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Wakesurfer Buying Guide from 88 Gear

Surf and Skim Board Differences

Get Help with Board Differences 

Buying a new wakesurf board shouldn't be complicated.  What's the difference between surf and skim boards and which surfer is right for you?  We will highlight the bullet points of each style so you are sure to pick a board that will surf right for you.  

1. Skim or Surf Boards

There are definite differences in wakesurf board styles.  They each feel, track, and look different.  The skim has a thinner profile and will be really loose on the water.  Surf style boards usually have a longer and thicker profile.  You can also get the best of both worlds by riding a hybrid surfer because it combines both surf and skim qualities.  See the illustration below touching on the main differences between surf and skim style boards.


Wakesurfer Buying guide


2. The bigger the rider the bigger the board.

 This saying holds true for most board sports.  A taller individual or heavier person will want to stick with larger boards.  Skim will work just fine but Surf style will provide more surface area on the water.

3. Rocker and Rails.  

Simply put the more rocker or (curve) on the board the slower the board will ride, but it will be more maneuverable.  Less rocker makes for a faster board.  Rails have lots to with how the board will track and turn.  Sharper rails will provide a more responsive and explosive ride.  Mellow rails will give you a relaxed slower ride with little catch.  You can usually get something in the middle that gives you a feeling for each.  Some of the edges or rails on the boards will start out sharpers and mellow out in the middle of the board.

It's not easy finding a board you will fall in love with so get you and sample your friend's rides, go to demo days, and ask how others like their boards.  Make sure you qualify the rider's skill level, height, and weight before you take their opinion.  Be on the lookout for new advances each year as the sport is still very young.  We hope this helps clear up a few basics on the board and what to watch for. 

Thanks for checking out these buying tips.  You can find more info at 88 Gear  and enjoy the SURF


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