The EPS core refers to an Extruded Polystyrene foam. To make life simple and to make life more in entry levelled bodyboards EPS is fusion moulded and 100% water resistant. A lightweight polystyrene which is worlds thicker and worlds more durable than anything you’re going to buy from your local Kmart or Chemist Warehouse. The EPS foam is typically used as a first bodyboard or a bodyboard for the Summer chasers looking to get wet on the warmer days. Whilst they offer features like stringers, graduated channels and 50/50 channels they shouldn’t necessarily be considered nor used as intermediate to high level bodyboards. They are your quick ticket to get in to the water and have some fun.
The PE core enters the intermediate market and refers to Polyethylene. Originally the number one choice for bodyboarders worldwide the PE core in its prime offered minimum flex with its high-density core. In the current climate PE is referred to more often for the intermediate level bodyboarder, for the cold water bodyboarder or the bodyboarder looking for a bit more flex in their ride. The PE core is an excellent option for the intermediate bodyboarder as for its thicker core which offers more speed and durability than the entry level bodyboard. As well as being available in pro rider templates, the PE cores will often also incorporate features like stringers, mesh, nose bulbs and contours. These additional features will improve the performance of the ride and push 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 Polyethylene’s 2.4LB density and Polypropylene’s 1.9LB density. D12 is an excellent option for the intermediate level bodyboarder. Being a Polypropylene core, you’re guaranteeing yourself a totally waterproof ride with a relative amount of rigidity to it. The way however in which D12 PP differs to normal PP is in its rate of compression which is significantly less at 1.2LB, as opposed to standard PP’s 1.9LB. This lighter weight and lower density variation of the PP core offers intermediate riders an excellent entry into the intermediate/ experienced level market and offers
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 99% of riders surfing to progress their riding via spins, rolls, backflips, inverts and the rest of it. Totally waterproof and totally durable, the PP core outlasts any and every other foam on the market. The high-density core creates a rigid ride and maximises the users speed down the line in all conditions. Shaped using purpose-built CNC machines, most PP cores are produced down to the millimetre 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 also last the best even when faced with the harshest of conditions and environments. These are your top end bodyboards and will outlast any other foam on the market. 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, don’t be confused by these terms, they all mean the same thing.
Purpose built for cold water climate. The NRG core was built 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 allowed the boards a good amount of recoil, rebound memory and responsiveness without lowering the quality of the foam. Bear in mind these boards are waterproof 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 board should stiffen up a good amount in cold waters. This is opposed to using a PP core or thicker density cores in cold water and them becoming totally rigid and hard to control. The NRG will offer a good amount of flex even in the coldest of climates.
The Radial Flex core is an initiative exclusive to Pride Bodyboards. These boards are undoubtedly amongst the most durable and rigid on the market. The Radial Flex core uses a PP foam and single stringer but doesn’t stop there. Radial Flex refers to an arced beam which runs not the entire length of the board but from bottom to top in a semi-circle fashion from tail up to the round point which runs roughly 20cm shy of the nose of the bodyboard. This arced beam is insanely stiff and offers the rider minimal flex from the base of the board and optimal 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 round 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 a patent 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 ever slightly protrude through the slick. In their rigidity they promote ultimate recoil & 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 big wig 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 the same as previously spoken about, but this time it only runs 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 wee 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/ want to improve his projection and his boards durability. His final product after years of trial and error was simply a PP core with dual meshing. The meshing however is different to standard meshing and instead incorporates a fused layer of Polypropylene around the mesh. Both under the slick and deck of the board the Quad Core promotes a rigid ride with 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 to the bodyboard, without which durability is limited. Stringers in bodyboarding are predominantly built of carbon. Though they have as well been built with graphite and fibreglass. 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 as well 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 are the spine of your bodyboard and if you’re getting out in waves of consequence your board is by all means going to need a little bit of spine. As well as improving the actual durability of the board, the stringer provides the rider with rigidity and thus 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. When the bodyboard is stiff the water channels better and the rider gets more speed. If you’re paddling out the back and travelling across the wave we’d highly recommend you invest in a board with a stringer.
ISS refers to the Interchangeable Stringer System. ISS allows the rider of an ISS bodyboard 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 something quite the opposite. You might like to optimise your control when facing bigger and heavier waves. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that ISS gives you the capability to change how much your board flexes depending on your own 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 only to Funkshen, Nomad, The No.6 and GT bodyboards. The PRS stringer is a tapered carbon fibre stringer. What separates it from other stringers is that it is wider and stiffer at the tail end of the board, as the stringer gets closer to the nose of the board it becomes narrower and more flexible. The stringer works alongside the core in adding a spring like recoil in the nose while maintaining stiffness in the tail. The perfect combination for board 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 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 to get a better grip on the wave. Once the rider has good grip on the face of the wave they can gain and reduce 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 a newer initiative 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 side concaves and expels it 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 offers the rider a central waterflow and 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 and focused 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 off of 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 comfortable.
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 on 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 is 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 takes any big impacts. 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 Tech’s 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 by all means. They are however to be considered more of a personal preference thing.
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 struggled 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 against that and allows you some leeway in flex before the board will actually crease. Basically, if you’re paddling out the back, travelling along the wave and doing manoeuvres like barrel rolls and spins you’re going to find a Surlyn slick sees you through that extra mile. 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 creases. 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 going to have to be a requirement for you.
The bat tail was brought into play by Mike Stewart with the idea to create a wider surface area which promotes better buoyancy and easier landings. To do this Mike and his team widened the tail, limited the curve of the bodyboard and added in basically a 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 conditions. Bat tails for this reason aren’t as popular in the current climate, but are used often in smaller conditions by mostly prone riders.
The crescent tail is the most popular and most common tail found on bodyboards now as it uses a much bigger hull area and allows better control throughout all conditions. Easier to control means in many instances easy to build, maintain and control speed. The crescent tail can however 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 and promotes maximum waterflow and drive which means you’ll no doubt be getting maximum projection, but this might sometimes be at the cost of quick moves in the pocket depending on conditions.
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 they’ve fiddled with it 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 you’re going to be able to release the board quick 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 helluva lot easier throughout all conditions.
You might have heard word, or you might have noticed for yourself that some bodyboards will come with a separate piece on the tail whilst on 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, on occasion you might come across a 55/45. The smaller percentage in most circumstances if not always will refer 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 is predominantly in contact with the wave and water. 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.
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. The strip should offer the slightest of 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