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Wakeboard Buyers Guide

This guide will help you, but ultimately, before buying a wakeboard, we recommend that you call us or chat with us online for professional advice on buying the right wakeboard for you and your family.

What size wakeboard should I buy?

Rider weight
in lbs
Wakeboard length
in cm

Beginner Binding Stance:

Up to 85 lbs 119 cm  
Up to 105 lbs
Up to 130 lbs
Up to 160 lbs
Up to 180 lbs
Up to 200 lbs
121 cm
130 - 131 cm
132 - 133 cm
134 - 135 cm
136 - 139 cm
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Over 200 lbs 140cm and up   Click Here for Other Binding Settings


The wake board sizing chart is only an estimate. There are other considerations before selecting a wakeboard length in the above wakeboard sizechart

The question about what size wakeboard should I buy is not completely answered by the above wakeboard size chart. The wakeboard size guide is only a guideline for what size wakeboard you should I buy. Buying the right wakeboard depends on other factors that you will read about in this guide.

Below is a 4 point summary guideline for buying the right wakeboard using the above wakeboard sizing chart:

  • Height is NOT a factor. The chart above is a general sizing chart for beginning riders.
  • Skill level, riding style, and board model are major factors to consider for ADVANCED riders.
  • NEVER choose a more advanced board than your skill level because you wont be get up on that wakeboard or able to stay on that wakeboard.
  • For a family board that will fit Mom, Dad, and Older Children and Teens, a 136 is a good length unless riders are over 200 lbs or are under 100 lbs.

After choosing your wakeboard size, decide what YEAR wakeboard to buy for compatibility to your wakeboard boots

Before you buy a wakeboard, decide if you already have used boots from an older wakeboard, or plan to buy new boots. Wakeboard M6 bolt sizes and standards have changed in 2013.
Please click here for our wakeboard and binding M6 compatibility guide.

Buy the right type of wakeboard for your skill level and riding style

Skill Level

Wakeboarding is not an easy sport and beginners need to buy a wakeboard that is easy to ride. If you are teaching your kids how to wakeboard, start with a beginners wakeboard with kids boots. Wakeboards for beginners are less expensive because they do not have advanced materials and advanced features that advanced riders look for in order to perform wakeboard tricks. Beginners wakeboards are larger and built for stability. For example, long boards with square rails are great for beginners, as they are easy to control; however, it would be difficult to perform tricks with such boards.

For more advanced riders who want to do tricks, lighter, smaller boards offer the greatest flexibility. Wakeboards with rounded edges are also preferred by advanced riders, as these allow the rider to move at a higher speed, jump faster, and land in a much smoother fashion.

Riding Style

People who pick up wakeboarding probably are proficient in other watersports such as waterskiing or kneeboarding, and most have a little experience in skateboarding or surfing. Wakeboards come in single-tip and twin-tip models. Single-tip boards have a tapered front and a squared rear, which means they can only be ridden in one direction (with the tip facing front). This type of board is ideal for those with skiing and surfing backgrounds. Twin-tip boards are generally used by those who love snowboarding and skateboarding because the rider can easily switch the direction of the ride and do tricks.

The Board’s Rocker

The rocker (or rocking curve) refers to the shape of the bottom of the board. The board’s rocker is important because its bottom profile affects the way the board moves and how high it can raise the rider (referred to as "pop" by wakeboarders) depending on certain conditions. There are three main types of rockers: continuous, three-stage, and hybrid.

Continuous Rockers

Wakeboards with a continuous rocker have a smooth curve with no edge. These wakeboards offer a faster and smoother ride and can lift the rider over a longer distance, although their pop usually isn’t as high.

Three-Stage Rockers

For more pop, riders often choose three-stage rockers. Wakeboards with these rockers have two breaks in their profiles, creating three planes. The flat center curve allows for greater control, especially when sliding on rails. However, this shape can disrupt water flow, making boards with three-stage rockers slower.

Hybrid Rockers

Hybrid rockers fall somewhere in between continuous and three-stage rockers. They have a smoother center curve, giving them a more consistent ride while still being able to give the rider good pop.

The Board’s Material

Wakeboard materials need to be light enough to allow the rider to jump and perform tricks, but strong enough so they don’t break after only a few outings. Foam board and honeycomb are the two main types of materials used to make wakeboards. Foam boards are best in rough conditions because they are more flexible and ride lower in the water, stabilizing the ride. On the other hand, honeycomb fiber centers are lighter, faster, and provide more pop. However, they are also more rigid which makes those types of boards difficult to control in bumpy conditions.

The Board’s Fins

Wakeboards can come with or without fins. Fins ensure that the board travels in the direction that the board is facing and they prevent it from spinning out of control. However, this also means that riders have a harder time lifting off and performing tricks. Still, some advanced riders will still opt to put fins on their boards, especially in choppy waters. Wide fins are best suited for beginners, while thinner fins provide stability for advanced riders while at the same time still giving them the ability to execute stunts.

After choosing your wakeboard, decide what wakeboard bindings (boots) to buy

Bindings secure the rider to the wakeboard. Wakeboard bindings and boots are the same thing for all brands except Hyperlite. Hyperlite decided to keep some wakeboard bindings separate from the boots, similar to snowboarding boots and bindings. Other brands designed the binding into the boot. If you talk about a wakeboard boot, it is the same as a binding, except for some of the special boots/bindings by Hyperlite.

There are important factors to consider when choosing wakeboard bindings; namely, features, fit, and flexibility:

Features

Different bindings can also have different features. Some have closed toes that fit more precisely on a rider’s feet and allow the rider to have better control and leverage over their board. These bindings are also ideal for colder weather, as they can keep the rider’s feet warm. Open toe bindings are less expensive and have greater heel and toe response. There are also various ways to secure the bindings, such as through laces, mechanical cranks, velcro straps, or hinges.

CWB has the most innovative hinge system for ease of use and has received our 2014 Editors Choice Award for easiest binding to use and safest for beginners. Click here for a description of the CWB Hinge Tech Feature.

Hyperlite offers a binding type that is more secure and designed like snowboard bindings with boots separate from the binding. This is recommended for intermediate and advanced riders. This very secure boot and binding system is not recommended for kids, because the boots stay attached to the board when you fall.

Fit

The fit of the boot must be snug, but not too tight that the rider feels pain or loses circulation. The right fit will allow for greater control and prevent injuries. It can take a while to break in new bindings and, to that end, there are many lubricants on the market that can help a rider slip into tight bindings.

Flexibility

Flexibility is determined by the rider’s preference and riding style. Stiffer boots generally mean greater speed and control, while more pliable ones are better for doing tricks.

How to set and mount your wakeboard boots to your wakeboard

Wakeboard boots are set at a stance according to your skill level. Boots that have a left foot different than the right foot must mount depending on left foot forward or right foot forward. In addition, you need to decide on the stance. The diagram at the top of this article is a beginners stance. Click Here for more details on Binding stance Settings

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