Boogie Board vs. Bodyboard: What’s the Difference?

Water sports are fun, and great exercise, and there are so many different types, yet some are very similar. For instance, there’s surfing, bodyboarding, boogie boarding… they are all similar, but what’s the difference?

Surfing is generally assumed to be standing on a surfboard, which is quite large and has a fin on the bottom, and riding a wave, but it also can be used as a more of a general term that refers to standing or lying on a board and riding the waves. Then there is boogie boarding and bodyboarding. What is the difference?

What is a boogie board?


The relationship between the boogie board and the bodyboard is a bit like that of what came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, the answer is the boogie board. In 1971 Tom Morey created a board he could use to ride the waves in Hawaii. Thanks to his love of “boogie woogie” jazz, he named the board the Morey Boogie. The Morey Boogie board was later sold to a toy company that trademarked the term “boogie board”.



Since the term boogie board is trademarked, all other companies that manufactured boards used the term “bodyboard”. Both boards are made to “ride prone” or lying down.

Bodyboard vs Boogie Board

So, in other words, what’s the difference between a boogie board and a bodyboard? There isn’t one! The relationship can be compared to the one between Kleenex and tissue or Coke and cola.

How to Bodyboard


This also means that how to use a bodyboard is the same as how to use a boogie board. Bodyboarding can be done as a fun pastime or as a serious sport, and it’s appropriate for all ages, but it’s important to note that a bodyboarder needs to be a good swimmer.

First, you need to purchase the correct size, depending on your height and weight. Using a leash, which is a cord that attaches to the bodyboard and to your upper arm will prevent you from losing the board when you fall off. It isn’t a problem in Cancun, but if you are swimming in cold water, you’ll need to wear a wetsuit. Some people use fins so they can paddle faster.

Now you’re ready to bodyboard:

1.     Walk out to knee deep water.

2.     Get on the board and paddle out towards the waves.

3.     Find a wave.

4.     Turn around and face the beach.

5.     Starting kicking and wait to be brought forward by the wave.

6.     When you reach the shallow water, start all over again.


The ocean isn’t the only place you can bodyboard. Aquaworld’s FlowRider wave machine is inclined and allows the user to lie down on a bodyboard or stand up. It’s also safe and guarantees constant waves! Participants must be at least 1.00m (3.2 ft) tall for bodyboarding and 1.20m (4 ft) tall for Flowboarding, with a maximum weight of 115kg (253 lbs). During the one-hour activity instructors are on hand to provide assistance and coaching.

Ready to boogie? Grab your boogie board, or your body board, and head to the beach, or to Aquaworld’s FlowRider center, the only one in Cancun.

This activity is included in the DAY PASS. Take up to 10 activities in one day for $129usd – FIND OUT MORE HERE