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  • How To Choose The Right Wakeboard

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    How to Choose a Wakeboard That’s Right for You

    Wakeboards come in all shapes and sizes, so picking one that’s right for you can be confusing. Plus, the bright and exciting graphics on all wakeboards may attract your attention, but there really should be a lot more factored into your decision than whether or not you think the graphics are cool. For an optimal wake boarding experience, you should factor your skill level, weight, and type of riding you expect to be doing and find a board that fits those aspects.

    To get beyond the graphics, take a few minutes to learn about the importance of the features built into wakeboards that are designed to influence the board’s performance. If you will be wakeboarding primarily behind a boat, choose a heavy-duty wakeboard to withstand the wear and tear of landing and casing the wake while being towed at 20 mph. Boat boards also have edge features to cut into the wake, base channels to smooth out landings, and fins to give more direction. The primary difference between boards built for boat wakeboarding and riding at wake parks is that wakeboards for wake parks have no fins to you won’t get hung up while sliding on rails and boxes. Fins can be either molded directly into the base or bolted so they can be removed or adjusted to different positions.

    Other basic wakeboard features to consider are the rocker, base shape, and edges. Rocker is the term used to describe the curve or arc of the board. Your choices will be primarily between three-stage and continuous. Three-stage rockers have sharper angles to provide an increased pop and explosiveness while continuous rockers have a long, continuous curve from tip to tail. Continuous rocker styles were the original wakeboard rocker and are best for beginner or intermediate skill levels, while three-stage rockers are more common in boards for intermediate to advanced wakeboarders.

    Base shapes, or the bottom of the wakeboard, feature various concaves, channels and fins to determine how the board rides in the water. Channels and concaves in essence act as fins along the base to direct the flow of water, break water tension on landings, and soften the impact on your knees from high-energy landings. V-shape “spines” are deeper concaves to break up the water tension on impact and smooth the transition more quickly from edge to edge and are more common on three-stage rocker styles.

    To offer personal choices on how to cut through the water, wakeboard edges are designed to be sharper or rounder. Sharp edges are preferred by riders with an aggressive, quick-charging style to grip the wake and to react quickly, while rounder edges are liked by riders who want a more relaxed, laid-back ride. Some boards are designed to offer the best of both worlds with sharper edges on the tip and tail and rounded edges in the middle of the board.

    The other feature to consider is whether you expect to need a durable board constructed of quality materials that are able to withstand heavy-duty riding. Be prepared to enjoy the sport once you begin, so buy a wakeboard that will last a long time!

    At a Glance: Choose the Right RAVE Sports Wakeboard for You

    Skill Level

    Youth / < 125 lbs.

    Adult / > 125 lbs.

    Beginner

    • Continuous rocker
    • Stable base with smooth channels
    • Rounded edges

    Jr. Impact II

    Jr. Impact

    Intermediate

    • Continuous rocker
    • Stable base with smooth channels
    • Rounded edges

    Freestyle

    Advanced

    • Three-stage rocker
    • V-shaped channels
    • Sharper edges
    • Carbon fiber construction

    Lyric II

    Lyric

    NOTE: Wakeboards designed by RAVE Sports have removable fins so they can also be used in wake parks.

  • RAVE Sports Celebrates 20 Years!

    Happy 20th Birthday to RAVE Sports!

    We’re celebrating 20 years of water sports innovation this year, which is an achievement that’s worth celebrating! This milestone is causing us to reflect back to 1997 and remember that it was the year that Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term, Mike Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear in a Las Vegas boxing match, the first color photo was printed on the front page of the New York Times, and Microsoft bought a small portion of financially troubled Apple, Inc. after Steve Jobs returned to Apple to turn things around.

    However, in Minnesota, water sports history was being made. Our company was founded in 1997 by a team of entrepreneurs with the mission to create a marketing and distribution platform to take innovative alternative sports products to market. Our various acquisitions included the Aqua Jump water trampoline, which launched us into the inflatable water sports market. Over the last 20 years, our innovation has continued with the addition of a full line of water trampolines and bouncers, accessories, stand-alone inflatable water park structures, and obstacle courses. We’ve continued to make water fun with a pool and social float product line and towables, a full line of stand up paddle boards, and innovative winter sports products. Last year, our product offerings were expanded again to include dock, boat, and boat trailer accessories.

    Although this history of innovation would be enough to make any company proud, we are especially proud when we hear from customers who have become RAVE-ing fans of our well-known blue-and-yellow water trampolines. The quality of our products engineered in the U.S. stands up year after year, and we intend to continue this tradition of quality and innovation for years to come. Thank you for allowing us to serve our customers for 20 years!

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