaves the rider will feel the most lift and has the choice to use the manipulated water to drive the bodyboard, trim the bodyboard high or expel the trapped water and throw the tail. These boards are shaped by an AKU machine and have been engineered 5mm thinner than the standard pro models. This allows the rider to feel again closer to the wave and even more in control.
Crosslink decking is a much thinner cell structure to PE and will wear through quickly in waves of consequence. Despite being not as resistant to creasing as other decking materials, crosslink has less than 1% water absorption. For the beginner to sometimes intermediate levelled bodyboarder, Crosslink decking will get you out there and get you out there relatively comfortably.
PE decking is normally 8lb which refers to the density per inch. Much like the PE core the PE decking is soft and flexible. The flex and softness that comes with polyethylene allows riders to wear into their boards better and create a foam memory where they’re comfortable. Despite being soft and flexible PE is still extraordinarily durable. Most resistant to creasing and the most comfortable to ride PE decking is the number one choice for most riders worldwide, regardless of conditions and or water temp. Note that PE decks will have a soapy layer on them to keep them from drying out in the boards packaging, this soapy layer can and should be rubbed off with water, wet sand or wax.
Tension Tech and Skintec are the same thing, it's a polypropylene fused mesh. This deck type is used to maximise durability of both the slick and deck of your boardyboard. The Tension Tech or Skintec is basically a second line of defence after your deck and or slick. Whatever it layers it reinforces. The fused mesh lies underneath either slick or deck and softens any big impacts your board might take. For example, if you come down from a big manoeuvre and land heavy on your elbows, the PE decking will only take so much pressure from your elbows before compressing and or creasing. Having Skintec offers a second layer of decking and minimises the chances of creasing and or snapping your bodyboard. These deckings will by all means make your board ten folds more durable, rigid and fast. A popular option for bodyboarders in warmer climates or bodyboarders wanting as stiff of a board as possible.
The contours are the quiet indents in the deck of a bodyboard. Their job is to help you lock in to the board as best as possible. Their designs, shapes and variations vary widely depending on the brand and model of bodyboard. They’re by no means a necessary component of a bodyboard but they can make your ride feel much more comfortable. They are however to be considered more of a personal preference factor.
HD stands for High Density. These types of plastic are hard wearing with maximum stiffness. This thickened plastic is ideal for the entry through to intermediate levelled bodyboarder. HD plastic can in instances stiffen up the bodyboard and promote projection and speed via rigidity. These plastics will get the job done for most but won’t react very well to extremely heavy landings. Being of such a high density, HD plastic struggles to bend when it needs to, which can in instances make it more liable to crease under pressure either from rider or conditions.
Surlyn plastic is thin and can basically bend at a 180’ angle without snapping into two bits. This makes Surlyn the popular choice for any bodyboarders pushing the intermediate through to experienced level. Often coming down heavy on your board from a manoeuvre or wiping out in heavy conditions can force your board to bend into positions which it’s not supposed to. The thinness of Surlyn plastic works with this unnatural bending and allows the board leeway in flex before the it will actually crease. For riders paddling out the back, travelling along the wave and doing manoeuvres like barrel rolls and spins a Surlyn slick is appropriate. As well as being one of the more flexible slicks, Surlyn is also a lightweight material which means it is not going to weigh down your board like a thickened HD plastic bottom might.
Mesh like the name suggests is a wire like plastic that runs cross hashed under the slick of your bodyboard. The mesh stiffens up the bottom of the bodyboard and creates a durable reinforcement between slick and core making your board less liable to creasing. Stiffening up the bodyboard means you’re not only going to find extra projection in your ride, but you’re also not going to have to worry about the landing because you’re reinforced. If durability is key for you, then mesh is also going to be key for you.
The bat tail was brought into play by Mike Stewart, the idea was to create a wider surface area which promoted better buoyancy and easier landings. To do this Mike and his team widened the tail, limited the curve of the bodyboard and added in crescent tail per hull with a pointed centre piece. Using these curves so close to the rail of the board promotes a lot more speed throughout all conditions when surfing tail to rail. The limited surface area and streamline on the rail of the bodyboard can however in instances make it harder to control, especially in bigger or more powerful conditions. Bat tails for this reason aren’t as popular in the current climate of bodyboarding, but are still a popular choice in smaller conditions.
The crescent tail is the most popular and most common tail found on bodyboards. The crescent tail uses a larger hull area and offers superior control to any other tail in all conditions. Easier to control means in most instances easier to build, maintain and control speed. The crescent tail can be harder to release for riders trying to do quick spins in the pocket of the wave, certainly in comparison to that of a bat tail. The crescent shape locks the rider to the face of the wave, promoting maximum waterflow and drive means the rider will be getting maximum projection.
The WiFly tail basically takes on the best aspects of both the bat and crescent tail. The basis of the shape is a crescent, the way the gentleman at VS have fiddled with this idea however is in the diagonal cut which connects the outer rail down to the edge of each tail. This cut basically takes an entire inch off the length of the rail meaning the rider is going to be able to release the board quickly in power pockets of the wave. The V shaped tail is a smaller release point which means more pressure in releasing waterflow. This will increase speed and make control a lot easier throughout all conditions.
You might have noticed that some bodyboards come with a separate piece on the tail whilst others the deck will roll the whole way through. This is in most cases a preference of the pro rider template. Some riders are of the opinion the tail piece enhances speed and control, whilst others are vice versa and in favour of the rolled tail piece. We are of the belief that a tail piece nor a rolled tail should affect your decision in purchase. Both should perform in identical if not very-very similar manners.
The rails of the modern bodyboard are normally limited to either 60/40 or 50/50 and on occasion you might come across a 55/45. The smaller percentage of rail refers to the rail on the deck side of your bodyboard, whilst the larger percentage will refer to the rail on the lower half of your rail which isthe submerged rail. The more rail you have in the water the more control you’re going to find you have, whereas the less rail you have in the water the more speed and drive you’re going to find you have. The rail of your bodyboard is a pretty generic measurement these days and is hard to go wrong in, but you will find the more you change it up the more you notice how much they play a roll in both the hold and release of the bodyboard. Finding your inbetween is dependant on the riders personal preference.
The pin line is the strip that runs right through the middle of your rails and holds them connected. The pin is said to add strength to the rails of your board. This strip should offer mild cushioning when coming down heavy on your elbows on the rail of the board. It stops both rails from jamming together and coming unstuck.
Bodyboard Size Guide
*Please note this is a guide only. The bigger the board is the harder it's going to be to control. If your board is not approximated to your height and weight you're going to be limiting your manoeuvrability, this will become a prominent issue once the waves hit over three or so feet. Smaller boards will perform comparatively different. A smaller bodyboard will often give you more drag in your legs and increase your control, but limit your speed in smaller waves.
For these reasons it is vital you select the board appropriate for not only your height and weight, but also your approach to bodyboarding. If you have any uncertainties in selecting your size feel free to call either of our stores on (07) 54 777 899 or (07) 55 364 150.
Fin Size Guide
*Please note this is a guide only. If you have anyuncertainties in selecting your fin size please feel free to call either of our stores on (07) 5477 7899 or (07) 5536 4150
*Size Chart is approximate - measurements taken from: Length | From neck to bottom hem & Width | From underarm to underarm
Small | Width 49.5 | Length 75
Medium | Width 52 | Length 77
Large | Width 54.5 | Length Length 79
X-Large | Width 57 | Length 81
XX-Large | Width 59.5 | Length 83