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About Wakesurf Boards
Wakesurfing is a sport where a rider surfs the boat wake very closely behind an inboard boat. A good rider is able to stay in the sweet spot of the wave without holding onto a rope. Too many boats on the water? Windy? You'd rather avoid high speed face to water explosions? Wakesurfing is a fun way to spend the day when you do not have glassy water to go wakeboarding. There is also plenty of potential for the passengers on the boat to have close up views of some great wipeouts.
Wakesurf board Shape and Length
Wakesurfers span a wide array of shapes in order to accomodate for different riding styles and ability levels. Wakesurfers are measured in feet and inches like surfboards. There are no strict length recommendations. Below are guidelines for choosing a bigger or smaller wakesurfer.
Bigger wakesurfers have more surface area and more float, which means they work well for heavier riders. If you are riding behind a boat that throws a smaller wake, choose a bigger board. Larger wakesurfers move more slowly through the water and are easier for beginners to learn on.
Smaller wakesurfers are more maneuverable, spry and faster on the wave. These are an excellent choice for more advanced riders and lighter weight riders. Big wakes will support use of a smaller wakesurfer.
Wakesurf board shapes come from the surf and skimboard worlds, and tend to fall into 3 general categories: "shortboard" / "thruster" shapes, "longboard" shapes, and "skim" style shapes.
Shortboard/Thruster Shapes This is the most common and versatile wakesurf board shape, reminiscent of surf shortboards, but in a smaller package. These boards come in a wide variety of materials, lengths, and configurations.
Longboard Shapes These wakesurfers are usually wider at the waist, thicker for better floatation and have a rounder, "blunted" nose. Greater surface area make these ideal for beginners or smaller wakes, or for more casual riding, beverage in hand.
Skimboard Shapes Skim style surfers are usually shorter, thinner and are often equipped with fewer fins for a fast, ultra-playful "skim" style feel.
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