Equipment Guides - Ropes
As detailed in our Beginners
Guide to Wakeboarding, when you are first learning to wakeboard
a shorter rope is best - around 50 foot. However as you become
better you will begin to want to lengthen the line - the reason
for which being that a longer line allows you to gather greater
speed before you hit the wake, and therefore allowing bigger air,
and more time in the air.
Most of the pro riders are using 65 to 75 feet of rope for,
but for the average rider, 55 to 65 feet of rope is a good
length to be working with. Luckily rope manufacturers understand
the need for changes in length and ropes are available sectioned
so you can easily modify the length of your rope in seconds.
What sort of rope do I need?
When it comes to wakeboarding, it really pays to get yourself
a proper non-stretch line. Traditional water-ski ropes
usually have a degree of spring to them that is good for slalom
but not so good for wakeboarding.
A proper non-stretch line will give you more control in the
air, which is particularly useful for inverts. I would recommend
at least a Poly-E line - these are stiffer normal ski
lines but still have a little give to them.
Spectra's are another option, these are really stiff lines,
but are a little flacid and therefore you will have problems
with knots and tangles. Spectra Fusion lines are as
stiff as spectra, but the texture is like Poly-E, so you won't
get those tangle problems as much.
Wakeboarding Line Winder
This nifty little line Winder helps prevent annoying
and hazardous tangles and kinks in ski ropes.
Manufactured by Straightline, click
here for more details.