Bodyboards / Skim Boards
Rapid Surf & Ski carries a range of bodyboards, fins, leashes, plugs, and carry bags for all your bodyboarding needs.
We stock Stealth Bodyboards and Redback Skim Boards and have a number of packages that suit all budgets.
WHAT ARE BODYBOARDS?
Bodyboards can easily catch smaller waves or rolling breakers closer to shore, making bodyboarding a fun pastime for anyone. It won't be long before you are attempting drop-knee and kneeling moves, and catching some impressive barrels.
WHAT ARE BODYBOARDS MADE OF?
Bodyboards are made out of one or more types of plastic, or, in some cheaper versions, out of lightweight plastic foam. Higher quality bodyboards may still have a foam core but also have a harder plastic bottom, called a slick, plus a deck, and rails made of softer foam. The deck is the top of the board, and the rails are the sides. The front of the board is the nose, and the back is called the tail. In many boards, one, two, or three carbon or graphite rods will run inside the board, down its length. These rods, called stringers, provide strength and spring to the board.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT BODYBOARDS?
Some people prefer to have to have a leash attached to their bodyboard. Without a leash, it is easier to lose the board after falling off, especially if you are some distance out to sea or the waves and/or current are strong. Leashes can either attach to the rider's wrist or upper arm. Some boards come with a leash already attached, but they can also be bought separately as an accessory.