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Discussion in 'Global Bodyboarding Talk' started by Lipsmacker, Jan 10, 2015.
I've done the same thing when I lost one kid sesh...it makes a world of difference...
You shouldn't get too hung up on board design or core material or number of stringers or anything, based on your questions it sounds like you never really rode a sponge before, so you aren't going to be ripping on it in the near future. You can still get in the water and get the odd little barrel, though. Like Jawn said, something in the 43"-44" range would be fine
When I was a kid we would split up fins all the time, everybody got one fin. It worked okay, I guess. It might depend on how much mobility you have in your bad foot, you'll still probably have to kick with it even without a fin. You should just go all out and get some webbed gloves, if they still make them.
Maybe it's different in New Jersey or wherever, but from up here the sponge hate seems strange and anachronistic. For surfers up here bodyboarders are absolutely no threat. I only ever see a couple of bodyboarders in the lineup, and they are guys that nobody on here would say a negative word to. The real lineup cloggers are softboarders and surfschool graduates and 30 year old beginners. For some reason, I don't see the same level of internet vitriol directed towards them.
Ah webbed gloves...I just had a flash back to 1995...
The "sponge hate" mostly exists in the internet cause most people are puzzy IRL...usually comes from the mouths of people who aren't "GOOD" surfers...
Thanks for the advice guys. If you're looking for me I'll be the fat guy limping towards the water with a huge sponge and 1 fin.
Touch base with Seldom Seen. He's a great sponger, goes out in all weather including this week's polar vortex in New England, basically he's a stud sponger.
I witnessed him & Billy in shore pounding OH storm surge at the-place-that-shall-not-be-named, getting barreled & taking unreal poundings, going back for more. Talk about core: Seen. Witness.
Hey yankee, I'm planning a family camping trip down there, which week in July has the best waves?
Your like a jerk that has something stupid to say about everything huh. I guess id be all pissed off if I were stranded on land with hernias. Kook!!!
Dude stay off the bodyboard it will slow your recovery time. Flippers will reinjure your leg. I broke my tib/fib racing motocross. Just be patient and let the bones heal 100%, relax and eat the candy the doctor gave you hahaha.
Damn hermano, much thanks for the kind words. Mr Smacked, I'm not on a pc till Monday, but happy to discuss this via pm, solid advice thus far.
But I warn you, when your wave count triples, and you see how much fun it is, you will be tempted to convert fully.
lol, you're kiddn right? That's like asking 'when do the dolphins come out?' July is a great month to head for Mexico or even CR.
Seriously, unless there's something brewing then July can be pretty much warm air temps, aggressive horse flies the size of your fist & not a lot of swell.
Although, this year we had Artie over July 4th. We hung around out there for 2 days & basically caught that narrow 3 hour window of opportunity before Artie veered away into the North Atlantic. High offshore winds made it a witch getting down the face of some of those growlers but well worth it.
You'll have fun, regardless, it's a gorgeous gem of a place.
Lol, yeah I grew up down there, I know. Best I can hope for is onshores to keep the flies away.
1. It was a joke
2. It had nothing to do with, and wasn't directed at you. (or anyone really)
3. If you read the hernia thread your referencing, you would know I'm not stranded on land.
4. Most on here know me to be a smart ass and take no offense. (some enjoy it I think)
Fix what's really bothering you instead of taking out your anger on random people on a forum.
Here ya go dudeski...this will get you in and the price is nice...you owez me a beer...
I've had a lot of good experience with ebodyboarding.com. The owner, Jay, is very helpful and can help you pick out a good board.
Under no circumstances should you try either bodyboarding or surfing until your Doctor gives you the OK to do so. I'm talking from experience as I had completely tore my achilles tendon one year ago.
dig around for a soft top beater type board. Many companies are starting to make them. Make sure it is 54in or more and 2 3/4 thick. I've found these boards to be a lot faster on a decent wave day...downside is on a sucky wave day they struggle but any regular big foam will work on a bad day...skip the fins the beater type will be easier to paddle out than the wider reg boards...there's even some companies selling glassed bottom types..int and another one in Australia is fully glassed..lotta options out there and plus side is when u get well u have a decent beater to toss in trunk/bed
Now that I think about it a beater would probably be the worst "sponge" you could buy if you wanna bodyboard.You can't really bodyboard the thing the way you want to since it doesn't have any corners. You gotta surf the beater.
a 54 inch sponge is for stand up bodyboarding only, and shouldn't be ridden as a bodyboard ever unless you are 7' tall and/or 350 pounds.
look for an old mock 7.7 or mock 10 on craigs or neighbors garage , friend etc . Those were my favorite bb when i was a grommet and probably still are . Last summer finally waffled the last moch 7 i found on some shore break . I love me some shore break on a bb . Never really used fins or a leash . Just paddled like i would surfing , maybe a kick or two at the end . Late drops , deep barrels , and some good beat downs . How can you not get a good laugh while ride one of those .
Here's a funny story everyone might get a chuckle . I think it may have been in 1994 . late summer , surf was solid 4 foot and building . Some tropical storm blowing north by way out to sea . I just got out of work , and was meeting up with a few friends on the beach . Got to the beach and had nothing with , no board , nothing , just board shorts, sandals and my work shirt . When i arrived it was dead high tide , and the shore break was perfectly peeling . About 40 feet off the beach its starts to pearl and lined up all the way to the beach . After sitting there for a half hour watching these perfect shore break waves , i had enough so , i went on a hunt and ran into another friend not too far away . Saved my day , he had this rip that had dimple like a golf ball on it . So i borrowed it and proceed to the water . As I'm heading out the good old whistle blows , and life guard flags me over . Get fins on . I didn't have any so i explained I will just play in the shore break . He kinda laughs , and says ok !? First two or three waves were real fun , at the end if you made the curtain you were skipping on a millimeter of water hauling a$$ ! . Then the one wave i still remember to this day . like i said wave started breaking about 40 ft out so you could get set up real nice for barrel . well i dropped in this one and instantly knew i was going to be deep . So i slide up on the board just a bit to gain speed , long bottom turn right into the sweet spot . lip threw over and covered me deep . Now this is the foggy part . I must have did like 2 or three barrel rolls inside the barrel . Unintentional , just the wave throwing me around like a rag doll in the washing machine on spin cycle . Well after which i describe as barrel rolls . i some how came flying out of this wave . Going so fast ,skipping , i had no control . Well i climbed right up the high tide bank on little water and ran right into . What i can only describe as two telephone polls dug in the sand . Hit my lip , seeing stars . i hear this voice of a lady say . You got watch where your going . By now my buddies , the life guard and a few on lookers are right there . Buddies are in tears hearing the lady rip me a knew one while the guards are untangling me from these 2 telephone poles. After getting the safety spill , checking for injuries and apologizing . everyone laughed , even the lady .
Wel I disagree...I have a 54 in beater that I ride as a bodyboard and have since August..it has a fish tale and I have been able to ride into the face of waves a lot longer and faster that regular bodyboards. May not be doing and arials or 360s on it but not doing any anyway.....The only downside is i wish it was 2 3/4- 3 in thick for slightly more buoyancy. Other than that it has been a good board and I've used it on hurricane swells as also regular days. It is a lot easer to duck dive and fight through incoming wave sets. As mentioned earlier on small wave days it isn't quite as fast but does ok. Beater type boards are the only style of bodyboards I am presently purchasing...
Not that anyone should do this, but I bet if you got a finless beater, bought the fin kit, and installed the fins further up, underneath where your hips would be, that you could make it work better as a prone board.
That is the most absurd thingz I've ever heard...might as well get a super small egg and ride it prone....