Updated on November 25, 2020

Despite being disregarded for years as a cop-out for surfing, bodyboarding is gaining real traction as an adventure sport. When you’re so close to the water, you have the potential to experience a bigger and better thrill from the waves on a bodyboard than you do on a surfboard. Plus, the best bodyboards are generally cheaper than surfboards, require fewer repairs, and are far easier to transport. It’s also an excellent sport for those for whom surfing presents balance or mobility issues, and it offers a much more immediate reward than learning to surf can – mostly because it’s so much easier!

So, sounds like a great new hobby, right? Well, that’s why we at the Adventure Junkies have curated the best of the best for you, so you can find the right bodyboard to suit all your water needs. Whether you’re a beginner looking to add an extra element of fun to your ocean adventures, or a seasoned bodyboarder hoping to improve your performance, we’ve got you covered.

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Quick Answer - The Best Body Boards

  1. BPS Storm Bodyboard
  2. Bo-Toys Kids
  3. Morey Big Kahuna
  4. Morey Mach 7
  5. NMD Ben Player Kinetic LTD
  6. Mike Stewart Pro Team


Comparison Table - Best Body Boards

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NameLeash IncludedLengthAgePriceRatingReview
BPS Storm BodyboardYes33”/37”/41”16+$4.3Read Review
Bo-Toys KidsYes33”4+$4.0Read Review
Morey Big KahunaNo44”18+$$$4.6Read Review
Morey Mach 7Yes41”/42”18+$$$4.9Read Review
NMD Ben Player Kinetic LTDYes42.5”18+$$$4.8Read Review
Mike Stewart Pro TeamNo40.25”/41.25”/41.75”16+$$$5.0Read Review
NameLeash IncludedLengthAgePriceRatingReview
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Reviews - The Best Body Board

BPS Storm Bodyboard

  • Length: 33”/37”/41”
  • Age: 16+
  • Leash Included: Yes
  • Variety of Colors and Size to Choose From
  • Bottom Rear Channels (on the underside [slick] of the board to enhance grip and prevent side-slipping in waves)
  • Fin Tethers Included (to tie your swim fins together)
  • Coiled Leash


The Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Core in this bodyboard denotes a high degree of flotation and stability, meaning it’s the perfect board to take to the beach for the occasional shred. If you’re going to be predominantly belly-boarding in the whitewater, and you think you’ll only use it a few times a year, this board ticks the budget box without compromising on function.

Bo-Toys Kids

  • Length: 33”
  • Age: 4+
  • Leash Included: Yes
  • Lightweight
  • Variety of Colors and Size to Choose From
  • Bottom Rear Channels (on the underside [slick] of the board to enhance grip and prevent side-slipping in waves)
  • Straight Cord Leash Included


For the parents out there with kids that are constantly dragging you into the water for ball games, handstands and ‘let’s-hold-our-breath!’ competitions, this board might just answer all your (and your child’s) prayers. Lightweight, buoyant, and budget-friendly, this board will keep your little ones entertained for hours, as well as helping to improve coordination, balance and strength.

Morey Big Kahuna

  • Length: 44”
  • Age: 18+
  • Leash Included: No
  • Polyethylene (PE) Core (allows lots of flex in cooler, choppier waters)
  • Can Carry Riders up to 180-200lbs
  • Wide Template for Increased Buoyancy and Stability


This is a fantastic entry-level board for riders over 6 feet tall. Though a little more expensive, you can be sure you’re buying a high-quality product in a Morey board. It’s wider template offers extra stability and can carry riders up to 180-200lbs. It’s Polyethylene (PE) core is strong and flexible and offers excellent control, especially in cooler waters.

Morey Mach 7

  • Length: 41”/42”
  • Age: 18+
  • Leash Included: Yes
  • Single Power Rod Stringer (this is a rod that runs through the middle inside of the board for increased durability and performance)
  • Polyethylene (PE) Core (allows lots of flex in cooler, choppier waters)
  • Classic Style
  • Straight Leash Included


The Morey Mach 7 is arguably the most iconic board around. If you’re a bodyboarder with some experience and want to take it up a notch, this board offers some excellent features. The single power rod stringer that runs through the middle of the board provides stability and durability. Combine this with the PE core, classic shape, and crescent tail and you end up with a board that is flexible, controllable in choppier waters, and geared towards great performance.

NMD Ben Player Kinetic LTD

  • Length: 42.5”
  • Age: 18+
  • Leash Included: Yes
  • Carbon Fibre Rod Stringer (this is a rod that runs through the middle inside of the board for increased durability and performance)
  • Ergonomically Contoured Deck with Arm Wells (allows you to position and center yourself easily on the board)
  • Strong and Lightweight Polypro (PP) Core for Elite Performance
  • Coiled Leash Included


3x World Champion Ben Player is at the forefront of the design of this board. It’s Kinetic Polypro (PP) core is geared towards elite performance in warmer waters. This material is extremely strong, durable, and lightweight, and this holy trinity together creates a board that is fast and easily maneuverable. If you’re an experienced rider looking to step things up, and you tend to ride in warmer waters, this could be the board for you. It’s price is matched by it’s Surlyn slick (board bottom), an expensive material that is extremely shock absorbent and has great recoil properties. This means your board won’t have any difficulty returning to its original shape even when it gets beaten and battered by waves.

Mike Stewart Pro Team

  • Length: 40.25”/41.25”/41.75”
  • Age: 16+
  • Leash Included: No
  • Contoured Deck for Increased Control, Grip and Response
  • Nose Bulbs (raised areas of foam added to the bottom corner of the deck to enable further grip, comfort, and control)
  • Iconic Design


Nine-time world champion Mike Stewart’s range of boards are essentially unrivalled in terms of bodyboarding performance. The Pro Team PP is no exception. “Designed to ride amazingly in any condition”, this board is the ‘crème de la crème’ when it comes to performance riding. The curve of the board allows for extreme control and the shape boasts a fast ride.





This is a simple one really- don’t just buy the first bodyboard you see because you like the color. When placed on the floor upright in front of your toes, the top of the board should be at your belly button. Too big and you’ll struggle to gain any speed through the water. Too small and you’ll have difficulty staying on and gaining any real control.



When and where you’re planning to use your bodyboard goes hand in hand with how much you should look to spend. For example, if bodyboarding to you is a bit of fun on vacation when you’re at the beach, look for a board in the $30-$60 range. These tend to be made up of an Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) core and a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) slick (bottom).

There’s no point in paying over $200 for an elite board with the highest spec materials if you’re just going to be bellyboarding in the whitewater as you wouldn’t necessarily notice the difference. If, however, you’re a semi-experienced rider looking to step up your game, it might be useful to bear in mind the following things in order to narrow down what you’re looking for.



The water you’ll be riding in does make a difference to the type of board you go for, believe it or not. There are 3 main types of bodyboard core material; Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), Polyethylene (PE) and Polypro (PP). The first (EPS), as mentioned above, is often found in beginner boards and has flotation and stability as its main property. Climate won’t affect its performance.

Between PE and PP however, there is some discrepancy. PE is generally regarded as being the better choice for riding in cooler waters, as it provides a higher degree of flex and control that is resistant to lower temperatures. PP cores are geared more toward warmer waters and are lighter than their PE counterparts. This allows for efficient maneuverability out of turns and increased speed.



Everyone enjoys bodyboarding their own way. Some like to ride drop-knee style (where one foot is planted flat on the board with the knee bent and the other knee is planted on the board), some like to ride prone (on the belly), some prefer control, and others favor speed.

Shape is the main thing that drives the difference between these styles, so it’s useful to work out what kind of riding style you’re into, and which shape of board you should look for.



The tail is the back end of the board. There are two main types of tail; crescent and bat (the former being a smooth curve in the shape of a crescent, the latter looking like the silhouette of a bat). If you’re a beginner and you’ll be staying mostly in the whitewater, it doesn’t really matter which you go for, though you’ll find most beginner boards have a crescent tail.

Go for a board with a bat tail if you’re an experienced rider who likes to ride prone, and you favor stability and control over agility and speed. Though you’ll still be whizzing through the waves on a bat tail, the wider surface area allows for increased stability.

A crescent tail is suited to riders who like to try a bit of drop-knee and like to move fast and stealth-like through the water. The streamlined shape offers increased speed and maneuverability.

Check out this article for a more in-depth review of different board shapes and features.





Catching and riding waves lying on your belly.


Riding waves in a proposal position – one knee on the board and one bent with the foot on the board.


Molded indents on the deck of the board for enhanced grip, positioning, and comfort.


Raised areas of foam on the bottom of the deck to add grip (used on intermediate and advanced boards only).


The bottom on the board.


The inside of the board.


The topside of the board (the bit you lie on).


Stands for Polypro; a material used for the core of the board. Favorable in warmer waters as it is lightweight and strong.


Stands for Polyethylene; a material used for the core of the board. Favorable in colder waters due to its rigid and flexible properties.


Stands for Expanded Polystyrene; a material used in the core of the board. Often found in cheaper and beginner boards. Very buoyant.


A cord that attaches (usually by velcro) around the rider’s foot and the tail end of the board. This prevents losing the board to the waves.


Stands for High Density Polyethylene. The most common material for bodyboard slicks. It is an effective, but cheaper option often found on beginner boards.


A more effective and expensive slick material. It is a rubber composition of resins and copolymers which have elastic and shock-absorbent properties.


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