Bodyboarding is a sport that can be enjoyed by kids and adults of all ages. It’s easy to learn, safer than surfing and it’s a great form of exercise!
Instead of a hard fiberglass board, bodyboarding uses a soft, Styrofoam-like board, so it’s much safer for kids to use out in the water. Also, since you lay your stomach on the board, you don’t have to worry about losing your balance or falling off. Learn more…
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The original concept for the bodyboard began at Doheny State Beach when Tom Morey watched a young kid surfing on a couple of polyethylene foam logs held together with PVC pipe. Later, when Tom moved to Hawaii to follow his passion as a Jazz musician (this is where the term “Boogie” came from) he experimented with a piece of polyethylene to enjoy a perfect day of surf at Honols on the Big Island of Hawaii, and ended up starting the sport of “Boogie Boarding” in 1971. By 1973, he had created the Morey Boogie board, and the first professional bodyboarding contest was held in Huntington Beach in 1979. Over the next 20 years, bodyboarding was added to the United States Surfing Championships and World Amateur Surfing Championships where it gained tremendous popularity, especially in Southern California. Today the sport has spread from the beaches of Australia to Portugal to Ireland and is enjoyed by people of all ages, all over the world.
Bodyboarding is also accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities including those with physical limitations (such as leg, knee or foot issues) since it doesn’t require standing on a board. Our co-founder, Steve Barnes, had little experience in the ocean when he discovered the sport in his early thirties. He was quickly able to learn the basics in a short period of time and “catch the fever” (as they say in the Hawaiian Islands) for a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Ocean Safety and awareness are paramount while out in the water. Recognizing where to be (and where not to be) when a wave comes in can make or break your experience in the water. Understanding how rip currents work and what to do when you are in one is extremely important. Being on a bodyboard with swim fins while you are gaining this crucial ocean knowledge will help build confidence and refine your skills. As a participant in our Summer Camp or private lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to know to stay safe while you enjoy your time in the water.