Q: What size wakeboard should I ride?
A: There are a number of contributing factors to consider when choosing the proper board size. The most important is going to be the size of the rider. Unfortunately each board is a little different so it can be tough to have a set scale. Most board companies have a general guideline for sizing the rider to each of their boards. Other considerations can include the speed as which the rider likes to be pulled (a larger board has more surface area, therefore doesn’t need as much speed to keep the rider on top of the water), Strength of the rider (larger boards are more to control and require a little more muscle to keep under control), and rider skill level (higher skilled riders tend to look for a larger board that will generate more pop off the wake due to the larger surface area).
Q: What is the difference between a wakeboard with continuous rocker and one with a 3-stage rocker?
A: The rocker refers to the shape difference between the tip and tail of the wakeboard and the center of the bottom of the board. A continuous rocker is just like it sounds, one uninterrupted curve from tip through tail. A continuous rocker board will provide a smooth even ride which will be very predicable and consistent. This type of rocker will also slice through the water with a minimum of friction and will ride much faster allowing the rider to generate a greater amount of speed when heading into the wake. The 3-stage rocker on the other hand will ride quite differently. When the board is laid flat on the ground you will notice that through the center section part of the board will be flush with the ground, or flat. At the end of each boards flat spot you will see the tip and tail suddenly raise off the ground at an angle, forming a ‘kink’ in the boards shape. When a three-stage board hits the wake, the angled tip rides up the wake similar to the continuous, but instead of continuing to slice through, the flat spot of the boards hits the wake next and pops the board up off the wake resulting in more amplitude and less distance. However, more friction is created while riding through the water so some speed is sacrificed in order to gain this extra, explosive pop. In general continuous boards are great for beginners, people looking for a smooth carving, ‘soul’ ride, or people who like to generate a ton of speed and pop way out into the flats. A three-stage board is best for people with aggressive style and amplitude.
Q: Can I wakesurf behind any boat?
A: NO!!! Wakesurfing should only be done behind inboard boats or the newer sterndrives with forward facing props. On direct drive, v-drive inboard boats and forward facing prop sterndrives, the prop is located underneath the boat making it virtually impossible for the rider to come in contact with. Boats with outboard or traditional inboard/outboard engines have the propeller located at the transom of the boat. Despite what you may find on the “internet”, this puts the rider in close proximity and risks coming in contact with the prop which will cause serious injury and possibly death.