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Wakeboards and Waterskis

 

Beginner’s Guide to Waterskis and Wakeboards

Choosing the right waterskis and wakeboards to use can be a difficult task. There are so many options to choose from and understanding exactly what type of waterskis and wakeboards fit your needs is confusing at best.

Let’s take a look at a few things you’ll want to know and consider before you make the decision to purchase your waterskis and wakeboards:

Wakeboards

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Wakeboards are similar to skateboards in that there is a wide variety of different options for the detail that goes into it. You can choose to get one that is a solid color or can get as intensive as having your favorite sports team put on the board.

There are basically two different types of wakeboards for you to choose from - a rounded edge wakeboard or a square edged wakeboard. The major difference between the two is that rounded edge wakeboard will be able to generate more speed than than a square edged one would. For this reason, it is generally recommended that beginners go with the square edged option until they feel they are experienced enough to increase their speed.

The length of the wakeboard that you decide to choose will also be determined by your experience level. It is recommended that beginners go with the stability offered by a longer wakeboard until they feel comfortable working with a shorter one.

As far as safety goes you’ll want to be sure that you purchase a life vest before you start using your waterskis and wakeboards. Getting a wakeboard with a strong handle is also important for beginners, as it will allow you to perform tricks more safely and easier.

Waterskis

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Waterskis can either come as a single ski or as a combo. Skiing on the single ski will obviously be much more difficult and dangerous than using the double skis. The single ski option is something you should only be using if you feel extremely comfortable with your waterskiing abilities.

Similar to wakeboards, the longer your waterskis are the slower you will travel. Beginners should make sure they’re going with the longer option as it will provide more control for them as they learn the ins and outs of waterskiing. The length of your skis are also going to be determined by the age and size of the person using them, so be sure to do your research on what size skis will best fit you. Check the top Waterski Brands from Waterskiers Connection.

There are waterskis that are specifically made for doing tricks with but, since you’re more than likely a beginner at this point, I would suggest holding off on that until you feel comfortable staying put on a normal ski. Work your way up from the double ski to the single slalom ski and then give the trick slalom ski a shot if things are going well.