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Kneeboard Buyers Guide

How to buy the right Kneeboard

Kneeboarding is a family oriented sport that can be fun and exciting everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability. It is much easier than waterskiing or wakeboarding. Every family should have a kneeboard included in the list of waterskis and wakeboards that you take on your boat, because it is the easiest board to ride.

The Kneeboard Hook is the most important feature for beginning riders

The hook holds the waterski handle while the rider gets up on the kneeboard. The kneeboard hook is essential for getting up on the board. Each brand has its own name, Hydroslide has the Hydroslide Hydro Hook, Obrien has the Aquatic Hook, and Connelly has the Connelly Rope Hook. If you are a beginner to intermediate rider, buy a board with the hook. Advanced kneeboards normally do not have a hook.

Hydroslide’s Pop Up Hydro Hook is a superior design and is recommended. Hydroslide uses a spring loaded action to allow easy placement of the rope handle in the holder. While not in use the Hydro-Hook lies completely flat with the deck of the kneeboard. If you fall on your kneeboard, the hook will not catch you or cut you because it is tucked in flat with the deck of the kneeboard. Other boards have the hook permanently molded into the board. Normally these hooks have rounded edges for safety.

Kneeboards WITH the Kneeboard Hook  
Hydroslide Obrien Connelly HO ZUP
Hydro Hook Aquatic Hook Kneeboard Hook Kneeboard Hook Hook
RAZORBACK Obrien Ricochet Kneeboard with Hook 2014 SCARAB NEUTRON  

Kneeboards WITHOUT the Kneeboard Hook
  5150 RUSH   JOKER

This video shows you how to use the Kneeboard Hook

Best add on products for Kneeboarding: the Pannoshock Kneeboard Cushion

This is a highlighly recommended HO product to buy with any kneeboard. The Panno Shock Kneeboard cushion reduces fatigue and cushions the shock on jumps over the wake. It helps people who have bad knees allowing you to ride a kneeboard without bending your knees all the way when you sit on the board. Excellent product. (Featured below at the end of this article).

Shock Strap on Hydroslide Kneeboards: Hydroslide Nash Replacement Kneeboard Strap 3inch Padded w Shock extension

Hydroslide has a good feature with the shock strap extension. The extension is red in color and comes with most Hydroslide Kneeboards. This allows larger men to ride by adding another 6 in of length to the strap.

Recreational Plastic Molded Kneeboards vs Fiberglass Composite Kneeboards for Pros:

Most recreational kneeboarders are made from rotomolded plastic. These plastic kneeboards are widely available and less expensive than competitive kneeboards. The soft, wide edges on plastic kneeboards are best suited for beginners and kids. Plastic is a little easier on you if the board hits you on the head. The design allows for smooth turning and good control for even the novice kneeboarder. The boards are relatively thick and very buoyant, so they help act as a flotation device after a spill. Some plastic kneeboards offer fins to help make turning easier. 

Competitive kneeboards are Fiberglass Composite. These boards are higher performance and more durable. Thinner and lighter, they allow riders to make sharper turns, higher jumps, and more tricks. The thin construchtion is not as buoyant as recreational plastic models. Fiberglass kneeboards are very stiff and have some sharp edges. Sharp edges are dangerous for kids and beginners--only experienced riders should ride fiberglass molded kneeboards. Pros are experienced and do not need the kneeboard hook to get up on the board, thus pro knee boards normally do not have a kneeboard hook. The fiberglass models include: HO Agent, HO Joker, Hydroslide Respect, Obrien Ricochet (fiberglass top), Obrien 5150 Rush. The Obrien SOZO is a very high end Pro board with a unique construction, neither fiberglass nor molded plastic.