The Best Balance Board For Surfing (2020 Review)

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Balance boards are a great way to stay surf fit outside of the ocean. Balance boards transcend the surfing world. They are used by a wide range of different athletes to improve not only their balance, but also muscle strength, reaction times and overall fitness. This balance board reviews post looks at the best balance boards for surfing.

There a many different types of balance board and there are balance board reviews covering each type. In this post we are going to mainly focus on the rocker-roller balance board as this balance board most closely simulates surfing. It consists of a rectangular or elliptical shaped board (in the case of an indo board) and a roller.

The rocker-roller balance board is seen as the most difficult balance board to use. This is because the wheeling motion, combined with the left-right tilting motion, combines to make staying on the board very challenging. There is quite a broad range of rocker-roller balance boards on the market. In this post but we are going to look the top 5.

We are also including one non-rocker-roller board to provide a useful alternative to those who may find the rocker-roller boards a little too difficult to use. You’ll find this board at the end of the post.

Indo Board

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The Indo Board is probably the most well known balance board for surfing. It’s been around the longest and the quality of the wood used on the board and plastic used in the roller is as good as it gets.

Shortboarders can practice the barrel riding on this board by dropping into the pig-dog position. Longboards can practice their nose riding by bringing the board over to the edge of the roller.

The Indo Board was originally designed to be used indoors, but people use it anywhere where there is enough space to roll back and forth – on a porch, tennis court, in a garden. Always make sure to have cleared the surrounding area of any sharp or potentially dangerous objects in case of a fall.

As the Indo board is the original balance board, first introduced in 1998, it’s since then attained somewhat of a cult following. Many Indo Board enthusiasts have over the years invented their own tricks of which many can be watched on YouTube.

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Revolution Balance Board

A newcomer, the Revolution is designed and handcrafted is the US of A. The board itself is constructed from a 11-ply hardwood which makes it extremely durable. It also comes with a Soft-Track gripped top deck which is basically a muc finder sandpaper texture than the Indo Board.

Designed and Handcrafted In The USA. Drastically improve your balance skill and body control, all while getting a workout. Even better than that? The 101 balance board is extremely fun to use. The roller is a smaller diameter than the Indo Board roller making it ride with less variability. The roller is made from an ultra dense plastic which reduces vibration and sound.

It comes in pretty rad colorways, and overall the design of the Revolution is a bit slicker than the Indo Board in our view.

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Driftsun Wooden Balance Board

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and let’s just say that the Driftsun Balance Board is awfully similar to the original Indo Board.

Driftsun was founded in 2014 on the Lakes of Northern California by a group of like minded board-riders who had a passion for the outdoors and water sports. Their goal is to inspire people who have a sense of adventure. Unlike other balance board companies, Driftsun make a whole host of different boards from, wakesurf boards to kneeboards and even floating platforms.

Whether you’re practicing new tricks, working on coordination and  strength or sharpening up your skills, progress as a surfer depends on, discipline, balance and control. The Driftsun balance board can help you hone these skills so that you can be a more proficient surfer in the water.

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Revolution Swell 2.0

Specifically designed for surfers and skateboarders. If you can’t get out for a shred, then the Revolution is the ideal indoor replacement. You might not be able to cut back, but you’ll be able to ride the nose, practice equilibrium balance and simulate the sensation of the force of the wave.

The balance and coordination skills learned by using the Revolution Swell transmute into real improvements in the water. The Swell makes for a pretty cool gadget to have around the house when friends come over. It makes for fine entertainment. If you’re a surfing or skateboarding novice, fear not, the Swell allows you to start slow and work your way up becoming a balance board aficionado.

The Revolution Swell has both a longer roller and board. Combining these attributes with the Magswitch stop system allows for a variety of both heel-to-toe and side-to-side balance training moves. This also makes the Swell balance board ideal for tricks like cross stepping to the nose and simulating popping up on the board.

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Revolution Focus Balance Board

Similar to the Revolution but with a more modern twist. Actually this is a very different type of balance designed primarily to be used in the office. As part of a standing desk setup. Instead of coming with a roller it comes with a fully adjustable air cushion base which makes it much easier to balance. As you improve your balance, you can inflate the base.

Standing desks have become more and more popular in recent times. Many studies have shown that standing at a desk for at least half the work day can improve efficiency as well as personal wellbeing. When you throw the Revolution Focus balance board into the mix not only does it help you get more out of your standing desk endeavours, but it’s a whole lot more fun.

Truth be told it’s hard to find time to get to the gym or stick to your running schedule. Using the Focus at your desk engages your entire core which in turn saves you from any back pain issues. Using a standing desk balance board like the Focus is pretty much the best way to depart from your normal routine and get into a more fun and exercise-centric habit.

Go on! Challenge the status quo this year and try a Revolution Focus balance as your new desk. Perhaps you may even be able to get work to pay for it as part of your employee benefits.

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The Balance Surfer

The Balance Surfer offers 7 different balance levels within one board. This balance board accurately simulates the balancing sensation you get on the water.

This balance board comes with the three plastic balance modules. This allows you to adjust it from easy to extra hard which means that this board moves along with you as you advance.  You can also practice rotations on the board which helps simulate cutbacks in surfing.

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Without any of the plastic balance modules inserted the Balance Surfer operates in what is called “Office Mode”. This is an ideal way to improve posture, engage your core and increase blood flow while remaining fully focused when working at a standing desk. 

With the challenging balance module inserted, the Balance Surfer is an ideal training tool for anyone wanting to improve their balance. The unique 360 balance challenge is optimized to simulate the balance required in boardsports such as surfing, foiling, supping, skateboarding, snowboarding, wake boarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

It’s also great for physical therapy and injury recovery to strengthen muscles and joints. This is because you can incrementally increase the difficulty level of this balance board.

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Balance boards are an ideal solution to improve your surfing when you’re not in water. Your training goals will ultimately determine which balance board you choose to buy.

Remember that if you’re a complete surfing beginner, learning to surf on a foam surfboard is a great starting point. Using a foam surfboard in conjunction with a balance board can help beginner surfers accelerate their learning path at a rapid rate.

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