Custom X Bodyboards Review

“Custom X” began as a side project for Debbie Colwell, who first became a bodyboarding enthusiast when she worked with Tom Morey for Morey Boogie in 1976. Debbie became known for making high quality custom bodyboards because of her masterful skills. Soon, there was a huge demand for her custom bodyboards and people started to look for her boards in retail stores.


It didn’t take long for Debbie Colwell to finally set up her own shop. Riders from different parts of the world came to check and try her boards. With the assistance of Dave Dale, Mike “X-Man” Fleming, Ron Norick and Dave Cunniff, Custom X launched into full production and Colwell’s designs became available all over the world.

Custom X did not stop improving their craft, and their designs only got better throughout the past 25 years. With the supervision of talented shapers like Jimmy Linville, Kevin Wood and Pete Anaya, Custom X was able to hone its full potential as a custom bodyboarding company.

Following tight quality standards and using only the best materials, Custom X takes pride in their craft. Their diverse following continues to grow along with the ever-changing bodyboarding scene.

Custom X Bodyboards

We have the privilege of reviewing some of the best-loved models from Custom X. Read on below to know which template and size is perfect for you.

Matrix Bodyboard

If you are new to bodyboarding, you would be pleased to own a Custom X Matrix. It is a high performance bodyboard with the beginner to intermediate rider in mind. If you are looking for something that you can start to do variations on, this board will perform just the way you want it. Don’t underestimate what this board can do because it can tear up some decent overhead bombs too.

Custom X Matrix Bodyboard

  • High quality PE core
  • Single rails (60/40)
  • Tight Cell Deck (TCD) material
  • Perfect template for prone riding
  • Slick 30 mil bottom material
  • Channels for speed
  • Crescent-shaped tail
  • Available in these sizes: 36”, 38” 41” and 42”
  • Sold at an affordable price

Titan Bodyboard

If you want to get the most out of ever wave you catch, the Titan template should be your go-to bodyboard. By utilizing a timeless and tested prone shape with the best possible materials, the Titan is a formidable board made for superior performance.

Custom X Titan Bodyboard Review

  • Wave-Plank PE core
  • Double rails (50/50)
  • Single stringer made of graphite
  • Tight cell deck (TCD) material
  • Surlyn slick bottom
  • Available in these sizes: 38”, 39”, 40”, 41”, 42”, 43”
  • Dura HDPE slick skin
  • IXL cross-link deck
  • Channels for speed
  • Crescent-shaped tail
  • Made for maximum wave time

IZM Bodyboard

Custom X wouldn’t be the same without the iconic IZM model. This year’s version comes with an upgraded contour that redefines control while riding. It also comes in an updated stylish look, which adds to the overall flair of your ride. The IZM was designed to improve the rider’s ability to project himself off a wave. This board also comes with the necessary amount of flex for the rider to be able to pull off projections.

Custom X IZM Bodyboard

  • Cellu-Cushion PE deck (8 lb.)
  • Chine double rails (60/40)
  • Single stringer made of carbon fiber
  • Dow PE core (2.4 lb.)
  • Upgraded IZM contour
  • Dura HDPE slick skin
  • Channels for speed
  • Nose grips and bulbs
  • Nose and tail buffers
  • Crescent-shaped tail
  • Available in these sizes: 38”, 40”, 41”, 42”, 43”
  • For the advanced rider

Quest Bodyboard

When a world-renowned shaper like PMA designs a bodyboard together with a kickass bodyboarder like Ryan Rhodes, you get a legendary template like the Custom X Quest. This board is a head turner from first glance. Sleek black outline with a standout white logo print just at the tip of the nose. The Quest template comes with elbow grooves, which are pretty cool pads that effectively give your elbows more grip and control while you ride.

Custom X Quest Bodyboards

  • High density PE core
  • Double rails (60/40)
  • Tight Cell Deck (TCD) material
  • Surlyn slick bottom
  • Elbow grooves for more grip and control
  • Single stringer made of graphite
  • Shaped for more bite on the wave
  • Crescent-shaped tail
  • Ride for more command and control

Python Bodyboard

If you are a beginner who wants to experience the benefits of owning a Custom X bodyboard, you should consider getting the Python. This is the perfect shape for new riders because it provides the stability and drive needed to get into those waves for the first time.

Custom X Phython Bodyboard

  • High grade EPS core
  • Chine double rails (60/40)
  • Cross-link IXL deck
  • Dura HDPE skin
  • Channels for speed
  • Crescent-shaped tail
  • Comes with a free fin plug
  • Leash included
  • Available in these sizes: 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”

Custom X Fins

Not all fins are created by bodyboarders, which is why there are some fin designs that don’t fit well and don’t work well in the water. This is why Custom X asked a team of professional bodyboarders to design the perfect pair of swim fins that all bodyboarders can appreciate and use.

Custom X fins have dialed in on the perfect length to maximize the power out of every thrust and kick. The edges of the fin pocket have also been smoothened out to provide more comfort and grip to the rider.

custom x fins

The fins are made from high quality rubber that weighs almost nothing at all. Best of all, the Custom X fins float in water! This eliminates the worry of losing your pair of fins when a strong wave knocks you over.

  • Made of high quality rubber
  • Lightweight but durable material
  • Efficient A-Frame blade design
  • Comfortable foot pocket and foot strap
  • Double drain holes to eliminate water and sand
  • X grips at the bottom for traction
  • Floats in water
  • Superior ankle support