This is the overall finished length of your board. The general rule of measuring from the floor to your belly button isn't always accurate because people come in all shapes and sizes.
The best way to find out what length may work best for you is to talk to an experienced bodyboarder or bodyboard coach about what they think will be best for you given your height, weight and preferred riding style. Below we have provided a general guide based on a rider's height and weight to help you select the best board length for you.
|Board Length||Height (cm)||Weight (kg)|
|37″||123 – 153||28 – 55|
|37.5″||130 – 155||30 – 55|
|38″||135 – 155||35 – 58|
|39″||137 – 158||38 – 58|
|38.5″||140 – 162||40 – 60|
|39.5″||147 – 165||42 – 72|
|40″||157 – 167||42 – 72|
|40.5″||160 – 173||55 – 85|
|41″||158 – 170||50 – 80|
|41.5″||165 – 179||60 – 90|
|42″||168 – 183||65 – 95|
|42.5″||170 – 190||70 – 100|
|43″||172 – 195||70 – 105|
As the name suggests, this is the finished nose width of your board, including rail skins. A narrow nose is good for drop knee riding and is also highly maneuverable when riding prone, though too narrow will make the board unstable around the front of the board and cause you to catch a rail.
Board Length (inch) Rider Height (cm) Rider Weight (kg)
The overall width of the board is generally determined by the type of waves you will be surfing. Wider boards work best in small, weaker surf as they provide extra flotation to give the rider more speed through flat sections of the wave.
Narrower boards are suited to bigger, more powerful waves. A bigger wave will push you faster down the line and a narrower board with less flotation will be easier to turn, manoeuvre and control.
A good rule of thumb is to multiply the board’s length x 0.506 to get the width e.g. 41.5” x 0.506 = 21”
This is the distance from the nose to the widest point of the board.
A high wide-point suits a wider nose and straighter, boxy template. This type of configuration is more suited to prone boards.
A lower wide-point works well for a medium to narrow nose board, with a little more curve in the template. Best suited to versatile and drop-knee boards.
50/50 – An even % blend between top rail (chine) and bottom rail which provides the most comfortable grip around the rail. This rail setup can work in both big and small surf and is most beneficial for the smaller, lighter riders that need the best grip on their rail.
60/40 – 60% bottom rail and 40% top rail (chine). This original rail set-up is effective in all conditions and performs best in powerful, hollow conditions when the rider is turning and manoeuvring at high speed.
Tail width plays an important part in the performance of your board. A narrow tail will make the board loose and easy to release for spins and quick turns.
A wider tail will pick up speed faster than a narrow tail, but is harder to turn. The width of the tail must also be wide enough to support the weight of your hips and legs.
If you are not sure about your tail width, a rule of thumb for the tail is to divide the length of the board by 2.33 e.g. 42”/ 2.33 = 18.25”