Choosing the perfect wakesurf may seem like an easy decision, but there are a lot of different elements that factor into selecting the ideal board. From the shape and length of the board, the type of boat being used, the type of rope you are being towed by, and what kind of waves you are going to be surfing, there is a lot to consider. If you are in the market for a new wakesurf board, here are some helpful tips to aid in your research of picking out the best board for your needs.
Just like surfing waves on the open ocean, wakesurfers also have a couple of different board styles to choose from. Longboards and short boards, otherwise known as skim style boards, are the two main styles you will find. Both boards are great choices, but the style of surfing you are participating in will determine which kind of board is best for you. The longboard is the more common board to wakesurfers, as they provide a longer, smoother ride that is more relaxed and laid back. Skim boards on the other hand, are designed for sharper handling and more aggressive movement through the water and is more of a performance board than the longboard.
Rocker lines are another important element to factor into your wakesurf board search. These have a major effect on how your board rides through the water. The less rocker lines there are, the smoother and faster the board with glide on the water. If there are more rocker lines however, the board will be slower and tend to drag through the water.
In terms of handling on the water, the rails on the board are another important factor to take into account. If you are looking for quick response, sharp handling that is touchier on the water, a board with thin rails on the edges will be a great performance board for you. For a slower response time, thicker rails on the board will not grab as much behind the watercraft.
Ropes and handles are another important feature to think about when shopping for the right board. These ropes need to be shorter and thicker than that of a wakeboard rope. This will help pull you into the wave faster and you can throw it back to the boat much easier than the long, thinner wakeboard rope.
When choosing the right wakesurf board, be sure to do your research and find out which one is best for your skill level and the size of wave you will be taking on.