Body-Boarding, also known as boogie-boarding is an adventurous sport. Not many people are familiar with it but sports lovers would definitely know all about it. It is a water sport in which the surf-boarder has to ride a board on the crest. High waves hit the body of the surfer taking it towards the Oceanside.Body-borders wear swim-fins for more thrust and control while inside the water. The board is a small rectangular plate which consists of a short graphite rod within the core called stringer. In this the boarder has to balance his body on the board and ride inside the ocean.
It is a fun and spunky sport. But of course the ones who are not very much fond of water and doesn’t know how to swim must stay away from it.
Now let’s peep into the riding forms of body-boarding:
Riding form varies from person to person according to its weight, height and the form of riding. It also very much depends on the needs and preferences of the rider. So the body-board has to be choose wisely if you wishes to make your first experience the best one. But understanding the construction of the board will give you the better idea that which board will be best suited to you. Fins must also be selected wisely as they too play a very important role in controlling and making the body balance and help you swim easily. Mainly there are three riding forms in the body-boarding:
Prone: Prone is considered to be the most basic body-boarding form. In this the boarder has to lie down on the board on its stomach touching the rear end. While surfing, if you are punched by the wave from the left then you have to grip the board tightly in order to provide adjustability and stability. On the contrary if you are hit from the right then you just have to stretch up your arm and hold the top-right of the board tightly and maintain the balance.
Drop-knee: Commonly known as knee-boarding is an interesting form of this adventurous sport. In this form, join your left knee with the board and leaving the other leg flexed, touching the flat part of the foot with the board and maintain the balancing during the ride. You can also try placement of the knee in opposite order as per your comfort and more pliability.
Stand-Up: Clearly from its name, it is a form where the boarder has to stand up on the board maintaining the whole body balance. It can be matched up with ocean surfing providing the surfboard in ocean surfing is considerably a bigger one than that of a body-board. This is the most difficult form among all the others as very less flexibility is into it and balancing of the body becomes very difficult in the water.
If you have not tried body-boarding yet, then it’s the time to give it a shot. These were the forms of the body-boarding and now you know which form to try as per your body balance and flexibility.