The benefits of using a helmet depends on the sport it is being used for, but they far out way the alternative of not wearing one. Whether wakeboarding, kayaking or skiing behind a boat, it is important to keep your head protected. Check out our Water Sports Helmets.
To pick the right helmet for the sport you are involved in you need to do three things: find the type of helmet for your sport, measure your head properly, and ensure that the helmet has the proper safety certificate.
The Wakeboard Helmet is probably the most standard helmet. It has a hard shell and a liner of softer expanded polystyrene (EPS) which has good penetration resistance and energy distribution properties. Brock Foam is lighter and has multi-impact properties.
The Wakeboard Helmet is most like a bicycle helmet with a half-shell like body that covers the top of the head, the forehead, and the back of the head. It tightens just like a bicycle helmet with a chin strap. It does not cover the neck, face, or ears (but you can buy extra ear protectors).
Measure the circumference of your head using a soft tape measure, running the tape over two of your fingers (to ensure it is not too tight a fit) and around your head at the widest point, from forehead, across the temples and around the back.
Not all helmets are certified. Just because a helmet does not have a certificate does not mean it won’t protect the head, but it also doesn’t mean it will. Helmets that are certified go through rigorous tests designed to push the helmets to their absolute limit.