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There are no written or standardized rules for bodyboarding, except for those in place during competitions. There are also common courtesies and an unwritten code of players' etiquette. These include never dropping in on someone else's wave and never letting go of the board.


Bodyboarding (sometimes spelled Body Boarding) is where a person rides a wave using a small foam board (also known as a bodyboard). This sport is typically done lying down, although other positions such as kneeing and standing are possible. Bodyboarding is the riding of waves on a small, rectangular board made of foam. Similar to surfing, bodyboarders can take different positions on the board, and perform various tricks while riding. The sport is primarily recreational, yet organized groups and competitions are prevalent.


The earliest known form of surfing, bodyboarding was first witnessed by Europeans in Hawaii, in the late 18th century. It was surpassed in popularity by longboarding in the 1950's and 1960's, but was revived by board designer Tom Morey in the 1970's. Morey's "boogie board" was the first mass-produced bodyboard, and was responsible for bringing the sport to the mainstream. Today bodyboarding is one of the more popular forms of surfing, with competitions held across the globe annually.