The fundamental differences between bodysurfing and bodyboarding fins
This short excerpt is from Paul Watts, an accomplished bodyboarder and bodysurfer. Paul has bodysurfed and bodyboarded around the world, from Sumatra to South Africa and back, and has used just about every fin under the sun on his travels. He has lost more fins in wipeouts in exotic places than most people have thought about fins.
"Firstly as a bodyboarder, the fins that I like are generally smaller, as I like to get up drop-knee. Therefore, I prefer a fatter, stiffer fin with a softer compound around the foot. I always struggled to find good fins that do not give me blisters. The problem with a lot of the fins is that they are all very much designed to control flow above water when you are on the wave and add control for the "bodyboarder" and little to no thought is given to the fin being used for bodysurfing." - Paul Watts
From a bodysurfing standpoint, we have a relatively thin selection to choose from when it comes to fins designed specifically for bodysurfers. However, our sport is growing and companies are starting to design fins with a second thought toward bodysurfers