How-To Choose a Wakeboard
Wakeboard Size Chart - How-To choose the right wakeboard length.
Choosing the correct length of a wakeboard will make your experience the most enjoyable. Length of a wakeboard is dependent on many factors such as the rider’s weight, height, ability and overall preference. While length is mostly a preference, a range of sizes can be determined from some of the rider’s personal attributes such as height and weight. After a range is established, the rider’s ability and personal preference will determine the exact size. Below, a chart to determine your size range is available. Also, benefits of smaller and larger boards are listed to help you determine your personal preferences and exact size.
|Wakeboard Size Chart|
|Rider Weight in Pounds (lbs)||Board Length in Centimeters|
|25 - 70||111 - 118|
|40 - 85||118 - 130|
|60 - 110||124 - 134|
|70 - 130||130 - 138|
|100 - 170||134 - 142|
|150 - 225||138 - 146|
|170 - 250+||142 - 146|
|200 - 275+||146|
Wakeboard Size Chart Based on Weight - How-To Choose
A. WAKEBOARD LENGTH BASED ON HEIGHT
Generally speaking, a good stance will be a little outside of shoulder width. A larger wakeboard will provide for a wider stance option. The taller the rider, the wider stance they will need to obtain the strongest base and give you the best balance. Adjust your board size accordingly.
Benefits of Longer wakeboard
A larger board creates more surface area for a rider. More surface area allows the board to ride higher on the water and creates less drag. Thus, boat speeds can be lowered and the amount of energy it takes to hang on is less. Larger boards also tend to pop higher off the wake and land softer on the water.
Benefits of Shorter wakeboards
A smaller wakeboard gives the rider more control. The shorter your board is, the easier it will be to turn the board. A smaller board will make it easier to do surface spins and also allow you to rotate faster in the air. A smaller board will sit deeper in the water, thus, higher speeds will make it easier and more efficient across the water.
II. WAKEBOARD WIDTH - How-To choose the right wakeboard width.
The wider a wakeboard is the more surface area it will provide for a rider. When determining size on a board, the real importance is in the overall surface area it provides. Some boards have longer lengths but have narrow noises, tails or waist sizes. The benefits of each are listed below.
A. WIDE WAKEBOARDS
A wider board provides you with more surface area per length. This means that you can ride a shorter board which will increase your control and lower swing weight making spins faster and flipping easier. However, the wider the board is, the slower it will transition from edge to edge and the slower it will approach the wake.
B. NARROW WAKEBOARDS
Generally speaking, the more narrow your wakeboard, the faster it will be. If you like your board to be a rocket to the wake, look for something that is a little more narrow in the tip, tail and the waist. However, as your board gets narrower, the overall surface area will decrease, so keep that in mind when deciding the length of your board.
**NOTE: As wakes continue to increase in size, more of a focus has been placed on stability of a board as opposed to the speed of a board. Over time as tow point has gone higher and wakes have gotten bigger, boards have gotten wider (especially on the nose and tail). So, if you are riding a smaller wake with a lower tow point, you may want a faster board that will carry you further (increasing air time). If your wake is massive and you have a tower, you may want to put more emphasis on a wider, more stable shape since you will be effortlessly getting upward hang time. This is merely a suggestion and in the end, it is all a preference, so take this advice with a grain of salt!
III. WAKEBOARD ROCKER - How-To choose the correct wakeboard rocker.
Rocker pertains to the arc of your board. This affects the way the board rides on the water as well as how it "pops" off the wake.
A. CONTINUOUS WAKEBOARD ROCKER
Just as it sounds, continuous rocker is a smooth continuous arc from tip to tail. A continuous rocker board allows the board to generate speed easily and makes for very smooth transitions edge to edge. will ride very consistently and smooth across the water. These boards are great for soul carves and throwin' up walls on super buttery days. Also, a continuous rocker makes for a super consistant outward pop off the wake which is great for taking tricks out into the flats. A smooth ride combined with predictability off the wake makes a continuous rocker a great choice for any level rider.
B.THREE-STAGE WAKEBOARD ROCKER
A three-stage rocker board will have a flat spot through the belly of the board. This flat spot allows for more surface area to connect with the wake at one time, which will transfer more energy to the board and result in more of an upward kick ("pop") off the wake. In other words, a three-stage board will pop higher, and the bigger the flat spot on your board, the closer to the moon you will get! However, more pop-potential also creates a greater margin of error(less consistancy off the wake). A three-stage board will tend to plow through the water making the board have a slightly slower feel. This shape will also require a rider to use his/her edges more efficiently since the fins are slightly less effective on a three-stage board. Three-stage boards are great for aggressive and seasoned riders who wanna grab as much sky as possible.
C. BLENDED WAKEBOARD ROCKER
Blended Rocker combines continuous and three-stage rocker. Generally speaking, the rail, or edge, of a board with a blended rocker will have a continuous arc(allowing for speed and smooth transitions) and the center of the board(between the heel and toe edge) will have a flat spot(allowing for a more upward pop off the wake).
IV. WAKEBOARD EDGES - How-To | Learning about wakeboard edges.
A. SHARP EDGES
The edges of your wakeboard will determine how well it holds edge or how forgiving your board feels. Sharper edges tend to grip better to the water. This is because a sharper edge will ride deeper in the water which will allow your board to hold edge better through the water even on rough days.
B. ROUND or BEVELED EDGES
Rounder edges (beveled) will have a softer, catch-free feeling on the water. Beveled edges have more surface area which will make the board ride higher in the water. This will give your wakeboard a looser feeling when on edge. It will also allow your board to release quicker off the wake.
V. WAKEBOARD MATERIALS - How-To | Learning about wakeboard materials.
The materials that are used to make a wakeboard will determine how stiff or soft a wakeboard feels and how responsive or snappy it is.
A. WOOD CORES
Wood cores are gaining more and more popularity in the wakeboard industry. There are a couple of reasons for this.
B. COMPRESSION MOLDED
Compression molded is one of the older methods of making a wakeboard in which a block of foam is condensed in a mold and shaped to the specific dimensions of any given board. This gives the ability to create sharp edges and has very little flex. Different materials such as carbon are added to the foam to create a stiffer feel. These boards are generally awesome for boat riding since they have a clean, crisp pop off the wake. Generally speaking, the stiffer your board is, the better pop you will get off the wake because no energy is being absorbed in the flex of the board.
VI. WAKEBOARD BASE - How-To | Learning about wakeboard bases and applications.
As wake parks have become more and more popular, boards have changed as well. No longer are riders limited to water and air. Riders now shred all sorts of features, rails, pipes and anything else they can create. The prevelance of this “All Terrain” riding has called for a change in the materials used for the base of boards.
A. STANDARD BASE
All of your normal boat wakeboards will come with a standard base. This means that the top of the board as well as the base will be constructed of the same materials. The intended use for these boards is solely behind the boat. By not adding any extra materials, it keeps wakeboards light and fast across the water.
B. PARK BASE
If you will be riding features you will want to look into a board with a base that can handle some wear and tear. Every company has there own versions of this, the best one is for you to decide. In our opinion, something with a poly-ethalene (p-tex) enforced structure will not only slide the smoothest, but also last you the longest. Most 'grind base' or 'sintered base' boards will have p-tex reinforced bases.
VII. WAKEBOARD FIN CONFIGURATIONS - How-To | Learning about wakeboard fin configurations.
Fin configuration is also a personal preference. There are many different sizes and types of fins. For example, there are molded or bolt on fins. The number of fins as well as the placement will determine how your board rides as well as its versatility.
A. MOLDED VS. BOLT ON
Molded Fins are molded into the shape of the board and are permanent. A molded fin is very durable and tends to have a looser feel on the water (depending on size and length). Since a molded fin is built into the board, there is no play in it and can be easier to break loose from the water.
As cable riding becomes more popular, Bolt on Fins are becoming more prevalent in the wakeboard industry. Bolt on fins makes a board more versatile for all conditions and allows a rider to change the feel of a board. A rider can bolt on the fins to give the board a tighter feel. A board with fins will hold edge better for boat riding or air tricks at the cable park. A rider can also remove the fins for smooth, non-catch riding when launching off kickers or nose pressing the new rooftop rail at the park.
B. FIN PLACEMENT
Fin placement will determine how tight or loose a wakeboard rides as well as how fast a wakeboard is to the wake. Tighter riding boards will have longer fins that extend further towards the tip and tail of the board. For quicker release off the wake, look for fins that don't extend all the way towards tip and tail.