What’s Your Skill Level?
Recreational/Beginner: Be prepared to become addicted to one of the fastest growing sports. This level board will have mellower rocker lines and smaller molded/exterior fins. These features make the board less aggressive and more forgiving.
Performance/Intermediate: You are out there pushing yourself and learning new tricks every time out. At this point you should know your riding style. This will help you find a board that will take you to the next level.
Expert/Advanced: Are you out to make the most of every pull, linking all types of tricks together? Looking to add another 180 to your stylish 540 or whirly? Stronger edge-hold and aggressive rocker lines will give you that added edge.
What Kind of Rider are You?
What tricks do you throw or want to throw?
Basic: Grabs and basic spins, toe-side and heel-side. (180′s, Indy’s, Crail’s, 3′s, Method’s, 5′s, etc.).
Trip-Flip Inverts: Inverts that are initiated by “Flipping” your edge at the wake. These are tricks that are thrown with low or no tension on the line (tantrums, front rolls, whirlybirds, off-axiis spins, elephants, etc.).
Load and Release Inverts: Inverts that “load” the line and “release” the board, keeping tension on the line. A fast and strong edge is needed to cut to and through the wake (Raley’s, batwing, and all glide’s).
Terms to Know:
Rocker Line is the bend (tip to tail) that a board has pressed into it. There are three types: continuous, 3-stage, and hybrid (a combination of the two).
Edge Hold is how well a board stays on edge in the water. A weak edge hold will skip out from underneath you if cut too hard. A strong edge hold “locks” into the water and the way up the wake.
Pop is the snap or lift a board has off the wake. A 3-stage rocker tends to pop wake-towake, having more height than distance. Continuous rocker launches out into the flats easily.
Flats are the areas past the wake. To carry a trick into the flats means it went big and far.
Molded Fins are part of the board, no screws hold it on.
Removable Fins are held on by screws
The majjority of boards have a foam core. Higher end boards will have stronger, lighter, and more responsive foam content than lower-end boards.
Wakeboard Sizing Chart
The board size is based off of the weight of the rider. Here’s a general guideline:
If you are at the lower end of the range, the board will rider higher in the water, having more pop and softer landings. The disadvantage is that it maybe harder to keep the board on edge. If you are at the higher end of the range, you may have to ride faster to keep the board afloat, but the board will edge harder and be more responsize because it will sit deeper in the water.