Bodyboard History

Bodyboarding is a sport based on sliding on the surface or wall of a wave with a board. Although we may think we are talking about surfing, bodyboarding is a different sport with particular characteristics.

This sport arose about 1900, already by 1700 a similar sport began to be practiced, but with bigger boards. Tom Morey was the first to walk the waves in this way and to design a table for this sport. Tom was a surfboard builder and mathematician. One day in 1971, when the sea was perfect for surfing, Tom realised that he did not have any surfboard to jump into the sea and sail the waves. That’s how he started to build the first bodyboard.

Over the 90’s this sport began to spread. Bodyboarders like Guilherme Tamega, Michael Eppelstun or Ben Holland took the acrobatics of this sport to another level.

The main differences between surf and bodyboard

  • The tables are different, the bodyboard is shorter than the surfboard and has a square tip. They are made by different materials too.
  • The tricks are very different and are also practiced in different ambient conditions. Bodyboarders prefer higher waves.
  • In bodyboard the style that is most practiced is lying on the table (Prone), although we can find other techniques like go kneeling (Drop-Knee) and even standing.
  • The position of the leash changes. In the bodyboard is placed on the arm while in the surf is placed on the foot.


There are many tensions between surfers and bodyboarders. Both sports want to obtain the medal to the best water sport, highlighting the peculiarities of one above the other. If the two parties united forces by looking at the similarities of sports, both would win.

We can not choose, on our website we have both, miniature tables for bodyboard and surf. And what do you think? Which one is your favourite?


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