Using text and numbers alone to translate a wakeboard’s shape and intended feel on the water is not adequate. Even the most experienced wakeboard companies have struggled with confusing language.

A wakeboard’s shape & construction give the board characteristics that are surprisingly complex in combination. Distilling these characteristics into something meaningful that wakeboarders can use to make a purchase is not easy.

As we thought more about this, we found the spirits & wine industry, (and more recently beer) refer to something called tasting notes. As an example, tasting notes are used by researchers to score a particular brand of Whisky for certain tasting characteristics. As with any subjective scoring system, recommendations are given based on a researcher’s bias when scoring the flavor characteristics.

We, being the alcohol lovers that we are, ‘researched’ a variety of spirits to gather some inspiration on how tasting notes can be applied to wakeboards. Our goal was to distill a board’s flavor or style down into something everyone can understand visually.

The result is something we are calling Riding Notes. Here’s how this works. We selected what we thought of as the 12 important board attributes to score a wakeboard’s ride. Together, the 1-5 score for each attribute together creates an interesting visual shape, resembling a nebula of sorts.

Riding Notes visually guides a rider in making a choice that is uniquely right for them. Remember, like any style, what is appealing for one rider might not be the same for the next.

How to use Riding Notes

When reviewing each board’s Riding Notes, you’ll notice a particular board’s nebula shape is sometimes skewed to a particular quadrant. Other times the Nebula is more of a consistent shape throughout.

The shape highlights whether a ride has more broad characteristics (more consistent circular shape) or more designed for a specific type of riding (more abstract shape). What you’re looking for is all a matter of preference. So in other words, there is no right or wrong answer, even if you prefer to rip around on a 1993 O’Brien Apex.

To get you started, we asked a few simple questions that might point you in the right direction. If you still aren’t sure what you are looking for you can answer a few simple questions here and let our team decide what’s right for you.

Below is a comparison of all the wakeboarding models.

You’ve built up a level of comfort with the time you’ve spent on your last board. Stepping out of this comfort zone can be unsettling. Does the thought of wanting to improve a certain aspect of your riding outweigh the temporary discomfort of trying a new board? What are those aspects of your riding you want to improve?

Reflect back on your riding with your previous board. Was there anything that didn’t perform up to your standards? Try to find a board that excels in these areas and then work your way around the nebula to see if anything else plays to your riding strengths.

You’ve built up a level of comfort with the time you’ve spent on your last board. Stepping out of this comfort zone can be unsettling. Does the thought of wanting to improve a certain area of your riding outweigh the temporary discomfort of trying a new board that improves on those areas?