While it may take some time to get the hang of it, anyone with access to a boat and some cable can learn to wakeboard. Some may compare it to surfing but it’s really more of a combination of water skiing and snowboarding. Unlike surfing, wakeboarding is usually reserved for lakes and can be done even when waters are calm. When picking a board, make sure you get the right size for your body, otherwise, you’ll either sink or have trouble hopping along. To help narrow down the choices, we rounded up a few of the best wakeboards on the market for adults and kids.
1. Hyperlite Machete Wakeboard
Four removable fins provide exceptional control and true step down edges enhance speed towards the wake, allowing for easier turns.
Pros: Layered glass construction enhances the durability of this board, the M6 hardware reduces the board width, making it lighter and a three-stage rocker delivers a stable platform and catch free riding in the flats while offering a flatter center to explode off the wake. It comes with easily adjustable Hyperlite Destroyer bindings designed for pillow-soft landings and features a two-year warranty.
Cons: It may feel looser than a continuous rocker.
2. Rave Sports Jr. Impact ll Wakeboard
This colorful youth wakeboard features a continuous rocker for softer landings. It’s constructed of RIM molded PU with fiberglass reinforced edges and a high-density laminate core.
Pros: It comes with adjustable Charger bindings designed to fit most kid shoe sizes and its oval design with a wide center provides enhanced stability.
Cons: It may feel too big for some.
3. Zup You Got This All-in-One Board
This bright lime green and blue board comes with a handle and works not only as a wakeboard but as a kneeboard, boogie board and water skis. It features durable HDPE plastic molded construction and EVA foam padding.
Pros: Integrated side handles with soft hand grips and an integrated tow hook allow you to control the board from side to side. A built-in handle hook allows riders to start and to a kneeling or standing position without worrying about holding onto the handle.
Cons: It’s better for beginners.
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