Bodyboarding has a variety of tricks, from basic to advanced.
Bodyboarders know that unlike the sport of surfing, you don't need ample waves to do some amazing tricks. In fact, small to moderate waves are all a bodyboarder needs to perform a variety of nautical skills. Whether you are a bodyboarder beginner who is unfamiliar with bodyboarding tricks or a pro who is looking for new ones, this article will highlight the best tricks for small waves.
The Basics of Bodyboarding
Bodyboarding is a more basic level of surfing done in shallow waters instead of surfing miles out from shore. In fact, many consider bodyboarding as the gateway sport to surfing since it is ideal for youth and beginners. Bodyboarding consists of a small, inexpensive foam board with a slippery bottom. Basic bodyboarding maneuvers don't require the rider to stand; instead, they lay in a flat position on their stomach.
Going Prone or Drop Knee
Unlike surfers, bodyboarders usually don't stand up when they catch a wave. Instead, most bodyboarding is done either on your belly or on one knee. The technique to boarding on your stomach is known as prone. Prone is the most popular stance in bodyboarding since it's the easiest to grasp. Another bodyboarding position is called drop-knee, which is preformed exactly as its name implies. The bodyboarder places his foot at the front of the board, keeping his other knee at the board's rear.
Mastering the Bottom Turn and Aerial
Both the bottom turn and the aerial bodyboarding tricks are for beginning to intermediate riders. The bottom turn involves maneuvering your body into a turn once you have reached the bottom of the wave. The secret is to do this trick fast without losing any momentum between you, the board and the wave. The aerial trick implies that the boarder will catch the lip of the wave, launching himself into the air by moving his upper body in a forward position.
Air Roll Spins
Air roll spins are popular among small wave riders. An ARS is a fast aerial flip that is a combination of a flip and a roll off the lip of a wave at a very fast pace. The key to completing ARS is knowing when to spin once you reach the lip of the wave. Keeping your stance on the board will help your trick delivery, as you want to stay centered on the board with crossed legs. Once you hit air off the wave's lip, you'll begin to roll midair. In the mist of your roll, you'll want to spin in the direction of the wave's face. When getting ready to land, bring your legs together.
Front and Back Flips
The front flip and back flip are popular tricks among serious bodyboarders and can be down in smaller waves past the shoreline. Both flips are known for their high speed and dangerous risk factors. Speed, wave choice and body twists are all factors that go into creating a successful back flip and front flip. For a back flip, position your board and body at the lip of the wave, chasing the rolling wave's tube. Arch you head and back backwards while going up the wave roll, and your torso and legs will follow in the completion of the back flip. To make the best of a front flip, pick a powerful, small to mid-sized wave to catch since it will be the wave's momentum that propels your body forward. The front flip is just the opposite of a back flip. Going up the wave's lip, lean inward and bring your torso and legs forward.