Trying to decide which wake surf board is right for you? Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of boards available and what they’re best for.
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If you are just getting into the sport of wake surfing, you may be wondering what type of board you should get. There are a lot of different options on the market, but beginner boards tend to have a few things in common. They are usually shorter and have softer edges, which makes them easier to control. Beginner boards are also often wider, which gives you more stability as you learn to surf.
An inflatable stand up paddleboard (SUP) is, as the name suggests, an SUP that can be inflated using a pump. Inflatable paddle boards have a number of advantages over their solid counterparts. They are, for example, much lighter and easier to transport. You can simply deflate the board, roll it up and put it in the trunk of your car. An inflatable SUP is also a great option if you want to travel with your paddle board as they can easily be packed in a suitcase.
Another advantage of an inflatable SUP is that they are generally more stable than solid SUPs, making them a great option for beginners or for people who want to do yoga or meditation on their paddle board. And if you do happen to fall off, an inflatable SUP will provide a softer landing than a solid SUP!
Soft Top Boards
Soft top boards, sometimes referred to as foamies, are the best choice for beginners. They are more buoyant and have softer edges, making them more forgiving when you make mistakes. They are also cheaper and more durable than fiberglass boards, making them a good choice if you’re just starting out.
You’ve mastered the basics of wake surfing and now you’re ready to upgrade your board. Here, we’ll give you a few things to consider as you shop for an intermediate board. You’re ready to move up to an intermediate board when you can consistently ride in a standing position and you’re ready to start trying some basic tricks.
Foam Core Boards
Foam core boards are the most popular type of board on the market. They are relatively inexpensive, durable, and easy to ride. Foam core boards are a great choice for beginner and intermediate riders.
Foam core boards are made of a foam core surrounded by a fiberglass or plastic shell. The foam core is usually EPS (expanded polystyrene), which is a lightweight and strong material. Foam core boards are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and constructions.
The most important factor in choosing a foam core board is the density of the foam. Higher-density foam will be more rigid and will provide better performance on the waves. However, higher-density foam is also more expensive. For beginner and intermediate riders, lower-density foam is often the best choice.
Hybrid boards are the best of both worlds. They have the speed and carving ability of a skim style board with the buck and boost performance of a surf style board. All of our hybrid boards feature our Fastrack mounting system. This gives you the option to move your bindings around to find that perfect sweet spot for your riding style.
The Aura was designed for a rider that wants to ride both ways but prefers the feel of a surf style board under their feet. The extra wide tail gives you the volume needed to boost huge airs and also helps the board stay locked into those big carves.
The Glider was designed as an all-around performer. It has enough rocker to stay locked into carves but still has the speed and glide you need to boost big airs off the wake. This board is versatile enough to ride both ways and will suite any riders needs.
The Phantasm was designed with one thing in mind, performance. This board has more rocker than any other Hybrid in our line giving it unbelievable carving ability. The removable center fins give you the option to ride it as a 3-stage or 5-stage rocker board.
Assuming you have the basic understanding of how to surf on a wakeboard, we will now move on to the next level: the advanced boards. These boards are designed for those who want to do more than just cruise on the wake. They are made for those who want to do big air and learn new tricks.
Fiberglass boards are the most popular type of wake surf board. They are durable and have a good amount of flex, making them ideal for beginners and intermediate riders. Fiberglass boards come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can find one that fits your riding style.
Foam boards are the lightest type of wake surf board, which makes them easy to transport. They are also less expensive than fiberglass boards. However, foam boards are not as durable as fiberglass boards and can be damaged easily. Foam boards are a good choice for beginners who want to try wake surfing without investing a lot of money in a board.
Wood boards are the heaviest type of wake surf board, but they are also the most durable. Wood boards have a natural flex that makes them ideal for experienced riders who want to do tricks. However, wood boards are more expensive than other types of wake surf boards.
Carbon Fiber Boards
Carbon fiber wake surfboards are the next step in the progression of the sport. These boards are made with a carbon fiber reinforced polymer, which makes them extremely lightweight and strong. The combination of these two properties make for a board that is very responsive and easy to control. Carbon fiber boards also have a very smooth and fast glide, which is perfect for advanced riders who want to perform tricks and airs.