Children have a very unique dynamic which makes finding them the perfect wakeboard quite difficult. Before making your next purchase of a kid’s wakeboard, be sure to take everything into consideration such as size, weight, handling, ease of use, and customization options such as bindings. Whether you or your child is a newbie looking to get onto the wake or a more experienced rider looking to move up to a higher performance board, taking the time to look at all options is paramount to one’s wakeboarding success.
There are numerous manufacturers of water sport products, but only few have actually introduced themselves into wakeboards for youth riders. While considering all options that will give you the best features with performance, weight, durability, appearance, and of price in mind, we have taken all of the guesswork out of it for you.
The following review takes an up close and personal look at the Top 10 Wakeboards for Kids for 2017 breaking everything down that you need to know.
|Image||Name||Skill Level||Price||Rating||Check Best Price|
|BODY GLOVE SPLAT KID'S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|HYPERLITE 2017 DIVINE JR. KID’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner and Intermediate||$$$||9.7|
|LIQUID FORCE 2017 DREAM KID'S WAKEBOARD||Beginner and Intermediate||$$$||9.6|
|RONIX 2017 AUGUST 120 WAKEBOARD||Beginner||$$$||9.5|
|CWB FACTORY BLEMISH VIBE 147CM WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.4|
|AIRHEAD AHW-4020 FLUID WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.3|
|BYERLY 2016 BP WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.3|
|AIRHEAD AHW-1030 SHRED TIME WAKE BOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.2|
|CWB MEN'S DB9 138CM WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.1|
|CWB FACTORY BLEMISH SURGE 125CM KIDS WAKEBOARD||Beginner and Intermediate||$$$||9.1|
The CWB Factory Blemish Surge wakeboard is the perfect board for beginners due to its ease of use and superior control. Newbies looking to learn the ropes on the water will learn with ease and will find that the board itself makes all the difference. CWB did a great job creating a well-balanced board that is fit for kids, but after learning the basics this board becomes somewhat boring.
The Factory Blemish Surge wakeboard comes in at 125cm length that is very lightweight and has a very forgiving center spine. The Surge’s ease of use which helps beginners to gain the confidence to tackle the wake itself will appreciate some good transitional features. Complete with a 3-stage rocker and System 80 core, weight and performance won’t be an issue.
The CWB DB9 wakeboard is listed as a men’s wakeboard, but riders of all ages have been enjoying the high end features of this amazing water sport product. The versatility of the DB9 is what has helped it become so popular as the appeal to a wide array of male riders is what makes this a top seller. The lightweight design makes this the perfect companion for kids as it weighs a mere 9.7 pounds which is significantly less than most.
The lightweight design does bring up some durability concerns as it’s not recommended for aggressive wakeboarding. Best adapted for beginners and intermediates, the CWB DB9 is a high tech board that takes wakeboarding to a whole new level. Featuring a CNC Cut PVC foam core, variable edge rail with bevel, 4 aluminum fins, and flat bottom design makes this a highly recommended wakeboard for kids.
The Airhead Shred Time wakeboard has become one of the most popular wakeboards for kids due to its minimal learning curve and quality graphics. The color pattern and graphical image is what children notice first, but parents will surely appreciate Shred Time’s ease of use. Offering a great foundation that’s perfect for beginners to gain the skill they need to move up to a higher performance board, and won’t cost you a fortune to do so.
Coming in at under $150 bucks, Shred Time boasts features you don’t typically find in a board of this price range. Featuring a continuous rocker, two removable fiberglass nylon fins, and a twin tip free design, this wakeboard is highly recommended for both beginners and intermediates. Coming in at only 6.8 pounds it’s one of the lightest kid’s wakeboards on the market.
The 2016 BP Wakeboard from Byerly became an instant classic which helped it gain a 9.3 out of 10. This board was handcrafted with the needs of youth riders in mind which offers a durable platform which is one of the safest boards out there for kids. Thinner and produces much less friction than the 2015 model helped make the 2016 BP one of the year’s best.
This wakeboard was not intended for beginners as intermediates and advanced riders will take to its liking. Offering high end features which produce a great deal of speed, control, precision, and stability makes this the perfect board for big air wakeboarding. Boasting a M6 insert, layered fiberglass sheets, Biolite 3 core construction, and comes in at 56-inches in length.
The Fluid wakeboard is not only one of the best Airhead wakeboards for children, but it’s one of Airhead’s best of all-time. This board comes in scoring a 9.3 out of 10 which is pretty impressive putting it in the same class of some of the most elusive wakeboards on the market. Priced to sell in the area of $150 Airhead once again proves that budget and performance is possible in the same wakeboard.
At first sight, Fluid serves up some amazing visuals. Once on the board, it’s hard not to appreciate the meticulous hand-crafted construction that provides the perfect platform for younger riders looking to own the wake. Weighing only 10 pounds, this lightweight wakeboard is fully complimented by a continuous rocker, removable center fins, along with curved and angled side fins.
The Vibe comes in at 147cm in length which makes it one of the longest recommended wakeboards for kids. This board weighs a ridiculous 6 pounds and due to its high end construction makes carving through water seem natural. This board comes highly recommended for riders of all skill levels and makes a great transitional board for beginners looking to become more skilled in a very short amount of time.
CWB’s Factory Blemish Vibe is not your average board which is why it’s become so popular among youth riders. This board features a 3” poplar stringer, Triax layup, variable height ABS rail, and much more. Youth riders can expect more speed, amazing pop, and the ability to literally glide through the water while setting up the perfect wake.
The Ronix 2017 August is probably the Kid’s wakeboard that has seen the most upgrades over the previous model. This 2017 exclusive comes to you with an amazing set of boots that flex with the rider which helps minimize rider distortion. The design won’t be for all youths as the graphics and color pattern are more appealing to girls than boys.
The 2017 August is recommended for beginners and newbies who little to no water sport experience. This board offers superior control which allows beginners to transition into better riders almost instantly and the August 120 boots provide plenty of support and comfort. The control is where the 2017 August excels as newbies have raved its ease of use and responsive control.
The 2017 Dream is a girl’s dream come true as this board from one of the most reputable manufacturers in water sports makes everything on the water come true. This upgraded version refines the 2016 model while adding some unique properties which makes this board highly recommended for beginners. The colorful pink and white graphics makes it more appealing to girls with little to no wakeboarding experience.
Some of the highlight features include a hybrid rocker, Pro Glass Combo Layup, V-Tip Hull, continuous rocker, low volume rails, and a concave beveled edge. The refinements of the 2017 model bring out the best for a smooth yet controlled ride, more control, and increased speed.
Another great beginner’s wakeboard for girls is the 2017 Divine. This board was built to last and comes in scoring a 9.7 out of 10 which makes it the 2nd best wakeboard for kids. The 2017 Divine is visually appealing for girls and was specifically created to meet the needs of beginners and intermediates. This upgrade offers more durability, speed, and precise control over the 2016 model which is still one of the best for kids out there.
Some of the best features which help it stand out include a continuous rocker, M6 inserts, 4 molded-in fins, and V-Bottom tunnel. The Monocoque construction makes it lighter, stronger, and more durable than the previous model giving youth riders more confidence than before.
Splat is definitely the most unique looking board for kid’s, and if you are looking for something truly different than Body Glove has a wakeboard for you. This board holds nothing back and was created with the needs of all riders in mind. Beginners can pick up this board and expect to hold on to it for years to come with the intention of riding with more confidence and honing in on their skills.
The Body Glove Splat wakeboard comes complete with a great deal of ankle support which sets up one stable ride. The included Chaser Bindings are not only secure, but are quite fashionable which is something that is hard to find. One of the best features of Splat is that it gives the chance for kids to customize their ride thanks to the removable fins.
Beginners, intermediates and advanced riders will find their niche with Splat which comes in much less than most wakeboards in this review.