When it comes to hitting the waves, you can choose between many varieties of boards. For instance, the surfboard is the go-to board for wave junkies, and the boogie board is for a more relaxing riding experience. Falling somewhere in between these two extremes is the wakeboard, which provides you the combined experience of snowboarding and water skiing.

For the best ride, you want to match the wakeboard to your thrill-seeking personality and your experience level. However, when it comes to choosing a wakeboard, there are a few more features for you to consider in order to ensure your safety as well as your peak adrenaline level.

1. Your riding style

Wakeboards are designed to match specific types of riding styles. For instance, if you tend to ride with the same foot forward, as in slalom skiing, you should look for a single-tip board. Single-tip boards have a square back and a front that is narrow, which accommodates this riding style.

Conversely, if you come from a skateboarding or snowboarding background, you should consider a twin-tip board. Twin-tip boards are round at both ends. This style allows you to change which foot faces forward.

2. Fins

Wakeboard fins grip the water and keep you from unexpectedly rotating. Fins also help you to remain on course. You will experience a different ride based on the placement, size, and number of fins a board has. For instance, if you are a beginner, you should consider a wakeboard that has longer fins as this provides a stable ride. However, longer fins will impact your ability to do surface tricks because they make it more difficult to break the surface.

Some fins are removable while others are not. Removable fins give you more options as they allow you to change the feel of your ride.

3. Size

Choosing the right size board is important. For instance, the tip of a board that is too small for you will dip. Nose dipping causes the board to move faster through the water, decreasing the wake. If you lift up on the nose, the board slows, and water sprays. Faster speeds reduce the amount of control you have, which can lead to injuries.

A board that is too big for you will make it rather challenging to pop off a wake. Fortunately, most manufacturers provide a chart to help you choose the proper weight-to-length ratio or height-to-length ratio for your needs.

4. Appearance

An important part of choosing a wakeboard is its appearance as its appearance is a reflection of your own personal style. For instance, many wakeboards include the manufacturer's name in bold lettering. Other boards include the manufacturer's name in a more discreet fashion. Additionally, some wakeboards are covered in vibrant colors while others are more muted.

5. Packages

If you are new to wakeboarding, a wakeboard package is a good choice as it comes with everything you need to get started. For instance, in addition to the wakeboard, some packages include things like bindings and a wakeboard bag.

6. Skill

Wakeboards are designed to accommodate a rider's skill level. For instance, entry-level wakeboards come with a continuous rocker, which means your ride will be smooth and fast. You will also be able to link your turns much more easily.

However, if you are into spins and awe-inspiring tricks, you should consider an advanced-level wakeboard. This type of board typically includes a rocker comprised of three planes. After hitting a wave, this type of rocker, called a three-stage rocker, allows you to gain more height, known as pop. However, three-stage rockers can have a more slippery feel on the surface of the water, which can be unnerving for someone new to wakeboarding.

7. Shape

The shape of the wakeboard plays a role in the type of ride you will experience. For instance, a narrow board allows you to carve easily on the water surface, but it will not provide a lot of pop, making tricks a bit more difficult. Conversely, while carving is not as easy with a wide board, a wider shape allows more pop, which enables you to perform a variety of tricks.

8. Edges

Entry-level wakeboards include edges that are squared off. Squared edges help with tracking. However, if you are looking for a board that will help you land tricks, you should consider one with rounded edges, which are typically found on advanced boards.     

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