How to Choose A Wakesurf Board

February 19, 2018

Wakesurfer Buyer's Guide

In the market for a new wakesurfer? All the options have your head spinning? We're here to help!

Everything you need to know is here in this complete guide to wakesurf boards, put together by our knowledgable Doomswell crew... JUST FOR YOU! The right board=the best lake days! So sit back, read on, and let us help take the guesswork out of purchasing your next wakesurfer!

A new wakesurfer is a big investment! You've got lots of options to choose from... Here's the scoop on what to consider as you're choosing your next board: 

 

Wakesurf Board Styles

Wakesurfing evolved from ocean surfing and skimboarding. Although board shapes and stylings vary greatly from brand to brand, elements from these 2 sports can be seen in them all. The differing shapes of the boards help accommodate for ability levels and riding styles, but they all generally fall into 1 of 3 categories: Surf Style, Skim Style, or Hybrid.

 

Surf Style Wakesurf Boards

  • similar styling and feel of traditional ocean surfers (only smaller)
  • greater volume than other wakesurfer styles
  • rounder tails and more rocker than skim or hybrid style
  • most have multi-fin setups to adjust your ride
  • generally, the easiest board to learn on 
  • offers speed, explosiveness, and maneuverability for more advanced riders
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    Doomswell Surf Style: Neo and Bandwagon

     

    Skim Style Wakesurf Boards 

  • designed to be playful and loose, like an ocean skim
  • smaller/less buoyant than surf style boards
  • fewer bottom features
  • slippery on the water (best suited for tricks and spins)
  • usually recommended for a more advanced wakesurfer
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    Doomswell Skim Style: Mongrel Hybrid Skim

     

    Hybrid Style Wakesurf Boards 

  • blend of surf style and skim style
  • many shapes fall into this category
  • aim to get the best of both worlds
  • provide playfulness of a skim style while maintaining the power, speed, and maneuverability of surf style.
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    Doomswell Hybrid Model: Nubstep

    *For a more in-depth look at the differences in board styles. Watch our short video.

    Wakesurf Board Size

    Within each category, there are some length recommendations based on your height and weight and the riding style you are trying to achieve. 

    Shorter Wakesurf Boards 

    • more maneuverable/agile
    • great option for lighter riders and more advanced riders
    • smaller boards are best suited for a bigger wake
     

    Longer Wakesurf Boards

    • provide more surface area
    • more buoyant
    • works well for heavier riders
    • great option for smaller wake
    • slower (tend to be easier for beginners)

    Although board size isn't an exact science, you can check out our Product Size Chart for recommendations. 

     

    Still not sure what board is right for you? Give our crew a shout... they're more than happy to get you set up. 

    Don't forget to check out all of our board designs!

    Have more questions? Visit our other blogs for common questions or shoot a comment below and we'll get back to you!





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