Day 111 of 366 Day Project
“Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”
On an early morning walk on the beach I spotted these two guys heading out to catch a wave or two. I noticed that their boards were shorter than the standard surf board so did some research…
So What is Bodyboarding?
Bodyboarding is an awesome sport that can’t really be described.
It’s a board sport very similar to stand up surfing, but in bodyboarding, the rider lies on his/her stomach or kneels on a smaller soft board. The board is more flexible and allows more radical changes in speed and more vertical drops.
The true father of modern bodyboarding is Tom Morey who invented the “Morey Boogie Board”. This board was once the choice of mainly kids and beginning surfers, riders began to ride the Boogie Board for more advanced maneuvers in progressively gnarlier conditions until the term “boogie” was stricken from the language and replaced by the much less silly “bodyboard.”
The basic bodyboard is a 3-4 foot foam rectangle, but modern boards are designed specifically for riders and wave type. Bodyboarders can ride either “prone” or in the “drop knee” position. In the prone position, body boarders can complete maneuvers of much more difficulty and in a much more critical area of the wave than stand up surfers.
If you want to know the rush of riding a wave, grab a bodyboard and get out there.