Wakesurfing 101: You, the rider
Answering a few simple questions will go a long way in optimizing your riding experience
Q 1: How much do you weigh?
For the best experience on the water, you need to honestly answer a question that many women hate (if you are a dude this should be no problem). The general rule of thumb is that a larger/longer board will keep more weight buoyant, shorter/thinner boards work best with smaller (or more experienced) shredders. Check out our Ready to Rip (RTR) chart for at-a-glance guidance
Q 2: Have you ever participated in any board sport in your life?
No? Start big, then fine tune. Our Xani is designed with every rider in mind. It is big, welcoming, and forgiving… kinda like your couch. Once you’ve got the hang riding the pocket and holding the sweet spot, swap the standard Futures Techflex fins for the shorter SB3s and get to rippin’.
Yes? Get after it! You may still want to try a bigger board to get your balance and stance down, then jump to a more aggressive nimble board. If you have ever skated or snowboarded you will take to this sport quickly and become a bit crazed, just like SKITZO. It’s shorter overall length and tri-fin design adapts to your riding style and progression.
Q 3: How big’s your wake?
Sorry for the personal question, but we gotta know. If you are keepin’ it old school and riding behind a 19′ 1987 Supra Comp boat (we started there) you will want a big buoyant board that will catch the smallest ripple and ride. If you are a fortunate soul and have a 24′ v-drive with thousands of pounds of ballast throwing a 4′+ wake, the world is your oyster and you undoubtedly have a lot of summertime friends. Pick a board based on your experience and rip.