Best Bodyboards Reviewed & Rated for Quality
Ready to ride the waves this summer but don’t have the right beginners board? Or maybe you just want to float on the surface without much work and still enjoy the ability to easily trek back to shore while working just those leg muscles? The summer heat drives all of us into the cool caress of the water at one point or another. Whether swimming, diving, surfing or just wanting to relax and be pushed around by the natural current, everyone loves getting cooled off at the beach or in a pool. This summer, give a good try to the sport/recreation of bodyboarding. Ride the waves while not having to balance on the top of a surfboard, and truly keep cool with these top ten products from The Gear Hunt.
- Own the Wave
- Speedo Team
- Improves Form
- Melissa & Doug
- Colorfast Fabric
We bring to you the best we could find from ten different brands, offering the perfect ride for adults and kids. Check out each item and see which one fits you best for your next day at the beach and don’t worry about having to scroll the internet with just the right wording to get what you want. We bring the most durable, cost-efficient and quality items straight to you on every top 10 and this is one you probably don’t want to miss!
Get ready to feel the sand between your toes and the water on your back all while knowing you have the best board you could want from a company worth buying from. Kowabunga dudes!!
10 Best Bodyboards
1. Own the Wave
Unlike a lot of manufacturers, this one has a nice little deal. A 100% replace or refund guarantee with purchase of their board. Also, this guarantee is good for up to one year. In our minds, you can’t do much better than that at this price range.
The Own the Wave Beach Attack Pack comes with not only its own leash, but it also comes with a pair of fin tethers. This is something not commonly heard of when it comes to body boards. A nice little package if we do say so.
Cost and Value
This is an Ultra-lite board. For those in the know that means it's faster than your average body board but also can’t handle a heavier rider or rougher waves. Sorry guys this one is best for the ladies although if you’re a lighter weighted lad you could probably get away with this one anyway. Overall, we thought well enough of this to give it the first slot.
- 1 year replace or refund warrantee
- Great Customer Service
- Comes with accessories
- If left out in the sun the foam will bubble
- Only good for light use
2. Speedo Team
Most people that use something like this are all about the form. The better the form the longer you can ride the wave. This board is built specifically to help improve your form and thusly your endurance. More endurance equals more water time.
Retains less water
Most boards of this style no matter the quality are going to retain a certain amount of water, which ends up pulling you down. Heavier board means less maneuvering and a tired arm to take it home. This board doesn’t suck up the water the way most do. That means less dry time and a lighter board for those tired arms.
Cost and Value
Items like this are not easy to judge as far as value due to the large number of options and taste that people have. We feel that for the cost you can definitely do worse, just keep in mind that you need to do your research. If you are looking for something to help you learn or even teach a young Kahuna in training this might be for you.
- Side Holds promote better hand positioning
- Textured to prevent slippage
- Retains less water
- Great for improving form and endurance in water
- Mainly for kids or smaller adults
- Rough surface can damage sensitive skin if used improperly
3. Melissa & Doug
Most water boards come either in one color or one on each side but the Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark comes with a fierce and friendly shark face on it. A lot of the time it is easy to get boards mixed up at the beach or pool, but not this one. It will for sure stand out in the crowd.
If you do your research you will find that almost every board out there has issues with fading. The Melissa & Doug board has colorfast fabric that is made to withstand chlorine and sun. A typical boards’ worst enemy.
Cost and Value
The overall cost of the Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark Board is way below what most boards are. Yes, it is made for the kiddies but, with softer material, brighter colors, and the ability to help with your basic swim skill what else do you need. If your little pirate needs some help this seems like a good way to get it.
- Great for kids
- Easy to fit in beach bag
- Colorfast Fabric withstands chlorine and sun
- Easy to spot in a crowd
- Can mildew if not dried after use
- Fabric can lift or come loose if treated roughly
4. TYR Classic
The Tyr classic was able to take on what we threw at it and keep going. It is especially a great size for women who are looking to take it easy on the waves but still get that lower ab workout going on.
A lot of times we find ourselves steadily heading into summer and still trying to find that ideal board. The good news is that with the Tyr they have fast and accurate shipping so there won’t be any fear of not having it in time for your water adventures.
Cost and Value
At number four on our list, we feel this is a nice strong board for the adults out there. If you’re looking for something to have fun on the waves and not kill your wallet this may be a good buy. Moderately priced and a great size for women, which is not common we give this one our seal of approval.
- Handles heavy use well
- Good size for women
- Quick shipping
- Allows you to focus on lower body
- Plastic chemical smell when first received
5. BPS Storm
We cannot stress enough how much we love a good warranty. The BPS Storm comes with a 1-year money back guarantee and if that isn’t a good thing we don’t know what is. After all, if the company guarantees it what can go wrong. Right?
Most boards come with a one and done option when it comes to the look of your board. This can make it hard to keep track of on the beach. BPS Storm has 4 color combinations, making your board unique among its fellows.
Cost and Value
We found a lot of boards come with a certain expectation of how to use knowledge. However, that is not always the case. The BPS Storm comes with not only instructions for use with pictures but also with instructions for care. Meaning you don’t have to worry if your not sure just what the correct way is to take care of your board. This one has you covered. With a nice supply of color options, accessories that are included, and the instructions you really can’t ask for a better starter board for the price.
- 1 year moneyback guarantee
- Various colors
- Leash and fin tethers included
- Instructions for use and care included
- Can blow away if not properly secured
- Cannot be left to sit in sun while not used
When learning the best way to use your board it can be difficult not just with balance but when you fall off your board goes a different direction from you. The Giantex not only had a traction bad to help when you're catching a wave but if you wipe out the leash keeps it close enough to grab with ease.
Let’s face it. The main reason a lot of us stay away from online shopping is you pay the cost of the product then pay to ship it. Not so with the Giantex 6’ Surfboard. Not only is the cost for a board of this size extremely economic but you get free shipping. How is that for tubular.
Cost and Value
While this is not the cheapest item on our list we feel it is one of the more economic. A standard 6’ surfboard can easily run you into the triple digits. The Giantex 6’ however can give you some color options, includes accessories, and is ideal for the young surfer in training. We wish these had been around when we were kids…. KOWABUNGA!
7. California Board Company
This board is made of high density expanded polystyrene. That means it’s a tad tougher than average and can handle a bit more weight while staying afloat. This can come in handy when you’re a bigger guy or girl that hits the gym or is just not what manufacturers consider average.
We know it sounds silly but a leash really can be a life saver when it comes to you and your board. Often times, when you wipe out, it’s easy to become confused or disoriented but with a good leash you just follow it up to your board and get that nice breath. Especially when the leash doesn’t cost extra. Panic not required.
Cost and Value
The final verdict is that this company's forty-four-inch board is a great 'bang for your buck'. It gives you a solid board with some nice options and a seemingly smooth ride. It may not be as easy to do tricks on as a smaller board but it’s worth it in the end if you don’t have that typical surfer build.
- Includes Leash
- Good for Heavier Builds
- Easy to change leash
- Not as maneuverable as smaller boards
- Better for people under 6’
On the off chance that you receive a faulty board no worries. The Bo-Toys company has an assurance that if you are not 100% satisfied they will respond quickly to fix whatever the problem is. From what we can tell they are very prompt in their responses and serious when it comes to their customer service.
We have to once again bring up how important expedient shipping can be when it comes to an item like this. Too many times have we found ourselves at Christmas or just before vacation still waiting on that one special package. However, we found that not to be the case here and we pleasantly surprised with the speed item were received.
Cost and Value
As for the cost of this, we think it’s an accurate cost for what you get. The Bo-Toys Body Board Lightweight seems to be all the things we look for in a good bodyboard. It doesn’t have some of the fluff that a big name would but who needs fluff when you’re having fun and can still afford that nice dinner on the beach.
- Will replace faulty board
- Color options
- Great customer service
- Quick Shipping
- Can delaminate if used harshly
9. Wave Rebel BZ
I think we can safely say that if kids are hard on things then teenagers are almost like a Barbarian. Not really understanding their own strength or that just because something is strong doesn’t mean it can be used to bash something in. We found this board to be nice and sturdy. Soft enough they won’t hurt anything else, firm enough to not hurt themselves. Yes, we know that sounds backward but hey…it’s a bodyboard.
A lot of the bodyboards we looked at seem to have a similar issue. People tend to leave then just sitting out in the sun not realizing that if you don’t flip the board so the hard side is up, you can develop a bubbling in the foam. The plastic foam most boards are made from just can’t handle hours of direct sunlight. This board seemed to have less issue as far as reacting to sunlight went, but please for the life of your board. Turn them over for the sake of your water fun.
Cost and Value
This particular item has a few great bonuses such as various color options, a sturdy build, and good customer service. Not only that but with its streamlined appearance and expedited shipping we think this is a great way to spend some beach time. It seems to stand tests against sun and surf and with the double swivel urethane leash, it almost feels like you can’t go wrong. Once again though…. treat your board well and it shall return the favor.
- Sturdy design
- Quick shipping
- Less Bubbling issues
- Quick Customer service
- Better for 100lbs or less
10. Younger 41 inch
We have found that most of the leashes that come with your standard board are a bit stiff and tend to pinch a bit or grab the skin. For those of us with a tender wrist or ankle, this particular item comes with a strap that seemed much more comfortable and less scratchy than most. A small thing but an important one.
We know, we know, color may not seem important. However, we found when asked that most people on the beach love having a unique board or picked on that they felt drawn to due to the color. Something as simple as color can really give a person the chance to show off a bit of personality and sometimes that little quirk can make a big difference.
Cost and Value
Finding itself at a nice comfortable mid-range this Younger brand selection item seems to be an ideal surf glider for the standard bodyboarding set. It has the look, the price, and the lightweight abilities that tends to come with the slick bottom boards. As long as your not hitting rocks or raking it over reef you should be able to glide with the dolphins in true surf style.
- Ankle/Wrist strap doesn’t pinch
- Color Options
- Durable with standard use
- Prompt delivery
- Can dent easily on rough terrain
- Strap can snap if used harshly
We hope you enjoyed the list and found exactly what you wanted! If you have more questions that our top ten products list did not provide you with answers to in the above sections, feel free to check out our criteria, additional information, and FAQs for further answers that we could accurately provide you with. If none of those help, there are sources at the very bottom which we encourage you to look at and hope you find what you are looking for. Have a great one riding the waves into your summer vacation!
Criteria Used in Choosing the Best Bodyboards
As always, one of the first things we check is how durable the item is. If it can’t last when used and cared for appropriately, how can we call it a quality item?
What most people don’t realize when buying a bodyboard or similar items is that they are not built to stand out in the sun for too long. Most of those listed above are a foam product, and like most foam objects, when left in the sun too long or in extreme heat, they will bubble, melt or become brittle. That being said, if you care for these boards and don’t use them inappropriately they all will last you through many, many hours of fun in the water. The durability of such a product isn’t always the easiest thing to gauge given the material itself is not incredibly strong, but we feel that given what we know and what information was provided, this equipment lasts longer than most. In the case of quite a few, you will also find good customer support if for some reason yours comes damaged, or if it gets damaged too easily through normal use. A few of them even offer to replace the item if this happens within the first few uses.
Cost and Value
By now you have noticed this notation in our articles, and while the other notes may have different topic labels, this always remains the same. When you come to us to help you choose an item for purchase, we know you are looking to see if what we have listed is going to burn a hole in your savings, or if we can bring to you something you’re looking for at a cost you can afford. Believe it or not, even when you find one of our items seems higher in cost than you might want to spend, it is actually still saving you time and money.
The value of an item, especially one like the merchandise on this particular list, comes from weighing everything together in our criteria. From how durable it is, to the customer service quality, it is all considered when we write these for you. So how do you know if these balance out? Well, that is up to you. You can check us on the pros and cons, weigh us out on how well we have done in the past and know that when we say you’re not just saving money, you’re also looking at having the best there is for what is found on the market.
Ease of use
How well does the board handle? Does it support your height? Your weight? Does it snap on the first impact? These things are all considered when we look at something for our top ten. While these are all part of other qualities, the big thing we also see is that if a product doesn’t meet the needs of a buyer, it isn’t going to be something they enjoy. Ease of use for any water-based equipment is especially important. The answers to the questions above are things you should look at when picking out your bodyboard. If you can’t fit it, or it doesn’t float right with you on top, it probably is not what you need to safely be in the water. Always check how much any floatation device is built to handle in weight, and measure it out compared to your height and from shoulder to shoulder. If you won’t fit or it doesn’t float, you could end up in an emergency situation quickly.
Any of the water-based supplies we have on this list are durable and, when used correctly, will not break or fall apart on you normally. A good piece of advice, however, is to purchase early and give yourself enough time to check over the equipment for damage caused via the shipping. You don’t want to be at the day of and just be noticing your board won’t hold up, especially when you could easily, most times, get it replaced for free.
With some items this may not seem as important, however, whenever your safety could be at risk with a faulty item, this becomes the most crucial thing to check for. The reason it becomes so invaluable is due to the fact that when you have a dent, tear, bubbling, rip or some other defect, you need to know you can quickly and easily contact someone who either knows if the issue will cause an accident or can replace the item for you promptly. No one wants to end up on vacation without one of the key items they intend to use during that vacation.
That being said, we checked and found the companies that offer money-back guarantees, satisfaction guarantees and/or were quick to respond to inquiries. While not all of them were reached easily by everyone, the majority of the customers who did reach out were often met with help and were able to get their product replaced or get their money back without an issue. Remember, though, that when you contact a company for these sort of items, you must be using and caring for them appropriately. As with anything you buy that has a guarantee or warranty, if misused it will nullify any help you might get most of the time.
When entering the water, no matter the activity, there are safety rules that should be given attention. Some of the most basic rules are often overlooked and can cost you dearly. Check the temperature, wear sun lotion, check the weather for the entire day and into the evening hours and remain aware of both your surroundings and fellow water-goers. Following these tips means you are more likely to have an enjoyable time both on and off your board.
Some swimming areas may have rules in regard to what equipment may or may not be used on the premises. Always check before you decide where you plan to take your new toy. It’s no fun if you show up with one activity in mind, but because of an overlook in the area’s rules, you can’t use it.
Bodyboards and kickboards are nearly identical in every way. Both are intended to be used by those looking to either learn to swim correctly or who are looking to build their leg muscles. Both are also intended to only have the upper body on them and/or simply be used for easy riding on the water. While one may have handles, it is not necessarily true for all. Always check whether the board you are looking for suits what you intend to use it for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between Body, Boogie and Kickboards?
A: In the end, the answer to this question depends upon who you are asking and what company you are looking at. The basic build for all three of these boards is nearly identical. While the cores used to be different, they aren’t anymore. They all use about the same material, shape, and size. One of the biggest seeming difference is between the first two and the last one. A kickboard is little more than a modified version of the boogie/body board which is basically to add better holds to help someone learn to swim properly with the use of their legs. However, today’s ‘Kickboards’ often do not have any real design difference. For more information, check our sources below.
Q: It’s a hot day, why check the water temp?
A: While you may have a warm day, the first really hot days are not good ones when looking at water temp. You can still get hypothermia quickly even on a hot day. Another thing to consider is a hot day on cold water usually means bad water weather. Air currents and water currents are likely to collide with the warm air currents, and while this is great for some summer activities, with boards meant to keep you on the water’s surface (or even swimming) can prove to be very dangerous.
Q: Why shouldn’t I leave my board on the beach when I’m not using it?
A: This seems a common-sense question for many, however, having done our research we have found that this is important for those trying to take care of their boards properly. Unlike a surfboard, bodyboards are not easy to stand up in the sand and are not really designed to do so. Leaving them lay in a hot sun and on hot sand can lead to issues. These items are made of foam materials, which means they can bake, boil and crack under large amounts of heat. Finding ways to keep your board cool when not using it is good advice for any looking to enjoy their board.
Q: Is it safe to use these boards in pools?
A: Yes. As mentioned in an earlier question, bodyboards, and kickboards are nearly identical, though the manufacturers purpose in making both are slightly different. One is made to help you learn to kick your feet right for swimming, while the other is meant for simply enjoying the water–although both have little to no difference in how they are made and what they are made of.