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bradd 08-12-2014 12:56 PM

beginner wakeskater behind boat only; bi-level or single?
I have never wakeskated before. I do have experience wakeboarding but not skateboarding

My main question is whether I should get a bi-level or single wakeskate. Would either of these boards be an easier transition for me coming from a wakeboard, or should I just look for a good deal on a board and go with whatever I find

scuba_steve 08-12-2014 2:28 PM

Stick to a wood concave board with griptape. What is your height/weight/shoe size? And are you looking to go wake to wake or mostly riding in the flats and doing lip tricks?

bradd 08-12-2014 3:50 PM

5'7 160 lbs shoe size 11.5

Im thinking Ill prob be wanting to go wake to wake with the board

scuba_steve 08-12-2014 4:33 PM

With your height/ weight you would likely feel comfortable on anything in the 39"-41" in range.

Some great brands to look for would be Remote, Water Monsters, Obscura or Virture. All of these companies make a solid wood concave and besides Obscura are wakeskate only companies. Obscura is a sub bran of Liquid Force but ran by two amazing wakeskaters who have been around a LONG time, Aaron Reed and Danny Hampson. You can also find a lot of boards on closeout prices right now from other brands as well.

The Ronix Hoverboard was Dieter Humpsch old shape and he would blast this thing wake to wake. Its a solid wood concave with a sintered base for any rail/cable riding you might do. It has a great weight to keep the board with you while going wake to wake along with the mellow concave.

bradd 08-12-2014 4:48 PM

Thanks for the help!

you would recommend getting wood over the composite material ? I read about the wood boards not lasting as long and I was thinking composite material might be more comfortable to me since its similar to more similar to a wakeboard

I was thinking of going with a larger board (42 or 44) so i wont get fatigued as easily

scuba_steve 08-13-2014 2:41 PM

For mostly boat riding I would go with an all wood board.

Do NOT get a 44" board that thing will feel huge and really limit you. For reference I'm 6'2 200lbs and a size 13 shoe. I started riding a catalyst 112 (44" board") when I first started wakeskating. with every new board i bought i sized down til eventually I was on a 38.5" board and loving it. I've now settled into a 40" board and found that to be my happy place. I can drop down to a 38.5/39" board as long as they are wide enough for me feet.

If you must go with a bigger board go with a 41" - 42" board.

bradd 08-14-2014 9:50 AM

thanks alot for your help man. I was about to buy a 44"

I'll look for a wood board around 40". I really appreciate it

wakemitch 08-14-2014 10:00 AM

Get a single level wood concave board w/ grip tape that is around 39" long.

You do not want a bilevel (does anyone? haha)

scuba_steve 08-14-2014 10:17 AM

wakemitch Reed Hansen still shreds his bi-level and i think he is a lone wolf in that regard! Was Manzari still ripping a bi-level before his accident?

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