Wakeskating, as the name implies, is a blend of both wakeboarding and skateboarding and is a great activity for behind the boat or at the park for a range of different ability levels. They are available in different constructions, deck materials, deck shapes and rocker profiles.
Wakeskates are available in either wood composite or fibreglass constructions. Wood wakeskates are glassed over with marine grade epoxy resulting in a lively, skateboard-like feel. Fibreglass wakeskates are less common and more expensive but are more durable and have a longer life span.
- CONTUNIOUS ROCKER: The profile of a wakeskate changes its personality and riding style. The profile of a wakeskate is defined as the boards shape when viewed on its side from tip to tail. A ‘continuous’ rocker wakeskate features a smooth, consistent arc with no flat spot interruptions. Continuous rocker wakeskates carry more top-water speed, feature smooth, consistent take-offs and softer landings. While a continuous rocker board may not have as much ‘pop’ as its 3-stage rival, it is more likely to carry you further out into the flats. Continuous rocker boards are easier on the body but also a popular option behind large boat wakes where a lack of pop is not a concern.
- 3-STAGE ROCKER: Continuous rockers arch nemesis, ‘3-Stage’ rockers feature a flat spot between the bindings. This flat spot interrupts the flow of water but instead creates a solid platform for the wakeskate to ‘pop’ off when releasing from the top of a wake. 3-stage wakeskates often feel ‘loser’ on the water and may not carry as much top-water speed as continuous boards, however they are more likely to give more punch and go higher off a wake.
DECK MATERIALS AND CONCAVE:
Wakeskates are available with EVA or skate grip deck materials designed for either beginners or advanced riders. While EVA decks are comfortable, forgiving and don’t require the use of shoes, they offer limited grip and traction. Advanced riders looking to progress their skills require a skate grip deck which improve grip and traction but must be paired with shoes. Furthermore, depending on price range, wakeskates are available with flat or concave deck profiles. Concave decks with raised edges much like a skateboard, improve rider performance and control.
Wakeskate sizing depends on a combination of ability, skate style and rider weight. Larger wakeskates suit beginners with slower boat speeds while shorter skates suit advanced riders with faster boat speeds.
- 39” - 41” (40 - 70 kg)
- 42” - 43” (60 - 90 kg)
- 44” - 45” (80+ kg)