How to Choose a Wakeboard
If you think all wakeboards are the same, think again. Wakeboards have a lot of nuances and variations that make one board right for certain people and wrong for others. Here are a few tips to help you select a wakeboard.
Check the specifications. Is the board you’re looking at made for a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider—and which one are you? Be honest with yourself when considering your own skill level, because each board will have different characteristics. For example, a beginner might have a hard time learning on a hyper-responsive advanced board.
Get the right size. Consider your height and weight, and choose a board that is built for your size. A board that is too big will be hard to maneuver, while a board that is too small will sink too low.
Consider the material. Most wakeboards are made with either a foam or wood core. Foam core boards are generally cheaper and stand up to more punishment, while wood core boards have better flex. Think about the kind of rider you are. If you’re a beginner, or you want a board that is durable and you can use a lot, foam might be the way to go. But if you’re more worried about performance, you might consider wood.
Wide or narrow? The width of your board will depend on the style of riding you want to do. Wide boards give you more pop off wakes, allowing you to catch more air. However, they don’t carve the water as nicely as narrower boards, which don’t pop as well. Think about which style you prefer.
Experiment with fins. Wakeboard fins come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are fat, others are thin; some are deep while others are short. Generally, you’ll find longer fins on beginner boards and shorter ones on more advanced boards. While many wakeboards have molded fins, some are removable. If you’re just getting started, it might be a good idea to go removable so you can experiment with different fins to find what you prefer.