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Wakeskate Buying Guide

I. CONSTRUCTION
There are two main types of wakeskate construction. There is your composite wakeskates and your wood skates.

 

a. COMPOSITE
A composite wakeskate will be very durable and lighter than wood skates. They will also ride a     bitdifferently on the water. They tend to sit higher, which creates less drag, thus having a     slightly faster feel across the water.

b. WOOD CORE SKATES
When it comes to wooden core wakeskates, there are your lower end wooden cores and higher     end, heavier wakeskates. Higher end wooden skates will have more ply's (making the board     heavier) and more concave (giving you more control). The advantage of a heavier wakeskate is     that it will stay with your feet more on wake-to-wake and ollie tricks.

 

II. CONCAVE
Concave the inward curve of your board from edge to the middle of the board. Concave gives the rider heel and toe edge control along with control when the board is in the air.

 

III. BI-LEVEL
A bi-level wakeskate allows the tail of the wakeskate to stay elevated off the water. An elevated tail allows for more pop potential off the water.



 

 

IV. FOAM vs GRIP
A foam top board, usually seen on more entry-level wakeskates allows the rider to ride barefoot. This is the main draw towards a foam top wakeskate. On the other hand, a grip tape top will not give the rider that option(atleast if they care about there feet). However, with a grip tape top and a set of wakeskate shoes, the rider will have better control and grip on the board, and gain balance and stability(with the shoes).