How do you choose your bodyboard size?
The size of the bodyboard directly influences its stability and ease of handling. It must be suited to the size of its user. As such, this bodyboard is designed for children weighing between 25 and 40kg, between 120cm and 145cm tall, and aged between 6 and 12 years. A bodyboard that is too small will not float enough so you will miss waves. A bodyboard that is too big will be difficult to handle. Refer to the size chart online or in store to help you choose.
At RADBUG, we design products for 4 levels: Novice, beginner, intermediate and advanced.
- Novices: Up to the navel, no fins, small waves < 50 cm, propulsion by pushing your feet on the ground and riding the wave to the shore. For a 1st wave-riding experience (bodyboard with grips). - Beginner: Gentle turns in waves up to 1 m, propulsion with fins. A must for learning to bodyboard. - Intermediate: Waves up to 1.50 m, more speed and the beginning of tricks (360 °, El Rollo, etc.). - Advanced: All types of waves, command of tricks, even aerial: ARS, 360°, tube...
Designed to be used for intended sizes and conditions: Novice / beginner level.
If this bodyboard is used in green or white waves over 50cm and/or by children over 40kg, it could become damaged: breakage, bending, etc. This bodyboard does not have a dense plastic slick on the bottom, it is not suitable for use where there are pebbles or shells on the shore, which could impair the glide surface. In this case, choose a bodyboard with a high-density plastic slick, like on the other bodyboards in the 100 range.
Position yourself correctly on the bodyboard
The front of the board is preformed, allowing for good hand positioning. Keep both hands on the front of the board as you catch a wave. To steer left, keep your left hand forward (with hand, elbow and shoulder aligned, forearm at 90°) and drop your right hand down to the rail in the middle of the board. Align your left leg with the left rail to keep going left. Do the opposite to go right.
Recommendations for avoiding chafing and having the best grip on your board.
You should be lying flat on the bodyboard when catching waves. Be sure to wear a long-sleeved anti-UV top or a wetsuit to avoid chafing on your arms and torso. We recommend you apply wax to the top of your bodyboard - especially on the front hand position, on the sides, and under your torso - for the best grip (sold separately in the surfing aisle). Do this for each session.
Directions for use with or without fins.
This bodyboard can be used with or without fins. Without fins, the water level should no higher than your waist. In this case, propel yourself towards the beach by pushing off from the ground as the wave or foam passes (
Safety and behaviour rules for the water - Part 1.
Bodyboarding is a fantastic sport, but one that requires everyone to respect certain basic rules to preserve the safety and enjoyment of all. 1- Find out as much about the spot as you can: current, rocks, tides, the size of the waves and the crowds, etc. 2- Don’t overestimate your level, and go for an easier spot if your skills aren’t on par with the conditions. 3- Use suitable equipment: Leash, fins, board in good condition, a suitable neoprene wetsuit
Safety and behaviour rules for the water - Part 2.
4- Follow the wave priority rules: Priority is given to whoever is closest to where the wave is breaking. 5- Go around the surfing area as you paddle out to the break to avoid getting in another rider's way. 6- Use fins if the water level is higher than your hips. 7- If you are not using fins, it is recommended to stay in the safe swimming area, ask the lifeguards present at the spot. 8- Ride with friends.
Do not leave exposed to heat
When not in use, keep your bodyboard out of the sun or temperatures >30°C. Protect your board by using a cover, putting it under a parasol, in the shade, or under a light coloured towel to keep the heat away. Never leave it in a car in direct sunlight. Leaving your board exposed to too much heat can cause blisters or bubbles to form on it, or even cause warping.
RADBUG is the Decathlon brand dedicated to bodyboarding and bodysurfing. Our ambition is to enable the greatest number to enjoy the incredible sensations you feel when bodyboarding and bodysurfing. This sensation of gliding when in contact with the wave is pure, exhilarating and addictive. We have set ourselves the mission of enabling everyone to get started and make progress by offering products that are easy to use and innovative.