Equipment Guides - Boards
What type of board is right for me?
If you haven't got a board already and are new to the sport
there are two things you need to look for, firstly I'd recommend
that you go with a twin tip or 'double ended' board. All new
boards are double ended however some older ones are not.
The reason for a double ended board is that learning to ride
fakie (reversing the direction of the board) is a whole lot
easier and this means you will be able to a heap of cool tricks
sooner. Also most newer double ended boards are a lot lighter
and easier to jump with.
If you have been wakeboarding for a while and are looking
to upgrade to a newer board what you choose really should
depend on your riding style and budget. Boards are ever changing
with heaps of companies like Hyperlite testing heaps of new
prototypes each day. The best way to choose a board is to
test it, any decent wakeboard retailer will have demo boards
available for testing.
Another important thing is to ensure you purchase a quality
board. There are numerous wakeboarding brands with good reputations
that are producing excellent quality boards including budget
or beginner models. Many fishing stores, boat dealers and
the like will often be found stocking one or two wakeboards,
the problem with these is that they are often not recognised
brands, overpriced, and prone to breaking. Many come with
very dodgy looking bidings that will last you all of 5 minutes.
If you are going to go to the trouble and expense of purchasing
a new boared do it right and visiti a specialist wakeboard
or waterski shop. They have professionlas who will be able
to advise you on the best board for you, and most will allow
you to demo a couple of boards to get a feel for which will
suit you best.
How long should my board be?
Wakeboards come in a variety of different lengths depending
on the manufacturer - often a particular model will be avaible
in 2 or 3 lengths. The table shows a rough guide as
to the length of board that will suit you best. However it
is important to note board designs differ and you shoul consult
your wakeboard retailer before purchasing to ensure the best
sized board for you.
125cm - 135cm
135cm - 140cm
140cm - 145cm+