The Best Wakeboards For Your Next Beach Day or Summer Getaway

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Move over skis and tubes, wakeboarding is quickly becoming one of the most fun ways to spend a day riding behind a boat. Usually practiced on a lake and with the help of a motorboat, wakeboarding looks like snowboarding on water that isn’t frozen, with riders either wearing boots attached to the board or standing on a board sideways, like a skateboard or snowboard. Hanging on to a tow row, wakeboarders move in and out of the boat’s wake, sometimes doing flips, jumps, and other tricks. We’re just excited if we can take one hand off the rope long enough to wave to the people in our boat.

Wakeboarding is a fun sport that can be done by enthusiasts of any age. Though the costs of entry are high, mainly because a motorboat is needed, actual wakeboards are low to moderately priced. Our list also includes options that come with a tow line, which helps to bring down the coast.

In addition to wakeboarding, some of the boards we’ve included on our list also lend themselves to other water sports. The ZUP is the most versatile board we’ve included, which can be used for wakeboarding, kneeboarding, boogie boarding, and more. The SereneLife is designed strictly for kneeboarding, which some find as an easier entry water sport than wakeboarding. All three boards are appropriate for beginner and intermediate use and in most cases can be enjoyed by the entire family.

As with any water sport, we recommend wearing a life jacket at all times and always exerting safety measures when boating, including having a spotter who watches the wakeboarder for the driver. It’s also important to note that no one on board should be consuming alcohol.

If you’re ready to hit the water, both literally and figuratively (there will be a few falls in the beginning) and get a great arm and leg workout while also enjoying the summer heat, we recommend giving wakeboarding a try. Here are three great options to help get you started.

1. ZUP All-in-One Kneeboard, Wakeboard, Wakeskate, and Wakesurf Board

The ZUP All-in-One Kneeboard, Wakeboard, Wakeskate, and Wakesurf Board is an easy to use board that is safe and fun for amateur water sport enthusiasts all the way up to seasoned pros.

Pros: The ZUP is a versatile board that can be used for a long list of water sports, including wakesurfing, kneeboarding, boogie boarding, and as water skis or a water tube. The HDPE molded plastic is durable and the EVA padded foam provides a cushioned and slip resistant surface. With a built-in handle hook, riders can move between a kneeling and standing position without having to hold the handle.

Cons: Customers note that the board is on the heavier side, but that helps with its stability.

ZUP All-in-One Kneeboard, Wakeboard, Wakeskate, and Wakesurf Board

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2. Full Throttle Aqua Extreme Wakeboard Kit

The Full Throttle Aqua Extreme Wakeboard Kit features a layered glass top sheet and feather core technology for a board that is lightweight and provides added control.

Pros: The Full Throttle is made with lace-up boots for a secure fit and has feather core technology and ABS retention steps, as well as a reinforced ABS fin block. The board is made for all levels but works exceptionally well for beginner and intermediate wakeboarders thanks to its multiple defined channels that add to the board’s stability and edge control.

Cons: The Full Throttle is designed strictly for wakeboarding and can’t be used for other sports, like the ZUP. It’s also recommended for riders who are 150 lbs and up, making it less useful for the whole family.

Full Throttle Aqua Extreme Wakeboard Kit

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3. SereneLife Water Sport Kneeboard

The number on Aqua Sport Kneeboard is the SereneLife Water Sport Kneeboard, which is designed to be used by the whole family and is made from corrosion-proof, marine-grade materials that will last all summer.

Pros: The SereneLife weighs just under 9 lbs, making it easy to carry from the car to the beach or lake. Built with an adjustable strap that makes it useful for kids, teens, and adults, the board is durable and water resistant, designed with corrosion-proof and marine-grade materials. The board comes with a hook that holds the rope for hands-free towing.

Cons: A rope is not included with the board.

SereneLife Water Sport Kneeboard

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