Make waves when you buy a new wakeboard

Wakeboarding is not only a great cardio and strength workout, but it’s also a ton of fun. Here’s some things to think about when buying a wakeboard.

Make waves when you buy a new wakeboard

Wakeboard types

Wakeboards come in single tip and twin tip styles. Single tip boards are for casual riding, where you're only riding in one direction. Most wakeboards are twin tipped, so you can ride facing either direction with ease. If more than one person will be using the wakeboard, go for a twin tip so you won't have to keep resetting the bindings.

Wakeboard construction

Wakeboards features complement different riding styles.

Rocker: The rocker is the underside curve of a wakeboard. Higher rockers make for easier landings when doing tricks. Lower rockers, with their flatter bottoms, give riders more control. A rocker’s basic shape changes how the board feels as well. The smooth and fluid shape of continuous rockers make turning easier. Three-stage rockers are angled with a flat bottom that lets you get more air from the waves.

Fins: Fins help you control the board when it’s in the water. Most beginners benefit from a longer, deeper fin. Boarders who like performing surface tricks will need a smaller fin, or none at all.

Bindings and boots: Wakeboard bindings and boots should be snug but comfortable. Covered bindings have a tight fit and keep feet warmer in cooler conditions, but open-toed bindings are more responsive. Racers will want stiffer boots for better control, while flexible boots are more forgiving while performing tricks.

Wakeboard sizing

Choice between a longer or shorter board is based on personal preference and skill level. Newcomers generally prefer longer boards that are easier to ride. Experts may prefer shorter boards that are better for tricks. If you’re new to wakeboarding, go by weight instead. A 130 cm wakeboard is best for people around 100 pounds, 135 cm for 150 lbs and 140 cm for 200 lbs and higher.  A kids’ wakeboard will be shorter and should be traded in when outgrown.

Wakeboard accessories

On top of the board and bindings, you’ll need some extra equipment before hitting the waves.

Tower: The wakeboard tower should be strong and fitted for your boat. Look for multiple anchor points if more than one person will be on the water at once.

Rope: Wakeboard rope doesn’t have the stretch of ski rope, making standing easier when the boat starts. Experienced wakeboarders will want a longer rope, while novices will like the waves made closer to the boat.

Vest: Unlike normal life vests, a wakeboard vest should give you plenty of mobility while still keeping you safe if you fall. Always try on a vest before purchase to make sure it’s snug, and never go wakeboarding without one.

Buying a wakeboard is about knowing your skill level. Understanding the different types of wakeboards and their features helps with finding a wakeboard to meet your needs.

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