Bodyboard Glossary

Here is a list of terms used in the bodyboarding industry to help you understand the make up of your bodyboard and assist in helping you make the decision that is right for you when considering purchasing a bodyboard from Waveblasters. Although it may not be complete, it does cover the most common terms used

  • A.V.I - This high-tech core features the most advanced polypropylene technology available. A uniform cell structure maximizes the mechanical strength properties of the core which gives a rider superior projection for powerful maneuvers. The incredible strength to weight ratio of A.V.I. core produces an extremely light board with solid structural integrity.
  • Bat Tail - Bat tails maximize control by incorporating stabilizing wings to harness the force of a wave. This high performance tail increases speed and maneuverability. A definite asset in large surf.
  • Bumpers - Nose and tail bumpers help maximize seam strength. The fused seams provide structural integrity in high stress areas and help to repel water.
  • Channels - Precision formed to the board's hull, channels allow riders to maintain control in critical situations and increased speed in bigger surf. Grooved slots in the bottom of the board, called channels, help minimize turbulence and increase the boards hold to the wave.
  • Compression Molding - Bodyboard cores molded and compressed into ultimate bodyboards. Just as stiff as any board with stringers, this technology is the beginning of a whole new range of production possibilities.
  • Crescent Tail - The standard issue tail design. The crescent tail is a solid performer, proven to handle everything the ocean can throw at it. A semi C shape that helps lock the body in position, this simple design is functional for prone, drop-knee and stand-up riders.
  • CXL - A 6 lb. crosslink, polyethylene top-skin, the unique bonding properties of CXL form an impenetrable seal with the 20 Mil. bottom Skin
  • Dow 300 - The polyethylene core that spawned the industry. This unique core allows maximum flex with the optimal projection for any type of riding. This material makes it one of the most adaptive cores for all water conditions.
  • Dow Wavecore - This core was chemically engineered for Morey. Using the finest grade polyethylene blanks available, wavecore features a strong, medium density closed cell foam made of super strong polymeric chains. It has an impact tensile strength of over 45 P.S.I. and is suitable for both warm and cold water
  • EPS - Expanded Polystyrene, often used in bodyboard cores
  • Fiberglass Stringers - Fiberglass stringers run the length of the soft surfboard and add stiffness, rocker and stability to the soft surfboard. 
  • Green Cell - Entitled "Green" for BZ's commitment to recycling and respect for the environment, this cross link skin is 100% oceanproof. Designed by BZ for direct lamination to their Zero Gravity core as well as rigidity and comfort.
  • H-Cell - An 8 lb. closed cell polyethylene deck skin that has been the industry standard for years. The skin is one of the most durable on the market to date and has withstood the test of time.
  • HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) - A super strong plastic slick bottom skin. Once laminated to the core, it provides the board with a virtually indestructible bottom plate.
  • HDPP ( High Density Polypropylene) - A super strong plastic slick bottom skin.  Once laminated to the core, it provides the board with a virtually indestructible bottom plate.
  • IXL - An irradiated, crosslink, polyethylene top-skin, the unique bonding properties of IXL form an impenetrable seal with the surlyn bottom skin.
  • Morey - Durable, Light-Weight polyethylene foam core. Used on the watersports division items, the Morey core is a medium density polyethylene core.
  • Phuzion - High Density Polystyrene
  • Power Rods - Power Rods are dual composite, machine wound tubes that are embedded in the board. The mechanical structure of the tube features a carbon fiber rear section with an incredible strength to weight ratio that gives the unit a solid power base. The top section transform into a flex tip made from torsion stable S-Glass. Power rods provide optimal nose flex with no loss of recoil.
  • Sealed Air Core - Standard polyethylene foam core that provides optimal carving performance for beginning and intermediate riders.
  • S.I.T. (Sublimated Ink Technology) - The mutli-process system BZ uses to place a graphic on our bottom is not only for looks but adds a whole new dimension of stiffness, flex and durability.
  • Star Rainbow - Low density safe polyethylene core.
  • Suryln - A performance bottom skin that provides maximum flexibility, superior projection and increased speed. Suryln is similar to the material used on the surface of a golf ball.
  • TC6 - Composed of the same first-rate material found in DowCore. TC6 consists of a 1/8" 6 lb. density per cubic foot material for maximum strength. Also adds comfort.
  • TC8 - Composed of the same first-rate material found in DowCore. TC8 consists of a 3/16" 8 lb. density per cubic foot material for maximum strength. Also adds comfort.
  • TFD (Thermal Form Deck) - BZ's contoured skin that allows traction in essential areas. The "feel" you receive from the traction allows you to truly appreciate BZ's advanced technologies.
  • VFS (Variable Flex Stringer) - BZ Patented projection! Flex your board and feel the snappy return.
  • WCS (Woven Composite Stringer) - This is the lightest, most durable stringer used today. This BZ exclusive stringer uses a blend of woven graphite and fiberglass. While keeping weight to a minimum, the WCS stringer prevents buckling during high impact landings.
  • X-Flex Core - Designed and patented by Morey, the x-flex mesh system is a rubber, cross-link pattern fused between the core and the bottom skin. This mesh provides superior projection, flex and response properties throughout the entire board.
  • XPE - Crosslinked Polyethylene Foam is chemically crosslinked PE foam produced in continuous rolls resulting in a foam product with uniform, closed cells and smooth skins both sides. It is lightweight, flexible and soft to touch, yet strong, tough, resilient and resistant to moisture, many chemicals and high temperature.
  • Zero Gravity - This core is BZ's exclusively blended version of a Polypropylene core. The steroid strength and light weight of this material is fundamental to high performance construction. Unrivaled in cell memory, water resistance and durability, Zero G cores are new to the line up of materials.