Does my wakesurf board size matter? Yes. Having the right wakesurf board size for your surfing ability and weight will ensure that you have the best wakesurfing experience.
The appropriate size of a wakesurf board can be the difference between not dropping the rope and landing your first 360.
This article will give you details on how you can determine the right wakesurf board size for your specifications, the importance of the right wakesurf size, and a wakesurf board size chart as well as the different metrics.
Why Wakesurf Board Size Matters?
For you to have an enjoyable experience when wakesurfing, you must determine the right size for your wakesurf board. The volume, width, and length of the board will significantly affect how the wakesurf board rides as well as the following:
- Board’s reactiveness and speed – this will affect how you can ride quickly along and through the wave.
- Board’s ability to stay in the wave naturally – this will affect how difficult and hard you must work to move backward and forward in the wave as well as stay in the sweet spot.
- Board’s ability to carve and turning radius – some boards (square-shaped) can turn quickly and easier on the spot while others can easily keep a straight line.
- Board's resistance to nose-diving – there will be lots of nose-diving especially if you are in your beginning stages of wakesurfing. The size of the wakesurf board helps you deal with nose-diving, which can be more fun for you, but less fun for those watching.
Wakesurf Board Size Metrics
Once you have chosen the shape of the wakesurf board that you want, the next step is to determine the right size. This can be determined by looking at the length and the volume of the board as explained below:
The length of a wakesurf board is the measurement between its tip and the tail. You must consider the length of a wakesurf board before purchasing it. Length affects how a wakesurf board performs in the following ways:
- Shorter boards have a slower speed while longer boards have a faster speed.
- When it comes to maneuverability, longer boards are better for riding in a straight line while shorter boards can easily spin and maneuver.
- Longer boards have a larger turning radius while shorter boards have a shorter turning radius.
- You are more likely to experience nose dives with a shorter board compared to a longer board.
- If you are a beginner at wakesurfing, longer boards are suitable for you but if you have the intermediate and advanced experience you can opt for a shorter board.
- Longer boards are ideal for taller and/or larger riders while shorter boards are suitable for lighter and/or shorter riders.
- The wake requirement for longer boards can be small, medium, or large while shorter boards need large wakes.
It is now clear that the board's performance is affected by the many effects of the board's length. However, the first thing to consider is your weight when finding the right size of your wakesurf board. From there, you can choose a shorter or a longer board depending on the other factors listed above.
The volume of a wakesurf board is determined by combining its width, length, thickness, and shape. It refers to the amount of space inside the board's shell and it determines the buoyancy of the board.
If the volume of the board is higher, it will be able to support more weight and ride higher on water. A board with more volume is best suited for bigger riders.
This is because the board has more buoyancy that keeps heavier riders on top of the water, maintains the wave power, makes it easier for the board to carve and avoid nose-diving.
There is no general rule on what volume is required for a particular rider’s weight because the board’s length and shape play a role. Typically, when buying wakesurf boards you will see the volume and the specific weight a board supports.
In addition to being suitable for heavier surfers, a wakesurf board with more volume is also better for small wakes as it makes it easy to stay in that sweet spot and move forward in the wave.
Wakesurf Board Size Chart
The following table shows the wakesurf size chart that you can use to find the right board size for your weight based on the different shapes of wakeboards:
Surfer’s Weight (Pounds)
Less than 110
Less than 4’
Less than 4’
Less than 4’
100 to 170
4’0’’ to 4’4’’
3’9’’ to 4’8’’
4’0’’ to 4’8’’
150 to 200
4’4’’ to 4’10’’
4’8’’ to 5’3’’
4’8’’ to 5’0’’
190 to 250+
Wakesurf Boards For Beginner And Larger Riders
Since boats do not create huge waves, riders who are beginning their wakesurfing experience are recommended to start by using a more buoyant and large wakesurf board as it offers a more stable platform to ride in a smaller wave.
Larger riders benefit from larger boards with more buoyancy because it flattens the learning curve.
Wakesurf Boards For Skilled Riders
Because of their experience, skilled riders can ride smaller wakesurf boards as they can keep up with the boat, but they still need a more voluminous board for buoyancy.
Wakeboard For Kids
Kids do not struggle to stay in the wave without a rope compared to adults but if the board is too big, they may have a problem controlling their speed. Therefore, a smaller board will be easier for kids to learn basic and even advanced tricks.
Using the information provided in this article, you can now determine the right size for your wakesurf board.
It is important to note that the length and the volume of the board as well as your weight can affect the performance of the board.
Hopefully, the above article has given you the information that you need to choose the right wakeboard and get started in your wakesurfing adventure.