Plug Those Lugs – The Best Earplugs for Swimming

earplugsIf you enjoy swimming or other water activities and sports, it is inevitable that at some point you will want to think about your ears, and if you need swimming earplugs to block out the water. There are numerous reasons why you might want to do this. You may be looking for peace and quiet, but it is more likely that you are worried about swimmers ear, which can be a real source of pain for those of us who love to swim. A lot of people don’t like the sensation of water in their ears, and use plugs to try and avoid this. Whatever your reasons, we’ve compiled a list of the best earplugs for swimming to ensure you get something you are happy with and that suits your own needs.

Whether you are looking for yourself, or need the best ear plugs for kids, we’ve got something suitable on our list.

Insta-Putty

Insta-Putty is a very good brand of ear plugs and is designed to be used for all sorts of water uses, even showering and bathing, but of course swimming and watersports are the priority. It is great for reducing noise in a lot of different circumstances but for swimming use they do a great job of keeping the water out, especially considering how flexible they are, molding to the shape of your ear.

They are marketed as reusable, but eventually they will get dirty (never a good idea to put something dirty in your ear) or will lose its flexibility and not stay in place. This is perhaps the reason why they’re sold in such big quantities.

As you’d expect, they’re non-toxic and hypoallergenic so you have some peace of mind regarding your ear health. They don’t specifically have to be used for swimming, but are a great choice for water uses due to their reliability, flexibility and comfort. The vast majority of reviews are very positive with people complimenting how hard-wearing the earplugs are. They may not be the nicest looking product ever, but they’re great quality.

Speedo Ergo Ear Plugs

Speedo is a brand synonymous with swimming and swimwear, so it is only right that they continue the heritage of their products with a range of ear plugs. The Ergo (presumably short for ergonomic) earplugs, live up to their name, with a very comfortable design which slips in easily and conforms to the shape of your ears. The snug fit also ensures that water is properly blocked out and that any noise is reduced too.

These come with a branded Speedo box for storage and ensuring that it doesn’t get dirty or damaged, and can be bought alone or as multiples in order to make sure you have spares. The Speedo Ergo is designed to be reusable, and is a lot more reusable than a lot of its competitors, but whatever earplugs you buy, they probably wont last for years. These are well reviewed and provide a lot of quality, as we’ve come to expect from the Speedo brand.

Macks Soft Flanged Aqua Block Earplug

Macks are another manufacturer who provide a lot of earplugs for swimming. As well as being some of the cheapest earplugs they also offer a lot of quality, and the main benefit of the Soft Flanged Aqua Blog is the amazing comfort. To look at this product you would probably think it looks anything but comfortable, but the three flange design is incredibly comfortable as well as effective, triple the protection!

  • Wonderful for preventing swimmers ear and surfers ear
  • Cn be used for swimming, water sports and even swimming and showering.
  • The pre-molded earplugs are made of soft, comfy silicone which fit in with ease.
  • Designed to increase sealing and comfort with the triple flange style.

Macks offer other earplugs too, but these are perhaps their best for swimming and strike the perfect balance between comfort and effectiveness. Without getting a custom fitting product you’ll be hard pressed to find something much better, especially at the price range. A huge amount of positive Macks earplug reviews show you all you need to know.

Docs Proplugs Medical Grade Ear Plugs

A lot of the ‘basic’ ear plugs are designed as one size fits all and do a basic job of keeping the water out, which may be all you need, but these are designed to be ‘medical grade’ and are great for those already suffering with swimmer’s ear, infections or other issues.

One of the other key features is the fact that you can buy multiple sizes, this allows you to find the perfect fit and maximum comfort. For this reason, I consider these to be the best swimming earplugs for kids, and the ‘tiny’ and ‘x-small’ sizes are great for little people and adults alike!

The promotional material for this product states that they’re recommended by ENT medical professionals as a preventative measure and for those already suffering with ailments relating to the ear or sinuses. The reviews of this product are generally immensely positive about the features including comfort and effectiveness at keeping the water out of your ears even if you have existing issues.

Decibullz – NRR 31 Custom Molded Earplugs

Custom molded earplugs such as the NRR31 from Decibullz are something of a ‘holy grail’ in terms of earplugs. As such, the cost is definitely more, as you are paying a premium for the personalized nature of the product, but if you can afford it, the extra cost is easily justified.

Immersed in hot water, the Decibullz become pliable and allow you to mould them to shape. Simply put them into your ears firmly and allow them to adopt the correct shape and size. As well as this, they’re re-moldable, so if you need to alter them it is easy to do.

They’re designed to cut audio volumes by 31 dB, which is excellent if you want to isolate the noise, but in terms of their merits for swimming, the excellence comes from how effective the perfect size and shape can be for stopping the water from entering your ears.

They are very unlikely to fall out or be uncomfortable, and if this does become an issue you can just mold them again to make sure they are perfect. A huge amount of five star reviews show how happy people are with the noise reduction and watertight properties of the NRR31 from Decibullz. If you want something you can mold yourself at home that will be more effective than the generic earplugs, these come with our recommendation.

What Makes a Good Earplug for Swimmers?

So, as you can see from the above models, there are certain criteria that ensure that a set of earplugs is good quality and appropriate for swimmers. If you simply search for ‘earplugs’ online you’ll likely be met with a lot of models made of foam and other materials that aren’t appropriate, so you need to get something that is watertight such as silicone. The trade off here is that it can sometimes be less comfortable, which brands have tried to tackle with the ergonomic design, alternative sizes and flexibility of their products, and in doing so have made some great options.

Ease of use – Some earplugs are much easier than others. Is the insertion a simple process? Can you quickly make sure that they’re comfortable before swimming? The best earplugs will not take up a lot of time before you take to the water.

Effectiveness – This is one of the more obvious ones, but they’ve got to do the job properly. There’s no point in earplugs that don’t keep the water out, or that fall out when you’re diving or taking part in watersports.

Moldable and Customizable – Being able to mold them to your own ears is the best case scenario. The cost is more, but for obvious reasons they are more effective, and having them perfectly snug within your ears is great for comfort, plus minimizes the chance of any water sneaking through.

Reviews – As with most products, there are some options on the market that aren’t the best. Luckily, we live in an age of product reviews and recommendations and it doesn’t take long to investigate and work out which products are not the best quality.

Avoiding Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is a very unpleasant ailment, and is the reason a lot of people will be looking for ear plugs. It stems from water remaining in the ear after you’ve been swimming or in the water for another reason, which makes bacterial growth easier and leads to infections. It can be very painful and irritating.

The inside of your ear is not an easy place to dry, so the only measures you can really take are preventative, and the way to avoid it is to make sure you have an effective set of plugs that keep the water out well. Custom plugs are amazing for this, but many of the standard models will do a good job too.

Conclusion

There are multiple reasons people buy ear plugs, and even multiple reasons to have them whilst swimming, but it is generally accepted that they are a pretty good idea, and if you are frequently in the water, we would definitely recommend owning some. You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money, with many earplugs available under $50 or even under $20 that will do a fine job, and some of the more disposable models are just a few bucks. The recommended models within this article are well reviewed, and you should quickly be able to work out which are best for you.

Choosing the Best Skimboard for You – Skimboard Buying Guide

skim-board-1830034_640 Skimboarding is taking the world of watersports by storm. It is similar to surfing but the boards are smaller and a bit more nimble, and designed for use in shallow water. With the best skimboard, you can do a load of incredible tricks, and use your board at the beach or other bodies of water such as rivers. Skimboards can also go along wet sand at beaches and you can build up a lot of speed, great for tricks and for the rush you get from most types of watersport. One of the main benefits of skimboarding is that it is pretty cheap to get started, the skimboards themselves aren’t the most expensive items, especially when compared to surf boards, and though the hobby takes a bit of getting the hang of, it can be so rewarding and fun.

As Skimboarding continues to grow and more people find out about the sport, more manufacturers are creating products! Skimboard reviews used to be hard to come by, but now it is relatively simple to make a list of the best skim boards, and to compare the features of each brand. The features of each skimboard will be appropriate for different people depending on your size and speed, so the model best for one person may not be the best for someone else. The best skimboards for beginners may not be the best for a more advanced boarder. We’ve created a handy buying guide and some skimboard reviews to make sure you pick the best for you.

Considerations

Tempting as it may be to find a recommended model of skimboard and just go for it, you’re a lot better off thinking it through first, and even doing a small amount of research on the types of skimboard out there. Giving some thought to the below considerations will ensure you’re making the right choice.

Size – The boards generally are somewhere between 45 and 60 inches in height, and 17 and 23 inches wide. Which one you choose depends on how big you are, and how you plan to ride it! When finding the right height, as a general rule of thumb, it should come up to your chest when held out in front of you. If you’re not in a store and are buying online, you can quickly measure how long this is. The width and thickness are decisions you should make largely based on your level experience and how you plan to ride it. If you can handle a thinner board with less thickness in the material then you may be able to move very freely, but if you’re a beginner then this may not be advisable whilst you are finding your feet.

The following should help as a reference based on what you weigh, but can slightly vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Don’t panic, as when you choose a skimboard to buy it will tell you the recommended size of the rider.

  • 80 – 140 lbs: 45″ or below (Small)
  • 120 – 160 lbs: 45-47″ (M)
  • 140 – 180 lbs: 47-49″(M/L)
  • 160 – 200 lbs: 49-51″ (L)
  • 180 – 220 lbs: 51 and up (XL)

Foam vs Wood

The material which makes up the core of your skimboard will likely be foam or wood. Some other materials such as fiberglass can be used. Foam boards are a little more expensive than the wooden boards as they have more that goes into the process of making them. “Foamies” as they’re often called by watersport enthusiasts are made to skim across waves, and they’re incredibly light and flexible. This means that even if you use them a lot or in choppier waters then they are less likely to break or warp. Wooden boards can be good for stability if you are an absolute beginner, and of course are a cheaper option, some people prefer them for non-coastal waters or calmer currents. If, however, you think you will be using your board a lot, the foam or PVC materials are probably a better option due to its flexibility and durability. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the wooden model is more durable, but due to the fact it has no flex when pressure is applied, and will simply crack or break. Some skimboards are better than others at this.

The shape of a board is also something to think about. You’re likely to hear the term ‘rocker’ when it comes to skimboards and other types of surf boards, which is basically how much of a curvature the skimboard has. A lot of curve can make it easier to maneuver through the water and the sand, but it can also make the board slower. If you want something that will be quick across the water then a shallow curve or ‘rocker’ is probably the best option for you. Tails also have different shapes, some are square or ‘W’ shaped, which are great for flexibility. A ‘pintail’ shape is better for stability and allows you to keep steady and balanced in the water.

The “Wrap”

Having talked a little about the core of a board, it should be noted that there is also a ‘wrap’ around the outside. This material has an impact on how durable a board is and even how it performs. There are a few different wraps you’re likely to come across. E-Glass is a popular choice for the cheaper, lower end models, which is pretty flexible but also not unlikely to break. Carbon is the higher end choice and makes the board very strong, even when it comes up against waves, rocks, shells and the rest of the perils of the sea! Mid range boards tend to be S-Glass or Texilium, it is much stiffer than E-Glass but doesn’t have the speed of movement you get from carbon.

The Best Skimboard Brands

There are so many models of skimboard out there, but in reality most of them are made by three or four good quality brands. One of the best ways to go through the recommended models is to discuss each brand and what they have to offer.

Zap Skimboards

Zap are a very cool brand in the world of skimboards. They’re based in Florida where skimming and watersports happen all year! The build quality on these boards is excellent and you can tell just from holding one that love and care have been put into the design and manufacture. Most of their boards are made with a foam core and are renowned for flexibility, which is why a huge amount of them are used by the professional skimboarders and watersport enthusiasts, as you can see on their website.

Zap’s boards are made in the UK with quality at the forefront of their design morals, and it shows. The slogan ‘handmade in the USA’ is emblazoned with pride on their marketing material. They’ve got quite the following and even sell merchandise as well as skimboard bags.

Recommended models of Zap Skimboard:

Amp – Zap’s Amp skimboards are fast, very fast. If you’re serious about the sport and want something with some serious go across the water, this is a great option for you. It is quite a thin and streamlined model with 3/4 tapered rails allowing you both a lot of float and the ability to maneuver across the water. It is available in the bigger sizes you’re likely to see. 50, 52, 54 and 56 inch models.

Pufferfish – A much more forgiving model of skimboard. It is longer and wider than a lot of the models out there and allows you to balance with ease even in slightly choppier water. Comes in a 53 inch size which is great for most beginners and those who are back foot heavy on the board.

Zap Wedge – The manufacturer describes this as the ‘work horse’ of their skimboard lineup. It is amazing no matter what your ability and comes in three different sizes so you can find something suitable no matter what your size and style. Not only is this great for beginners, as your skills start to grow you won’t find yourself restricted by the Wedge. Strong, durable and pretty simple to get to grips with, the Wedge is an amazing skimboard and one of the most popular we’ve come across.

M5 – If you’re looking for a model that is great for professional use, the M5 has the perfect balance of speed, performance and durability and is designed to be used in a professional setting. It costs a little extra but the quality is evident.

Victoria Skimboards

Victoria describe themselves as ‘the original skimboard manufacturer’. They have been manufacturing from their base in California for over 40 years and have skimboards ranging from beginner models all the way up to pro models.

Grommet – The Grommet is designed for mainly smaller built users and beginners, a lot of younger people learn to skim on the Grommet board which is lightweight and flexible whilst also being durable. It is easy to stay on top of as well as having enough maneuvrability to start to learn tricks. There are five different sizes available so you can find something perfect for you, but the smaller models are definitely recommended for children and younger people to get to grips with skimming.

Bigfoot – If you have a larger build, then it can be hard to find a skimboard to use, but the problem has been addressed by Victoria who made the Bigfoot. In their words it is ‘designed to take a pounding’ and we’ve found it excellent for anyone who still wants to be able to skim but is well over 6 foot or even carrying a few extra pounds. The best skimboard for larger builds.

The Woody – The Woody has been manufactured for nearly 40 years now and is nothing short of iconic in the world of skimboards. As you might have guessed, it is made out of wood, but not just any wood, Russian Birch is used to ensure that this can take a beating and is less likely to warp or break than a lot of the lower priced wooden models you can find under $100. The Woody is an ‘all rounder’ and is good for people of all different shapes and sizes, as there are six different variations which accommodate little people (from 30 lbs) all the way up to 210 lb riders.

Budget Option – Wave Rebel Local Motion

Skimboards can cost a fair amount of money and if you’re a beginner you may want to find something that doesn’t cost the earth but can still get you started. Some beginners are looking for skimboards under $100 or even under $50, and this can sometimes be tough, though there are some wooden options available for a good price and allow you to learn the basics.

The Wave Rebel Local Motion is a board with a lot of good reviews, and while it doesn’t quite hold up to the standards of some of the elite and professional boards, it is a decent beginners option or board for the casual user.

The board is made of wood and has a slight curve, and is made with a very sturdy design, easier to stay on top of than some of the more advanced boards, and therefore great for beginners. The board has 35 inch, 40 inch and 45 inch sizes all of which have slightly different capacities.

Conclusion

Our guide is designed to help you to work out the ins and outs of finding an appropriate skimboard for your use, whether you are an absolute beginner or a pro. There is a board out there to suit everyone, from children to teenagers, small adults to larger builds, it is simply a case of finding which one will best suit your own body type and needs. If you have any experience with the boards mentioned above, or have another skimboard to mention, feel free to leave a comment below.

Skimboarding is one of the most thrilling watersports out there, and it is accessible and simple to get into. It can be made a lot more fun by choosing the right board for you!

Overcoming a Fear of Water for Swimming and Watersports

overcoming fear of waterWatersports and swimming are growing in popularity all the time. They’re great for your fitness, can be very refreshing and such great fun whether you’re alone or with others. Speaking as someone who has experienced fear of water in my younger years, I’ve put together a guide on how to overcome the feat of water and to make the most out of everything the water has to offer.

The science of our fears and where they come from is often hard to comprehend, but working out where your fear came from may be pretty simple, and can go a long way towards working out the method to conquer it. Many common causes of a fear of the water are listed below. Remember, it isn’t unnatural to be scared of it, and most of us at some point have some sort of trepidation.

  • If you have had a bad experience involving water, it is likely to have a big impact on how you view watersports and other activities involving scenarios where you can end up in the drink!
  • If you have been taught how to swim before, in school or otherwise, you may not have enjoyed it, and sometimes swimming teachers can be pushy, this can cause some anxieties about swimming later in life.
  • If you have grown up with parents who are scared of the water or who have an anxious nature, this may have been passed along to you, subconsciously or otherwise.
  • Biologically speaking, fear can just be inherent. The sea must be respected and can cause injury, so in the same way we may be scared of snakes, water can be a scary prospect.
  • It may not be the water itself, but what is underneath it that is worrying. This fear is more justified in some parts of the world than in others, and precautions should be taken.

As already mentioned briefly, there’s no shame in being a little afraid, and it is perfectly natural, but the truth is that if you let this affect how adept you are in the water, you could be at more risk should something happen. The safest way to take to the water is confidently, and having at least some basic skills could even save your life. Being comfortable underwater or at least in the water is important.

Here are some of our tips and exercises for getting more comfortable with the water

  • Head to the pool before the sea. As well as having lifeguards (many beaches will have this too) you will take a lot of the natural uncertainty out of the equation in a ‘controlled’ environment.
  • DON’T “jump in at the deep end” – this is a cliche, and not one that works. If you take it too fast then it will likely show and you will put yourself off. Go at your own pace and success is much more likely.
  • When it comes to submerging your face (something most of us struggle with) go a little bit at a time. Start with your mouth, then gradually nose, ears and eyes, each one has its own challenges as your senses get altered, and you don’t have to take them all on at once.
  • Start out where you have something to hold. Going into the middle of a pool is probably not the best idea. Whilst developing your skills, stay close to the edge of the pool where you can grab the sides if needed.
  • Go with a friend. This not only helps in terms of moral support, it also gives you the peace of mind of knowing should anything happen you have some help.
  • Practice floating. This is an unnatural thing at first, but humans are buoyant by their very nature, and if you’re not floating it is because you are resisting. Practice makes perfect.

When you’re learning to swim, getting used to being dunked in the water during surfing or other watersports, it is important to be safe at all times and not go out on your own. Taking it at your own pace is vital, and as the old saying goes, ‘don’t run before you can walk’. Be in the water as much as you can and get comfortable and confident at your own speed.

Four of the Best Bodyboards Plus Bodyboard Buying Guide

best bodyboard reviews and buying guideBodyboarding or ‘boogieboarding’ as it is sometimes called, is a fun, tough and rewarding water sport. It can trace its origins to hundreds of years ago but has become popular in the mainstream in the last 40 years or so. A bodyboard is a relatively simple concept, but finding the best bodyboard for your own needs can be the difference between surfing the waves with ease and ending up frustrated trying to pick up the hobby.

Bodyboard Basics

A bodyboard is a short square or rectangle made up of hydrodynamic foam, and tend to have a plastic bottom, as well as a softer top, also made of foam, this is known as the ‘deck’. The foam sides of the board are commonly referred to as the ‘rails’. Different models make these out of different materials and this can give the user of the board different levels of control and flexibility.

Modern bodyboards tend to have some sort of carbon or graphite rod within them, this is designed to make the board a little stronger and reduce the chances of it warping in shape. It also helps add speed and power to the user and give you more control on the waves you’re inevitably going to be surfing.

Boards tend to have different shapes and curvatures which will have an impact on how it feels to the user and the characteristics of the ride. If it is wider near to the nose then it is good for prone riding (with stomach fully on top of the board) and more of a narrow design at the nose is better suited to stand-up or drop-knee surfing as your body weight will be further back on the board.

As you can tell, there are a few technical terms involved, but they’re not overly complicated and are easy to get used to, especially if you’re already a surfer or know a little about bodyboarding. If you are a beginner, don’t worry, as our bodyboard reviews will talk you through the pros and cons of each model, and whether it is suitable for you.

The riding forms of a bodyboard are vital to understand. Check them out in the bodyboard wikipedia page for an understanding of how you can ride a bodyboard.

Buying Guide

Here is a quick run down of the inevitable considerations when it comes to buying your bodyboard, and the features to look out for when trying to find the most suitable board.

  • Size. This is vital, and your weight as well as your height should be considered when you are deciding. As a rough rule of thumb, the board should reach from your knees to your chin when you hold it. If you’re a bit heavier, then you should think about a wider bodyboard which will help you to float and ride with a lot more ease.
  • The Nose. This is the part at the front of the board as you lay forward on it, and it will have an impact on how you move across the water. A wide board will be 11-13 inches, great for prone riding. This is designed for stability, but if you are going to ride drop-knee then you will want something 10 inches or lower. Choosing something too wide can cost you a lot of your manoeuvrability, but if you go for something really narrow the control can be difficult to master. It basically depends how fast you want to move.
  • Your ability. This will make an impact on your buying choice, the best bodyboard for beginners is not going to be the same as that for a pro. As you get better, you will likely know which features you prefer and can sacrifice a bit of the stability for speed and flex.
  • Price. Finding the best cheap bodyboard or at least a good value for money bodyboard (under $100) will be high on the list for a lot of people. Price tends to play a part in the buying choice.

PE vs PP Bodyboards

These are two terms you’re likely to hear on your search for a bodyboard.

Extruded polyethylene (PE) is also sometimes referred to as Dow Core, but different chemical companies sometimes give it different names. They’re historically the most popular material of bodyboard, but as it has become an environmental concern and the strength has been compromised recently some people have turned to PP. PP is also a good choice for beginners. PP offers water resistance, durability and is very light.

There is no simple ‘best’ between PE and PP and different models of bodyboard make the most of different materials, so it is worth looking at the individual bodyboard reviews below to decipher which is the best for you.

Bodyboard Reviews: Counting Down the Best Models

Best Morey Body Boards:

Morey are a brand with a lot to offer in the world of bodyboards, and we have a few of their products on our ‘best of’ list. The story behind the company is awesome. From their own website:

“On July 7, 1971, the bodyboard was born. Tom Morey borrowed an electric carving knife and a household iron, whittled some scrap polyethylene foam into a small rectangular mat and covered it with newspaper. He trademarked the name and placed and placed an ad in surfing magazine. By 1977 he was producing 80,000 per year.”

Morey Cruiser 42.5″ Body Board

Designed as a full sized board which is great for those just starting out as well as intermediate and advanced users. The board has a crescent tail, a bottom skin with channels and a wrist leash to make sure it doesn’t slip off and go missing. They’ve built it to be used by riders who are 5’9 and up and who weigh somewhere between 160 and 185 lbs, but there are reviews where people larger and smaller have said that they use this board with no issues. 42.5 inches is a versatile size and can be used by a wide range of users.

Versatility is one of the positives of this board, and it offers a good middle ground where it gives plenty of buoyancy and stability whilst still being fast across the water and great for those who want to learn more and become more advanced bodyboarders. The Morey Cruiser gets the thumbs up from us, all at a pretty good price, too!

Morey Big KahunaThe Big Kahuna is a bit more of an intermediate to advanced version that can still be bought at a good price. It is 44 inches and this makes it great for slightly larger users and those with bigger builds. Extremely durable and in their own words this is designed to ride ‘hard and long’. Big Kahuna reviews are generally very positive and show what a reliable brand they have become. The features include:

  • 44″ design perfect is for people over 5’10″/185 lbs or more.
  • Strong carbon tube within the board provides a lot of strength and solidity.
  • PE (polyethylene) core, strong and suitable for both cold and warm water.
  • Crescent tail assists in your body positioning and gives a lot more control over the board.
  • Extremely durable and high quality whilst retaining quality.

662 Sixsixtwo Splash Bodyboard

The SixSixTwo splash board is made of high quality EPS foam with a slick bottom. The performance of this is very good, which is further helped by its crescent tail, which makes it a very manoeuvrable model of bodyboard which is very strong and stays water resistant in all sorts of conditions.

It has a leash to make sure that the board doesn’t slip off and can stay attached to you at all times, and there are fin tethers included which keep the fins in place. The bottom of this board is very fast and slick and lets you swoop across the water at some speed.

This model may not be the best choice for a 6 ft 5 bodybuilder, but it is great for children and those with a smaller frame. Its 36 inch design is amazing for those looking for a high quality small and flexible board which can give a lot of speed across the waves.

Bodyboard & Full Beach Pack by BPS

BPS is short for Bulletproof Surf, and the brand are making a name for themselves in lots of different areas of water sports. Their offering in terms of bodyboards is a ‘full beach pack’ with everything you need to get out on the water on your bodyboard.

This comes with an ultra-lite body board, which is available in multiple sizes (this is a real plus point and not something every bodyboard brand offers). It also has a leash and a set of tethers to keep your swim fins attached and ensure they don’t get lost at sea.

This is one of the cheapest bodyboards we’ve seen on offer and though it may not be as rugged and durable as some of the high end models, it is great for beginners and the fact that it comes as a set is a real positive. Perfect for families and hobbyists who want to try bodyboarding for the first time. It probably won’t be the fastest, but the lightweight, portable and easy to use board set is great value for money and a good starting point. It is also available in blue and pink, especially good if you’ve got kids and can let them choose their favorite color.

Conclusion

Once you get past a bit of the jargon and understand what criteria make up the best bodyboard it is relatively simple to pick the best one for your own needs. As you can see, the size and build of the user is going to play a big part in the decision. There are certain brands in the world of water sports we have come to love and trust, and in the bodyboard world this is no different, with Morey and BPS being among the best.

As we’ve alluded to, what is best for one person may not be best for someone else, and taking a little time to delve into individual bodyboard reviews and learn what you like when out on the water, as well as evaluating your own skills, can play a huge part in any buying decision you make.

Whether you call it bodyboarding or boogieboarding, this is a very rewarding and enjoyable sport that can help you enjoy the sea, stay fit and have a great time either alone or with family. Getting the right board is vital.