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dezzy 06-09-2010 8:00 AM

wakeboard recommendation
Hi- I am looking for some recommendations for a new wakeboard for my 13 year old daughter who hopes to compete someday. She is an advanced beginner and is progressing pretty quickly but she is using an old wakeboard that is really too big for her. She is 5'4" and weighs about 120lbs. I've been reading up on boards online and on this forum but I'm still really confused and don't want to buy a board she'll outgrow quickly. We have tried to find a place to demo some boards but there isn't anything in our area. Any advice will be much appreciated!

wakekat15 06-09-2010 9:40 AM

Hey Dezzy,

What does she ride now (make/model/size)? What does she "like" and "not like" about it? Does she like coming in to the wake fast, or more of a slow progressive cut? What part of the country are you in? (Maybe I know someone nearby that could help expose her to different boards/riding styles.) I would think a 132cm to 135cm would avoid her growing out of them without them being too big in the meantime.

Let us know on the questions above & maybe we can provide better direction...

dezzy 06-09-2010 1:11 PM

Hey Kat,

She rides an old 136 Obrien Ambush. I know she says it's too heavy-she used a smaller board last summer during a lesson and was able to go wake to wake which she hasn't been able to do with this board. She is a fairly aggressive rider and likes to go fast across the wake. We are in lower New England. I appreciate the input.

TarahMik 06-09-2010 1:51 PM

I would definitely put her on the O'Brien Vixen 132. The board is very user friendly & stable, but it edges well (not a slow board). It's an advanced model though, so it will accommodate her riding as she gets better & better.
I'm not sure what dealers are near you but I know they have really good deals on overtons.com

amywake 06-10-2010 8:08 PM

I am roughly the same size as your daughter (1 inch taller :)), and have always been quite comfortable on a 134. I prefer LF, started with an Angel (very easy to learn/progress on) and have been on a Melissa Limited for a few years. With her weight, I would suggest no smaller than a 134. Wakeboards are based on weight not height. Good luck!

wakekat15 06-11-2010 7:46 AM


Sounds like a 132cm (52") to 135cm (53") should be fine. I'm closer to 140 lbs and have always ridden a 132. I still managed to get respectable air despite many people saying that you need a bigger board at that weight. I am planning to try a 135 cm in the future just to see if the landings are softer, but the 137 I tried seemed like a tank when trying to olie.

My personal preferences for a 3 Stage Rocker board are: Byerly Monarch (52"), Wakeology Stoke 132cm & soon to try out the O'brien Skyla 135cm. I'm not very familiar with the continuous rocker boards, but hear lots of good things about the Hyperlite Syn, Liquid Force Melissa & Ronix Faith Hope Love Hybrid.

Lastly - don't foget to include some quality bindings! The best board in the world can be very hard to ride with poor quality bindings.

dezzy 06-11-2010 10:39 AM

Thanks for all the responses-we've been considering both the Ronix FHLand the Liquid Force Melissa and will probably choose between one of those. Now bindings we haven't begun to consider

wakekat15 06-11-2010 11:58 AM

It would be hard to beat this deal (only avail today) if you are serious about the Melissa....


dezzy 06-13-2010 3:45 PM

Kat, Thanks for the tip on the LF Melissa. I did order it-it was a good deal!

dezzy 06-17-2010 7:01 AM

Just thought I'd share my experience with trying to purchase the 2009 LF Melissa. Ordered it on dealadaywake.com on Friday, my credit card was charged on Saturday, received a phone call on Tuesday that the board was not available and that I would get a credit, still waiting for the credit. Yesterday, found the board again on rdcshop.com for $30 cheaper than dealadaywake.com. Placed the order and it went through. Received a phone call later in the evening saying it wasn't available.

Arggh, I guess it just wasn't meant to be!

aliwake 06-17-2010 6:03 PM

disappointing!! don't give up. maybe have a look on ebay?

cwb4me 06-17-2010 6:27 PM

have you tried evogear.com they usually have accurate stock count.

cwb4me 06-17-2010 8:08 PM

saw a 09 melissa 137 on boardco.com i don't know what size your looking for.

cwb4me 06-17-2010 8:11 PM

oops! it was on sale for 224.50 w/free shipping in usa don't know where your from .just trying to help.

wakekat15 06-18-2010 5:09 AM

Wow....sorry to hear that Dez!! I've ordered many things from that site and never had an issue! I feel bad for making the recommendation!

wakekat15 06-18-2010 5:22 AM

Obviously, I know nothing about this person, but....


dezzy 06-18-2010 6:10 PM

Kat -although that craigslist post is deleted I think that's the one I bought last night-it was from dallas and it was shipped today-I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

wakekat15 06-18-2010 6:22 PM

Dez - Did you get your money back from Dealadaywake? I'm hoping the Dallas thing works out 'cause you get an even better deal!

austindodson 06-18-2010 6:50 PM

Go for OBRIEN SKYLA http://store.obrien.com/products/pro...46405.

obrien wont let you down..

dezzy 06-22-2010 7:40 AM

Kat- I called them yesterday and they sent an email saying the credit will be issued but it hasn't hit my account as of this morning. On the bright side, the board I bought on craigslist is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.

I really appreciate everyone's support and suggestions!

Melissa 06-24-2010 4:28 AM

Dezzy - Just wondering, whereabouts in New England? I live in Western MA, near the CT border...

dezzy 06-24-2010 6:07 AM

Yesterday was my lucky day-received the wakeboard I bought off craigslist-my daughter LOVES it, we are planning on trying it out this weekend. Also received the refund from dealadaywake.com!

Melissa, I am in Western Ma as well. Where do you go boating?

wakekat15 06-24-2010 2:42 PM

Excellent news, Dez!!

dezzy 06-24-2010 5:01 PM

Thanks again Kat for all of your advice and knowledge- it was extremely helpful!

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