Have you tried paddling your bodyboard without fins?
I don't like the fins much to start with. I'm bodyboarding in mostly small waves and shorebreak-' + '-shallow water. I catch a wave with the fins, then when the ride's over, I go to stand up and fall down. Real cool. And I'm having problem with the arches in my feet and the fins sometimes cause foot cramps.
So then I get my first wetsuit and neoprene booties, and the fins don't fit on over the booties, and since I don't even like them I don't want to buy fins in a larger size.
So I'm experimenting with catching waves by paddling with my arms and legs(no fins), and it seems to work just as well as paddling with legs only with the fins. You have to get farther forward on the board than usual. Also, since I'm an older (51) woman, my shoulder muscles tend to get fatigued before long, but I can work on that by paddling more when I'm in the water and by doing exercises like upright rows and delt lifts and such with dumbbells when I'm out of the water.
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Dec 16, 2007, 02:28 PM
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Dec 17, 2007, 01:59 AM
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- Lewes, DE
the bodyboarding fins are necessary. maybe stand-up surfing is the next thing to approach.
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Aug 14, 2007, 10:39 PM #1Senior Member
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- Long Beach
I have a fin question for ya'll.
I hate fins. I tore the ATF/CF ligaments in my right ankle 3 times, and my ankle flips over a lot. I tried wearing an ankle brace in the water, but the current usually tears the straps right off, and it's useless. I get a lot of foot/ankle cramps in regular fins, and when I go to put my foot down - I end up on my face. I don't have to tell you the scenario.
I've been through a lot of fins - Neofins, Vipers, Churchills.
I make up for it by having a decent arm paddle, and paddling with my legs like a crazy person.
Anyway, I was reading these reviews of fins online, and some people were writing about "ShinFins", which are fins that fit over the lower part of your leg. Your foot and ankle are still free to walk (for me, to crack ). Supposedly they lift your legs and you can use your hips and quads to kick, and they give you decent propulsion.
Has anyone else heard of them? I ordered a pair. The inventor offers a money back guarantee. I don't mind being without fins in 2-3 foot waves, but in 5-7 foot waves, I'm going to be a little irked without them.