What Size Women's Wakeboard Is Right for Me?

by Shae Hazelton
A properly sized wakeboard allows for mobility as well as a stable ride.

A properly sized wakeboard allows for mobility as well as a stable ride.

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An improperly sized wakeboard can result in a sluggish, uncomfortable ride. This is because a board that is too small doesn’t have the sufficient strength to keep you afloat while a board that is too larger won’t respond to you well. Even women with strong legs may get more than they bargained for if they operate an oversized wakeboard.

Weighing In

The length of your board depends primarily on your weight. Weigh yourself in your regular wakeboarding gear. If you don’t account for the weight of your gear when you purchase the board, you will feel your board sinking. If you wear more than one outfit for wakeboarding, weigh yourself in each outfit to get an average weight so you know the average size of board you need.

Your Weight Niche

Choose any board size within your spectrum; if you are on the light end of your spectrum, a shorter board will work better for you. Women who weigh between 90 and 150 pounds require a board that is between 130 and 134 centimeters long. Women between 151 and 180 pounds need a board between 135 and 139 centimeters. Women 181 pounds or heavier require a board 140 centimeters long or longer.

Style

The things you want to do on your wakeboard play a part in determining the size you need. If you prefer stability and a simple ride, a larger wakeboard is the one for you. If you like to perform flips and tricks, a smaller wakeboard will give you the experience you desire. Keep the measurement in your proper weight bracket, though. This means if your board should be somewhere between 130 and 135 centimeters, size your board at either the low or high end of the spectrum.

The Board’s Weight

The lighter your board, the better it will work. A light wakeboard will glide across the water and provide you with the easiest movement. It should be sturdy enough to support your weight and handle the turbulence of the movement, though. Hold the board to gauge its weight. Compare the weight of the board with your other options. Put the board over your knee and press down on the sides. It should feel firm under your hands instead of flimsy.

About the Author

Shae Hazelton is a professional writer whose articles are published on various websites. Her topics of expertise include art history, auto repair, computer science, journalism, home economics, woodworking, financial management, medical pathology and creative crafts. Hazelton is working on her own novel and comic strip while she works as a part-time writer and full time Medical Coding student.

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