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How to Bodyboard: For the Beginner

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

Bodyboarding can be a very enjoyable sport that could even take you all over the world in search of waves! Here are a few easy steps that every beginner should know. Knowing the basics will accelerate your learning curve, leaving you less frustrated and more time riding waves. These tips below will save you a lot of time and energy trying to figure bodyboarding out.

Location The best bodyboard spots for beginner and intermediate riders are beach breaks with sand bottoms. Don't go to rock and reef bottoms with hollow waves until you have mastered the basics. Most sand bottom beach breaks are easy to spot because they have multiple wave peaks across the beach and are wide open across the beach that usually stretches for miles. If you are new to a surf spot ask someone to makes sure it is in fact a good beach to bodyboard and has a sand bottom.

EquipmentIf the water is below 65 Fahrenheit you should use a wetsuit. Besides keeping you warm, a wetsuit also provides comfort. You will need a bodyboard that fits well under your arm with your hand holding the bottom rail and is roughly as tall as your bellybutton.

You will also need fins. These will give you more power when paddling and help you keep balance when riding. Churchill Makapuu fins are the best for bodyboarding. Churchill bodyboarding fins are also the choice of most top professional bodyboarders.

PaddlingYou have to practice to learn to paddle but there are several tips you should know to get you there faster. First, balance and lying on your board is essential. Most beginners lay too far back on their bodyboard, making the boards nose sit high in the air, making it less affective to paddle. The best way to find out where to lie on the board is to go where there are no waves and move your stomach up and down the board until the nose of the board is just above the water. Once you find this spot on your board you will know where your stomach must sit to be most effective for paddling.

If you are a beginner at paddling I recommend one paddling source at a time, not combined. Paddle with either you're your arms or fins is best to learn and once you have both skills then you can combine the two simultaneously. You should always paddle one arm at a time, similar to freestyle swimming. Or you can hold the nose of the board with your hands and kick with your fins. Make sure to have your fins just below the waters surface to avoid less effective splashing above the waters surface and always kick one fin at a time. Having fins is essential to bodyboarding. In addition to paddling, fins are crucial when you are doing bodyboarding tricks and maneuvers. There are certain fins that work very well for bodyboarding. Your bodyboard fins must be the right size and fit comfortably. There are a few fins that most top professional riders use.

Next, learn how to do bodyboarding tricks and maneuvers

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