‘Wake’ Up: How to Choose a Wakeboard 101, With Backcountry

If wakeboarding itself is the opposite of a pain in the ass, why should choosing a wakeboard be one?

Backcountry Gearhead Jeremiah explains the pillars of picking out your first — or 10th — wakeboard in this brief explainer. Considering ride stance, symmetrical versus directional build, and more, the easy-to-follow guide takes you through the decision process step by step.

Jeremiah explains the benefits of both wide and narrow boards and presents it all with pleasant, professional candor.

Ready to get past bumming a loaner board every lake trip? Backcountry’s got you covered with this quick how-to.

Runtime: 4 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.