How To Size a Wakeboard
The proper sizing for a wakeboard is important especially if you are a beginner to the sport. Beginner boards are often a little bit larger to offer better stability and to make it easier getting up. If you’ve ever wondered how to appropriately size a wakeboard for the type of experience you want to have, here are some tips for you.
Your Size and Style
The best wakeboard that you can use often comes down to the riding style you want to have and your weight. Every model will have specific sizing recommendations put out by the manufacturer and if you’re going to have multiple people using a wakeboard, it’s best to pick a board that’s going to meet the needs of the majority of riders. Heavier riders may get frustrated with wakeboards that are not long enough. Opting for a standard size wakeboard of around 140 cm will make sure the majority of riders will be able to ride comfortably.
Shorter Wakeboard Advantages
The feeling you get from a shorter wakeboard depends on the board’s shape, but in general, shorter boards are slower and take more energy to push through the water. The more surface area the board has on the water, the faster it will move across the surface. However, a shorter wakeboard is easier to spin and maneuver in the air as you flip or fly across the wake. The decreased surface area also makes landings harder and the nose may tend to dig in.
Longer Wakeboard Advantages
Choosing a longer board above 144 cm will make sure that people over 200 lbs will be able to get up on plane easily. These wakeboards are also much easier to ride on and you can achieve greater control. Longer boards are perfect for doing the easier tricks and mastering the basics. You also get some softer landings for mastering early tricks.
Apart from the base size, there are also some differences in shapes. There are advanced and beginner shapes that change based on the way you would like to use these boards. If you have never ridden before or you want to have a more stable ride, choosing a simple rocker is the best. A 3 stage rocker is often designed for more expert and intermediate riders. Advanced and expert boards are often smaller and very unforgiving as they assume you’ve got great balance and skill. These wakeboards are faster and have a 3 stage rocker built in an aggressive format for precision tricks.
If you are in the market for a wakeboard and are not sure what length or shape board is best for you then contact us today to speak with a professional!
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