The equipment you need to practice Wakeboarding



Introduction to wakeboard sport

Wakeboarding is one of the most exciting aquatic extreme sports you can practice. More and more people are getting interest in this type of sports, and it looks like you're also on the list.

Advanced wakeboarders are capable of performing incredible and beautiful stunts, but they aren't exempt of accidents. That's why it is so important to have the correct preparation and equipment.

Of course, to know the how, where and when to practice Wakeboarding is also important, but let's focus first on the basic wakeboard equipment you need for practice and to avoid unnecessary accidents.

The Wakeboard itself

You need to consider the following factors to choose the correct board for you:

1. Wakeboard Size chart

The bigger the board, the more control and stability you'll have. The smaller the board, the more maneuverability for acrobatics.

You must also consider your weight and height because it affects the board's size: the bigger you're, the bigger the board‌ dimensions should be.

Rider Weight (lbs)Rider Weight (kg)Wakeboard Length (cm)
< 100< 45< 130
90-15040-68130-134
130-18059-82135-139
170-25077-113140-144
200-275+90-125> 144
How to Choose a Wakeboard & Wakeboard Size Chart | evo

2. The wakeboard's rocker

It refers to the bending of the board‌ from head to tail. Boards with a continuous rocker will move faster, while boards with several stages will go slower or help you in performing tricks.

Wakeboard Rocker Profiles Explained | Marine Products | Utah

3. Bottom board design

A board can have a concave, channeled or null bottom design. This feature determines the board's performance regarding stability and speed.

You must also consider if the board‌ has fins, which are small components attached below the board‌ and directly influence how well it moves forward while traveling.

Sidecuts: 3 Wakeboard Designs & The Affect On Your Riding
Wakeboard complete pack: board, fins, bindings, boots, ...
Wakeboard complete pack: board, fins, bindings, boots, ... 

Boots and bindings

The boots can be open, what can adapt to different foot sizes or closed, what can bring more stability to the rider's feet.

Bindings are small devices that impedes that the rider's feet get disconnected from the board, what is necessary if you want to perform stunts.

The line


It's what connects you to the boat. The length of the line depends on the rider's experience and the speed he/she will travel: beginners usually go at max 20km/h, while veterans can exceed 35km/h.

The length of the rope can vary from 65 to 85 feet (20 to 25 meters), depending on the rider's level. It's also very important to check the quality of the rope.

Here we can also include the Handle. It must be made of a durable material to avoid that it breaks due to saline water.

Best Wakeboard Ropes and Handles for 2020-2021
WakeBoard line with rope and handle
WakeBoard line with rope and handle 

The life vest

A life vest is an essential part of the wakeboard equipment that will keep you floating on water if you fall from your board. It must adjust well to your body and feel comfortable. There are different models and color to fit your tastes, and adults life vest‌ are different from kids life vest‌ so make sure to get the right one.

We'll also include the wet suit‌ here, thought it isn't a mandatory element. It helps in keeping the rider's temperature when practicing in cold waters.

Life vests selection
Life vests selection 

The helmet

A good helmet should bring head protection against different types of danger, not only hits. It can also be an insulator for cold, humidity and sun rays.

It usually offers ear protections too, and bright colors help in locating the rider in case of falling.

Final advice

Wakeboarding can be a secure and exciting sport if you have the proper training, preparation and equipment, so don't skimp on resources to protect yourself.

Be safe, your health comes first!

Wakeboard complete pack: board, fins, bindings, boots, ...
Wakeboard complete pack: board, fins, bindings, boots, ... 
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