I see and read all sorts of comments regarding how to get started in the sport of
wakeboarding and questions about what should I start out on in regards to a
new board/bindings etc.
I am not an expert or even what many would call a "Great" rider but I do
enjoy the sport as a recreational rider and
in my research/experience of the sport I have come across some stuff that others thought were
helpfull in my circle of riding friends and perhaps others might
also and if not just disregard it.
In any case use this info at your own risk sports fans.
"How to choose a wake board if you are a little on the heavy side"
Welcome to the sport of wakeboarding.
Some folks might say right off, "man you are a little heavy for wakeboarding".
I say, BS!
My son in law is right at 340 lbs and he is one of the most aggressive riders in our
posse and is in his third season, so... for starters I congratulate you for jumping into
Lots of good suggestions here on Wake World in the forum.
For my two cents I would start out with a large beginner/intermediate board.
Some will argue, give this opinion or that but because of your weight
(lets say anything over 260 lbs) you probably need a 147cm wakeboard.
"Generally speaking" the bigger the board the more lift area you have for
deep water starts etc, so don't go small.
Get a "Catch Free" shape, not a pro-board.
In other words you need a board with round tip ends and edges to start with.
I can't over emphasize this.
(Because of all the different riding styles and preferences keep in mind that
there are some that completely disagree with the previous statement
so you be your own judge.)
I would get something that has a "mellow" ride and is very forgiving on edge
as I mentioned above. I have seen some beginners go out and buy expensive
pro boards with radical/abrupt 3-stage rockers, variable edges, and funky/catchy
shaped tips that caused them to spend more time face planting than real riding.
Don't fall into that trap when starting out.
( remember there are others that completely disagree).
There are lots of choices out there but based on your weight and beginner level,
the board I would choose for you if it was up to me would be the 147cm Liquid
Force Rhythm, also know as the "Huckster" or something very similar.
As you progress you can always buy a more advanced board later and keep the beginner
model around as a back up and use it to teach others how to ride when you become the
"Shez" or give it away to an up and coming rider trying to learn.
(this is what I did with my first board)
I would recommend starting out with a continuous rocker or a subtle 3-stage. CWB makes
one of the best beginner boards ever made called the "Sol" it is rated for your weight but is
only a 141cm board. The Sol does not win any prizes in the most pop department but it is
easy on deep water starts because it is neutrally buoyant. The Sol is very stable, fun and easy
to ride. You can change out the stock fins to smaller P wings or ride it finless for a looser feel
as well later on down the road in your riding.
Another very mellow board is the Hyperlite Motive.
The Motive is a great all around board, very forgiving and has a mellow ride, a better first
board than the Motive would be hard to find.
The Liquid Force Trip might also be a good choice it is a little more aggressive than the other
two but still forgiving and very fun to ride.
Something I would not go beginner on, though, is bindings. Spend some jack for some
pro model bindings.
Your feet need to be comfortable. If you buy cheap bindings expect your feet to hurt,
it's that simple. Hurting feet means short rides and less learning progressing etc.
Probably one of the most comfortable boots out their is the Ronix 1 boot, although it is
not my personal favorite.
I prefer the O'Brien Xenon for comfort and flexibility, lots of personal preference in a boot
choice. CWB also makes some very comfy bindings and I have heard good things about the
If you go with a high end pro binding you most likely will be satisfied, just don't go cheap here.
Try to get a "hinged" CGA life jacket. O'Brien has a special on at a few net sites for about
40 bucks. A hinged jacket gives you more freedom of movement and you don't feel bunched
up like you do with most standard life jackets that were not designed specifically for
Try to get a "no stretch" line and a good handle. I have had cheap handles break in the middle
of a ride and that isn't always pretty.
After writing all this I got a Gator 07 Legend and found it to be a forgiving fun shape
to ride as well.
Welcome to the sport, remember, having fun, the love of the ride and hanging out with s
ome of the best people on the water is whats most important.
Be safe, be careful, and share the ride when you can.