Here's a question I get a lot: "How long will this bodyboard last if I buy it from you?". Unfortunately, there's no simple answer. The longevity of a bodyboard is determined by many factors:
1. How well you take care of it.
2. How you ride.
3. What you ride.
5. What type of construction the board has.
Let me explain each point:
(A heavily bubbled bodyboard)
Additionally, the deck foam will expand, causing the board to warp (reverse rocker) which will make you nose dive every time you get going on a wave.
(Reverse rocker is nosedive city! Photo: Bobbie Campbell)
So, I stress again, do NOT leave the board in direct sunlight or anywhere hot! FYI, the cheaper EPS boards are particularly susceptible to this.
Bring an umbrella to the beach if you plan to spend the day there and keep the board in the shade when you're not in the water! Our eBodyboarding.com Umbrella Bag is ideal for this! And no, putting a towel over the board or keeping it in the board bag won't keep it cool enough to avoid damage!
Continuing the theme of caring for your board, rinse with fresh water after you surf and do NOT drop the board on the nose or tail. That will cause the foam that protects these areas to dent in to the point that the edge of the slick will start to peel up. Lay the board on rail or store flat.
(Don't drop your board on the nose or tail, or it might end up like this! Photo: Bobbie Campbell)
I don't really think this needs to be said, but I'm going to say it anyway...don't drag the board across the sand or pavement by it's leash. I cringe when I see that! The KidSlider is a MUCH better option for pulling someone along the sand.
Also, be sure to avoid riding your board up onto rocks or sharp shells that can puncture the bottom of the board.
(Bust airs like this? Don't expect your board to last forever! Pic: Jordan Anast)
Do you pull into heavy barrels or ride pounding shorebreak?
(A dredging, sandsucker. Pic: Tony Prince)
This type of riding will drastically reduce the lifespan of your board. Doesn't mean you shouldn't ride this way...just don't expect your board to last for your entire adult life.
(Cold water=longer life for your board. Pic: Jordan Anast)