The sport of wakesurfing has exploded in popularity in the last 20 years or so. Being able to surf perfect waves no matter where you are? Sign me up! Improvements in boat technology and wakesurf gear has inspired more and more people to bring the coastal surf lifestyle to interior lakes and rivers. Plus, as a much slower paced activity than it’s watersport counterparts like wakeboarding and waterskiing, the potential for injury is much lower (queue the parental ears perking up). If you’re looking to get started with wakesurfing, one of the first things to understand is the wakesurf gear you’ll need for epic days out on the water. After over a decade of shredding (and face planting) on perpetual waves, here are our 19 wakesurf gear essentials.
Not satisfied with your current wakesurf wave? Spending way too much time at the start of each session trying to get the wave right? Tired of messing with ballast weights and locations trying to get the wave “just right” only to have that same strategy fail horribly the next time out? Or maybe your wave is good, but you need it to be even better as your surfers level up and want to try new tricks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to consider buying a wakesurf shaper.
Founded in 1991, Hyperlite is the longest standing wakeboard and wakesurf board manufacturer in the world. After getting started with wakeboards, the Redmond, Washington based company has expanded its watersports offerings to include paddleboards, life vests, boat accessories and, of course, wakesurf boards. As the sport of wakesurfing has exploded in popularity across North America, Hyperlite has entrenched itself as the leading wakesurf board manufacturer thanks to its commitment to developing high-performance, long-lasting wakesurf boards. Their expert design and top-notch craftsmanship will have you feeling like you’re surfing a brand new board year after year. In this article, we’ll explore the wide range of Hyperlite wakesurf boards to help you choose the one that best suits you and your surfers.
We’ve all heard that old wakesurf board adage: Size Matters. Okay fine, maybe that didn’t originate from the world of wakesurfing. But when it comes to wakesurfing, having an appropriately sized board for your size, weight, and surfing ability is going to have a huge impact on your wakesurfing experience. In this article, we’ll break down how to determine the right size board for you (and your other surfers), explain the different size aspects of wakesurf boards, and present a simple wakesurf board size chart for your quick reference.