Wakeboarding

Wakeboard Buying Guide

Choosing a Wakeboard

Here you will find help and advice on selecting the Wakeboard for you...You can also get advice on which Wakeboard is right for you by using our filters in Wakeboards

Step 1

Decide on the size of board you need.

There is no exact science to choosing the size of your board however there are a few important things to note.

First thing, get on them scales! Have a quick look at the rough weight to board size guide below and see which size board is recommended.

For beginners a slightly bigger board will be easier to get started with as it has more float (does not sink as much) this is even more so for cable riders as the board will keep you up on the turns when the cable is slow.  For boat riders, getting up for the first few times is easier with a more floaty board (bigger board)

As a generalisation the following chart gives a good stating point

130cm – 27-59kg / 60-130lb
134cm – 40-77kg / 88-170lb
138cm – 60-95kg / 132-209lb
142cm – 80-115kg / 176-254lb
146cm – 100kg+ / 220lb+

This is a rough guide so it’s important to check the suggested weight ranges with each individual board. You will also notice that your weight may fall in 2 suggested board sizes, if this is the case then have a think about your riding style. Sizing down means your board will be lighter, feel more aggressive and spin easier; sizing up means you will be able to take your tricks bigger and out into the flats easier and with a more solid landing. So really this suits you’re riding style, if you are a new rider or somebody who is wanting to take tricks way out into the flats then size up, if you have fairly good balance or are wanting to put an extra 180 in to your spins then size down!

Step 2

Choosing the rocker style
Picking a rocker is tricky if you haven’t done this before so we’ll try and simplify the choices you have.  To start out the rocker is the curve in the board between the nose and tail of the board. A 3 stage rocker is in 3 sections with a flat spot at the bottom and a continuous rocker has a smoother continuous curve. (See below!)

 

3 stage
The 3 stage rocker is said to give the biggest pop although is a slower ride through the water, this is because due to the 3 stage bend it pushes more water in front of it increasing the water resistance. It is also notable that whilst you can go bigger on a 3 stage you may find you need to be more accurate with your pop than you would with a continuous rocker. Look at Wakeboards with a 3 stage Rocker

Continuous rocker
As mentioned in the 3 stage description the continuous rocker provides a faster feeling board, compromising slightly on pop but gives a good soft reliable pop and landing. A good example are Wakeboards with a Continuous Rocker Type..

Hybrid rocker / Blended Rocker

These are boards with a combination of both the above styles, they use the underwater shape and the tail shape to get a bit of both. Check out  Wakeboards with a Hybrid Rocker. 

 Rocker size

Rocker sizes differ hugely and is the height difference from the nose of the board to the lowest point in the centre and then back to the tail. The bigger you go the bigger you can pop, although this isn’t always good. A bigger rocker means that the curve is more aggressive and this means you have to be increasingly accurate at timing your pop, more likely to throw you up off axis, and give a harsher landing, so riding with a too aggressive rocker can be counterproductive for your riding. So go for a rocker size that suits your ability level and riding style.

Boards with more rocker are well suited to coastal areas and choppy water conditions such as larger lakes.

Step 3

Base style
The introduction of slider or grind bases is a pretty new technology to wakeboarding but can massively increase the life of your wakeboard if you are going to be hitting sliders or rails. This makes ‘Grind base’ boards a popular choice among cable riders. Some people say that the harder base gives a slightly stiffer feel to the board, but in my opinion it’s well worth the trade off if you’re hitting sliders frequently!

 Step 4

Ability
I’m afraid this one is mainly up to you, use the filters to narrow down a selection based on the criteria you have selected above and then based on your ability level (again using the filters), this should leave you with a good choice of boards so I recommend reading a few of the reviews as to how the board handles, send us a message and we can try and help you make a decision based on your riding style and if all else fails pick the one with the best graphics!

We have set the filters to help you here – the advanced boards will have higher performance levels but as always there is a trade off, this extra performance is only available in the right hands, it will rely on correct balance, weight distribution and attack angle, these boards tend to be harder to ride and will feel twitchy, an easier ride board featured in the intermediate category will be smoother to ride more forgiving and let you progress better, the beginner boards are the easiest to ride and will build your confidence so you can concentrate on getting the basics sorted before you move on to a more advanced board. Check out our boards for beginners , for intermediate riders  or advanced riders

Step 5.
 Then pick a board that matches the above criteria that suits your skill level, and of course has the best graphics!

 

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