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Bodyboards are a perfect and fun way for kids ( and adults alike) to ride waves while lying on their stomach on the board. We are often asked what size bodyboard to buy based on your child’s size. The few tips below can help ensure the safety of your child while bodyboarding and allow for maximum performance.

Tip 1:

The bodyboard must catch your child’s interest, so look for a bright and funky design. Bodyboards come in a variety of different colors and themes, including sports teams and cartoon characters. Click here to see our selection.

Tip 2:

Position a bodyboard in front of your child. Place the bottom of the board on the ground. The bodyboard should be within 1 inch above your child’s belly button. This length allows your child to catch waves easily.

Boards that are too big can be difficult to hold. Boards that are too small may cause your child to sink. For rapidly growing teens, allow 2 inches above the naval for growing space.

Tip 3:

If your child is not with you while buying a bodyboard, you can follow these guidelines.

Bodyboard Size  Height  Weight
 33″  4′ and under  40 – 65 lbs.
 36″ – 38″  4′ – 5′  65 – 85 lbs.
 39″ – 40″  5′ 3″ – 5′ 6″  85 – 130 lbs.
 41″ – 41.5″  5′ 7″ – 5′ 9″  130 – 170 lbs.
 42″  5′ 9″ – 6′ 0″  145 – 185 lbs.
 42.5″  5′ 10″ – 6′ 2″  160 – 190 lbs.
 43″  6′ 1″ – 6′ 3″  170 – 210 lbs.
 44″  6′ 2″ – 6′ 4″  180 – 250 lbs.
 45″  6′ 3″ and up  195 lbs +