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 first 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...
These fins are designed for beginner bodyboarders and make for more comfortable propulsion.
More comfortable, thanks to the softer materials of the sock and the heel strap. The reduced blade reduces the size, so that beginners feel more confident when entering the water and swimming in waves. The stiffer blade and side ribs allow for gentle and regular propulsion. The symmetrical shape allows a good balance between kicking power and fin size. For extra comfort, add neoprene socks.
Choose the right size of fins.
Always try on the fins before buying them. Your foot should be supported without being compressed. The back strap should be in contact with your heel and your toes should not be bent. If you add neoprene socks for comfort and/or warmth, you will need to go up half a size. Consider trying the fins on with and without socks at the time of purchase. Using or not using a fin leash will also require you to go up or down half a size.
Non-floating fins / Fin leashes recommended.
For greater efficiency, the fins must remain underwater. Which is the reason why they are sufficiently heavy to avoid splashing at the water's surface, especially when used by beginners. Consequently, the use of fin leashes (available separately) is strongly recommended. Leashes make the fins more comfortable and avoid the risk of losing your fins when in the water.
Hold in the wave.
To ride down the line of the wave on a bodyboard and not swerve off to the side, you can use fins to help you. The side ribs will help you to stick to the face of the wave better and hold your line. Asymmetric fins (e.g. RIP fins) can accentuate this phenomenon and require good bodyboarding skills since, with the thrust of the fin not being symmetrical, it results in additional twisting forces in the knees. It is therefore reserved for advanced riders.
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- Ask about and observe the characteristics of the spot: 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 and board in good condition, suitable wetsuit.
Safety and behaviour rules for the water - Part 2.
4- Respect the rules of right of way on the waves: Right of way goes to the person closest to the peak. 5- Follow the direction of the wave when moving towards the peak to keep from cutting another boarder off. 6- Use fins if the water is above your hips. 7- If you’re not using fins, it’s recommended you keep to a supervised area. Lifeguards can tell you where these are. 8- Bodyboard in a group.
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.