Best Wakesurf Boards of 2019

Did you know that wakesurfing is one of the most dangerous (and fun!) wake sports? Because you don't use a rope, it's really just you and your board. This means that choosing the right wakesurf board is going to mean the difference between having a great time, and wiping out.

Wakesurfing is is one of the newest wake sports, only having been around officially since the late 1990s. 

There are an almost infinite number of boards available so choosing the best one for your needs can be tough!

Best VAlue

Liquid Force Primo

  • Hybrid style
  • Durable & lightweight
  • Affordably priced
  • Largest board handles up to 250 lbs
Most Fun 

Hyperlite Broadcast

  • Skim style board
  • Very responsive ride
  • Great for beginners or experienced 
  • Great airtime

So how do you choose a wakesurf board?

We have taken the time to review a handful of boards to help our readers make the most informed decision.

This buyer's guide is designed to help walk you through the wake surf board purchasing process so you can guarantee yourself that you are making an excellent purchase. 

More on that later...

Here's a summary of the boards in this guide in no particular order! They are all great for different reasons. If you want to learn more, feel free to click to jump to details.

Product

Summary

Byerly 5.2 Speedster

Byerly 2017 5.2 Speedster Wake surf

Overall Rating - 4/5

Best suited for intermediate or expert riders. It is a fast board, but you'll have a blast if you know what you're doing.


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Ronix Marsh Mellow Thrasher

Ronix Marsh Mellow Thrasher 2

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

Built for speed, durability and cost effectiveness. It's soft top design means it is light and fast, but isn't as expensive as other premium materials.


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Ronix Honey Comb Powertail

Ronix Honey Comb Powertail

Overall Rating - 3.5/5

Designed for riders who want more contact with the water. Great for stability and balance without sacrificing speed and trick ability.


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Hyperlite Broadcast

Overall Rating - 4/5

Designed for speed and airtime. Nicknamed the "fun board". Great for any skill level.


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Phase 5 Model X

Overall Rating - 4/5

Designed with the seasoned wake rider in mind. Fishtail design helps maintain control. Comes with 3 fins for customization.


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Byerly Action

Overall Rating - 4/5

Durable yet light, this board can take a beating. Designed for stunt tricks. Hybrid design mimics the loose feel of a skateboard.


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Driftsun Fifty-50

Driftsun Fifty-50 Wakesurf Board

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

Great for beginners who don't want to have to upgrade. It picks up and maintains speed easily for a truly fun, steady ride.


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Liquid Force Super Tramp

Overall Rating - 4/5

Great for trick riding. Comes in 3 sizes. Foam core helps increase air time. Great for spinning tricks.


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AIRHEAD Pfish

AIRHEAD Pfish Skim Style Wake Surf Board

Overall Rating - 4/5

Less expensive than Ronix, but still a great choice for beginners and experts. Steady ride and known for being just as good as boards twice the price.


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Driftsun Throwdown - Editor's Choice

Driftsun Throwdown Wake Surf Board

Overall Rating - 5/5

A fan favorite in the wake surfing community. Fast, responsive riding. Good for up to intermediate level. Easy to use, stable but FUN.


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Slingshot Gnarwhal

Slingshot Gnarwhal Wake Surf board

Overall Rating - 3.5/5

Progressive surf shape to add more surface area and control. Great for trick riding. Get's good air making it perfect for aerial tricks.


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Ronix Hex Shell Skate Skimmer

Overall Rating - 4/5

Ride the rails more efficiently due to thinner concave design. Great for any experience level. Fun, fast ride.


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Ronix Koal Classic Longboard

Ronix Koal Classic Longboard Wave Surf Board

Overall Rating - 4/5

Surfboard inspired shape allows for greater buoyancy and stability. Sized to be a good fit for large and small riders alike.


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Liquid Force Primo

Overall Rating - 5/5

This is a downright incredible board. It is extremely durable and lightweight. Has a 3 fin setup so you can shred one day, and cruise the next. It'll hold up for years of fun. Best for intermediate-experienced riders.


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Now that we've got that out of the way, lets learn a bit about how to choose the best wake surf board for your particular needs. 

Here's what you need to know.

What is Wakesurfing?

Wake surfing erupted to the surfing scene in the 1950’s when a couple of teenage boys decided to see what would happen if one was pulled behind a boat on a surfboard, and from there it has become a popular past time of many water sprits enthusiasts. Back at it’s arrival, a regular surfboard was used for wakeboarding, but as it grew in popularity and more demand for the sport rose, companies started designing boards made specifically for wakeboarding to improve the ride. From there, the demand for the best wakesurf board grew.

Currently fifteen different companies produce and design boards for wake surfing, and a variety of styles now exist on the market. The wake board has come a long way from its original origins. Now boards are formulated for different types of rides. Whether tricks are the specialty or just a fast, slick ride on the water. 

Styles of Wakesurf Boards

There are three styles of wakeboards to choose from, and for the beginner, deciding about which one to invest in can appear daunting. But each style of board is designed for a specific purpose in mind. The three wake surf board styles on the market currently are the surf style, the skim style, and the hybrid models.

Slingshot Gnarwhal Wake Surf board

Surf-style Wakesurf board

Surf-Style Wakesurf Board

The surf style of wake surf boards is designed after the traditional surfboard. These boards have a higher buoyancy than the other two styles, because of its longer fins and thicker body, and it ideal for those who are beginners in the sport. The surf style board is also ideal for having a wake surfing experience like average surfing, as it is good at catching and riding on waves. Also, able to reach high speeds and is said to have an ‘explosiveness’ factor. This model is also able to suit larger sized riders.

Skim-Style Wakesurf Boards

The skim style wake boards are thinner and shorter the its surf style cousin, this style is suited for more advanced riders who enjoy performing aerial tricks. Since it is a lighter board it is recommended for use with smaller sized riders. With its smaller fins and thinner body, this style of board is not built for speed, but the shape makes it perfect for performing skateboard inspired tricks.

Ronix 2017 Koal Classic Fish Wake Surf Board

Skim-style Wakesurf Board

Byerly 2017 5.2 Speedster Wake surf

Hybrid-style wakesurf board

Hybrid-Style Wakesurf Board

The third style of board available is the hybrid. Like the name suggests this style is based off components from both, the surf and skim style wakeboards. These models contain the best of both world, with the speed and sturdiness of the surf style, yet the maneuverability of the skim style. The Hybrid is suitable for all levels of wake surfers, and sizes.

Wakesurf Fin Options

While three options of body are available, there are also multiple other choices that can be made when purchasing a wake surf board. A major one is the fins used. Often an overlooked aspect when purchasing, the fins can greatly improve the quality of the board and ride, and play an important part in getting the best out of the board type purchased. There are four fin styles available and they are, the single fin, the twin fin, the thruster, and the quad style of fin. Each has their own unique purpose.

The single fin setup is, as it states, a single fin, that acts as a rudder for the board. It offers stability, hold, and control, but ca not help generate speed, so this style of fin is recommended for those who wake surf with larger waves.

The twin fin is a double finned board and has been compared to a ‘skateboard on the water.’ It offers a fun, exciting ride, and is best suited for smaller waves.

The thruster is a tri finned board, and is the most popular among wake surf board users. The center fin offers control, while the two side fins generate speed. This setup is perfect for all conditions of wake surfing.

The quad Fin is built for speed. Its four fins, two on each side, offer a fast and loose ride and allows the board to shoot down the line during a ride. It is best suited for wake surfing with big waves.

There are many options of wakeboard in each style available, listed below is the top rated boards for each style, Surf, Skim, and the Hybrid.

Best Wakesurf Boards By Type:

best wakesurf boards

Here's a quick preview of how the rest of this article is broken up. First you need to decide what type of wakesurf board you want, then you can choose the one thats the best for you

Skim Style

  • Hyperlite Broadcast
  • Airhead PFish
  • Driftsun Fifty Fifty
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    Byerly Speedster
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    Ronix Hex Shell

Surf Style

  • Ronix Honeycomb Powertail
  • Slingshot Gnarwal
  • Ronix Koal Classic
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    Driftsun Throwdown
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    Ronix Marsh Mellow

Hybrid Style

  • Liquid Force Primo
  • Phase Five Model X
  • Byerly Action
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    Liquid Force Super Tramp

Best Skim-Style Wakesurf Boards

Hyperlite Broadcast Wakesurf

Pros

Cons

  • Available sizes are perfect for beginners
  • Picks up and maintains speed well. 
  • Great airtime
  • Non-premium materials means the board could break after a few years.

This unique wake surf board is designed for speed and air time. The dual concave construction allows beginners to get the right momentum to build air rotation and maintain balance.  Available in sizes to cater to all riders of all sizes, weights, and skill level from noob to expert. It’s tail end allows the board to carve through the water and pick up speed, while the wider body allows the rider to catch onto the waves and perform tricks. The board used by riders will appreciate the cushion and grip it gives due to the integrated EVA traction pad.

This is a great choice for someone of any skill level looking to have a fun time.


Airhead Pfish Skim Style Wake Surf Board

AIRHEAD Pfish Skim Style Wake Surf Board

Pros

Cons

  • Incredible value
  • Offers a steady ride with good footholds
  • Great for beginners
  • Lower quality materials cut cost, but also cuts overall durability

A more affordable option is the ‘Airhead Pfish Skim Style Wake Surf Board’. Though less expensive than the ‘Ronix’ model mentioned beforehand, this board is still a fan favorite and widely popular among wake surfers, beginners and more advanced surfers. This board offers a steady ride with good footholds and on the Airhead website, it is described by stating “You’ll be doing air reverses and shove-its in no time!” and, “Our test riders have liked it better than boards that sell at twice the price.” It is one of the best wakesurf boards for beginners.

The ‘Phish Skim Style’ is available In one size and holds up to one hundred and seventy five pounds. It is one of the most popular boards on our list.

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