Wakeboards come in many different sizes, graphics, fin arrangments, rockers and material. There are things that will make a difference on how easy or hard they are to ride but usually it takes a more experienced rider to tell these differences between most of the boards.... Exception being , trying to pull a beginner out of the water and get going on a finless pro level board which is madness !
Wakeboards are sized by length and width, and most are listed in centimeters. When you see a board with a number in its name ,an example would be the HYPERLITE PREMIER 141 the number is the length of the board in centimeters. This board is referred to as a blank. This means that for the price shown the customer gets just the board without bindings.
One huge difference between skis and wakeboards is that with wakeboards, the boards and bindings are interchangeable between companies. This allows you to buy an O'Brien board and Hyperlite bindings and use them together.
Before buying a wakeboard, there are several things to consider. First, how much experience on a wakeboard do you have? Do you plan on this being a multi-rider board or is it just for you? There are several things that will steer you in the right direction, one is that if you're looking for a board the whole family can use it is going to need the adjustable style binding. Also you need a board that is large enough to support the largest member of the family. This brings us to sizing of the board.
With wakeboards size is not as important as it is in waterskis, generally even a short wakeboard can lift an adult man although he might have trouble staying up on it at slow speeds. Most boards over 136cm are plenty big for your average male rider and usually just right for mid sized people. Kids and young adults however should look for something around the 128cm-136cm, as they will have a lot more control over the smaller board. There is no chart that states if someone weighs a certain amount that they must ride a particular size board.
Track refers to the boards ability to hold to the water and turn (also know as edging). The harder a board tracks the more speed it has when you reach the wake allowing you to jump higher.
Rocker is the bend the board has between the two ends , a progressive rocker is a gradual bend the whole way down , a 3 stage rocker is flatter in the middle.
Wake is the wave left behind the boat as it moves through the water. This is what wakeboarding is all about. Many people add weight to the back of the boat to increase the wake size (you can purchase items like Fat Sacs to accomplish this). This wall of water is what wakeboards jump and do trick on hence the name of the sport.
Release or Pop is the term used to describe the board’s ability to leave the water when you jump the wake. Certain boards have tail designs that allow the board to jump. In the sport a board with a lot of release is said to have a lot of "pop" because the board pops off the wake when the rider edges in hard.
One thing to remember however is that beginner wakeboarder can get up on a Pro level board as easily as an entry level board , the difference is that the wakeboarder will have trouble getting the board to perform to its full potential.
A super informative website is www. WAKEWORLD .com but remember this is a US website so prices are different , this gives reviews and comments on all boards , bindings and watersport products .
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