b-board to catch really weak waves?

Discussion in 'Global Bodyboarding Talk' started by Waverider82, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Waverider82

    Waverider82 Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2010
    Just wondering something. Today I got skunked with knee to thigh waves with zero power. 3.5 feet at 5 seconds. I couldn't catch them with my board. Not enough power to those waves. They were spilling and had open sections though. They weren't closing out. Now I know that longboards can catch small waves that normal surfboards can't.

    So I was wondering if I made by bodyboard more buoyant by taping one board on top of another board, would I be able to catch those really weak waves?

    Also, would a longer board(like the 46 inch big kahuna), (I'm 6 foot 2 155 pounds) have the effect of better being able to catch completely power-less waves?

    I'd rather tape one board onto the other with duck tape because those "big man" type bodyboards are like $200 and I'm broke and I spent 50 bucks on my bodyboard and it works great in regular waves. It's a 41.5 inch board.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2010
  2. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    doubling up on boards is a really silly idea, and I wouldnt suggest that.

    My advice for you is to get what you can out of the weak waves with the board you have, or find another hobby when its small! I lot of guys I bodyboard with, bust out a fish or a longboard on the small surf days.

    a bigger bodyboard will float you more, but generally will be less reactive for any maneuvering.


    NJ SPONGIN Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Its all about the leg power man.:D
  4. Waverider82

    Waverider82 Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2010
    Its not leg power. I have perfect positioning in the wave to catch it. The waves simply will not move me. There's zero power to the waves. It just trickles.
  5. Scarecrow

    Scarecrow Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2007
    Are you in southeastern North Carolina? That sounds like the kind of mushy weak surf I've been trying to catch all week.:( They just weren't breaking outside with any kind of force to them, even the longboarders couldn't catch them. Sometimes you've just got to give up and ride the shorebreak, I guess.

    NJ SPONGIN Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Haha i know, i hate when the waves are like that. If the waves are that weak i do what scarecrow said and ride the shorbreak.
  7. Waverider82

    Waverider82 Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2010
    No I'm not in north Carolina. I'm in the ocean state-rhode island. Looks like Tuesday will be awesome here. Finally :)
  8. ecbb

    ecbb Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    It's all about having the right tools for the waves, and in this case, it sounds like the right tool might be a longboard, mate -- can make even the smallest ripples fun again.
  9. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    if it is really that weak, then you need to go find something else to do!
  10. VBwaver

    VBwaver Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    just position yourself rite and do not tape to boards on top of each other.
  11. Ricky Data

    Ricky Data Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2007
    Do you think anyone's tried to make a custom "fish" or "longboard style" boogie using the same principles they do in surfing (i.e. more volume, surface area, etc.)? Would it work the same way do you guys think?

    I'm thinking about something like the CX Bull:
  12. Waverider82

    Waverider82 Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2010
    With the waves the way they've been the past few days, I'm not too worried about this anymore. haha Yes I think finding another hobby when the waves are super small is a good idea and just be patient.

    Anyway, this has nothing to do with riding small waves, but my old board was like 12 years old so I actually just got a new board a morey cruiser 42.5 for only 40 bucks at a local sporting goods store! I love it! Had a blast out there with it the past couple of days.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2010
  13. hardcoreboogieboarder1

    hardcoreboogieboarder1 Member

    Nov 24, 2009
    That is the most rediculous thing ive ever heard, tape 2 boards together? hahaha. Just like said above, if its that small dont waste your time, i know were all anxious but you need to be patient. you guys with the stupid ideas is what makes us bodyboarders look like kooks anymore
  14. Waverider82

    Waverider82 Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2010
    Alright, I'll admit, probably not the brightest idea haha, but that's what a month of no waves(when I first posted) does. It makes you crazy. After a couple weeks of awesome waves, It looks like were going into another flat phase here :( The week outlook doesn't look promising. Oh and I could careless if I look like a kook.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2010
  15. basscaptain

    basscaptain Member

    Aug 28, 2010
    are you sure that you are using a board that is the right size for you? size is a big importance on being able to ride correctly, too big and you lose your ability to maneuver, to small and it wont float you right.