How to pick up a wakeboard
Tips for beginners
When it comes the time to wakeboarding, everyone has to start somewhere! It sounds hard for some to find the perfect wakeboard for their next water adventure, especially if you are just starting out. What is the right size, longer or shorter board is right for you or finding the right style and shape to best manouevre through the water, this guide will give you the right directions on how to pick the right size wakeboard for you.
Make a try
Make a ride before making purchase
The beginner’s board is heavier, cheaper with stable fins. Usually, the edges are quite straight (not rounded)
Picking the right size wakeboard length for you
A starting point for finding the perfect wakeboard that will provide you better rides and amazing wake sessions is to understand the size of the board. If you are looking at a short or long wakeboard, you need to consider your weight and riding style. Every wakeboard model has specific sizing recommendations or requirements provided from the manufacturer. If you have tried someone else’s board or you are finding some discomfort with your wakeboard it may not the best fit. We advise you if you need an enjoyable and comfortable wakeboard session to follow this size chart below which suggests the recommended wakeboard sizes, depended upon different weight classifications.
Rider’s Weight (kg) / (lbs)
Wakeboard Length (cm)
11 kg – 31 kg / 25 lbs – 70 lbs
111 cm – 118 cm
27 kg – 36 kg / 60 lbs – 80 lbs
118 cm – 130 cm
36 kg – 49 kg / 80 lbs – 108 lbs
124 cm – 130 cm
50 kg – 70 kg / 110 lbs – 154,5 lbs
130 cm – 134 cm
60 kg – 80 kg / 132,5 lbs – 176,5 lbs
135 cm – 139 cm
75 kg – 100 kg / 165,5 lbs – 220,5 lbs
140 cm – 144 cm
90 kg – 125 kg / 198,5 lbs – 275,6 lbs
LONGER OR SHORTER WAKEBOARD?
What about a longer Wakeboard?
If you are looking for an easier session or you are a beginner looking to start wakeboarding, we recommend a longer wakeboard. Longer wakeboards offer a larger surface area to work off which makes manoeuvring and balancing through the water much easier. This type of board allows better control both in the air and on the water and how to complete tricks for the first time. Generally, because of the larger surface, you will have softer landings and be able to float far more easily than having a shorter board. However, because of the larger surface area, you will respond slower when you go from toe side to heel side of the wakeboard. Finally, because of the heavier weight of the board, it may be harder to perform more advanced tricks once you have got the hang of it.
Is a Shorter Wakeboard Good?
A shorter wakeboard makes for a completely different wakeboard experience compared to a long wakeboard. Generally, with more experience gained you will change to a shorter wakeboard. A shorter wakeboard, will have faster response when it comes to changes in the toe and heel side. You will also notice that completing complex tricks are done easier on a shorter wakeboard. It is easier to move and spin in the air as you flip or fly across the water on a shorter board. You need also to expect that it requires more energy and skills to control a shorter wakeboard. Landings are not as soft as longer wakeboards which means you need to have strong knees and body core.
What about fins?
Fins have an important role in wakeboarding. Tricks and the whole ride in general depends on the size and type of fins. Most often, an advanced boards have removable fins. As for beginners, the best option is to buy a board with stable fins.
NOTE ! THAT THE TALLER YOU ARE THE MORE LIKELY IT IS THAT YOU WILL NEED A LONGER WAKEBOARD. THIS CHART ABOVE IS not A STRICT GUIDE, AND ITS ALWAYS BEST TO COME IN STORE AND CHECK THEM OUT WHERE AN EXPERIENCED PERSON CAN HELP YOU OUT