Bodyboarding is a form of surfing that uses a small board which is laid or knelt upon while riding the waves. The sport has its origins in ancient Hawaii, but has only been popular in the modern era since the early 1970s. Body boarders can ride either by lying flat on the board, kneeling on it, or standing up. Standing is much less common than on traditional surfboards, mainly because body boards are much smaller and less stable. Body boarders typically use swimfins to make it easier to breach the waves and ride them closer to the shore..