Bodysurfing is the art and sport of riding a wave without the assistance of any buoyant device such as a surfboard or bodyboard. Bodysurfers usually equip themselves with a pair of specialized swimfins that optimize propulsion and help the bodysurfer catch, ride and kick out of waves.
Bodysurfing is a serious sport in its own right, with a world champion and some heavy competition, to boot.
"Bodysurfing is as pure as you can get of a sport," says Tim Casinelli, director of the World Bodysurfing Championships competition. Casinelli, himself a two-time WBC Grand Champion, points to the interaction between body and wave, and simultaneous lack of very much equipment, to explain its authentic appeal.
That's right, you don't need anything to be able to do it; just a good technique. And all you'll need to get really competitive is a set of fins (though some bodysurfers also opt for swim caps and handplanes to assist with speed). By bodysurfing, you'll come to understand waves on a whole new level. In no time, you can be rocketing back to shore like a natural.