A wakeboarder’s equipment includes a wetsuit, an impact vest, a helmet and, of course, a board. The latter is between 1.10 and 1.50 meters long and 38 to 50 centimeters wide. Its core is made of PU or PVC foam, honeycomb or wood, which gives it buoyancy. The curvature of the board – called the rocker – largely determines how it handles on the water. The fins provide the board’s necessary stability. Together with the channels (indentations) on the bottom of the board, the fins also play a part in the handling.
Beginners should start with rigid boards that are suitable for simple jumps without a ramp, such as the “Ollie.” In this trick, wakeboarders crouch down and catapult themselves up with the board and then land on the water again as elegantly as possible. Advanced riders prefer flex wakeboards, which promise a lot of fun jumping on ramps and other obstacles. The flex-zone board combines the advantages of both variants: jumps on the water and on ramps.