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WAKESURFER BUYER’S GUIDE

WAKESURFER BUYER’S GUIDE

In the market for a new wakesurfer? All the options have your head spinning? We’re here to help!

Everything you need to know is here in this complete guide to wakesurf boards. The right board = the best lake days! So sit back, read on, and let us help take the guesswork out of purchasing your next wakesurfer!

A new wakesurfer is a big investment! You’ve got lots of options to choose from… Here’s the scoop on what to consider as you’re choosing your next board:


WAKESURF BOARD STYLES

Wakesurfing evolved from ocean surfing and skimboarding. Although board shapes and stylings vary greatly from brand to brand, elements from these 2 sports can be seen in them all. The differing shapes of the boards help accommodate for ability levels and riding styles, but they all generally fall into 1 of 3 categories: Surf Style, Skim Style, or Hybrid.


SURF STYLE WAKESURF BOARDS

  • similar styling and feel of traditional ocean surfers (only smaller)
  • greater volume than other wakesurfer styles
  • rounder tails and more rocker than skim or hybrid style
  • most have multi-fin setups to adjust your ride
  • generally, the easiest board to learn on
  • offers speed, explosiveness, and maneuverability for more advanced riders

  • SKIM STYLE WAKESURF BOARDS

  • designed to be playful and loose, like an ocean skim
  • smaller/less buoyant than surf style boards
  • fewer bottom features
  • slippery on the water (best suited for tricks and spins)
  • usually recommended for a more advanced wakesurfer

  • HYBRID STYLE WAKESURF BOARDS

  • blend of surf style and skim style
  • many shapes fall into this category
  • aim to get the best of both worlds
  • provide playfulness of a skim style while maintaining the power, speed, and maneuverability of surf style.

  • SHORTER WAKESURF BOARDS

  • more maneuverable/agile
  • great option for lighter riders and more advanced riders
  • smaller boards are best suited for a bigger wake

  • LONGER WAKESURF BOARDS

  • provide more surface area
  • more buoyant
  • works well for heavier riders
  • great option for smaller wake
  • slower (tend to be easier for beginners)

  • Although board size isn’t an exact science, you can check out our Product Size Chart for recommendations.

    Still not sure what board is right for you? Give our crew a shout… they’re more than happy to get you set up.

    Have more questions? Visit our other blogs for common questions or shoot a comment below and we’ll get back to you!

    Having the right board can mean the difference from a great day on the water to an amazing experience that takes your surfing game to a whole new level.

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