WHAT KIND OF WAKEBOARD IS RIGHT FOR ME?
WAKEBOARD ROCKER TYPES
The type of camber that will be best for you can be determined by a few different factors including riding style and experience level. Generally, continuous boards are great for beginners and speedsters alike. The continuous rocker allows you to generate lots of speed in the flat and have a consistent wake approach. Continuous rocker is also great for those riders that want to have that smooth carving Cadillac ride or for the riders that like to get extra sendy and pop way out into the flat off of the wake.
A 3-stage rocker wakeboard is for the rider that loves to pop high up and stomp those big-time aerial tricks. The rocker allows a much higher-arc off of the wake allowing more time for tricks and a softer landing on the opposite side of the wake.
The first rocker profile we will discuss is the continuous profile. This profile just means there will be a single curve from the tip to the tail. A wakeboard with a continuous rocker profile will provide a very smooth ride while still being highly predictable. Continuous rocker also makes your board feel consistent
The single curvature of continuous rocker helps your board cut through the water with less friction which allows you to keep your speed as you approach the wake. If you’re looking for a wakeboard that will take on the wake to flat, continuous rocker is the profile you should consider.
When you lay a 3-stage rocker board on the ground, the profile will look very different from the continuous rocker profile. When looking at a 3-stage rocker board, the center section of the board will be flat on the ground. At the end of this flat center section, the tip and tail of the board will have a much more aggressive rise angle. This rise angle creates a “bump” or “kink” in the board’s profile. On the wake, the continuous rocker and 3-stage rocker ride very similarly. The difference lies in the pop off the wake.
A 3-stage rocker will hit the wake and pop creating a wake to wake style of ride rather than wake-to-flat like the continuous rocker profile. The 3-stage rocker profile does create more friction on the water, so a bit of speed will be sacrificed. The trade-off for more friction is an explosive pop off of the wake.
These “hybrid” style boards are always pushing to give you the rideability and consistency of a continuous rocker with the aggressive pop of a 3-stage rocker. These profile options can be great for riders that want to carry speed while getting a lot of pop off the lip!
Continuous Rocker: Smooth, predictable, wake-to-flat arc, consistent carving, less friction = higher speeds.
3-Stage Rocker: High arcing, aggressive pop off the wake, wake to wake arc, more friction = less speed in the flat with more pop off the wake.
- Hybrid: The crowd pleasing, do-it-all wakeboard rocker type.