The length of a normal wakeboard varies between 120 cm to 150 cm. The average width of a wake board is between 38 and 44 cm. Beginners are advised to use boards which are longer in length as they give the rider more stability. When in doubt always opt to purchase a slightly longer board as they have the capacity to hold heavier people. Smaller boards are meant for light wake boarders.
Inspect the fins
There are tracking and turning devices located at the bottom of the boat and these are called fins. The board can be steered by the help of fins. When the water is smooth and the waves are small and evenly spaced thin fins work well. In rougher conditions a larger and sturdier fin will steer the board in a more efficient way. Wide shaped fins displace a lot of water and help the wakeboard adjust well to the water.
Try out a demo
Perhaps the important pointer of buying the perfect wakeboard is to try out a demo before the actual purchase. Even if you have done loads of market research it’s entirely possible that the board won’t match up to your expectations. Demos are usually free or with a nominal charge. The shop owner will generally refund the money for demo if you actually end up purchasing the board.
Risk of head injury
As wakeboards have sharp edges and both the legs are strapped to the board, even the slightest fall can cause severe head injuries among young children. This can be as worse as a fracture or a concussion also. Though a helmet can protect the child’s head, some children do not follow the safety tip and thus are prone to head injuries. As the momentum with which the head hits the water is always powerful, young children should be away from wakeboarding.
Sprain in the ankle
As the child’s leg would be strapped to the wakeboard, there can be instances where the child is not able to land properly and thus put pressure on the ankle part of the body. This pressure causes sprain in the ankle as the ankle and legs will move in one direction and the body moves in the opposite direction.
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