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Choosing a balance board can be a confusion choice because their are so many different ones to choose from. I would suggest you read some of my balance boards buyers guides because i go through a few companies entire line up of balance boards and show video examples of the balance board in action and will tell you the the best application for a particular balance board.

Balance Board Articles

Lean how to build your own balance board with these articles.

Do it yourself cheap balance boards. 

How to build a Goofboard.

The dimensions of all the most popular balance boards and the diameters of the rollers they use. Plus some tips on building a balance boards

 

Indo makes some of the best multipurpose balance boards but has 7 balance boards in there line up. In this guide i will help you determine witch one of there balance boards are best for you and show videos of there boards in action.  

An introduction into Indo balance boards, an in depth look into all of Indo boards  balance products.

Vew-Do makes some of the best balance boards for snowboarders and skateboarders but they also have some boards good for beginners, athletes and fitness. Vew-Do has 7 balance boards in there line up. In this guide i will help you determine witch one of there balance boards are best for you and show videos of there boards in action.

An introduction into Vew-do balance boards. An in depth look into all of Vew-dos balance products.

Goofboard makes some of the best balance boards for developing your foot work for surfing,stand up paddle boarding and longboarding with their unique parallel rocker balance boards. Although they are marketed to surfers they are lots of fun to use, good for general balance training and slightly safer to use then roller balance boards to use due their design. In this guides i show there 2 balance board and video of it in action.

An introduction to GoofBoard, the balance board for surfers.

Find out some ways to help avoid taking hard falls while using your balance board and how to avoid damaging your property with with your balance board.

Some tips on balance board safety.

 

 

Introduction to Balance Boards

Balance boards are  great tools to help develop your balance and are a lot of fun to use. But different styles of balance boards are better suited for specific goals. Some balance boards are build for general balance, improved balance for sports or rehabilitation while others are build for improve balance and skills for certain sports like surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding.

Their are many different styles of balance boards to choose from but it is best to choose one based on your skill level, long term balance goals and reasons for wanting to improve your balance.There are 6 different categories of balance boards you can choose from.

1. A Teeter Board

2. Wobble Board

3. Roller

4. Roller with Rails

5. Parallel Roller

6- 360 Degrees of balance.

7. Others

Teeter Boards are a board that sits on a stable base such as a cylinder cut in half, 2 balls cut in half or a wedge.

These boards are not very challenging or fun to use but serve their purpose well for physical therapy, rehabilitation and balance training for the elderly.

Wobble boards are boards with half of one ball stuck on them bottom of them.

They are good for for general balance training and balance training for sports but their best purpose would be for physical therapy/rehabilitation because they would be quickly out grown my most people and are not that fun to use.

They can range in price from 20 to over 200 U.S dollars.  A cheap  20 dollar wobble board could be useful for balance training but if i was going to spend around 150 dollars on a balance devise it would be different type of balance board such as indo board original.

 Rockers are the most common type of balance board. They are used by putting the tube under a board and balancing on it. This type of board  has the broadest range of applications from rehab, general balance,sports specific training, board sports balance training and doing tricks although their are better boards out their if you are looking to improve performance in skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding.

The main things to look for when buying one of these boards is the size. The shorter the board the more challenging it will be to use. Another thing to look out for is to see if the board has stoppers on the ends of it because boards without stoppers are more likely to shoot out form under you but are limited in the type of ticks that can be preformed on them.

Roller boards are a lot of fun to use once you get the basics down, the best reviewed and know boards roller balance boards is the Indo board original.

Tricks that can be done on roller boards. The board in the video is the Indo original.

Roller with rails is a balance board that has a track on the bottom of the board and a roller with a channel cut out in the middle of it so it can sit in the track. The track has a few purposes, it prevents the board from shooting out from under you, allows you do flipping tricks with board and simulates that carving feel in board sports. One thing to keep in mind is that the shape and size of the roller will make the board behave with different characteristics.

Rollers with rails would be best for skateboarders and snowboarders looking to improve at their sport because they allow flipping tricks to be preformed and simulate the carving feel in both these sports. These boards are more challenging to use then roller boards due to the nature of the rail system and the boards are generally much small then roller boards but would be good for someone that already has good balance and wants to push their training further. 

Rollers with rails have a bit of a learning curve until you can start to have fun with them additionally their is more risk of injury if you are going to be trying flipping tricks.

Vew-Do is the most well know and reviewed brand that offers many different type of  roller with rail boards to meet your specific needs. 


 Parallel rocker are the lease common type of balance board. It is unique by using a longer pipe that is put parallel to the length of the board. The one i see for sale is marketed for surfers to improve their balance because simulates the feel of riding a surfboard better then a rocker board. But i don't think it can only just benefit surfers. It is much more forgiving to beginners because you do not sit so high off the ground and dont have to worrier about the board shooting out from under you.

The Goofboard would be prefect for longboard surfers and skaters looking for a balance board to practice their footwork on.  It also looks like snowboarders could benefit from it as well but would probably be better off with a Vew-do roller with rail balance board.

I use a do it yourself parallel roller and find it challenging but also lots of fun to use. Additionally it has slightly improved my surfing and skateboarding skills.

The GoofBoard is the only board i know of that is a parallel rocker but it has lots of great reviews and made in the U.S.A.

Advanced parallel roller balance board footwork, cross stepping and more.


360 degrees balance boards are boards that sit on top of a ball and have rails under the board to keep  from rolling off the board.

These boards are the most challenging to use and are more of a work out then fun to use but they can be really effective for advanced level balance training for sports or board sports like surfing.

These boards are also the most expensive balance boards ranging in price from 300 to 1000 U.S dollars. I think this is out of the price range that many people are willing to spend on a balance board in less they are a semi professional or professional athlete.

Surfball is cheaper starting at $300

U.S. then most SI boards but i don't know how they compare performance wise.

Others-Balance boards are a popular training devise and just when you think everything that can be done with balance boards has been done someone comes out with something unique. The Vew-Do company  is a good example of this, they come out with a product called the nub recently.

The Nub is a curved board that sits on the floors, you can rock it back and forth, practice carving on it and practice flipping tricks with it.

It was made to help snowboarders and skateboarders improve their skills while at home. But also from the reviews i read a lot of people said that children have tons of fun playing on it and people who where worried about falling off a traditional balance board said they enjoyed the Nub.