It is much easier to get up on a kneeboard and ride it, much easier than a
pair of waterskis, a slalom waterski, or a wakeboard. Every family should
include a kneeboard on your wakeboard tower rack in your boat because it is the easiest
family board to ride for all ages and skill levels.
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.
For a kids kneeboard, juniors, and teens who are learning to hold on to a
waterski tow rope, the kneeboard hook is essential. 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. 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.
2018 Kneeboard Ratings Kneeboard Reviews
The best kneeboard for 2018 without the hook for advanced riders is the HO Agent Kneeboard. The best 2018 family kneeboard WITH hook is the HO Sports Neutron. Please click on a kneeboard in the list to see the reviews
List of Kneeboards by Brand
(Popup Hydro Hook)
This is a highly 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).
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
construction 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 Pro board with a unique construction, neither fiberglass nor molded plastic.
Newest 2018 HO Sports RAD, RAD Plus, and FAD Inflatables
HO Sports innovated a new type of kneeboard in 2018 which blends the
features of a wakeboard, a kneeboard, and an inflatable towable. They dont
even call it a kneeboard. They call it an Aquatic Device for lack of a
better name. The HO RAD
(Round Aquatic Device), RAD Plus (Round Aquatic Device 5 ft), and FAD (Fun
Aquatic Device), are all designed to be inflated to a significantly high
pressure of 20 psi, almost as high as a car tire. The board is firm after
inflation and you
can ride it kneeling, sitting, standing, or laying down. The fact that it is
inflated makes the ride softer in the water than a fiberglass or roto molded
kneeboard. The FAD and RAD+ have a kneeboard hook for the tow rope to makes it easy get up
on the board without holding on to the rope handle. The RAD boards are
excellent for beginners, intermediate riders, kids, and adults of all ages.