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.
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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.