Years ago we used to take old wakeboards and lay down strips of grip tape on them. Did we invent wakeskating? Yes, and if anyone tells you different they're crazy. Well, since that time people have copied our amazing idea and eventually we ended up with these strapless decks that help you dance across the water like Michael Jackson. Modern wakeskates have taken the sport to a whole new level, with bulletproof bases construction, concave pockets that lock your feet in and strategically placed materials allowing the skate to flip and spin easier on tricks. Wakeskates now come in bi-level or single level decks, foam or grip tape top, wood or compression molded fiberglass construction and just about every other option you can think of. Take your pick of the full range of skates from killer brands such as Hyperlite, Byerly, Liquid Force, Obscura and Remote. No matter what you are looking for, we have it and back it up with more incentives and support than any other online wake shop, period.
Wakeskating is fun - and having the RIGHT skate will make it even more fun. We can help you find the right wakeskate to take you from your first time getting up to nailing a kickflip to back lip down a handrail at Battle Falls (that's right Mr. Reed Hansen). There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing a wakeskate. Here is a breakdown of the most important things to think about.
There are 3 main ways that a wakeskate can be made - using wood, using composite (fiberglass), or using a combination of the two. Wood wakeskates are the most popular and provide a unique and lively feel on the water but are less durable than composite skates. Some decks combine the best of both worlds with hybrid construction methods.
The only question you really need to ask yourself when looking at a wakeskate is, "Am I just looking for a wakeskate to have in the boat, or am I looking to really wakeskate?" First, the only downside of purchasing an advanced level wakeskate is the cost since more advanced level wakeskates are easier to ride, more durable, and will help a rider advance more quickly. If all you want is have a skate to leave in the boat for the least amount of $$$ possible, then a beginner skate is ok; if you want anything past this, shell out a few extra bucks and get a better performing wakeskate that will last longer.
When it comes to grip type, the only thing you need to think about is whether or not you want to wear shoes. Grip tape is better than foam in every way - it has more traction, it holds up better, it is replaceable, etc. The only downside to grip tape is if you ride without shoes, you are in for some serious pain and anguish. Wear shoes = grip tape, bare feet = get foam.
This is a long debated topic in wakeskating that just comes down to personal preference. Single deck skates are just what they imply, solid decks with no gimmicks or anything too crazy. Bi-level decks are basically 2 single level decks connected together that allow the board you are standing on to be different, but connected to, the board that is riding on the water. Bi-Level decks are typically heavier (which in wakeskating isn't a bad thing) and have a very unique feel on the water. This is where we are going to stop since there are about 1,000,000 opinions about which is better, so we will leave that up to you to decide.
Unlike wakeboards, waterskis or wakesurf boards, wakeskate size is not determined by the rider's weight. Sure, if you are a smaller guy, a smaller wakeskate may be easier to control, but even a 350 lb. behemoth might like a smaller size skate rather than a larger one. With wakeskating, size is pure preference. A smaller skate will be more maneuverable and will sit lower in the water. A larger skate will ride higher in the water and provide more surface area for you to ollie with, giving you more power. If you are just starting out, the size won't matter much for you, but the better you get, the more important it becomes.