Wakeboarding is one of the most entertaining forms of water sports out there, but the sport itself is only good as the board your own. Finding the perfect board which takes everything into consideration tailored to your skill level gives riders the room to grow and master their current level. Intermediates and pros alike require a whole lot more when looking at performance options and durability giving them a board that can withstand aggressive riding and big air stunts.
All of the biggest names in water sports which include Ronix, Body Glove, Hyperlite, Byerly, CWB, and many others have considered everything for experience wakeboarders. Customary of what we do, we broke down each aspect that makes the following wakeboards highly recommended for intermediates and professional riders alike.
The following review takes a closer look at the Top 10 Wakeboards for Intermediates and Pros for 2017 giving you more time to focus on the sport itself.
|Image||Name||Skill Level||Price||Rating||Check Best Price|
|CWB 2016 140 WOODRO WAKEBOARD||Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|HYPERLITE 2016 FRANCHISE WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|O’BRIEN VALHALLA WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|RONIX 2017 ONE I-BEAM TIMEBOMB CORE WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|CWB FACTORY BLEMISH REVERB WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|BODY GLOVE BLACK WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|HYPERLITE 2016 PRIZM WOMEN'S WAKEBOARD||Beginner and Intermediate||$$$||9.9|
|HYPERLITE 2017 VAGABOND WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|LIQUID FORCE WATSON HYBRID MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|SLINGSHOT PEARL BLEM WOMEN’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
The top rated women’s wakeboard of the year also makes our review for the top wakeboards for experienced riders. SlingShot has been impressing water sport enthusiasts for years now and has made quite a big impression since bursting onto the scene in a very short amount of time. The Pearl Blem offers the best of the best features that can withstand some of the most aggressive wakeboarding created specifically for women.
The Pearl Blem is a technologically advanced wakeboard and offers some impressive and unique 4D graphics. The pop that this board offers visually is equally impressive with the pop coming off the wake. Experienced riders can enjoy the high end features which include an elliptical concave, continuous rocker, SlingShot’s Fusion Sidewall, Atomic Core, Park Ready Tune, and of course SlingShot’s own Future Response Technology.
Advanced level riders looking to gain the competitive edge will enjoy the technologically advanced Liquid Force Watson Hybrid wakeboard. All wakeboards should not be created equal, and finding a high level board that mixes budget with high performing features that can withstand some of the most aggressive riding is nearly impossible. This was until the Watson Hybrid which offers the best balance, and so much more.
Coming in at the higher price range, the Watson Hybrid was not created for newbies and beginners. The ease of use is somewhat difficult as riders with a bit of experience are the only ones who will appreciate what this hybrid wakeboard is all about. Boasting Liquid Force’s hybrid technology makes this board highly sought after with intermediates and pro level riders alike.
The 2017 Vagabond wakeboard pushes the envelope when looking at innovative water sport technology. This 2017 upgrade by Hyperlite comes from one of the best-selling series of all time and this version doesn’t even compare with the former mode. The new Vagabond an ultra-lightweight design with a ridiculous appeal that is suited for intermediates and pro level riders alike.
Featuring a Biolite Core and Monocoque construction helps make this board ultra-lightweight, super responsive, and ridiculously strong. Built to withstand some of the most aggressive wakeboarding which comes in two sizes to appeal to a wide array of riders. Featuring a 3-stage continuous rocker and designed by pro rider Greg Nelson himself, there’s no wonder why the 2017 Hyperlite Vagabond makes this review.
The 2016 Prizm build upon the success of the 2015 model offering female riders one of the most stable platforms that can handle true aggressive wakeboarding. This big air board holds nothing back as it all starts with the amazing graphics and color pattern and finishes up with its high end features. The 2016 Prizm is a great transitional board is a great learning board that outperforms many others while transitioning riders into the next skill level.
The newest Prizm features a variable edge design, subtle 3-stage rocker, satin flex finish, mellow center landing spine, durable Monocoque construction, layered glass, M6 inserts and much more. For those looking for the best of all worlds including speed, durability, precision, performance, and weight, well, meet the Hyperlite 2016 Prizm.
The Body Glove wakeboard is probably the most recognized board in the market, and it’s not because it’s the most common. The impressive simple, but amazing black graphics makes this board standout as riders of all skill levels can appreciate it, but it’s only recommended for use by intermediates and advanced riders.
Black offers the best in style while offering complimentary features fit for high performance wakeboarders which include a PU core with a foam core reinforced construction, 3-stage rocker, 4 molded in fins, and an impressive pair of Brandon Bindings. The comfort and stability the bindings bring to the table enough to consider Body Glove’s Black and with all things considered it’s easy to see why it scores a 9.9 out of 10.
The Factory Blemish Reverb by CWB is an all-time classic despite not being on the market for very long at all. This wakeboard stands for everything that this sport brings to the water as it offers the perfect balance of technology, precision and performance. Created specifically to meet the needs of all riders, the Factory Blemish takes wakeboarding to a whole another level.
CWB packed this board full of amazing features which includes a 4×4 molded fin package, full length center spine, and a 1” plastic fin. For those looking to conquer some amazing tricks and jumps can take full advantage of the flexible center spine and deep channel for greater rider control will fall in love with this top rated CWB wakeboard.
Scoring a perfect 10 out of 10 s the Ronix upgrade, One I-Beam Timebomb Core. This 2017 wakeboard offers superior upgrades which makes it highly sought after by intermediates and pro level riders alike. The features packed into the 2017 Ronix One I-Beam also makes this a perfect board for beginners which is a great choice for those looking to buy one board that will help them transition from one skill level to another.
This 2017 Ronix wakeboard features a highly durable I-Beam core which makes it significantly more durable than the 2016 model. Besides durability, the I-Beam technology also puts less strain on the body which is great for those who spend hours at a time on the wake. The anodized midnight color is unique in its own right which is fully complimented by a 3-stage stance rocker. Control, smooth landings, durability, and speed will never be questioned by one of the top wakeboards for experienced riders in 2017.
The O’Brien Valhalla has become one of the top sellers on Amazon, and for a number of reasons. This wakeboard holds nothing back which has made it one of the most recommended boards for beginners, intermediates, and advanced wakeboarders alike. The simple, but cool blue and yellow graphics makes it very appealing for all riders while featuring a performance package which literally makes riders even better.
Valhalla comes in with a perfect score, and considering we’re reviewed over 300 wakeboards throughout this site this alone is saying a lot. This board gives riders minimal drag which means a faster ride with less friction which means superior control. With amazing speed and control, experienced riders can set the stage for the perfect ride which means explosive tricks and stunts while being rest assured with super soft landings.
The 2016 Franchise gives you a whole lot of board for your money as this perfect 10 out of 10 wakeboard will only cost you a bit over $200. This high quality wakeboard improves upon the 2015 model which was inspired by pro rider Greg Nelson which comes in lighter, stronger, thinner, and faster, and produces less friction than the previous model.
This board is highly versatile making it recommended for beginners, intermediates and advanced level riders as it is super easy to learn and can withstand pro level abuse. The 2016 Hyperlite Franchise features a Biolite 3 core which makes is super lightweight, strong, and flexible at the same time which all help to set up the perfect wake. Improved durability, pop, and speed are seen thanks to the super strong continuous rocker which has proven to be one of the best ever seen.
The CWB 2016 Woodro comes in at 140cm in length which is perfect for both adult and youth riders. This 2016 upgrade improves upon all of the top features of the 2015 model which gives riders more speed, carving ability, pop coming off the wake, and whole lot more air. The 2016 Woodro is not for the tamed at heart as this truly amazing performance wakeboard is only recommended for aggressive, pro level riders.
The natural flex wooden construction of the Woodro gives riders a competitive edge which includes superior flexibility, better grip, and amazing carving capabilities. The lightweight design, but super strong wooden construction gives riders a board that will not only last a lifetime, but can withstand some of the most aggressive wakeboarding imaginable. The clean and crisp ride is what experienced riders are looking for, especially those who are looking for that cable park design.