The Brofessionals guide - Buying Wakeboards
Size, shape, Glass, Wood core, fins, no fins, boat, cable, me, her, kids, mates....
Looking for a new board, but have no idea how to choose the right set up other than finding the right kick-ass graphic you like?
We've attempted to simplify below to help get you started.
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1. Board Size
Probably the most important feature to consider is the length of your wakeboard. The length is determined by your own weight and foot stance, and if multiple riders will be using the board, it is better to adapt the board to the heaviest rider.
Rider Weight (kg) = Board Size (cm)
11 - 31 = 111-118
18 - 38 = 118-130
29 - 50 = 124-134
31 - 80 = 130-138
45 - 100 = 134-142
68 - 110 = 138-146
77 - 110+ = 142-146
2. Board core
Choose the board construction to best suit your riding options -
Boat / Jet Ski
If you're simply riding behind a boat a foam core glass board will provide a stiffer ride giving more pop across the wake. A woodcore will provide a lot more fun when trying ollies, boardslides presses and general mucking around.
Boat & Cable
Wood core boards are best if you want the option to ride wake and cable. With removable fins to ride rails & Kickers yet still provides plenty of pop. They also give you a way softer landing behind the boat for those bad knees.
3. Fin & Channel set up
If you're a beginner rider, look for a board with a centre fin - This will provide you with a stable ride when you get up and you are flat tracking behind the boat.
Side fins help you once you advance to a higher level. Giving you more edge control when you don't have perfect technique. The larger the fins the more the board will hide imperfect body riding position. The smaller the fins the more forgiving and slippery the board will feel.
4. Board shape
Rocker is simply the curve (bend) profile of the board and determines riding style.