Hi All- My GF and I are year round NJ bodyboarders, we have surfed in 5-10 foot swells.
I have a Bitzer Wave Rebel Exit 98 Epoxy board 38".
I am 5'5 105 lbs. Its a heavy board and I am not sure if it is the right size for me. I was out during Storm Noel and when the larger sets came through it seemed to be difficult to duck dive, or if I toss the board to wave dive, the board seems heavier than me and pulls be backwards! I am at an intermediate level working to an advanced.
Is this somthing that I just need to get used to or should I look into a different style board?
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Thread: Do I have the right Bodyboard?
Nov 29, 2007, 01:21 AM #1ExtremeSpongerChicks Guest
Do I have the right Bodyboard?
Nov 29, 2007, 07:27 PM #2Junior Member
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I think you might what to get a board that is about 6' and fiberglass. Maybe get some skegs on it too.
Nov 29, 2007, 07:56 PM #3Senior Member
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That board is an ok size for you, you may even need a bit bigger of a board. It is something you just have to get used to. Duck diving may sound easy, but it is really hard to master. Justine Renzi is a good chic sponger who rides for BZ, she can help you out more than most guys can. Good luck!!
And sqwigy, give respect to get it. That sort of attitude could get you beat down in a hostel environment. Some of the best waves with the heaviest barrels on the east coast are basically ran by bodyboarders, so you really should not disrespect them because they are different than you.
In general Wave Rebels are pretty cheap bodyboards. They are now coming out with the epoxy which is suposed to make you go alot faster, but it is more boyant. Since it is more boyant it floats better and is harder to duck dive. That's probably your duck diving problem. You said the board is 38" which is probably a desent size, but it may be to small. I am 5'9" and 140 lbs and I have a 41 1/2". Most people think that that inch or two doesn't matter, but it really does. I would look into a board andywhere form 41" to 39 1/2". I have looked at basically every board on the market right now because I just bought a new one and so did my brother and the best site is ebodyboarding.com. They have good prices and all the boards you can think of. You should look into buying an Elemenohpee. These boards are much lighter than most boards and you are guarenteed to get a good deal. I recently got the Mcfly and I love it. Everyone is jelous of me because it goes so fast. If you ride drop knee look at the BUD DK. That is one of the best drop knees on the market. Hope this can help. I know how long it takes to find a good board. If you have any more questions ask. Peace.
Nov 29, 2007, 09:43 PM #6ExtremeSpongerChicks Guest
I've had the board for a few months, however the boards I had previously were basic slick bottom lower end boards, and I never had them in surf that were over 5 feet.
I had been told by the surf shops that for larger wave boarding the epoxy bottoms are better and faster. I am hoping I just have to get used to the Bitzer, it certainly wasn't a cheap purchase!
ya probably have too
ya you probably have to take some time and get used to it. With my board, I originally hated it and thought it was a waste of money, but now I love it. O, by the way, don't listen to people that work at surf shops because almost all of them surf, so they don't know that much about bodyboarding. You definatly don't need epoxy to surf big waves. Jeff Hubbard, who I think is the greatest bodyboarder ever, uses the Hubb by BZ and that does not have an epoxy bottom. He surfs at pipeline.
Goto Ebodyboarding,com and use "The boogerpicker" it takes many things into consideration and advises you to what boards suite you best.
As far as 'hating on bodyboarders' on this site you may want to get a clue. The guy (Micah Sklut) that puts all the hard time/money/forcast in on this site is a DIEHARD BODYBOARDER! So show some respect.
"Some of the best waves with the heaviest barrels on the east coast are basically ran by bodyboarders, so you really should not disrespect them because they are different than you." Well said and VERY true...
Nov 29, 2007, 10:55 PM #9Junior Member
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sqwigy6 I should of known your where bustenballs. I'v been around long enough to know your a bbr. lol
Booger picker link
Tips link . everything from installing a leash and board repair to duck diving and trick tips.