Looking for a review of the best wakeboards and bindings packages, written by someone who actually wakeboards? Look no further.

Check out my list of the best wakeboards with bindings for sale right now, learn absolutely everything you need to know about wakeboards, and best of all, score some great discounts on the 2020 sales on Evo y Buywake, but also on the brand new Colección 2021! We’re in the middle of clearance season so it’s the best time of the year to find cheap wakeboard packages.

Sure, brands love to throw around all those neo-tech, half-made-up-but-copyrighted-so-its-legit terms each year to present the new collections, but let’s be real, wakeboarding today is a mature industry. We rarely get to see major innovations year to year anymore, especially on the decks (except for Slingshot, by far the most avant-gardiste brand of the bunch these days), so if you like the look and the reduced price of a 2020 package, I say don’t sweat it and go for it!

Another great place to find huge discounts on gear at the moment is at La Casa. They’re obviously having a wakeboard clearance sale and some of the stuff is down 50-60% off.

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I’ve been riding the Liquid Force Pico in 142 for 4 years now, an impressive durability for a 200 pounds lad, my previous Peak lasted 4 years too. I’ll switch to the 146 this year to see how it feels on the rails.

Man, that winter felt like it’d never end, right? That first session I’m going to have after 6 winter months with 2 in lockdown is going to be epic. After 5 consecutive years abroad, I came back to France in the middle of the pandemic and found a little flat in a 1000 years old town near Aix-en-Provence, with 3 cable parks I’ve never tried yet all around me… I’m chewing my own feet really.

It seems France is becoming a serious hub for wakeboarding these days, and the south’s cicadas, rosé vineyards, and hot summer nights surely give it that unique vibe you won’t find anywhere else. I’ve been thinking about writing a new post on the best wake parks in the south of France for a while actually, please let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d be interested in as I’d need to try out a few more especially west side over Toulouse and the Pays Basque.

Edit 4th April 2021: Just had my first session of the year at TNX Cable Park, such a great spot! And by the way, if you want to give cable parks a try this year but have never been to one, you can get ahead and read my complete guide on how to learn wakeboarding at a cable park.

I’ve been wakeboarding myself for over 20 years, first behind the boat (I was a yachtie for years and used to teach and tow guests all around the west med), and later shifting towards cable parks as they’ve started popping up everywhere in my 2 home countries: France and Thailand. From both my experience and some additional research, here’s what I think are the best wakeboards with bindings on the market right now.

Whether you’re a complete beginner buying a wakeboard for the first time, or you’re looking to replace your old stick and want to know where it’s at, there should be at least a couple of options for you to choose in here. And if not, don’t hesitate to call the shops and tell them exactly what you’re looking for, there’s nothing better than personalized advice!

In both sections, I’ll list different good fits for beginner wakeboards, intermediate wakeboards as well as a couple of high-end, advanced boards for the most hardcore of you. Although these are packages, nothing stops you from going for a different pair of bindings, as long as you remember about the different mounting systems and their compatibility, which I’ll talk about at the end of this post.

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Las mejores tablas de wakeboard para barcos y tablas de wakeboard para parques de cables

De acuerdo, esto puede parecer evidente, pero hay algunos detalles que vale la pena mencionar:

Cuando busques tablas de wakeboard en venta, verás que los modelos están construidos para parques de cable, barcos o en algunos casos, ambos. Mostly due to obstacles, wakeboards for cable parks will always have a special base and stronger edges. They also tend to have a softer flex on average, often with a continuous rocker and sometimes even a channels-free base (like many of the Slingshot boards), ideal for pressing hammers on those rails. While boat boards will be stiffer and have at least channels if not a whole fin set for the beginners, as they need to edge fast and aggressively towards the wake and keep a solid direction, also they will be more adapted to a moderate chop in general.

If you’re into obstacles but also air tricks at the park, you may want to consider a cable board with channels to help with pop, but if you only do obstacles, then a flat base Slingshot might rock your world. In fact, cable boards could be used behind the boat occasionally (if not too soft), but a boat board should not be used on obstacles, as without a reinforced base, it’ll deteriorate too quickly.

With regard to bindings, you’ll notice that the entry-level pairs listed in the boat category are “open toe”, while any pair in the cable category will be “closed-toe”. That’s because boat riders do not (usually) ride obstacles and often share a single setup with their crew. Having closed-toe boots in the parks is just indispensable, even for beginners. You really don’t want to lose any crucial bits whenever crashing on or off those obstacles, especially if your local park staff rarely check for loose screws. Ever knocked a pinky on the living room table? Then you know what I’m talking about.

If you can afford a pair of closed-toe bindings for boat riding and don’t plan on sharing your setup with your mates, I highly recommend it as well as even beyond safety, closed-toe boots offer such better hold and precision, you’ll never want to go back to open-toe after that, I swear.

It’s for the same safety reasons that wakeboarding helmets are mandatory in cable parks, just like life jackets or impact vests. Although they’re always available for free as part of the park deals, it’s still nice to have your own gear as the gear at disposal is usually only replaced every 5 years or so, and you have no idea how many hits those helmets already took or how strong the jacket paddings still are.

What’s the difference between life jackets and impact vests? A life jacket is only made to float and will be CGA stamped (approved by US coast guards), as these have to be sea-worthy. Impact vests on the other hand (also called comp vests) will offer less floatability but aren’t as bulky so you have freedom of movement while having much higher impact protection, crucial for park riding.

You can ride a CGA life jacket at the wake park, but wearing an impact vest at sea is actually illegal, in the US anyway.

Find more detailed info on what to look for when buying a new wakeboard like a size chart, the different types of rockers and fins or how to properly position your boots at the end of this post

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Best Boat Wakeboards

Best Beginner Wakeboard: Liquid Force Trip + Index bindings

  • Flexión: suave
  • Balancín continuo
  • Fijaciones: M6
  • Base: Canales cónicos
  • Sizes: 130, 135, 139, 144
  • Todos los niveles
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Maybe the most popular entry-level board from Liquid Force, the Trip has been around for a while now and this 2020 package is actually proposed by Evo with a huge 30% off! For just 350$, you get yourself a ready-to-ride setup from a tested & trusted wakeboard brand that will serve you well for many years to come (provided you give it a good rinse after every use). Plenty of sizes to choose from, and the Index bindings are comfy enough, super user-friendly, and with a fairly soft flex that makes the whole setup even more forgiving.

The M6 mounting system also leaves the door open to try any brand of bindings the day you feel ready for an upgrade, like getting a much better fitting pair of closed-toe boots with that extra precision.

Best beginner wakeboard #2: Hyperlite State 2.0 + Remix Boots

  • Flexión: suave
  • Balancín continuo
  • Fijaciones: M6
  • Base: Canales cónicos
  • Sizes: 130, 135, 145
  • Beginners – intermediate

Built for new wakeboarding converts willing to commit to the sport with an easy to handle, quick to grasp wakeboard, the Hyperlite State offers the traditional beginner mix: a soft flex with a continuous rocker and tapered channels in addition to your good old fins. If you’re looking for a cheap, but not that cheap wakeboard that you can share with your friends and guests whatever their level, this simple setup should serve you well. Especially since Evo lists the package with a 20% off discount, hard to ignore knowing this is a brand new 2021 set up.

Continuous rockers have the advantage of being fast on the water and allow smooth carving, which makes this board great for practicing those wide turns far out the wake, an indispensable step needed to later be able to approach back in with enough speed and pop your first airs off the wake. Extra juju points: it also makes your landings much softer and more forgiving.

Bindings-wise, the budget-friendly Remix bindings from Hyperlite might not be the highest performance boots out there, but if all you need is comfort, durability, and sharability, then, by all means, save the bucks and go for these. With tightening lace points both at the ankle and upper-end point, and a soft footbed laid on the whole inner part of the base arch, your heel will stay nicely down there and your sole comfortably supported.

Best intermediate wakeboard: Fijaciones Liquid Force RDX + Classic 6X

  • Flex: medio rígido
  • Balancín de 3 etapas
  • Fijaciones: M6
  • Base: Canales
  • 133, 139, 144
  • De intermedio a avanzado

En primer lugar, si nunca has oído hablar del fenómeno quebequense Raph Derome, echa un vistazo a la edición de abajo. Personalmente, creo que este tipo es la personificación del estilo, y me recuerda incluso un poco al estilo de Shane Bonifay en sus mejores tiempos.

En realidad es la RDX de 2017 la que monta en este LF edit. El modelo profesional de Raph es una tabla que llevará al rider intermedio a nuevas cotas y fronteras desconocidas. Con una flexión de rigidez media y un rocker agresivo de 3 etapas, consigue el equilibrio entre accesibilidad y rendimiento.

Aunque viene con una aleta central extraíble, mi opinión es que ni siquiera tendrás que ponértela, ya que las aletas moldeadas en cada esquina, además de los canales, deberían ser más que suficientes para llegar a la estela con un agarre rápido pero firme y arrancar esa guinda como si fuera 1969.

Para igualar la talla del RDX, este pack viene con Fijaciones LF's Classic 6x, a medium-range, closed-toe pair of boots with a sexy-sounding “Honeycomb Cushioning System” under the sole, dual lacing points ankle – top, medium flex, and a slightly wide fit. Personally, I’m falling for the dark leathery shell and seriously tough-looking chassis.

Ahora bien, si el presupuesto no es un factor y está buscando la versión de siguiente nivel de esta configuración, entonces también puede querer echar un vistazo a la RDX: Versión Aero. En pocas palabras: Carbono C4 en la parte superior y en la base, núcleo ligero de divinycell, 1 kg más ligero (2,2 lbs), mucho más alto. Pero también sistema Flex Track y Fijaciones de punta cerrada Idol 4D (en este paquete), el de Raph también, así que sabes que estás en buenos pies.

A similar alternative to the RDX, check out Hyperlite’s Murray + Team OT wakeboard package, all-time legend, pro wakeboarder Shaun Murray’s own pro model is back on the lineup this year with a great board for intermediate to advanced boat riders.

Supera tus límites: Slingshot Pill + RAD Bindings

  • Flexión: Rígida
  • Balancín de 3 etapas
  • Fijaciones: M6
  • Base: Canales
  • Tallas: 138, 142, 146
  • Intermedio - avanzado

You may have noticed by now, whenever Slingshot tries something new, they just go full-on. No half-measures. La píldora puede ser la única tabla de barco en su línea, pero el hombre, es sin compromiso, sin piedad, sin rendirse. Rígida como tu hombría después de una pastilla de Viagra (de hecho me pregunto si de ahí viene el nombre), y con un agresivo rocker de 3 etapas, este concepto integral de tabla te hará saltar más alto y más lejos que nada que hayas probado antes.

Quizás la única tabla de toda esta lista que no recomendaría a un completo principiante, exigirá un mínimo de habilidades y experiencia para revelar sus verdaderos poderes.

Con el Pill en este paquete de wakeboard viene un par de Fijaciones RAD, the flagship performance model of Slingshot’s bindings range. Synthesizing everything they’ve learned until today into this pair of low profile, no B.S boots, the particularity here is that they’ve combined 2 closing systems: laces all around and an additional gummy strap over the top, allowing for the closest adaptation to your foot, ankle, calf, and tibia as possible.

Finally, as the alpha boot of the herd, the Rad is of course closed-toe, for maximum precision and responsiveness. Although I’ve listed the 2021 package here, I hear there are still a few 2020 sets laying around in the backroom with a nice little discount!

Best women’s wakeboard with bindings: Fijaciones de mujer Signature + Signature

  • Rigidez: Rígido
  • Balancín de 3 etapas
  • Fijaciones: M6
  • Base: canales 
  • 132, 136
  • Intermedio - Avanzado

La firma is Ronix’s intermediate to advanced women’s board, but I have a feeling she’d be accessible to slightly less experienced riders as well. In fact, I’m kind of surprised this comes only in 132 and 136cm, there are probably many ladies out there who might be too tall for a 136 in my opinion. Like, in the Netherlands, for example, just a 4 hours drive from here; what about Dutch girls? You’re just going to ignore them, you slippery oysters! (But hey with all of Belgium to cross, sounds like a great road trip right?).

Vale, me he desviado.

La flexión de la Signature inclinada hacia el lado más rígido, combinada con un rocker de 3 etapas, es realmente bastante radical como tabla de barco. ¿La base cóncava y qué? ¿Flexión secreta?... ¿Y qué hago ahora con eso?

Por lo tanto, la base cóncava es: esto tiene un efecto en la suavidad de sus aterrizajes. Hacer un aire enorme está muy bien, pero llega un momento en el que tienes que aterrizar este material, y con un rocker de 3 etapas, quieres algún tipo de efecto de amortiguación para facilitar los grandes.

El relacionado Fijaciones de firma que viene con este conjunto no está aquí sólo para endulzar el trato, es la bota femenina más avanzada de Ronix en su línea, esculpida con toda la delicadeza necesaria para hacer justicia al calzado femenino para patear.

Bolsillo en el talón, comprobado. Espuma más blanda, comprobado. AutoLock, comprobado. Un diseño genial, comprobado. Súbete y sigue.

Cable Park Wakeboards

Best beginner wakeboard: Fijaciones Liquid Force Reverse + Tao 6X

  • Flexión: media
  • Balancín de 3 etapas
  • Sistema de fijación: M6
  • Base: Canales
  • Tallas: 138, 143, 148
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tablas de wakeboard para parques de cable

El primero de la lista es el tablero de cable favorito de Tom Fooshee, el Invertir. Although it’s being ridden by the pros, this is actually a very fine choice for quick learning beginners and intermediate riders, thanks to a progressive 3 stage rocker and medium flex, as well as light channels that will help you keep your edges in place whenever you feel ready to ditch the fins. This board is just a great all-rounder at the park and will serve you well all along your learning curve.

Con el Reverse en este paquete vienen los Fijaciones Tao 6X. With a wide fit and featuring a super quick lacing system, these are Thai ripper Daniel Grant’s pro bindings. Daniel basically grew up on a cable park and has become a truly explosive rider who’s just good at everything. Kickers, rails, air tricks — the guy even wins some comps in the wakeskate category… So it makes sense that his boots are able to handle it all.

Aunque claramente se inclinan hacia el lado más suave, cuando los combinas con el rocker de 3 etapas de la Reverse, en realidad terminas con lo mejor de ambos mundos: una colocación del pie súper flexible y cómoda, con una tabla con respuesta que te pondrá en órbita como los cohetes de Elon.

Opción alternativa: Slingshot Terrain + fijaciones RAD = Wakeboard súper suave para principiantes

Best intermediate wakeboard: Slingshot Coalition + Rad Bindings

  • Flexión: medio suave
  • Balancín híbrido
  • Sistema de fijación: M6
  • Base: Rieles chinados
  • Sizes: 145, 149, 153, 157
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Apodado el "cuchillo de mantequilla más caliente de la cocina", el Coalición is one of Slingshot’s flagship park boards. With a medium-soft flex and a nearly flat base (chined rails only), it’s designed with a slight preference for rails but can still hit just about anything. Whether it’s a brand new, oil slippery obstacle, an old dodgy-looking kicker that screams 10-inch stitches, or a 20 feet long set of bricks, it will eat it all and ask for more. The hybrid rocker is really what makes it a great all-rounder here.

Much appreciated from Slingshot is the wide range of sizes available as well as additional 5th inserts on the inner side. In Europe and France especially, the trend is now shifting towards longer boards ridden with stances that just keep getting narrower and narrower (The “skinny” stance). Many youngsters these days seem to love the extra help in pushing those presses on the rails or spinning faster rotations off the kicker.

En cuanto a la Rad Bindings, do not get confused by the K9 label; this actually refers to Slingshot boots’ side rails where the screws come, which are M6. The Rad boots are meant to be the easiest and quickest boots of the Slingshot range, and that’s mostly achieved through a closing system made of 2 simple but strong as hell gummy straps. These are made of high-tension Thermoplastic Polyurethane. Basically the speed and simplicity of water-phobic Velcro, without the inevitable loss of stickiness over time.

También es muy interesante lo que Slingshot llama suelas de "conexión directa". Al quitar la carcasa dura en la mayor parte de la parte interior de la base de la bota y sustituirla por 2 grandes suelas blandas, se consigue una mayor flexibilidad bajo el pie, lo que también resulta en una conexión mucho más íntima con la tabla. No se trata de un asunto divertido todavía, ¡todavía no hemos terminado!

Learn air tricks: Fijaciones Liquid Force Peak + Peak 4D

  • Flexión: medio rígido
  • Balancín de 3 etapas
  • Fijaciones: Flex Track (optimizada para 4D pero compatible con cualquier fijación M6)
  • Base: Canales
  • Tallas: 138, 142, 146
  • Intermedio - Avanzado
cable park wakeboards Liquid Force Peak con fijaciones Peak

Ah, aquí viene, el amor de mi vida. He estado montando el Pico desde hace unos 6 años. Primero compré el modelo de 2014, y luego el de 2017, que sigo montando a día de hoy. Aunque me gusta probar las tablas de otros de vez en cuando, esta bellissima tavola se adapta perfectamente a mi estilo, y una vez que encuentras la única, ya sabes, es difícil no encariñarse.

Ahora bien, no recomendaría esta tabla a los principiantes; es ligeramente más rígida en cuanto a la flexión y el rocker de 3 etapas se siente definitivamente en cada situación.

Pero por eso creo que es la tabla perfecta para un rider que ya ha superado lo básico y está listo para experimentar con trucos de aire y kickers. Aprender a hacer trucos en el aire, especialmente, puede ser un hueso duro de roer; esos primeros raileys fallidos pueden definitivamente quitarte una buena parte de tus niveles de confianza, así que tener una tabla que realmente va a poner todas las posibilidades de tu lado puede ser un cambio de juego.

Aunque se comporta bien sobre los raíles, ese no es su modo de expresión favorito. Exigirá más compromiso y habilidad para alcanzar todo su potencial allí, en comparación con una suavidad de balancín continua.

German ripper Nico Von Lerchenfeld’s pro model also comes with pretty sick graphics this year, hand-drawn by the man himself. Nico’s a good example of someone whose board-particular flex doesn’t stop him from shredding whatever comes his way.

Para obtener realmente lo mejor del Liquid Force Peak, no dude en adquirir el correspondiente Fijaciones Peak 4D incluidos en este paquete. Además de ofrecer la configuración de postura más precisa gracias al sistema Flex Track, me gusta especialmente el hecho de que se atornillen en un ángulo de 45º y no perpendicular a la tabla, ya que a menudo es un dolor tener que manipular el destornillador cuando está tan cerca de la carcasa de la bota. No es un problema si nunca te quitas las fijaciones de la tabla, pero si viajas a menudo y tienes que desmontar tu equipo con regularidad, puedo ver que esta simple idea es muy útil.

The Peak bindings lean just slightly on the softer side for a comfy but still firm enough hold, and feature removable liners for cases where you don’t want to walk around barefoot (obviously you can also leave them in the boot’s shell, it’s all up to you). Finally, the fit inside these boots is indicated as a medium, so it will welcome most feet shapes.

Best womens wakeboard package: Fijaciones Liquid Force Virago + Vale 4D

  • Flex: medio suave
  • Balancín continuo
  • Fijaciones: Pista flexible
  • Base: Canales
  • Tallas:137, 142, 147
  • Todos los niveles
Cable park wakeboards

El primer modelo profesional de Anna Nikstad es, en mi opinión, una gran elección para vosotras, chicas que os habéis enganchado al wakeboard y os sentís preparadas para comprometeros con una tabla que seguirá siendo relevante a lo largo de vuestra curva de aprendizaje.

Con una flexión media-baja y un rocker continuo, es muy manejable para los principiantes, hará maravillas en tus primeros rails y kickers, y gracias a los canales de triple cóncavo, también te permitirá quitarte las aletas y seguir sintiendo algo de agarre al entrar y salir.

Como es habitual en las tablas de cables de Liquid Force, el Virago también viene con la base de molienda sinterizada de LF para que no tengas que preocuparte de dañar tu casco en los obstáculos.

Si se combina la Virago con las elegantes fijaciones profesionales de Anna, la Vale 4D, designed with women’s foot in mind and a medium flex for a firm but comfortable foothold, and you get a park ripping machine that’ll see you improve faster than ever.

Like the Peak 4D, the Vale also comes with removable walk-out liners, an advanced lacing system, and a medium fit that’ll welcome most foot shapes. Just remember that if Flex Track boards can accept both 4D and M6 bindings, 4D bindings are only compatible with Flex Track boards.

Regreso al futuro: Slingshot Space Mob + fijaciones Space Mob

  • Flex: Medio (nariz suave)
  • Balancín continuo
  • Fijaciones: M6
  • Base: Plana - sin aletas
  • Asimétrico
  • Tamaño: 160
  • Todos los niveles

Si el Mafia del espacio fuera un coche, probablemente sería el Delorean de Doc y Marty. Esta cosa salió de la nada, retro AF, pero en realidad se convirtió en uno de los más vendidos de Slingshot este año, lo creas o no.

Si te sientes nostálgico recordando tu primera skurfer y quieres una sesión del pasado, o eres un adolescente recién crecido y aburrido del conformismo que quiere probar algo totalmente diferente, el Space Mob podría muy bien atraparte - y quién sabe, incluso convertirse en tu palo preferido en tu carcaj.

In the true spirit of Slingshot’s out-of-the-box, don’t-take-yourself-so-seriously philosophy, this is a board made for fun, and fun it delivers. Put the super tunable Fijaciones Space Mob en esa direccional-asimétrica-slash-neutral-weirdo y montarlo como una pistola de polvo fresco, o no lo hacen e ir un pie en el aire como si no te importa. Envíanos las fotos y puede que las publiquemos aquí acreditando tu nombre o el de tu equipo.

Is a bigger wakeboard better?

wakeboard size chart

Regarding wakeboard sizes, you can use the wakeboard size chart above as a reference (for the US anyway, right now in 2021 in Europe you can add 10 cm to all these numbers easily), just keep in mind that personal preference also has a lot to do with what size of board you should go for.

Si eres un wakeboarder intermedio, entonces ya sabes si te gustan las tablas de tamaño grande o normal, y qué ancho de postura te gusta montar. (aléjate de las tablas que son claramente demasiado pequeñas para tu peso en la medida de lo posible)

Como principiante que adquiere su primera tabla, le aconsejo que se atenga a la tabla anterior o, mejor aún, a las tablas de tallas específicas que suele encontrar en la página de productos de nuestros socios. Puedes optar por una talla más grande de la sugerida si sabes que te gusta esa flotabilidad extra o simplemente quieres probar esta tendencia del viejo continente, pero de nuevo, realmente no quieres ir más pequeño.

Continuous or 3 stage rocker?

El rocker de tu wakeboard se refiere simplemente a su tipo de construcción. Un rocker continuo va de la cola a la nariz en una sola curva, como un plátano, mientras que un rocker de 3 etapas se parece más a un monopatín moderno, las puntas siguen curvadas hacia arriba, pero la base es plana.

Esto es independiente de la flexión de la tabla (de la que hablaremos en breve) y afecta principalmente al pop, la velocidad y el control de la tabla.

Un rocker de 3 etapas te dará ese rebote extra en tu pop, ya que hace que la tabla responda mejor a los saltos; pero también la hace un poco más lenta, ya que tiende a empuje agua en lugar de cortando a través de de la misma. Una base plana significa un poco menos de control en tus giros, ya que hace que las aletas y los canales sean menos efectivos, pero también hace que tus aterrizajes sean un poco más intensos.

Ten en cuenta que los balancines continuos suelen estar mejor adaptados para golpear los raíles, ya que la forma realmente te ayuda a empujar en esas presiones de nariz y cola, mientras que un balancín de 3 etapas lo hace más desafiante.

It would then make sense that beginners would prefer continuous rockers, as they are just a bit easier to handle. But in reality, starting out with a 3 stage rocker isn’t that bad, and if you’ve never tried such a board I’d honestly suggest giving it a go. If you already have a basic level and feel more attracted to kickers, air tricks, or boat riding, then don’t hesitate to go for 3 stage rockers.

A quick edit I’ve done while utterly bored in yet another lockdown. I’ve lived in Pranburi, Thailand for most of the last 10 years

Do all bindings fit all wakeboards?

Even though I’ve only listed wakeboard + bindings packages here (so you won’t have to worry about whether they are compatible) it’s still important to know the different bindings systems that exist for the time you’ll want to buy bindings by themselves. Bindings usually don’t last as long as the decks, so that time will inevitably come.

Para simplificar, en esta lista encontrará el clásico Insertos M6 o un sistema ferroviario llamado Flex Track (para el tablero) o 4D (para las fijaciones) de Liquid Force. La M6 es sin duda la más común para muchas marcas, pero algunos modelos ofrecen el sistema de raíles, que permite una mayor precisión en la configuración de la postura (postura = anchura entre ambos pies), y supuestamente una mejor sujeción.

Dato importante: puedes poner fijaciones M6 en tablas Liquid Force Flex Track, pero no puedes poner fijaciones Flex Track en tablas M6. Sin embargo, lo ideal es que quieras las fijaciones Flex Track con sus correspondientes fijaciones 4D.

It seems to me that all the major wakeboard brands are shifting to a mix of a proprietary mounting system while still offering the universal M6 option. Hyperlite also has its own system which is similar to snowboard bindings, with the structure of the binding staying on the board permanently, with only the boot liner coming out so you can walk around in wet sloppy boots. No need to say I don’t find these especially attractive… unless your local park chose gravel to line up the walk of shame. Sick bastards.

How to position your bindings?

First you need to know whether you’re regular or goofy, regular means having the left foot forward while it’s the right foot for goofy. Typically it is your strongest leg forward, if you’re not sure which one that is, try jumping on one leg repeatedly and see on which one you feel better control over. Then you should try to find your favorite stance, which is the width in between the 2 bindings.

A good way to experiment is simply to fit your boots in without screwing them on and just test a few different stances, and then confirm that with a little session. Some like narrow stances (The new breed of European riders), while others like a wide stance (the old school US way which I prefer, I’m at a 60cm stance for a 6’2 height).

Finally, you can decide what your angles will be. Again it’s good to experiment with this, but as a starting point, I would advise between -8° and 0° on the back foot and between +12° to +16° on the front foot. Once you’re comfortable with that and feel ready to tackle riding switch (so any foot forward), you can try having the same angle on each foot, such as -18° and +18° which are my own angles.

Remember this is all very personal and you may only find your perfect settings by trial and error and a bit of experience.

How do fins and channels work?

Wakeboard fins serve a simple function, to add stability and lock in your board in the direction you’re going, which is very useful for beginners still grasping the sport. But you will find that once you’re past a basic level and are ready to experiment and really improve, they can quickly become more annoying than helpful. This is why all fins are easily removable. Obviously, you’ll also have to take them off before you start hitting any kind of obstacle.

Channels, on the other hand, are a bit different. Molded into the board, they’re here to stay — but are much more mellow than fins. Some boards have them, others not, no matter the level. Usually, soft, continuous rocker boards made to hit obstacles (rails in particular) will have a perfectly flat base to make sliding as fluid as possible; while stiffer, 3 stage rocker boards may feature light to moderate channels to help with carving and especially air tricks, helping you to lock in your edge and pop stronger and higher.

Who makes the best wakeboards?

He elegido las siguientes marcas porque, o bien he montado en sus equipos de forma extensiva, o bien he probado algunos de sus modelos (excepto Hyperlite). Mi equipo preferido durante los últimos 7 años ha sido el Liquid Force Peak con las fijaciones Ronix One y, posteriormente, Kinetik. También he montado tablas Ronix y Slingshot aquí y allá, probando ocasionalmente los montajes de amigos.

Ronix Wakeboards (fundada en 1990) es una marca creada por un par de leyendas del wakeboard, especialmente Parks Bonifay y Danny Harf, y tiene una fuerte inclinación hacia la navegación en barco, fabricando tablas explosivas en la estela.

Hoy en día Tirachinas (fundada en 1999) fabrica todo tipo de equipos, ya sea para el kitesurf, el SUP, el foiling y otros. Pero su gama de wakeboard ha explotado realmente con el aumento de los parques de cable, ya que Slingshot fabrica casi exclusivamente tablas de parque. Son especialmente conocidos por sus monstruos que golpean los raíles, montados por gente como la tripulación de Shredtown, James Windsor o Steffen Vollert.

Fuerza líquida (founded in 1995) might be the best-known wakeboarding brand out there, thanks to their determination to make gear for absolutely everyone, boat and cable, air tricks and rails, wakesurf and wakeskate. Whatever you need, they’ll have it. I have been riding Liquid Force boards for a while now — 3 stage rockers mostly — and can tell you with total confidence, their boards are flawless, tough as hell, and will follow you til’ the end, for better or worse.

Finalmente, Hyperlite has been on the front scene of wakeboarding for ages now and is very popular with yacht captains and owners for some reason. Having worked as a deckhand on quite a few 100 ft + ships and always being the one in charge for wakeboarding tours with the dinghy, 90% of the time, the gear is either Hyperlite or O'Brien. Ambos llegaron un poco tarde a la revolución de los cables, pero seguro que son unos buenos palos para barcos.

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Jim Thirion

Soy un videógrafo de deportes de acción con experiencia en snowboard, kitesurf, wakeboard y muchos otros 'ings. Después de 10 años en el sudeste asiático, he hecho una parada en Francia en 2020 para un rápido cambio de aceite y una pandemia y debería volver a partir cocos en breve.

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