Three Wakesurf Boards Compared

If you’re looking to get started in wakesurfing, you need to know the difference between the types of boards out there, from skimmers to surfers and hybrids of both, to the soul-surfing longboard. Here’s a look at three types of wakesurfers from the same brand.

Connelly Katana The Style: It’s a ­surfer-style board that has straighter rails and deeper fins to give it more drive to allow for pumping and gaining momentum to surf in a traditional ocean-wave style.

The Shred: The Katana is an expert-level board with sharp rails at the tail, round buoyant rails toward the nose, and a quad fin setup. The board has a blazing-fast drive and pop off the lip.

The Numbers: $600 for a 4-foot-7-inch or 4-foot-10-inch board; connellyskis.com

Connelly Big Easy The Style: It’s the wakesurfing equivalent of the classic longboard, designed for cruising and doing tricks such as nose riding.

The Shred: The Big Easy is the longest surfer that Connelly offers, with a tri-fin setup and a tapered tail design that allows for easy maneuverability. The full-length EVA pad on the top provides the grip to perform tricks along the length of the board, in classic ocean-surfing style.

The Numbers: $550 for a 5-foot-6-inch board; connellyskis.com

Connelly Bentley The Style: This hybrid board combines some of the loose, trick-enabling traits of a skim board with the more predictable feel of a surfer-style board.

The Shred: The Bentley provides the best of both worlds, making it an ideal board for beginners trying to develop a style that suits them. The twin-fin setup helps provide drive in the wave but lets it break free on the wave lip for more skim-style tricks.

The Numbers: $350 for boards from 4 feet 4 inches to 5 feet; connellyskis.com

Connelly Katana
Connelly Katana
The Style: It's a ­surfer-style board that has straighter rails and deeper fins to give it more drive to allow for pumping and gaining momentum to surf in a traditional ocean-wave style. The Shred: The Katana is an expert-level board with sharp rails at the tail, round buoyant rails toward the nose, and a quad fin setup. The board has a blazing-fast drive and pop off the lip. The Numbers: $600 for a 4-foot-7-inch or 4-foot-10-inch board; connellyskis.com
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Connelly Big Easy
Connelly Big Easy
The Style: It's the wakesurfing equivalent of the classic longboard, designed for cruising and doing tricks such as nose riding. The Shred: The Big Easy is the longest surfer that Connelly offers, with a tri-fin setup and a tapered tail design that allows for easy maneuverability. The full-length EVA pad on the top provides the grip to perform tricks along the length of the board, in classic ocean-surfing style. The Numbers: $550 for a 5-foot-6-inch board; connellyskis.com
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Connelly Bentley
Connelly Bentley
The Style: This hybrid board combines some of the loose, trick-enabling traits of a skim board with the more predictable feel of a surfer-style board. The Shred: The Bentley provides the best of both worlds, making it an ideal board for beginners trying to develop a style that suits them. The twin-fin setup helps provide drive in the wave but lets it break free on the wave lip for more skim-style tricks. The Numbers: $350 for boards from 4 feet 4 inches to 5 feet; connellyskis.com
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