boards that have a smaller rocker (not a serious amount of bend) might work better for a smaller wake. over the years rocker has increased as wake size has increased to prevent the nose from getting buried in a sense. but it probably doesn't matter to have a lot of rocker for a small wake anyway
personally i think it would be best to decide what style you are or would like to have
the most decisive characteristic in a board is rocker.
if you like a lot of speed, like jumping far and landing in the flats than you would best look at a continuous rocker
if you like a mellower speed, like an aggressive popping board to cary you more straight up and down wake-to-wake than check out 3 stage boards
there are many "hybrid rockers" out there too that meet a middle ground on these styles. look for words like but not limited to, subtle 3 stage, hybrid rocker, etc.
NOW, this is not to say that a 3 stage cant go big into the flats and that a rider cant get an aggressive pop out of a continuous board. these characteristics only ACCENTUATE a riders style.
the amount of flex in the board of choice is also a very decisive factor. flexier boards are fun to do tail presses on IMO (water or rails) and do other surface maneuvers. Some say they land softer. and like rocker, they give a different style of pop.
*** if at all possible, demo a few boards to see what YOU like
whatever you get, make sure you at least get a board with a fin (removable or molded in) on each corner (ie at least 4 fins)
Last edited by wakerider111; 02-28-2010 at 10:53 PM.