How do you choose your bodyboard size?
The size of the bodyboard directly influences its stability and handling. It must be adapted to the user's size. This bodyboard is for use by persons weighing over 85kg and over 185cm tall. Too small a bodyboard won't have enough float and will make you miss waves. Too big a board will be difficult to handle.
For help choosing a size, please consult our sizing chart online or in store.
At OLAIAN we make bodyboards for every person and every level: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.
Here’s our guide:
- Beginner: Boarding in foam and waves <80cm, learning to steer in waves, and not diving under them.
- Intermediate: Boarding in waves up to 1m50, controlled steering and some tricks (360°, El Rollo...).
- Advanced: Boarding in all types of waves, strong command of tricks, even aerial: ARS, 360°, Inverts, tubes...
NB: We recommend the use of fins for all levels.
Designed to be used for intended sizes and conditions: Intermediate level.
This bodyboard has a high-density slick, a medium-density EPO foam core (30 kg/m3) and two fibreglass stringers. This construction gives good responsiveness and good durability in the conditions for which it is intended.
This bodyboard may become damaged if used in waves over 1.50m: breakage, bending, etc.
For waves over 1.50m, chose the bodyboard 900 with a denser PP core (33 kg/m3) and greater resistance to impact (e.g. when landing aerial tricks).
To catch waves, you must be correctly positioned on the bodyboard.
The preformed deck indicates where you should position your hands and elbows.
As you catch the wave, both hands are at the front.
To go left, keep your left hand at the front (your hand, elbow and shoulder should be aligned, with your upper arm at 90° to your forearm) and move your right hand back to the middle of the board and grab the right rail. Align your left leg with the left rail to maintain your direction.
Do the opposite to go right.
Recommendations for avoiding chafing and having the best grip on your board.
You should be lying flat on the bodyboard when catching waves. Be sure to wear a long-sleeved anti-UV top or a wetsuit to avoid chafing on your arms and torso.
We recommend you apply wax to the top of your bodyboard - especially on the front hand position, on the sides, and under your torso - for the best grip (sold separately in the surfing aisle). Do this for each session.
Directions for use with or without fins.
This bodyboard is designed to be used with fins in waves up to 1.50m. It is therefore designed for a water level above your hips. The recommended fins are the 500 fins.
If you want to use this bodyboard without fins, the water level should be no higher than your hips. In this case, propel yourself towards the beach by pushing off from the ground as the wave or foam passes.
Safety and behaviour rules for the water - Part 1.
Bodyboarding is a fantastic sport that requires certain fundamental rules to be followed for the enjoyment and safety of all.
1- Ask about and observe the characteristics of the spot: current, rocks, influence of the tide, wave size, number of people in the water, etc.
2- Do not overestimate your skills and choose an easier spot if the conditions exceed your abilities.
3- Use suitable equipment: Leash, fins and board in good condition, suitable wetsuit.
Safety and behaviour rules for the water - Part 2.
4- Respect the rules of right of way on the waves: Right of way goes to the person closest to the peak.
5- Follow the direction of the wave when moving towards the peak to keep from cutting another boarder off.
6- Use fins if the water is above your hips.
7- If you’re not using fins, it’s recommended you keep to a supervised area. Lifeguards can tell you where these are.
8- Bodyboard in a group.
Do not leave out in direct heat.
When not in use, keep your bodyboard out of the sun or temperatures >30°C.
Protect your board by using a cover, putting it under a parasol, in the shade, or under a light coloured towel to keep the heat away.
Never leave it in a car in direct sunlight.
Leaving your board exposed to too much heat can cause blisters or bubbles to form on it, or even cause warping.
40" : 101 cm x 50 cm x 5.5 cm
42": 104 cm x 53 cm x 5.7 cm
45": 111 cm x 57 cm x 5.7 cm
OLAIAN is the new Decathlon brand devoted to surfing, bodyboarding & skimboarding. This Basque-sounding name is inspired by the universe of our development centre in Hendaye, in the Basque Country. It is the contraction of OLA, as OLATU means wave and IAN, a Basque suffix meaning “inside”. At OLAIAN, we see a potential playground in every wave and we want each person to be able to improve whilst enjoying themselves, regardless of their surroundings and their environment.