What is Bodyboarding?
Bodyboarding is one of the famous adventurous water sports in the world. It is also known as Boogie board or belly board which is invented by Tom Morey.
Bodyboarding is an art or a practice of riding waves in a prone position. The surfer would be carried to the shore while riding the bodyboard on the waves. Later this prone position is evolved to stand up one. This bodyboard riding can be done in three forms as prone, drop knee and stand up.
The board used in the Bodyboarding should be soft, flexible and square or rectangular shaped nose one. The size of this board ranges between 3 and 6 ft. The boards are generally constructed with swim fins which help in controlling the ride against the wave. The bodyboards are made according to the surfer’s height, weight, need and the form of riding.
Tips for doing Bodyboarding for beginners:
This water sport can be done by all age group of people despite being their age. Bodyboarding is considered to be an exciting and thrilling experience for both adults and kids.
It is that you have to follow some things to make your first ride as a memorable one.
Here are some best tips for beginners along with the guidelines for practising Bodyboarding,
Check with waters:
It is always safe to double or triple check the water surf before getting into it. Make sure if there are any rips or rip currents in the water. If you are in doubt about the rip currents in the water, don't hesitate to seek help from the lifeguard. Avoid entering into the water if you are not confident enough about the condition.
Acquaintance with the ocean:
Before getting into the Bodyboarding, let us be sure you have some experience with the sea. You should be experienced in swimming and also should be in a comfort zone during rough surfing.
Waxing the board:
Waxing your board would provide a good grip between the chest and the board.
Wear a Leash:
During any emergency or needy situations, it is better to wear a leash as the rope will keep the board on your reach.
Watching and Learning:
The best lesson could be learned when you watch other people doing Bodyboarding. You can also even buy a DVD to get more comfortable with Bodyboarding.
Use your eyes to understand the waves even before you hit the airwaves. It is essential to predict the presence of rip currents in the water. It helps you to move your board according to the nature of the wave.
Control with the board:
The board should be in your monitor while you are moving against the wave. Keep your body in the correct position on the board and raise your chest which will help you to gain the full control of the board.
Ride till the end:
It would be really wonderful to learn about the different phases or stages in the waves. Since you are a beginner, it would be useful if you ride the wave till the end.
Paddling from the plain white water to the curl waves is considered to be the key and most important aspect of Bodyboarding. Just be sure you have balanced your body weight in the correct position on the board according to the type of board used. In the beginning, you have to get trained in how to paddle without wasting much of your energy. The paddling would be effortless and comfortable if you can get some warm-up stretches before doing the paddling.
Instructions to do paddling:
• Use both of your arms and legs while paddling.
• Move your arms in an alternative manner against the waves in the ocean to save energy.
• If you want to paddle using your legs, you have to lie with your hips above the tail of the board, and your hands should be holding the board.
• You should use your whole leg under the water for paddling but not on the surface.
Duck diving is an aspect of paddling, and it is useful to avoid problems such as getting stuck by the waves.
While performing the duck dive, you along with your surfboard should fully enter into the series of breaking waves. This way of Bodyboarding indeed needs a lot of practice. If you are good at this dive, it is useful in the move against wave’s approach quickly with less energy and effort.
Instructions for duck diving:
• While moving towards the white waves, make sure you had a firm grip on both side of your surfboard with your hands.
• After passing the white waves, push the nose of the board under the surface of the water.
• You can use your knee if you need to get a little more depth under the surface of the wave.
• Once you get under the water, make your move forward by pushing the boat in scooping movement.
• After the wave passed, get back the nose of your board above the surface of the water.
Key tips for beginners:
As a beginner, you should avoid doing Bodyboarding alone.
Here are some tips for using bodyboard-
• Avoid Bodyboarding when your stomach is either full or empty.
• Don't go to Bodyboarding when you are drunk (consumption of alcohol or other drugs)
• Recheck your board stability before getting into the water.
• Avoid doing Bodyboarding near rocks in the ocean.
• Don't try Bodyboarding beyond your skills.
• Always seek support and guidelines from the lifeguard.
• Don’t even enter into the water if there is an appearance of a red flag from the lifeguard.
• Always keep an eye on other people who are bodyboarding in the ocean. There are a lot of chances to get hit by the surfboard which is very painful and dangerous.
• If you fall or get stuck in the ocean, try to get help or any assistance from the nearby persons or the lifeguard. Don't panic.
• Since you are a beginner, always make sure you are stuck near the lifeguard.