FAQs

10 Most Asked Questions About the Bodypo

1. Why is the Bodypo thin?
Science, man! Thinner rails create less drag. The thin rails also create excellent hold in steep waves and glide over dead spots and chop.

2. Why is the Bodypo stiff?
Stiff boards are faster. Boards that are too flexible "put on the brakes" when they flex, and they often have durability issues. Traditional bodyboards use stringers to stiffen boards, but it's better to bake the stiffness into the board in the first place and skip the need for stringers.

Anyway, while the Bodypo is stiffer than a standard foam and plastic boog, it's not as stiff as a wooden board. The Bodypo has an excellent flex that our riders love. Watch this clip.

3. Why is the Bodypo heavy?
Weight creates momentum and speed. Pro riders have been using weighted stringers for years. It makes the board more stable on larger waves, and faster on smaller waves.

4. Why is the Bodypo expensive?
This is a durable board that is handmade in the USA out of renewable materials. Our boards are very reasonably priced. Anyway, the Bodypo is less expensive than many other brands. Here's a chart:

5. Why is the Bodypo cheap?
We get this question as much as we get the previous question. There are two reasons — firstly, we do not sell our boards through distributors. That allows us to charge less for each board, keep more of the money from each sale, and invest that money in our company.

Secondly, we believe that more people should be riding cork, and less people should be riding foam. It's better for the environment. Cork boards, then, need to be priced in a way that is available to the average rider. It's not easy, but we keep our prices comparable to the prices of foam boards in the USA.

6. Do you make custom shapes?
Not usually. Instead, we sell shapes that we know work well for the Bodypo, and encourage all Bodypo riders to shape their own boards to their own specs using one of our Bodypo blanks. It's easy and fun to shape Bodypo blanks, and the boards never require any sealing. Just shape and go. To ask questions or get some tips, join the community of Bodypo shapers on this Facebook group.

7. Can you add color?
Brah! It's nature colored!

We think the cork is beautiful, and, from our perspective, adding dyes or paints would just add to the chemical footprint of the product. That said, water-based stains (example) and wood burning (example) work great on the cork, and it's your board! Go crazy.

8. Why aren't there channels?
It is possible to shape channels into the bottom of a Bodypo (Jeff did), and we've made many prototypes with channels (here's an example). It's clear from our testing that the Bodypo's thin rails have excellent hold without the need for channels, and adding channels just adds drag. 

9. Will the board break in half?
The Bodypo is a a strong, durable, aerospace-grade composite. Watch this video to see our durability test (spoiler alert: I drive a 2.5 ton truck over it, throw it off the roof, bang on it with hammers, jump up and down on it...etc.).

Yes, to answer a similar question we often get, it can even handle shorebreak at Sandy Beach. Check out these sweet DK photos of the Bodypo at Sandys. The Bodypo is legit.

10. Will the Bodypo float me?
The Bodypo is designed to have a buoyancy that is closer to neutral. It's easier to duck dive, easier to manage in the waves, and keys in to a deeper power in waves. Low volume surf craft have been used for centuries and have a variety of benefits. Read this blog post: The Benefits of Ultra Low Volume Surfcraft

You should be comfortable in the water before buying the Bodypo. This isn't a kids toy, and we're not one of the many bodyboard companies that are targeting the beginner, lower end of the market. These are boards for water people. You know who you are — and you'll love a low volume board.

Where are videos of California Surfcraft boards?

We have some videos on our YouTube channel, and there are some cool clips on our Instagram.

Here are some fun ones:

Generally, though, if you are looking for video of the Bodypo at 20 foot Jaws or gnarly Snapper Rocks — we don't have it. We're a small, grassroots surf company. We don't hire pros, we don't seek distribution deals. We sell directly to our customers, and we love our customers. Sometimes they send us videos, or we go out and take some video of them ourselves. This isn't a multi-million dollar operation with helicopter cams and dudes on jet skis.

Maybe you dig that? Maybe you like your surf company to concentrate on surf gear. Maybe you like a surf company that puts all of it's time, money and effort into making the most innovative, sustainable surf gear possible. If you do, then you should join us. We are completely, totally dependent on our customers for the ability to keep our doors open and we are 110% grateful for every one of them. Please support us by ordering a board!

What Are People Saying About the Bodypo?

Customer reviews of the Bodypo are all 5-stars, and you can see them at this link. There are also external reviews that have been posted online, for example Adrian Rejon's review at Coastal Playground and OG-AZN's review on MyPaipoBoards.org.

For a taste of what surf industry media says about the Bodypo, try these articles:

How Are Your Cork Boards Made?

California Surfcraft boards are vacuum bagged cork and fiberglass sandwich composites. Layers of fiberglass and cork are combined together to create unique characteristics. 

Materials

Cork

Cork is an all natural product that is impermeable, rot-resistant and sustainable. LEED-certified as a rapidly renewable resource, cork is 85% air, giving it excellent buoyancy in water. Cork comes from the bark of the Cork Oak tree, which is regularly harvested without any harm to the tree. A single Cork Oak tree can continue to produce cork for 150+ years.

The cork used in California Surfcraft board is high-density, aerospace-grade composite cork, sustainably grown and processed in Portugal, then shipped to California for construction.

Super Sap Resin & Fiberglass

California Surfcraft boards are assembled using a vacuum-bagged sandwich composite construction, similar to the construction method used in skateboards, snowboards and skis. Layers of cork are sandwiched between layers of resin and fiberglass and vacuum-bagged over a mold — creating a durable, lightweight and high-performance board.

We only use Super Sap 100/1000 bio-epoxy resin. A USDA Certified Biobased Product, Super Sap 100/1000, boasts a 37% bio content and emits 50% less greenhouse gas than traditional petroleum-based epoxy resins.

Why Cork?

LEED certified as a rapidly renewable resource, cork has been used in marine environments for thousands of years. At a molecular level, cork is a collection of soccer-ball shaped sacks of air protected by a thick layer of suberin. Suberin is a hydrophobic material that repels water, resists rot, and keeps these air sacks intact. At 85% air and 100% natural, cork is the perfect alternative to the petroleum-based styrofoam used in most water sports products.


Above are a couple videos showing cork processing in the mid 20th century and today. The emphasis in these videos is wine corks, but the cork used in the Bodypo is processed in a similar way and comes from the same trees.

More benefits of cork:

  • The Cork Oak forests of Portugal (where Bodypo cork is grown) are one of the most biodiverse and ecologically important areas in the world, and home to endangered species like the Iberian Linx.
  • Cork forest sequester an estimated 14 tons of carbon dioxide annually, making them one of the largest carbon sinks in the world.

Isn't There a Shortage of Cork?

From the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance website:

"No in fact, based upon current estimates there is enough cork to close all wine bottles produced in the world, for the next 100 years. The cork forests are now being more sustainably managed than ever before in their history and new planting is always ongoing."

Why Don't Other Companies Use Cork?

There are many companies that use cork in the construction of their surfcraft, most notably Stretch Surfboards, Ahua Surf, DODO Cork Boards, Danny Hess, and others. Surfers like Garrett McNamara have used all-cork boards for big wave tow-in boards. More companies should consider the benefits of using cork in their board design.

What's Wrong with Foam?

PU, EPS and other types of foam used in traditional surfcraft construction are made out of a petroleum-based plastic called polystyrene. The ingredients used to make polystyrene (styrene, specifically) has been established by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a carcinogen. Acute health effects attributed to styrene exposure are skin irritation, upper respiratory irritation, gastrointestinal effects, depression, headache and kidney malfunction. Manufacturers, shapers and sometimes even surfers are exposed to the negative health effects of polystyrene throughout the life cycle of surfcraft.

Polystyrene is also resistant to photolysis, the process that helps materials biodegrade. It is estimated that a single piece of styrofoam will take 1 million years to biodegrade. The average usable life of a surfboard is 2-3 years — which means if you bought a surfboard in 2015 and broke it in half in 2017, you could have to wait until 1000002015 A.D. for the board materials to fully biodegrade.

Used sparingly, petroleum-based foams might not be a significant environmental or health concern. But styrofoam is used in nearly every part of a trip to the beach - from the foam in your board, to the foam in your coffee cup, to the foam in your drink cooler, to the foam in the impact-resistant doors of your car. Whenever possible, then, removing foam and other styrene- and petroleum-based materials from water sports activities will contribute to a healthier planet for everyone.

Are Cork Boards Durable?


While no board used in action sports is indestructible, California Surfcraft boards are very durable — especially as compared to traditional foam surfcraft. Cork is water resistant, rot resistant, ding resistant and compression resistant. Therefore, cork boards will not suffer a ding, become water-logged and need to be replaced prematurely. Basic maintenance of your California Surfcraft board will help ensure a long life for your board. Do not store your board in direct sunlight or heat, and rinse your board with fresh water after each use.

If you'd like to see us take a hammer to one of our boards, try this blog post: How Durable Are Cork Boards?

What About Buoyancy?

The Bodypo has a float closer to neutral buoyancy — it has more float than traditional wooden paipo, and less than common foam boogies. This is part of the design, it allows for deep duck dives in bigger surf. For best results on the paddle out, hold the Bodypo in front of you with both hands and propel yourself primarily via kicking.

You'll likely find, after a few sessions with the Bodypo, that the super-float of foam boards no longer feels comfortable. Embrace it. You're now in the cork crew.

For more on the benefits of low-volume surf craft, visit this blog post: The Benefits of Ultra Low Volume Surfcraft.

Can I Return the Board If I Don't Like It?

Yes, if you don't like the board, send it back to us within 15 days of receiving it for a full refund. Contact us for more details.