Wakesurfing has quickly become the fastest growing watersport over the last few years. This explosion has also meant that more and more companies are investing in R&D and coming out with better construction methods and more advanced shapes. All of these different brands, shapes, and construction designs can be confusing if you’re not sure how they all work. In todays edition of Tech Tuesday we are going to cover the 3 basic wakesurf construction types. This information should help you make a better informed decision about what type of wakesurf board you should purchase for your riding level and wake size.
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Designed for riders that are new to the sport or naturally put their boards through more abuse. These boards offer the best value and amazing durability. Compression molding is the same technique that’s used to build wakeboards, so it’s easy to see why these boards are more durable than a foam and glass surfboard constructed style.
Beginners usually opt for compression molded boards because they ride a bit slower and are more controlled behind the boat. Compression molded boards are less responsive than surf constructed boards and heavier, so they are generally regarded as a board for beginners to learn on. One of the benefits to buying a compression molded board is the fact that most of these boards fit in a traditional wake or surf rack on your boat. The thicker and more fragile surf style boards typically don’t fit in racks or they can easily be damaged in rough water.
Once you’ve mastered getting up and surfing without the rope you’ll want to progress to a surf constructed board for better performance.
Recommended Compression Molded Wakesurf Boards
Epoxy Fiberglass/ Surfboard Construction
Surf constructed boards are typically made from foam and then glassed over. These boards are similar to what you would see people using for ocean surfing. Surf style boards are faster, lighter, and more fragile than compression molded boards and they’re the favorite for intermediate to advanced riders. These surfers have more float and are thicker which can make them too large to fit in a rack. What the boards might lack in durability they more than make up for in performance and speed.
Surf Constructed boards are generally more expensive than compression molded surfers because they take additional time to build and the materials cost more.
Recommended Surf Construction Wakesurf Boards
The newest construction style for wakesurfing borrows some popular technology from our ocean-bound brethren. If you’ve ever taken surfing lessons before there’s a good chance you’ve used a board with a softer foam top and a slick base. These boards are durable, easy on the wallet and a great option to add to your wakesurfing quiver.
Hybrid construction boards blend together multiple construction methods. A good example of this is the Ronix Marsh Mellow Thrasher because it features a soft foam top and compression molded construction. These boards are great for beginners and kids because it gives them a more forgiving platform to learn on and it can also helps protect the back of your boat in the occurrence that a rider shoots the board into it.
Recommended Hybrid Construction Wakesurf Boards