The answer is yes to all of the above. But how are these gloves made? What’s the difference between bodyboarding, surfing and divers when it comes to glove choice?
Webbed, fingerless, power gloves are constructed of lightweight neoprene, usually 1.5mm and Lycra, with webbed fingers to propel yourself through the water much like ducks. Bodyboarders and surfers will catch more waves with them, Bodyboarding is like skateboarding or surfing (especially shortboard surfing) – it’s all about the 360s, the 360 reverses, getting airs – which requires time and practice. For instance, trying a 360 air on a beach break wave is for sure less dangerous than on a reef break, especially since you will probably encounter fewer board surfers on the beach break wave, and no sharp reefs or rocks, as well.
Even though bodyboarders, surfers and divers will all use fingerless webbed gloves, surfers and the like will not use dive gloves since they are thick and will act contrarily to providing speed.
Which brings us to another difference between bodyboarders or “spongers”. Surfers and spongers do not really get along with each other. Bodyboarders sit closer in to the beach, and catch the wave later than surfers. That means surfers are usually on the wave sooner, and see bodyboarders as nuisances that get in the way and cut them off. Try and stay with other bodyboarders, and you will have a much more pleasant experience. The surfers, usually a localized and surly group, will leave you alone.
Surf gloves are used by 80% of the bodyboarders out there for a reason. You’ll have much more fun on account of being able to catch many more waves. And, as a side benefit, surf gloves will help keep your hands and fingers warm. If you want to try surfing, bodyboarding is much easier than surfing. Bodyboarding is lots easier to learn than surfing, and also a lot less expensive, too. But if you do graduate to surfing, you will be glad you did for a number of reasons, not the least of which you will find surfers to be a much classier group of sportsmen.