Saltrock's Guide to Buying Bodyboards

Summer Holidays are all about getting down to the beach, spending the day with the family catching waves and playing in the sand. For those who aren’t quite ready to start surfing, or just want to enjoy splashing around in the waves, bodyboarding is a great activity for all the family!

Here at Saltrock, we thought we’d give you a helping hand to buying bodyboards, so that you can pick up your bodyboard, head to the beach and catch some waves – then at the end of the holidays take your board back home and keep it safe for your next seaside adventure!


So what should you look for when buying a bodyboard?


  • On the right sized board, the nose should come up to somewhere between your hip and navel (belly button). If the board is too long, it will be much harder to paddle on, and harder to control. Here at Saltrock we have a range of different sized bodyboards – 33”, 37” and 41” so that there is something that will work for everyone!


  • The wider the board, the easier it is to ride, and the better it is for smaller waves. If you’re looking for a faster ride, a narrower board is better for you, but it is more difficult to use in slower and smaller waves.


  • It’s important that your bodyboard has a bit of flexibility in it, but also the ability to recoil back to its original shape. If your board is stiff and inflexible, it’ll be a lot slower, harder to catch waves on and harder to control. If it’s flexible, it also means it’s less likely to snap in bigger waves, so your board will last longer!

Saltrock boards are designed for beginners. We call them entry level boards, and they are best suited for those who want to give bodyboarding a go, and enjoy a session out in the waves even if the surf is only small!

Saltrock bodyboards have a number of key features which make them stronger, faster and more durable than other entry level boards. Cheaper bodyboards tend to be made out of  polystyrene with a fabric outer layer, which tend to break during the holidays because they are weak and unable to withstand the power of waves.

Discover what’s so great about your new Saltrock Bodyboard:


  • (High density polyethylene) – adds strength and elasticity to the board. This improves recoil to the original shape of the board after flexing, meaning it is less likely to snap or break in the waves. Other entry-level bodyboards that do not have this HDPE bottom are more likely to snap or break in the waves because they do not have anything to allow recoil or flexibility in their structure.


  • Reduces stress after flexing and recoil – so the board is less likely to break. The XPE deck also provides a soft, smooth ride!  Many other entry level boards do not have this deck – this means the boards are more likely to snap, as there’s nothing to reduce the stress caused by flexing and recoil, and it’ll be a slower, bumpier ride!


  • Provides the board with strength and durability. Combined with our XPE deck, it means that our board is more durable and stronger than the cheaper entry level boards which have a lower density polystyrene core, making them weaker and more likely to break.

We all love to head out on our bodyboards with the family, but we often forget about the impact of buying cheap boards. Unfortunately, similar to surfboards, the materials and processes used in the creation of bodyboards is not hugely eco-friendly, due to the transportation costs from where they are manufactured, and the materials they are made from. However, choosing the right bodyboard made out of durable material that can withstand the waves will mean that you don’t have to throw away a broken board after a week’s holiday, and you can keep bringing it back for years to come!

The number of bodyboards left discarded and broken on the beaches is one of the biggest issues facing our beaches after the Summer holidays. According to Wave of Waste, over 14,000 bodyboards get thrown away every year, and most of them get left on our beaches. A number of the bodyboards that are left on the beach end up floating out to sea and breaking up, leaving thousands of tiny polystyrene balls to be mistakenly eaten by marine life. Even if you do take your broken boards, recycling firms will often not take them due to polystyrene being so difficult to recycle, so the result is landfill.

The solution? Why not spend a little more money on a bodyboard that will last more than just a couple of sessions in the sea? Get one of our durable entry level boards from any of our stores or online today – designed for all the family, and adapted to give you a smooth and fast ride on a board that is designed to last.