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  1. #1
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    Buying a new bodyboard

    Hey quick question to any ec bodyboarders.

    Im looking to buy a new board, and i only started about 3 months ago, and i really dont konw the difference between Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Polystyrene. What do u guys suggest getting?

    And wat would you reccomend for tail shape and should i get a stringer? Id really appreciate some help...thanks

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    I just got a new Mike Stewart MS5 44". It is sweeet! Your height and weight play a big part. I read Dow cores are better in cold water. Definitely get at least one stringer. I think crescent tails are good for prone and DK.

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    well im 5 10 and 150 lbs, so would a 44" be to big for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nybodyboarder View Post
    well im 5 10 and 150 lbs, so would a 44" be to big for me?
    yeah probably, but i think its better to be to big than small. Im 6'1 and 160 lbs and only have a 41.5 with bat tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nybodyboarder View Post
    well im 5 10 and 150 lbs, so would a 44" be to big for me?
    I'm 6'2, and I ride a 42.5. I think you should stay around a 42.

    The tails make a big difference. A crescent tail makes it easier to lock into the barrel, where the bat tail gives you board area to work with. It comes down to personal preference, and will be hard to tell for a beginner. I have ridden both, and have liked different tails on different boards.

    A stringer will make your board more durable, and less flexible. A lot of boards now a days will come with stringers to make them more durable. This can be good in the summer, when the water temps are warm, but also not so great in the winter when temps get cold and the boards get stiffer.

    Finding that right board might take a little while, but will also become clearer as your riding improves as you get more experience.
    Last edited by Swellinfo; Dec 5, 2009 at 09:28 PM.

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    thanks, since most of the waves i ride arent that big you think i should just get the bat tail?

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    ya, if you are riding smaller waves, than a bat tail will be fine. I like riding a bat tail in all conditions. But, if you are riding drop knee than you will definitely want a crescent tail.

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    Thanks for the help guys, just one last question...how easy is it for a board with a stringer to break, over the summer all i ride is shorebreaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nybodyboarder View Post
    Thanks for the help guys, just one last question...how easy is it for a board with a stringer to break, over the summer all i ride is shorebreaks.
    It must be pretty hard to break a board with a stringer. I was riding the shorebreak with the DH last spring and we both took off on the same wave, me right on top of him. I backed off, the tail of my board dropped out from under me and planted itself in the sand. Then a wave slammed me down on top of the board's nose. One of my ribs cracked, but the board was fine.

    No more shorebreak for me.

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    as much as that sucks it is nice to know it works that well..thanks lol