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Bodyboard: Take the fun from the sandy beach to the wild surf with the Wave Skater® pro series bodyboard. Bodyboarding raises the level of excitement with the board the pros ride. All boards include a free coiled double brass wrist leash!

 Our new 2010 lineup comes in the following three sizes:

    • Medium - 42" x 22.5" x 3"       
    • Large - 45" x 23" x 3"              
    • XL Monster - 48" x 23" x 3"   

BOARD SIZE

RIDER SIZE
42" x 22.5" x 3" 100-175 lbs, or 5’0" to 5’7" tall
45" x 23.0" x 3" 180-225 lbs, or 5’8" to 6’2" tall
48" x 23.0" x 3" 200-350+ lbs, or 6’0" to 7’0" tall

 

Bodyboard color choices

Order The Wave Skater bodyboard

Ride like a pro with Wave Skater bodyboards

Pontoon style design bodyboards

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What's Inside the Wave Skater® Pro body board:

 One-piece compression molded, super dense, ultra durable,  100% waterproof, fully textured, semi-rigid EVA/PE stiffened foam.

The first picture shows cross-sections of various parts of our bodyboards in each of our six different color versions.

The second picture shows the top surface of these same six pieces.

Please notice that the colors permeate throughout each piece and are not painted on their surfaces. Also, please notice our solid and revolutionary one-piece construction.

Full molded construction for years of bodyboarding

Cross-sections of the Wave Skater Pro bodyboards.

Wave Skater®, LLC - What sets us apart:

Ultra durability:

Revolutionary ergonomics:

Unique one-piece construction
Compression molded EVA/PE foam
No heat laminated pieces
No multiple layers that can peel apart
No stringers that can snap in half

Recessed stomach cavity
Recessed arm wells
Elevated railings
Dual tapered pontoons
Fully textured surfaces

The bottom line:

Precise handling that allows you to carve up the waves, as if you were riding our Wave Skater® Pro bodyboards "on rails." With riding our bodyboards, there is no longer the need to physically lift and bank the board into the wave in order to make quick and crisp turns, as the dual pontoons are already cut at precise angles to accomplish just this task, easily and with minimal effort. Just a small amount of pressure on the outer left or right hand side of the board results in amazingly easy and precise turns.

Unparalleled control & safety due to our revolutionary ergonomics that keep you firmly anchored to our Wave Skater® Pro bodyboards even in the roughest of ocean conditions. You ride "inside" our boards instead of just on top of them.

Unbelievable lift, speed & buoyancy due to our bottom textured surfaces and dual tapered pontoons, which together act to trap thousands of tiny air bubbles and large air pockets underneath our Wave Skater® Pro bodyboards. At higher speeds and on larger waves our bodyboards "take off" on their dual tapered pontoons and, literally, elevate almost completely out of the water! (Our 48" sized board can float a 400 lb. rider!)

Ultra durability that allows our Wave Skater® Pro bodyboards to last for years and years, making them an exceptional value and the "ideal rental" bodyboard for the uncompromising surf shop or specialty sporting goods retailer.

Patented dual tapered pontoon technology: All Wave Skater® Pro bodyboards have a unique, twin tapered pontoon system. Hydrodynamic in design, this unique and patented dual tapered pontoon system directs water through the entire length of its central, elongated, hour-glass shaped channel beneath the board in such a fashion as to lock you into the wave for superior, precise and nearly effortless turning. In action, our dual pontoon system actually creates a cushion of air underneath the bodyboard. And as the Wave Skater® Pro moves faster and faster through the wave, its dual pontoons begin to act like "hydrofoils," elevating the board higher and higher out of the water, as it continues to move faster and faster through the wave. As clearly illustrated in both our web video and in our still pictures, when traveling at high enough speeds and in big enough waves, the Wave Skater® Pro bodyboard nearly lifts out of the water entirely, becoming almost "airborne."

 

 

The patented Wave Skater® bodyboard is fabricated using custom made, CNC aluminum molds - one at a time - to insure the utmost in quality control. Because of our unique design, our choice of high grade materials, and our actual physical boogie board dimensions, we do not need stringers in order to add extra stability to our body boards, nor do we need to heat laminate any pieces together.

Our legendary one piece construction is incredibly durable, semi-rigid, and will take an extraordinary amount of pounding without ever delaminating or breaking apart, period. We've never had a single body board returned to us for these reasons and we don't ever intend to start. And that's precisely why hundreds of surf shops have turned to us for providing them with their body board rental fleets; our body boards perform in the trenches and they last, like no others.

In fact, we've never had a single body board returned to us for any manufacturing or performance related defect, ever!

For 2010, our technologically advanced textured dimpled surface continues to make its presence known. Covering the entire surface of the board, from top to bottom and from side to side, this dimpled textured surface takes the form of thousands of tiny slightly raised "Diamond" shapes and it serves two very important purposes:

  1. The application of surf wax now becomes optional because of the enhanced traction provided by this new textured surface. However, a thin coat of surf wax is still recommended for superior traction.
     
  2. The board's bottom surface traps thousands of tiny air bubbles in between its "Diamond" dimples, resulting in unbelievable lift, increased buoyancy, and greater speed through the water.

 

Some bodyboarding history:

 

The bodyboard differs from a surfboard in that it is much shorter and made of foam. The board consists of a foam 'core' encapsulated by a plastic bottom and a softer foam top known as the deck. The core is made up from dow/polyethylene, arcel or, more recently, polypropylene. Each type of foam gives the bodyboard a different amount of flex and control for the rider. Dow/polyethelene cores are best suited to cooler waters as they can be too flexible in warm water and the board does not flex properly.

Some boards contain one or two rods (usually of carbon or graphite) called stringers to strengthen the board, reduce deformation, and add stiffness and recoil to the core, giving greater speed from bottom turns. If a single stringer is used, it is placed in the center of the board running parallel to the rails. If two are used, they are placed symmetrically about the y-axis. Knowing the number of stringers and their placements is important to prevent damage to the board when punching a hole for a leash plug. Adding a stringer to a polypropylene/arcel core can make it too stiff for cool water. Speed from the bottom turn is increased when a bodyboarder bottom turns and the board flexes and recoils, releasing energy. If the board flexes too little or too easily, speed is lost.

Most modern boards are equipped with channels that increase surface area in the critical parts of the board which, in turn, allow it to have greater wave hold and control. The use of these channels also means that the tail of the board is free to move. Occasionally, skegs are installed to decrease slippage on a wave face. However, it also decreases the looseness and maneuverability required for many moves, leading to a decrease in their use. Skegs are very rarely used and even then almost exclusively by drop-knee or stand-up bodyboarders.

Crescent tails provide the greatest amount of hold (keeping a rider on the board) in steep waves but make it difficult to slide the tail deliberately. Crescent tails are generally preferred by drop-knee riders because the shape interferes less. A bat tail is better suited for prone riders because it is easier to slide the tail. The bat tail also makes the bottom of the board slightly longer in the middle, helping to keep the rider's legs out of the water, reducing drag.

Glued, or more recently, bonded via a hot air lamination technique, to this core is a thick plastic bottom (known as the 'slick') which gives the board strength and speed. Two main types of 'slick' are present in modern day bodyboards: the first and better-performing of the two is surlyn providing much more strength and projection. Another cheaper type of slick is known as High-Density Polyethylene or HDPE, which does not perform to the same standard.

The top of the board (the 'deck') is made from a softer foam to give grip and cushioning to the rider. Bodyboarders frequently wax their boards to increase the coefficient of friction on contact surface areas.

The shape of the board affects how it works. If the wide point of the board is near the nose, the board is best suited to prone riding as the riders weight is further up on the board. Boards with rails that are more parallel or ones with a wide middle and a narrow nose are ideal for drop-knee and stand-up riding as the rider's center of gravity is further back. Some magazines have an annual Board Test where unsigned riders test the new season boards and give a review, such as Movement magazine's Board Test. and Riptide Magazine's Board Guide.

Old school bodyboarding praised a more fluid and easy going style of surfing. The standard tricks were spinners (360° spin) on the wave face either in normal or reverse direction, cut backs and the bodyboarding trademark El Rollo.

Modern bodyboarding, while still paying attention to style, focuses mainly on aerial manoeuvers in heavier and bigger waves, in which the waves become launching platforms for these manoeuvres. These include aerial spinners, aerial reverse 720s (Jeff Hubbard and José Otávio are notable examples). El Rollos are mostly aerial too, and this basic trick evolved into critical variations, like the ARS (Air Roll Spin) pioneered by Michael Eppelstun (where the bodyboarder combines an aerial El Rollo with an 360° spinner).

Modern bodyboarders place a heavy emphasis on riding within the barrel of a wave as well as completing multiple tricks on the wave face in a single ride, including inverts, aerial spins (forward and reverse), reverse spins on the face, spins in the barrel, ARS's and backflips.

Note: Although the world tour and world women's tour changed names in the timespan the world titles below were recorded, this article assumes as world tour and world women's tour titles those earned after the establishment of the world tour by the current International Bodyboarding Association and its former incarnations.

Drop-knee

Drop-knee is another form of wave riding on a bodyboard. It consists of putting one's preferred foot at the front of the board while the other knee rests on the tail of the board. Its origins are generally unknown, however it has been suggested by various pioneers of the sport that Jack "the Ripper" Lindholm was one of the first to surf Hawaii and implement this stance. Dave Hubbard is the reigning world champ of 2009.

Stand-up

Stand-up style is another form of wave riding on a bodyboard. It consists of standing upright on the board and performing tricks on the face as well as in the air. It is not as popular today as it was in the 1980s.