11 Best Swim Fins Bodyboarding

Updated on: December 2020

Best Swim Fins Bodyboarding in 2020


Intersport Churchill Makapuu Swimfins

Intersport Churchill Makapuu Swimfins
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Kpaloa Swim fins Original America Bodyboarding (L)

Kpaloa Swim fins Original America Bodyboarding (L)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • High quality swim fins made with vulcanized rubber for maximum performance. Floats in salt water.
  • These swim fins are specially designed for water surface leg kicks, providing great acceleration and fluidity. Foot pocket made with ultra soft rubber for maximum comfort and blade made with medium hard rubber for maximum propulsion.
  • Great for all ages and all levels of atlhetes. From beginner to expert.
  • Recommended for bodyboarding and water rescue.
  • Available sizes: XS (US MEN 4.5 - 5.5 / US WOMEN 6.0 - 7.0); S (US MEN 6.0 - 7.0 / US WOMEN 7.5 - 8.5); M (US MEN 7.5 - 8.5 / US WOMEN 9.0 - 10.0); L (US MEN 9.0 - 10.5 / US WOMEN 10.5 - 12.0); XL (US MEN 11.0 - 12.5 / US WOMEN 13.0 - 14.0).

DaFin Grey/Orange Swimfins - S

DaFin Grey/Orange Swimfins - S
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Color: Grey/Orange
  • Small (M: 5-6 / W: 6-7.5)
  • Can be worn on either foot
  • Floats in salt water
  • Great for all kinds of swimmers.

Kpaloa Swim fins Original Sideline Blue Bodyboarding (L)

Kpaloa Swim fins Original Sideline Blue Bodyboarding (L)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • High quality swim fins made with vulcanized rubber for maximum performance. Floats in salt water.
  • These swim fins are specially designed for water surface leg kicks, providing great acceleration and fluidity. Foot pocket made with ultra soft rubber for maximum comfort and blade made with medium hard rubber for maximum propulsion.
  • Great for all ages and all levels of atlhetes. From beginner to expert.
  • Recommended for bodyboarding and water rescue.
  • Available sizes: XS (US MEN 4.5 - 5.5 / US WOMEN 6.0 - 7.0); S (US MEN 6.0 - 7.0 / US WOMEN 7.5 - 8.5); M (US MEN 7.5 - 8.5 / US WOMEN 9.0 - 10.0); L (US MEN 9.0 - 10.5 / US WOMEN 10.5 - 12.0); XL (US MEN 11.0 - 12.5 / US WOMEN 13.0 - 14.0).

Kpaloa Swim fins Pro Model Waterman Bodysurf and Bodyboarding (M)

Kpaloa Swim fins Pro Model Waterman Bodysurf and Bodyboarding (M)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • High quality swim fins made with vulcanized rubber for maximum performance. Floats in salt water.
  • These swim fins are specially designed for water surface leg kicks, providing great acceleration and fluidity. Foot pocket made with ultra soft rubber for maximum comfort and blade made with medium hard rubber for maximum propulsion.
  • Great for all ages and all levels of atlhetes. From beginner to expert.
  • Recommended for bodyboarding and water rescue.
  • Available sizes: XS (US MEN 4.5 - 5.5 / US WOMEN 6.0 - 7.0); S (US MEN 6.0 - 7.0 / US WOMEN 7.5 - 8.5); M (US MEN 7.5 - 8.5 / US WOMEN 9.0 - 10.0); L (US MEN 9.0 - 10.5 / US WOMEN 10.5 - 12.0); XL (US MEN 11.0 - 12.5 / US WOMEN 13.0 - 14.0).

Churchill Makapuu Pro Swimfins -Black/Orange -L

Churchill Makapuu Pro Swimfins -Black/Orange -L
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Neoprene lined foot pocket for ultimate satisfaction
  • Fin tether & fin pad for extra softness and security when wearing your fins
  • Drainage hole for rocks and water to escape
  • Natural gum rubber foot pocket for ultimate comfort
  • Higher blend line to achieve a more powerful kick

Hydro Tech 2 Bodyboard Fins Black Large

Hydro Tech 2 Bodyboard Fins Black Large
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Winner of the Australian Design Award
  • Designed to avoid the fin catching when bodyboarders ride in the dropknee position
  • Features 3 drain holes ensuring water & sand are quickly flushed
  • Contour Ankle strap designed to ensure maximum comfort
  • Asymmetrical design based on the body’s natural movement, designed to equally distributes the force around the foot

Tribe T2 Swimfins for Youth Kids Women Men Snorkeling Bodyboarding Surfing and Swimming-Medium Navy/Aqua

Tribe T2 Swimfins for Youth Kids Women Men Snorkeling Bodyboarding Surfing and Swimming-Medium Navy/Aqua
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • FEATURE: Sleek and smooth profile for maximum hydrodynamic performance with very little drag
  • ACTIVITIES: Perfect for bodyboarding, body surfing, junior guards, swimming, snorkeling or diving.
  • COMFORT: Made of a soft, natural rubber for increased comfort with a soft heel strap.
  • DESIGN: Great thrust for the ocean or swimming pool. They float too! Toe drainage holes to get sand and shells out of your fin
  • SIZES: For kids to adults and all abilities. Great fit for kids!

DaFin Zak Noyle Signature Swim Fin | Light Blue/Blue | ML | for Bodyboarding Bodysufing Snorkeling Diving Pool Training

DaFin Zak Noyle Signature Swim Fin | Light Blue/Blue | ML | for Bodyboarding Bodysufing Snorkeling Diving Pool Training
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Color: Light Blue/Blue
  • Medium-Large (M: 9-10 / W: 10-11.5)
  • Can be worn on either foot
  • Floats in salt water
  • Great for all kinds of swimmers.

Kpaloa Swim Fins Pro Model Fabio Aquino Bodyboarding (L)

Kpaloa Swim Fins Pro Model Fabio Aquino Bodyboarding (L)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • High quality swim fins made with vulcanized rubber for maximum performance. Floats in salt water.
  • These swim fins are specially designed for water surface leg kicks, providing great acceleration and fluidity. Foot pocket made with ultra soft rubber for maximum comfort and blade made with medium hard rubber for maximum propulsion.
  • Great for all ages and all levels of atlhetes. From beginner to expert.
  • Recommended for bodyboarding and water rescue.
  • Available sizes: XS (US MEN 4.5 - 5.5 / US WOMEN 6.0 - 7.0); S (US MEN 6.0 - 7.0 / US WOMEN 7.5 - 8.5); M (US MEN 7.5 - 8.5 / US WOMEN 9.0 - 10.0); L (US MEN 9.0 - 10.5 / US WOMEN 10.5 - 12.0); XL (US MEN 11.0 - 12.5 / US WOMEN 13.0 - 14.0).

Hydro Tech 2 Swim Fins - Ice Blue - Medium

Hydro Tech 2 Swim Fins - Ice Blue - Medium
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Winner of the Australian Design Award
  • Designed to avoid the fin catching when bodyboarders ride in the dropknee position
  • Features 3 drain holes ensuring water & sand are quickly flushed
  • Contour Ankle strap designed to ensure maximum comfort
  • Asymmetrical design based on the body’s natural movement, designed to equally distributes the force around the foot

Bodyboarding Tips and Gear for the Whole Family

Bodyboarding is a fun way to spend a day at the beach. Here are some tips and gear recommendations to get you started.

The great thing about bodyboarding is that it doesn't take a lot of effort to ride a wave. With the right gear and a good board, you can easily learn how to master bigger waves, or you can buy a cheap board at your local beach store or surf shop and play around in the whitewater. However you want to play, I have some gear recommendations and tips that can help you make the most out of your day at the beach.

First, whether you're rushing to the beach to get pounded by some awesome hurricane swell, or if your kids are spending a leisurely day at the beach, you want to start out by selecting a board that fits the right height and weight.

Many averaged-sized male pro-bodyboarders like to go with a 41.5 inch board, even if they are technically a different size, but according to the experts at eBodyboarding.com, the following sizes are recommended:

36" to 38" board, 65-85 lbs. and 4' to 5' tall
39" board, 85-115 lbs. and 4'6" to 5'2" tall
40" board, 110-130 lbs. and 5'3" to 5'6" tall
41" to 41.75" board 125-170 lbs. and 5'7" to 5'9" tall
42" board 145-180 lbs. and 5'9" to 6'0" tall

If you are a shorter, heavier person, go by weight and not height. Some boards are designed for larger people, and are wider and shorter than normal boards in the tall categories, which can range up to 46 inches in length.

Children can use their parents' boards with no real problems, especially if they are just fooling around in the whitewater, but it would be wise to stick to the chart so they aren't dwarfed by a board that is too big and clumsy for them to handle well.

Leashes are also a smart investment if your board didn't come pre-installed with one. They keep you from losing your board if you wipe out. You can choose from a wrist or a bicep leash. Usually, surf shops will be able to install your leash onsite, as it only takes a couple of seconds. Generic leashes that come with cheap boards can't withstand large, hammering waves for very long. At least if you wipe out and your leash breaks, they are easy to replace.

Generally, this information is all that is needed for anyone just wanting to play around in the surf, but if you aspire to catch monster waves or learn some tricks, more gear will be needed.

Bodyboarding was designed to be used with special fins that are shorter than regular diving fins. Swimfins not only help you zoom in and out of waves faster, they help you get the speed you need to catch large waves, steer, and perform tricks. You don't really need fins to do any of the above well, but it sure makes life easier, especially when you're dealing with larger pounding waves close to the shore and want to get by all of that in a hurry, or if you're too deep to effectively get a leaping start into a good wave.

Churchill fins are widely-loved due to their comfort and speed, but I prefer Laguna Swimfins. The foot area is made out of neoprene, the same material as wetsuits, which makes them more comfortable than regular fins, plus they are pretty fast. If you mess around in rough waves, I suggest buying a pair of fin tethers, so you don't lose your fins.

Many novice bodyboarders don't think about the need for board wax, but if you are at the top of a double overhead getting ready to slam down onto the face, you might wish you had used some. Even lesser waves can send you flying over your board if you lose your grip, so be sure to drop a buck fifty for the old standard, Sex Wax.

Sex Wax comes in different formulas for different water temperatures, but the warm bar (light purple/pinkish bar with the red sticker on the package) is best for most ocean water in the U.S. during the summer months. There are also bars for Cold, cool and tropical water.

To wax your board, give the board's deck an all-over light coat and then put more on where your belly and your forearms lie, and where your hands grab the deck. Reapply as needed ��"šï¿½" usually every 2-3 sessions, I've found.

Tired of being stung by jellyfish, or have never been stung but would like to keep it that way? I highly recommend a product called Seasafe. Seasafe, which is cheapest at drugstore.com, is a jellyfish and sea lice (baby jellyfish swarms) repellant that works on several levels. Mainly, jellyfish don't like whatever the lotion gives off, but if you're wearing it and run into one of those creepy critters, they won't be able to sting you. Reapply every hour.

Lastly, and especially if you are just starting out, make sure you are a strong swimmer/breath-holder who is not afraid of the water, even if you are staying nice and shallow. Safe conditions can turn dodgy in the blink of an eye, even in shallow whitewater. Plus, it's not hard for children to become sidetracked or overwhelmed in the shallows and wipeout. Most importantly, have fun!

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