Choosing Your First Wakesurf Board

Quickly becoming one of the most thrilling watersports globally, wakesurfing has waved its flair right into many riders' hearts. 

Whether for going on a date or having a friend's trip after a long year at the office, wakesurfing is an ideal activity for you. Today, more people are going all out to enjoy the waves at the back of a moving boat. 

Consequently, the exercise has broken free from being just competitive sports and people now thrill themselves for leisure with it at different places.

As much as it is a fascination to watch wakesurfing activities on Television or social media, it is even more fulfilling when you are holding the ropecrossing from wake to wake as you smile at your friends. 

But before you get right on the board to glide the water, you should know that some intricate elements contribute to the success or failure of a wakeboarding experience. One of these is choosing the best wakesurf board

The dilemma of picking the right board can go on for hours, and still, the rider does not get the appropriate board.

Thankfully, we will break down the criteria for choosing the right beginner wakesurf board to enhance your experience on the water.

Essentially, there are different categories to consider when selecting the right wake surfboard. These are:

  1. Shape and Length
  2. Rails
  3. Fin
  4. Rocker

1. Shape And Length

You have to understand that wake surfers have a wide array of choices in terms of shapes that fit their riding style and expertise. Generally, the forms of wakesurf boards fall into three classes:

Surf Style

Arguably, this form of wakesurf boards is the most popular and user-friendly of the styles mentioned above. It is also one of the largest as it has the beach surfboards' similitude.

One of the reasons riders choose this type of board is because it allows them to generate more speed. Moreover, it offers more stability, and the waves are easy to navigate with the boards.

Beginners also opt for this type of board because a sit is the easiest to learn. On the other hand, experts use the surf style to maneuver big turns and perform 360s.

Skim Style

If you are looking for an ideal board to perform wake surfing tricks, then skim style boards are just apt for you.

This type of panel is smaller in size with a little find that creates a slippery surface. Most experts enjoy the lightness it adds to their feet as it allows them to gain more elevation.

Beginners might find it challenging to use this board as the intermediate and experts, but this should not pose any problem. In retrospect, the skim style of boards is the best for beginners to learn tricks.

Hybrid Style

Just as you envisioned it, the hybrid style is a combination of both the surf and the skim types.

It takes the skim style's flexibility and adds it to the power and balance of the surf style, thereby offering one board for all riders.

So, if you are having trouble deciding between the first two, you can opt for this style. It is like a blend of two cultures that portrays the beauty of wake surfing.


Settling for the right wake surfboard can be a daunting task. Some riders still find it hard to choose even after reviewing the styles and shapes.

Hence, there is another classification that can help in this decision making. Rails entail the edges of the surfboard, which influences the way the boards move in the water. There are four surfboard classifications based on their rails.

Firstly, there are thin rails. This type of edges cut into the wave more. The rider has to be proactive when using this type of board, and beginners cannot use it because of its complexities. However, beginners can use thick rails, which allows for a steady pace and slower speed.

The second set of classification is the hardness and softness of the rails. The hardness connotes that the board has a dynamic and sharp edge, which adds to the speed and responsiveness. While on the other hand, the softer the rail has a rounder edge that ensures stability.


After you have checked out the shape of the board you want, the next thing to do is check the fin setup. Fins play an immense role in the rider's overall experience; it enhances the performance and makes the ride better.

However, riders need to consider the riding style, wave size, and ability level when choosing the fin to go with their choice boards.  There are five categories of fins for boards:

  • Single Fin: This is the best fit for medium and large waves. It allows the riders more steadiness as well as control while riding. It is common on longboards.
  • Twin Fin: This can navigate any wave and is great for tricks and stunts from different riders.l
  • Thruster: It is the most popular fin set up with its ability to cope with any form of a wave.
  • Quad Fin: It is only found in surf style boards allowing the surfer to generate speed to jump in the air.
  • Five Fins: This is only seen in a surf style. It gives the rider versatility and speeds out in the wave.


This entails the rise and fall of the board's tip. You can usually see this when you lie on the board on a flat surface. The more the rocker on the board, the slower you are. While the lesser the rocker, the faster you become.


By this time, you should not be confused about the type of board to pick. Play to your strengths and explore other options when you are ready.

The waves are yours for the taken. Ensure you confirm every detail before you get out on the board – safety first, no matter how good you are.

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