Besides the bodyboard itself, there are no more important accessories in bodyboarding than a good set of fins, and of course a shorty wetsuit. This guy chose a 3/2mm shorty.
Put very simply, bodyboarding without fins is next to impossible. We chose something called Additionally, bodyboard fins help in all aspects of bodyboarding, paddling out, catching waves, steering and controlling the bodyboard. Fins act like fins on a surfboard in helping direction. Besides the bodyboard itself, there are no more important accessories in bodyboarding than a good set of fins and a shorty wetsuit.
Bodyboard fins are designed specifically for wave riding to ensure proper functioning. Some of the big names in bodyboard fins are Churchill Makapuu’s which have the iconic blue and yellow color scheme, and BodyGlove. Use only fins or wetsuits that are designed for either free swimming, bodyboarding or bodysurfing. Many bodyboard manufacturers market their own swim fins, so this is a good place to start.
Bodyboarding fins typically have a short blade compared to diving fins that have longer blades. The short fins give you quick bursts of speed. Most bodyboard fins do not have adjustable straps. All good bodyboard fins offer flotation in case you lose your fins, and drain holes. Also, the straps are usually non adjustable with a super comfy foot pocket.
Bodyboarders know the importance of riding waves with the right fins and wetsuit. Thrust, durability, comfort,stiffness and price are the main variables you have to take into consideration before purchasing a pair of bodyboard fins.
Thrust is really crucial. If you’re competing or simply capitalizing on your bodyboarding skill level, you should know when that is a ‘go’ wave. Whether it’s a small or big wave, if you decide it’s a ‘go’ wave, don’t blow your take off. Legs for a bodyboarder are as important as arms are for a board surfer. Thrust plays a vital role in catching a wave. Correctly designed fins get the most out of the power of your legs and throw you into a selected wave easily. There are asymmetric and symmetric fins, curved and flat edge blades.
Durability is also a key factor. You should be able to use and enjoy your fins for at least three, four or five years. Rubber bodyboarding fins and neoprene wetsuits are very durable. In fact, the only thing that might wear out is your interest in those particular fins, combined with a growing desire to get new fins and matching wetsuit. And, don’t forget that all-important floatation and drain hole – must-haves on any bodyboard fin!