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April 04, 2005


Thanks for the boarding tips!

I love boogie boarding and these are some great tips! Thanks for the info.

Brian, enjoyed your top tips. You are a chilled guy! And seem pretty cool too. #

Question... I've got these new fins, but the problem is which way to wear them - they are not marked left / right / top / bottom - the guy in the shop told me to wear them a way that looks unnatural - I'll send you some pictures of them if you can post them for feed back or have any thoughts that would be most appreciated. I've just got back from the West coast of the uk - Cornwall, specifically St Ives, and I live in Brighton - South coast of UK, which is like a mill pond for surfers and boogiers alike, but sometimes the South coast gets a bit blowy and the odd nice wave has been known.

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Best wishes, John

I enjoyed your article quite a bit.
I rarely read similar stuff.
I live in So.Cal & I'm going to go get wet in a few minutes.

After testing the fins the way the guy in the surf shop said, and the way that looked right, I've found the guy in the surf shop was right. The hole in the fins goes on the bottom (when you walk on them) - the other way up, the fins float.

For some more top tips on fins, take a look at...


Best wishes - Johnny

Thanks for the tips, I once tryed boogie boarding years ago, and got my clocked cleaned by a wave, it scared me but i'm 29 now and want to get out there again, any advice I would greatly appreciate, thanks

Funny post! Im a newbie boogie boarder and the tips were helpful! Thanks

Curious as to checking my two boards (strapped together) or renting when I get to HI? With checked luggage charges these days over and back plus interisland hopping (3 hops) I'm wondering what would work best $-wise. Do you know what weekly rental fees might be? By the way, thx for the tips.

Bryan, Boss Frog says a rental is $5 a day or $15 a week. Not bad. Might be worth renting a boogie board, considering the cost of checking it on the airline. See:

hi! where do you go in HI? We were just on Kauai, and just played close to the shore at Poiupu (Brennekies). I want to go back and do some more boogie boarding! Also, do you go on the oregon coast? if so, where?

kate, for many years (20 or more) I've done almost all of my boogie boarding at Napili Bay on Maui. We usually go in late March or early April, so the waves typically range from small to fairly large. Last year, though, there were some very large waves when the winds came from the south. Unfortunately, jelly fish were also blown in by this unusual wind shift, so I decided to pay it safe and not play in the big waves.

I've never boogied on the Oregon coast. The waves can look appealing, but a wet suit is essential, and rip tides are more common than in Hawaii. Then there's sharks to worry about. I've been looking into surf kayaking, which gets you out of the cold Oregon water, and also further from shark jaws.

My first time to MAUI @30 yrs old, and all I can say is " EPIC SURF, EPIC TIMES, EPIC PEOPLE, EPIC SPIRIT, ~Epic me wit da boogie board! ( I am a SO-CAL AND NOR-CAL NATIVE, I LUV DA WATER, I LUV THE COMPASSION OF DA WAVE!

Ever been to maui in October? I used to boogie board Maui many years ago and loved Flemming beach and slaughter house beach, just up from Napili bay. I have never boarded Napili is it better then those other ones. I am going there this week and would love to hear the other beaches that are good to board.

Mike, it's been a long time since we've been to Maui in October. In fact, I don't recall ever going then. We usually head to Maui in late winter or early spring, when Oregon is suitably dismal.

I prefer Napili Bay to the other beaches you mention, mostly because it is more attractive, less windy, and perhaps safer. I've only been to the D.T. Fleming Beach Park a few times. I remember catching a large wave and looking down at bare reef rock, which was kind of disconcerting.

I've been to Napili so often, I know where every rock is. But they are pretty easy to spot, especially at low tide (obviously). On a good wave day, Napili is a lot of fun. Maybe you'll be there when waves are coming straight in and you can catch a breaking wave near the center of the beach, quite a ways offshore, and ride it in.

During the winter I've heard that Napili can be dangerous, but so is any Maui beach during a big storm. Have fun, wherever you end up boogy'ing.

Bro, really? boogie boarding isn't as complicated or scary as it seems to be. The waves you post are really small. I hoped to find some comforting advice for my girlfriend (she has never gone before and she doesn't quite trust me when it comes to sports because I think everything is easy). Instead, you turned it into a complicated BS article. Seriously, my first time boogie boarding was when I was 6. I had more balls then you, dude. You really ran away from the big waves? True, the island waves are bigger then cali waves, but those are in the most advanced surf spots. and wtf is up with the fins? Fins are for ocean swimming and swim practice... If you need fins for catching a wave, just stop. It takes probably 10 minutes to learn how to catch a wave properly... You made things way over complicated. Maybe I would appreciate this sense of foreboding in a how to surf article. But not boogie boarding. And stop throwing in random bits of Hawaiian slang

Dylan, for about thirty years I've boogie boarded on small waves and big waves during almost-annual visits to Hawaii. Mostly to Maui, several times on Kaui -- where once the waves were quite large, and I hadn't had as much boogie boarding experience as I have now.

I've watched countless beginners try to catch waves without fins. Rarely do they succeed, at least on Napili Bay where I do almost all of my boogie boarding now. It depends on how predictable the waves are. Often, waves come in unpredictable sets, breaking at different distances from the shore.

Without fins, it's really tough to adjust your position quickly to get in the correct place to catch a wave. I've observed this many, many times. Every decent boogie boarder I've ever seen on Napili Bay, including the locals, wears fins -- either regular fins or fins made for boogie boarding. So I can't agree with your advice to never wear fins.

Also, when large waves are coming in regularly and quickly, breaking in the area that I need to paddle back through to catch another wave, fins are a huge help. Paddling a boogie board is a lot different from paddling a surfboard. Using fins makes it much easier to get past the breaking waves and back into the wave-catching spot.

You're welcome to your opinions, but experience is the best teacher. I know what works from many years of boogie boarding many types of waves on Napili Bay. Yes, different techniques will work on different beaches. Just don't denigrate fins.

Check out this site, which says:

"Bodyboarding without swimfins is almost impossible! Fins will help in all aspects of bodyboarding- paddling out, catching waves, steering and controlling the bodyboard as they are acting as skegs. After the board itself, swimfins are the most important accessories in bodyboarding."

Read more: http://www.saltwater-dreaming.com/bodyboard.htm#fins#ixzz1xE3SqC3E

Here's another source of info about bodyboarding fins:

"Snorkeling and bodyboarding are not very similar, but they do share one common piece of equipment. Though designed for slightly different purposes, bodyboarding fins and snorkeling fins are very similar. In fact, you can use bodyboarding fins for snorkeling, but you should consider their benefits and drawbacks.

Bodyboarding fins are designed specifically for the sport of bodyboarding, also called Boogie boarding. Bodyboarding fins are meant to help propel boarders quickly onto wave breaks. However, because bodyboarders spend lots of time in oncoming waves, their fins also need to allow maneuverability and support when walking in shallow water. As a result, bodyboarding fins are smaller than snorkeling or scuba diving fins. Smaller fins make for easier walking through waves and are better suited for short bursts of speed."

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/404482-can-i-use-boogie-board-fins-for-snorkeling/#ixzz1xE7YV6Uo

I learnt by standing in front of a wave and waiting as soon as it breaks you move to the top of the board and the wave does the rest :) I hope I helped
P.s. where do u buy boogie boards from??? In Australia qld Ipswich

you didn't screw them us of our land,we would be Japanese if it weren't for America,and Japanese would have killed all the Hawaiians,don't let those Japanese and portugese,or samoans talk shite,cause they aren't Hawaiian,you can tell a Hawaiian by his face usually they have a distinct look and ankles like tree trunks,but these are the punks that are usually the ones causing problems not native Hawaiians by nature we are a tolerant people,the Japanese and portugese however are aggressive by nature.they act like they own the waves and actually go there to pick fights .hawaii loves its tourists and depend on them,so don't walk on eggshells next time you visit,we are all American.mahalo.

I think Dylan stands in knee high surf and slings his girlfriend on a shore break with the leash. I surfed until I had knee reconstructs.. I have boogie boarded for the better part of 25 years ...I own a Kevlar coated hypersonic blade...very rare and the only board I've ever owned until this week...I picked up a waveskater 3 48 inch board that will float a 400 lb man! This is an amazing board ...I grew up on the panhandle of Florida and visit st augustine yearly. Fins are a must have If you are in water over Chest high at a break,,period. You either launch from standing in shallow or put those fins on...otherwise you will struggle catching waves.

good Fins are a must have. "Dylan" must be bodyboarding in a stagnent land-locked duck pond. I'm 52 years old and still killing it at Waimea shorebreak...Kaisers..Bowls..V-Land..Pipe..Honolua...huge Lani's...etc.
Bodyboard fins (or a lack there-of) can make or break you in critical situations. GO BIG !! aloha

1-10 how bad do rocks hurt?

Thes are really old posts; but always REM. to drag your toes; the short fins are bettr; for more lateral wave control, ,and since your lower to the water surface; you have LESS chance of getting " boardwhacked" than if you standing up...
And by all means the 20 foot wave rule applies; if your within 20 to 50 ft of pier; you ARE too close.

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