Male wakeboarders are some of the most aggressive riders out there, but this doesn’t mean it’s all inclusive. Wakeboards which are best suited for men offer distinct characteristics which make them more suitable as some of the basic tweaks can make all the difference. From style to color from weight to features, finding the best Men’s wakeboard can be nearly impossible when considering how many there are out there.
Men’s wakeboards offer unique packages that are better suited for riders of all skill levels. Whether you’re a newcomer or a male rider with years of experience, considering everything before your next purchase will give you the best chance of conquering the wake. Representing all of the top manufacturers out there including Hyperlite, O’Brien, Ronix, Body Glove, Airhead, and many more, we have compiled the best of the best.
This review focuses on the Top 10 Wakeboards for Men in 2017 while breaking down cost, durability, speed, and all other wakeboard features.
|Image||Name||Skill Level||Price||Rating||Check Best Price|
|LIQUID FORCE WATSON HYBRID MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|SLINGSHOT CHOICE 142CM MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner and Intermediate||$$$||9.8|
|2017 RONIX ONE ATR WAKEBOARD||Advanced||$$$||9.7|
|HYPERLITE MAREK NOVA WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.7|
|HYPERLITE UNION MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.7|
|O'BRIEN BAKER MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.7|
|O’BRIEN BAKER BLEM 136CM MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.6|
|O’BRIEN SYSTEM BLANK WAKEBOARD||Beginner and Intermediate||$$$||9.6|
|O'BRIEN PARADIGM MEN 'S WAKEBOARD 144CM||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.4|
|O'BRIEN FORMAT IMPACT MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.2|
The Force Impact from O’Brien is one of the best-selling men’s wakeboards internationally and has been voted as one of the best boards of all-time. This high impact board scores a 9.2 out of 10 giving riders a very durable platform that can withstand pro level abuse. This board features a minimalistic design and color pattern, but what makes it stand out are the high level features.
The O’Brien Impact wakeboard features a very lightweight, but strong foam core. Giving riders a competitive edge which means more speed, natural cutting ability, and reduced drag thanks to the Delta Force technology. This wakeboard also features a progressive 3-stage rocker, multimedia insert, and 4 molded in fins and comes highly recommended for more experienced male riders.
The amazing red and black graphics of the Paradigm men’s wakeboard from O’Brien helps it score a 9.4 out of 10 and comes in as the 9th best men’s wakeboard of the year. Recommended for intermediates and advanced level riders with design elements that allow for maximum rider customization. This extremely versatile wakeboard features an impact base which was specifically created for male cable park wakeboarders.
The Paradigm features 3 replaceable Velcro straps which provides a great deal of support. The high density polyethylene base provides a great foundation which is much more resilient and durable than most other men’s wakeboards on the market. Giving riders a true performance board that can withstand some of the most aggressive riding which also includes a progressive rocker, CMEVA outsole, along with a stretch zone, back zone, and flex zone.
O’Brien serves up yet another amazing men’s wakeboard scoring big with the System Blank. This amazing to look at wakeboard is subtle on the eyes, but once on board the ride is everything but. Giving both beginners and intermediates a true bargain wakeboard that is not only priced to sell, but gives you plenty of high end features. Coming in at just over $100, the O’Brien is easily the best board for your money.
The System Blank features double barrel channels, continuous rocker, 6mm inserts, 35” flank fins, and was designed by professional Chris Johnson himself. Designed by a true professional, this board has been noted to make riders much better which is something that appeals to newer wakeboarders and those looking to get onto the wake for the very first time.
The Baker Blem comes in at 136cm in length and proves that once again O’Brien is one of the best manufacturers in all of water sports. Claiming many of the top spots for the best men’s wakeboards of the year, the Baker Blem is yet another one of the many reasons why. This ultra-lightweight wakeboard provides an amazing ride thanks to the foam and hardwood core construction.
The visuals are above average, but performance is where the Baker Blem really stands out. Highlight features which include a progressive rocker, multi media mount, Impact base, Fusion Core, removable center fins, and O’Brien’s very own Delta Base technology. This board comes highly recommended for male riders of all skill levels.
The Baker is yet another O’Brien men’s wakeboard which holds high regards for intermediates and professional level riders. This extremely aggressive board is not for the tamed at heart which is highly durable and can withstand pro level abuse. This one for all is extremely versatile which can by all riding types which include cable park, boat, or winch wakeboarding.
The O’Brien Baker shines with amazing pop coming off the wake and tricks, jumps, and other stunts are easier than ever. Inspired by Nick Ennen himself to give experienced riders a competitive edge which features a progressive 3-stage rocker, dura-rail side walls, Sintered PTEX Base, and a very unique Black Rasta color and design scheme.
One of the hardest men’s wakeboards to learn to ride in this review is the Hyperlite Union. This board is highly sophisticated which makes it best suited for experienced level riders, but once you learn it you won’t want any other wakeboard, ever. The graphics won’t be for everyone, but what this board lacks in learning curve and visuals it more than makes up for in performance, speed and durability.
The Union scores an impressive 9.7 out of 10 which helps it claim the 5th spot in this review. With inspiration from Team Aaron, the unique nature of this Hyperlite men’s wakeboard is something that makes it appealing to a very specific subset of riders. Riders have stated you instantly get superior control, stability and performance which makes the visuals very easy to overlook. Coming in at just over $300 while featuring all of Hyperlite’s high end features, it’s a small price to pay for a true men’s performance wakeboard.
If you’re looking for a wakeboard that you can expect to call your own for a very long time, then meet the Hyperlite Marek Nova. This highly durable impact board is fit for male riders of all skill levels, and has proven that it’s a great transitional board from one skill to another. Boasting a platform that provides a great deal of control and a platform that can withstand aggressive riding and instills rider confidence which has helped make it extremely popular for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders.
The Marek Nova features an abrupt continuous rocker which makes this board one of the strongest and fastest which was specifically designed for male riders. Scoring a 9.7 out of 10, Hyperlite introduced high-end technology into the Marek Nova which includes an all new fully machined Nova core construction. Making it super lightweight, riders can expect amazing speed, superior control, natural handling, and on the dime precision.
The 2017 One ATR wakeboard is an upgraded version of the 2016 model, and if you’ve been holding out for the best of the best than this is definitely a men’s wakeboard worth considering. Not much is known about this board as it was just introduced into the market, and with a bit more time this board could easily score a perfect 10 out of 10.
Introducing some of the best visuals of any other men’s wakeboard on the market this year, the One ATR may be minimalistic in design which is what makes it so special. The white and black graphics may be the surface of this highly durable and resistant shell which is available in numerous size options for different sized riders. Fit for advanced riders only, the One ATR boasts a 3-stage rocker, speed walls, ATR construction, four alloy ramp fins, and much more.
The Slingshot Choice comes in at 142cm in length and scores a modest 9.8 out of 10. The only thing that keeps this Slingshot classic from scoring a perfect 10 out of 10 are easily overlooked when you see it for the very first time. Boasting amazing 4D red and black graphics, this wakeboard is easy on the eyes while offering a ride that is everything but.
The Choice wakeboard is not recommended for aggressive wakeboarding and is the perfect platform for both beginners and intermediates. Slingshot handcrafted a high performance board that won’t break your bank account as it’s priced to sell at just under $200. Some of the top features of Choice include a continuous rocker, Bio Sensor Core, elliptical concave, 4 fins, and of course some of the best 4D graphics that are some of the best we’ve ever seen.
Scoring a 9.9 out of 10, the Liquid Force Watson Hybrid is hands-down the best men’s wakeboard available for purchase in 2017. We’ve considered everything riders care about the most which includes durability, speed, performance, appearance, and of course price. Coming in with a price in the mid $400’s, this hybrid men’s wakeboard comes in highly recommended for intermediates and advanced riders, and not for beginners.
This high impact men’s wakeboard will give you the best chance to land some ridiculous stunts. We’re talking about a true big air board thanks to its hybrid technology which will give you exclusive pop and an ultimate rail riding experience. Backed by Liquid Force’s Grind base, Spiral V midsection, and sintered base material, durability won’t ever be questioned.
Specifically designed for male riders with a bit more experience, the Watson Hybrid featuring amazing pop and boost along with a ridiculously smooth ride. Liquid Force’s exclusive rail and grind base are some of the highlight features along with 4 removable fins and special Triax glass.