These boards are designed for riding behind the boat. they are thicker, have much larger fins, and are usually constructed similar to the way a traditional surfboard is. Since these boards are usually thicker and a little bigger, they are great for heavier riders. And they are fast boards, so they stay in smaller waves, and are good for beginners.
These boards are thinner, have smaller fins, and tend to be better for advanced surfers who want a looser ride with the ability to do shuv-it tricks. The construction is closer to a skim board’s, and they can be good for lighter-weight beginners because they won’t shoot right toward the back of the boat.
We’ve been seeing more and more of these hybrid- style boards as of late. They are basically larger forms of the skim-style-construction boards that allow for more of a surf-style vibe, since they are faster and have more volume for larger riders.
On a wakesurfer, rocker is the characteristic of the bottom profile shape of the board, and it determines the speed the board will ride. A flat rocker shape allows for less drag and a faster ridE. boards with more rocker tend to push more water and ride slower, but they dig down into the water a little more for better maneuverability.
These are the edges of the board, and they determine how it tracks and turns in the wave. Rounder rails make for a slower board with less response. a board with sharper rails has a ton of response and a faster speed.
Byerly Buzz Things We Like: Hybrid between skim- and surf-style wakesurfers gives you the best of both worlds. + Mellow tail channels and Future Fin System make this board super maneuverable. + Dura-Shell construction makes it really durable.
Connelly The Thing Things We Like: It’s the most versatile piece of equipment on the boat: Surf, kneeboard, and hook up the handle to ride hands-free. + Tons of buoyancy and tracking help beginner wakesurfers. + Comes with removable fins for either wakesurfing or kneeboarding.
CWB AMG Things We Like: All-new carbon construction makes the AMG super lightweight. + Hybrid design allows you to have a skim and surf feel, which is best for expert riders. + Custom fins allow for the perfect amount of hold and tracking when ripping into the wave.
CWB Bentley Things We Like: Thin profile that has a very skatelike feel on the wave. + It’s a wide and stable board with a flatter rocker line to keep it fast. + EVA pad aids in traction, and molded EVA kicktail provides extra control with your back foot.
CWB Nomad Things We Like: The perfect wakesurf board for cruising. + Great for a variety of riders with its increased size and fast rocker lines that can accommodate anyone on the boat. + Molded kicktail, soft EVA foam and dual-concave bottom allow this board to carve and turn comfortably.
Hyperlite HiFi Things We Like: Minimal rocker and a flat base make this a fast and fun board. + Dura-Shell construction and ABS sidewalls make it very durable. + Carbon composite board great for shuv-it-oriented tricks.
Hyperlite Quad Things We Like: Fully machined EVA pad is perfect for traction so you’re not always fussing with surf wax. + Dura-Shell construction makes it really durable. + Rolled edges provide for a more surfboard feel for bottom turns and snaps.
Liquid Force Fiver Things We Like: Lightweight core and epoxy construction make this board super fun and maneuverable. + Set up as a quad (four fins) or thruster (three fins) to match your surfing style. + Double-to-quad concave is great for airs and popping off the lip.
Liquid Force Happy Pill Things We Like: Small, stubby board is easy to snap and turn, and is super lively.
+ Comes with three sets of fins so you can fine-tune exactly how you want this board to perform. + The large-volume outline of this shape allows you to ride a smaller board, making it much more maneuverable.
O’Brien Ally Things We Like: The perfect entry-level board that is fast and very stable. + Soft edges allow this thing to surf smooth and won’t ding the boat or hurt when you hit your shins. + The volume and buoyancy of this board will make it perfect to surf behind almost any boat.
O’Brien Celsius Things We Like: Quad setup with a bunch of different fin configurations creates a customizable ride. + Nice smooth lines make this board really fun for deep carves up the face of the wave. + Fishtail design and convex spine give this board plenty of grip for turns and popping off the lip of the wave.
O’Brien Haze Things We Like: Plenty of volume and buoyancy make this board great for beginners and/or larger riders. + Squash-tail design gives the board plenty of tail to dig in to pop airs. + The rolled edges allow this surfer to be forgiving and less grippy, but still fun for bottom turns and floaters.
Ronix Koal Powertail Things We Like: Stability of a long board and power of a thruster make this board super fun to air out of the wave. + Great for all types of riders due the volume and stability. + Top deck has a new concave, which makes the side to side that enhances the overall controllability of the board.
Slingshot Ankle Biter Things We Like: The amount of volume this board shape has provides tons of stability and control. + The V spine that follows through the tail gives it the feeling of a short board. + This board has diverse characteristics that allow anyone to ride the Ankle Biter and have a great time!
Slingshot Skim Bender Things We Like: There’s tons of agility on this skim-style board. + Loose tracking and a low fin volume make this a great board for shuv-it-oriented tricks. + It is bidirectional, so it can be ridden both ways, and the flat rocker line makes it super fast, so it’s perfect for staying in the wave.