all down to your personal choice and style of riding
at the end of the day so this is only a general guide...
important to match the size of your wakeboard to your
height and weight, it’s important to know your
riding style and the wake you most commonly ride in
order to gain optimal performance from your wakeboard.
Variables in the board such as rocker, width, length,
weight and fins all directly affect your riding performance.
you ride small to midsize wakes, your pop is usually
produced more by edging, so less rocker would be ideal.
On bigger, steeper wakes, your pop is projected more
straight up than across, so you need the bounce created
by a wakeboard with a lot of rocker.
is the bend you see in a wakeboard from tip to tail.
There are two types of rocker: continuous and three-stage.
Continuous rocker is a smooth curve that does not change
from tip to tail, while three-stage rocker has two
distinct bend points, almost like a skateboard deck
but not as drastic. When you ride wakeboards with continuous
rocker you lose a bit of your pop, but you get a fast
ride because the water flows without disruption across
the bottom of the wakeboard right out through the tail.
Since wakeboards with three-stage rocker has two distinct
bends in the wakeboard, it pushes more water in front
of the wakeboard. This makes your ride slower, but
with three-stage rocker you gain a lot of pop off the
more rocker you have, the slower, looser and less edgy
the wakeboard. With more rocker, you tend to lose the
locked-in feeling of your fins, which allows you to
break the wakeboard loose whenever you please. For
beginners, wakeboards with a lot of rocker will feel
loose, but it will teach you how to edge rather than
relying on your fins, which pays off in the long run.
You are forced to be more gradual with your turns and
for some the slowness makes them feel more comfortable.
As far as landings go, the more rocker your board has,
the softer the impact will feel, but you will notice
a sluggishness when you hit the water and try to keep
contrast, less rocker allows the wakeboard to move
faster, hook up better and become more aggressive.
You can be more aggressive with your turns and really
edge hard through the wake instead of going slow and
bounding off it. You will work less, last longer on
the water and be able to land really far out in the
flats because the wakeboard planes better and you don’t
have to put so much effort into making the wakeboard
move across the back of the boat. Beginners may feel
a bit out of control and unstable with less rocker.
Overall, your impact on landings becomes harder, but
your recovery time after landing is quicker, allowing
you to adjust and move right back into acceleration
again fairly easily.
those who ride a small to midsize wake, your pop is
produced more by edging, so less rocker is ideal. Since
you don’t get that bounce up from a big steep
wake, by using less rocker you won’t get sprayed
in the face as you edge through a mellow, more gradual
wake. On bigger steeper wakes, your pop is projected
straight up more than across, so you need the bounce
created by a wakeboard that has a lot of rocker. You
may have to work a little harder to make the wakeboard
go, but the end result is that you get more height.
wakeboards carry less swing weight so can spin really
fast. On the other hand, larger wakeboards go really
big and absorb huge landings.
down will make the wakeboard feel lighter, spin faster
and seem more aggressive. But your landings do suffer.
There is not as much surface area to plane across the
water, so the wakeboard will not float you as well.
You will have to work a little harder to keep the nose
from digging in and you may have to increase your boat
speed a bit to help you plane. However, smaller wakeboards
are great for people who like to do a lot of handle-pass
flips and spins and move around the water fast. It
can also be a great learning tool. If you have a selection
of wakeboards and are working on a spin, for example,
sizing down will help you rotate better and farther.
When you get the landing and get comfortable on the
smaller wakeboard, start trying to increase your rotation
on the wakeboard sized for you. If you struggle to
get the whole rotation, move down again. Land the trick
then move back up.
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your wakeboards up from your established size lends
a slower, smoother style. A bigger wakeboard moves
slower in the water, making you look smoother. The
bigger surface area really lets you spin slowly and
hold on to those grabs for a long time. If you are
into going big, the increased surface area lets the
wakeboard land softer, saving your body from the bigger
impacts. You can use the different wakeboard sizes
as a learning tool and size up or down to help you
width of a wakeboard directly affects how high it sits
in the water. There are three places to check wakeboard
widths: Tips and tails – those are generally
the same – and in the middle. Narrower tips and
tails sit lower and make the wakeboard turn more aggressively.
However, to initiate spins you might have to wait longer
because the wakeboard doesn’t release as well
through the wake. A rider may want to load up fins
on the ends of this wakeboard since it sits lower in
the water. Wider tips and tails allow you to break
your fins loose and slide around for lip tricks and
surface tricks, and a better release for spins off
wider the middle of the wakeboard, the higher it will
sit in the water and the harder it will bounce off
the wake. You do lose some ability to edge the wakeboard
really aggressively and cannot rely on your fins as
much. This teaches you to use the rail of the wakeboard
to edge through the water instead of relying on your
the big, mellow wakes and aggressive out-in-the-flats
riding you should find a wakeboard that is wide through
the middle and a little narrower at the tip and tail
so you can edge longer and use your fins more. For
an all-around loose snowboard-type feel and those huge,
steep wakes, find a wakeboard that is wider throughout.
wakeboards are easier to move around and may have better
flex patters, which affects your pop and landings.
Weight is a variable that is closely related to length
and can be used the same way.
the bottom of the wakeboard you will see concaves,
channels or maybe nothing at all. Each performs a different
function, fine-tuning how the wakeboard rides through
the water according to its width from tip to tail,
fin setup, rocker and tip and tail shape.
create lift and make the wakeboard sit higher in the
water. Ever so simply, concaves in different areas
of the wakeboard created lift in different areas of
the wakeboard. For instance, a double concave in the
middle and a single concave in the tip and tail keep
the wakeboard riding higher in the water overall. A
double concave in the middle will always sit higher
than the single concave.
act like long fins. It’s something for the water
to run into and along to help the wakeboard edge harder.
If there are channels through the middle of the wakeboard
and not at the tip or tail, it will be a hard-edging
wakeboard but will still release well through the wake,
depending on the fin setup. On a wakeboard with channels
running through the tip and tail, the fins will hook
better and the wakeboard will not release as well through
the wake. Finally, a featureless wakeboard bottom relies
on the tip and tail shape, the width throughout the
rocker and the fins.
closer you move the fins towards the center of the
wakeboard, the quicker and better the wakeboard releases
from the wake. The farther you move them out towards
the tip and tail, the longer the wakeboard will stay
hooked into the wake and it won’t release as
the fins work depends on what size fins you are riding:
Their effect is based on their increased surface area – The
more you have the better the fin hooks up. A tall fin with a
short base is almost the same as a short fin with a long base
because they have a similar amount of surface area. Long-based
fins release better, give the wakeboard a loose, snowboardy feel
when riding flat through the water.
These are big channels in the board that act like fins.
These capture the maximum edge hold and aggressiveness into the
wake and through the wake.
These are fins that lean out on an angle. These fins are not
as active when the wakeboard is riding flat through the water,
but the more you lean on edge the more the wakeboard hooks up.
The inside fin digs while the outside lifts, creating leverage
to help the wakeboard edge hard.
They have the same effect as canted fins but add more of a push-pull
effect. The cupped fin allows you to use a smaller fin but still
get the hold of a bigger fin due to the increased surface area
of the cupped side of the fin. These fins are very deceiving – they
look small and loose but really aren’t.