So you've got the wakeboard that you’ve waited for and that you love ripping on. You want it to be at the ready for years to come.
And summer is here, and you want to get out and enjoy the water on your board. So how do you carry this beauty on the boat or store it at home so that it doesn't end up all banged up?
It can be a real challenge to store your equipment and keep it from harm. Boards bulky can take up a lot of room.
Using a wakesurf board rack to keep your board at the ready and out of harm’s way will be the lasting solution to storing your board.
Keeping your boards in a rack will also help keep your passengers from injury caused by tripping over, or the boards moving on the boat deck.
We have listed seven racks that will enable you to get out on the water this summer and not ding, scratch or damage your wakeboard in the process.
You are going to see the Krypt band often in this review. That is no surprise as they are the largest selection of wakeboard racks in the industry.
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Black powder-coated aluminum, the Krypt Towers rack has a swivel mount. This makes it easy for mounting one or two of them on a boat.
The angle mount can be adjusted 360 degrees. The rack has a clamp and several heavy-duty rubber inserts.
The inserts custom fit the clamp to almost any tower size. Once tightened, the tower is stable, and you can have confidence that the rack and your boards are staying put.
The Krypt tower rack will fit both vertically and horizontally. Boogie clamps will hold your wakeboard in place while you are moving across the water.
The Krypt Towers Polished Aluminum wakeboard rack has a swivel mount that is perfect for storing boards on a boat.
This keeps the boards safe and secure and frees up precious cargo space on your boat.
The soft rubber finger inserts and boogie clamps will hold your board securely even at a faster speed.
The clamp swivels 360 degrees and looks good in double polished aluminum that will go with any boat color.
The rack fits both vertical and horizontal tower bars at virtually any angle. This rack will hold two boards.
This rack is a heavy-duty wall mounted storage unit for your boards.
Krypt Towers designed this wall mount with sports enthusiasts in mind.
The fully adjustable system will fit all kinds of boards.
The rack will hold snowboards, snow skis, wakeboards, surfboards, kneeboards, wakeskates, wakesurfers, water skis skateboards, skimboards, bodyboards, freeboards, longboards, and mountainboards.
That is a lot of different boards, and you will need only one rack to hold four of the various kinds!
Made from heavy-duty solid steel, the rack is adjustable. You can install the rails in any number of widths to adjust to your boards.
Heavy-duty steel comprises both the rails and fingers.
Seamless thick rubber finger inserts top to bottom guarantee that you will not need to worry about dinging your boards when inserting them.
The rails are extra wide to accommodate the weight of the board and distribute more weight along more surface area, giving the rack a reliable installation.
The wall rack kit comes with everything needed for installation.
The StoreYourBoard wall storage rack is straightforward to set up wherever you need storage for your boards.
Perfect for out in the garage or in any inside room. Set the rack up wherever you have wall studs, and your boards will be secure.
A rack will also help in getting your boards off the floor of your home or out of the corner. Boards are your investment, and the StoreYourBoard will enable you to protect those investments.
Made of heavy-duty steel, the rack is strong and sturdy. You will be able to store four boards of various sizes, as StoreYourBoard has an adjustable rack system.
Rubber padding will protect your boards from getting dented or scratched when placing them on and off the storage rack.
The Tengchang has an unusual shape compared to the usual wakeboard rack.
This rack is bat-shaped to be able to hold two boards, a wakeboard, and a kneeboard.
Made of aluminum, it can attach to both vertical and horizontal bars. The rack also has a bungee strap and rubber bumpers.
Great to have a set, this product from Tengchang is a two-pack. Often you have more than one board or surf with friends and need two racks.
This pack gives you rack space for four boards and foot space in your boat.
Another great product from Krypt, this particular rack is the watersport's industry top-selling rack.
Krypt sells more kneeboard racks than any other manufacturer. This rack will keep you from tripping over all the kneeboards onboard your boat.
Guests will appreciate not having to maneuver around the equipment, too.
But most of all, your boards will be safe and sound without getting nicks, scrapes, and damage.
It is costly to replace the boards and puts fun out of commission while saving up for a new board.
Made of quality aluminum, these kneeboard racks can also hold a wakeboard.
The Cor Surf wall mount rack can both display and store your boards. Beautifully crafted, you can choose the rack in either dark stained wood or bamboo.
This rack is nice enough to use indoors and is a great way to display your passion.
Protective soft rubber strips on the rack arms will keep your boards beautiful without being scratched.
The wood will display well no matter your decor. With the Cor Surf rack you can display and store your boards horizontally or vertically, like a piece of art.
All mounting hardware is included with the rack and can hold your surfboard, longboard, wakeboard, snowboard, or kiteboard.
A Brief History of Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding, as a sport, is much like it sounds. It is a sport where a motorboat pulls a rider across the water on a board in the boat’s wake.
It is a combination of surfing, snowboarding, skating, and waterskiing. You can enjoy wakeboarding almost anywhere; on lakes, rivers, or the sea.
A rider will stand sideways on a wakeboard, which is shorter and broader, similar to a snowboard.
The boat travels at a slower speed than it would be if towing a water skier. As the boat cruises, it kicks up a big wake behind it.
Riders, depending on their skill level, can do various tricks on the board while riding through the wake.
Mid-air-twists jumps and flips are all part of the fun of being towed on a wakeboard.
Originally, surfboards were the boards employed for the sport, as the wakeboard had not yet made its way onto the scene.
Boards without straps or bindings were first used in New Zealand and called “skurfboards.”
Wakeboarding went through a few evolutions and officially became a sport in 1993.
In the ensuing years, wakeboarding and the athletes who ride have honed their skills and developed a myriad of tricks and divisions of competition.
Today, wakeboarders participate in the sport for pleasure or competition.
The X Games and WWA Wakeboard World Championships host championships for the sport.
What began as a sport that a small group of individuals enjoyed has become a hugely popular water sport practiced worldwide.
What To Look For In A Wakeboard Rack
A tower rack can hold water skis, kneeboards, and wakeboards. Some can adjust to hold a combination of different equipment.
Depending on the number of boards, you might want a rack on either side of your boart for symmetry and additional storage space.
How The Rack Affixes
One of the essential things to keep in mind is where you will want to fix the rack. If you're going to secure a rack to your boat, look for a tower rack.
This is handy for carrying the boards without taking up space on board and without concern that they will fly out of the boat once you are underway.
Check to see if the rack has a release feature. The release will allow you to take the rack off conveniently, as you might not want to leave the rack on all the time.
If you are going to store your board at home, look for those designed to fit on vertical walls in your home or garage.
Check The Material
Select a wakeboard rack with care and pay attention to the material that comprises the rack.
One of the materials that a good majority of racks use for construction is aluminum. The advantage of aluminum is that it is both lightweight and durable.
You also want a material that will not rust or pit.
That would not be good for an item that will spend most of its time by the water.
In the case of stainless steel, those racks might have great finishes but are less durable than aluminum.
Check For Padding
Other racks come in stainless steel or wood, but they all should have some type of padding.
Check to see if the padding is just on the top side of the fork on the rack.
If there is no padding on the bottom of the fork, you could scrape up your board putting it on the arm below.
Some of the better racks have padding on all sides of the forks, top, and bottom. You find some racks that have the forks dipped in rubber.
This type of coverage is a great feature on metal forks, as this will protect your board from getting scratched.
The rubber coating also helps to soundproof the rack against rattling while the boat is in motion.
It might not seem like a big deal, but it can be a big nuisance when you are out of the water a lot and the rattling sound is continous.
Attachment Of The Bungee
When on a rack, it is a bungee cord that holds your board in place while you are speeding across the water.
Check out how the bungee is integrated on the rack. If it is not attached to the rack, a bungee is very easy to lose or misplace.
If the cord is attached to the rack, you won't lose it if you take your board off and forget to reattach the bungee.
It is a small thing that makes a big difference.
The Angle Of The Rack
Depending on the tower leg where it sits, that angle of the rack may either curve or sit at an angle.
Once a rack is attached, it might sit crooked because of the tower leg design.
If you choose an adjustable rack, you will be able to have it sit level to the horizon no matter what the rack is attached to.
Types Of Boards You Will Store
There are many types of boards, such as surfboards, wakeboards, and kneeboards. Each of those types of boards will be different lengths and widths.
Know the dimensions of the boards you want to store before you purchase a rack.
Some racks will store just one type of board, like a wakeboard, and others might store two types, like a wakeboard and a kneeboard.
Wall-mounted racks have the ability to store more varieties of boards on a single rack than a tower.
Number Of Boards You Will Store
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a rack is how many boards you will need to store.
Like most watersports, wakeboarding is fun when there are more people involved.
You might need a rack that can store several, or you may need more than one rack.
Your boards are an essential piece of equipment. If you are able to have more than one, you probably have a favorite.
It is an excellent idea to protect your favorite investment by using a wakeboard rack for storing them.
You don't have to worry about losing or damaging the boards when you are out on the water if you use a rack.
At home, you can keep the boards off the floor and out of the way by securing them with a wakeboard rack.
By securing your boards with a rack, you are also securing your ride and be able to have a blast on the water.