When looking at the numerous wakeboards available for purchase today, finding that one diamond in the rough which meets your needs as a wakeboarder is somewhat difficult. There are well over 300 wakeboards reviewed on this site as we have taken everything into consideration including the price, performance, weight, speed, durability and so much more to give you the best information possible. Our reviews are 100% honest as we have no stake in what board you buy, but we are hopeful of giving consumers the information they truly need.
This is by far our most comprehensive review that showcases the best of the best and highlight the best wakeboards of the year from all of the top manufacturers including Body Glove, Ronix, Hyperlite, Hydroslide, SlingShot, and so many more. We will continually be updating this site with the latest models as this is only one of the many wakeboard review articles that you will find throughout.
The following review takes an in-depth look at the Top 20 Wakeboards for 2017 giving you the best look at the best boards out there.
|Image||Name||Skill Level||Price||Rating||Check Best Price|
|CWB 2016 140 WOODRO WAKEBOARD||Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|RAVE FREESTYLE 139CM WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|HYPERLITE 2016 FRANCHISE WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|O’BRIEN VALHALLA WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|RONIX ONE ATR CARBON EDITION - ANODIZED THROWBACK WHITE WAKEBOARD||Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|LIQUID FORCE 2017 DOSE SHANE WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|RONIX 2017 ONE I-BEAM TIMEBOMB CORE WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||10.0|
|SLINGSHOT PEARL BLEM WOMEN’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|BODY GLOVE SPLAT KID'S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|HYPERLITE 2017 VAGABOND WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|BODY GLOVE ANTIX WAKEBOARD||Beginner and Intermediates||$$$||9.9|
|BODY GLOVE BLACK WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|LIQUID FORCE WATSON HYBRID MEN’S WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|CWB FACTORY BLEMISH REVERB WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|CWB 2016 WILD CHILD WOMEN’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|HYPERLITE MYSTIQUE WOMEN’S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|HYPERLITE 2016 PRIZM WOMEN'S WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.9|
|HYPERLITE 2016 VAGABOND WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.8|
|JOBE AUSTIN SERIES WAKEBOARD||Intermediate and Advanced||$$$||9.8|
|HYPERLITE MAREK BIO WAKEBOARD||Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced||$$$||9.8|
The Marek Bio wakeboard from Hyperlite scores a 9.8 out of 10, and considering there are over 300 boards reviewed on this site this is quite impressive. The Marek Bio offers the perfect complement of class and performance that makes it one of the top-selling wakeboards on Amazon.com. The aggressive look along with highlight qualities which include amazing speed, great durability, lightweight core, and a very strong frame makes this board suitable for riders of all skill levels.
The Marek Bio takes the best qualities which has become the foundation of all Hyperlite wakeboards and adds in a P-wing, cool orange and black color pattern, two-stage channel, durable Monocoque construction, layered glass, Enduro Base, and so much more which makes it highly recommended. It doesn’t hurt that the price comes in well under $200 which is significantly less than most wakeboards available in 2017.
The Jobe Austin is the complete package as it comes standard with an impressive pair of bindings. The subtle, but highly aggressive wakeboard is suitable for more experienced riders including intermediates and professionals. The concept was developed by professional Jobe Austin himself which took a great deal of advancement while tending the finer things that experienced wakeboards depend on the most.
Some of the best features of the Jobe Austin Series wakeboard include a bullet enforcement, super-fast hybrid rocker, landing stability assistance, and comes in at 137cm in length. This board comes in around 10 pounds which helps give riders elusive pop, great speed, and a whole lot of rider control. The amazing specs of the Jobe Austin means retailers have a hard time of keeping it on the shelf, but if you’re lucky enough to find it I would highly recommend not wasting any time.
The 2016 Vagabond may not be the best board out there visually speaking, but its easily one of the best for performance minded wakeboarders. This 2016 upgrade sports some impressive specs and is highly recommended for intermediates and advanced level riders. Boasting a subtle blue color pattern, but highlighted by high end performance features.
Some of the best aspects of the 2016 Vagabond include a CarboNetX Inlay construction, curbed flow channel, centered beveled edge, Biolite 3-core construction, continuous rocker, and 8-degree beveled edge. Riders who have already given the 2016 Vagabond wakeboard a ride have stated that it boasts impressive speed, is lightweight, provides amazing pop coming off the wake, and is super easy to control.
The 2016 Prizm wakeboard is not just one of the best wakeboards out there, but it’s easily one of the best women’s wakeboards that you can purchase right now. This highly popular board is highlighted by some of the most impressive graphics that are highly sought after by women riders of all ages. The subtle, but vibrant colors of the newest Prizm includes a pink, blue and white topside and a very modern black and white underside.
Besides visuals, the Hyperlite 2016 Prizm is a great learning board which makes it highly recommended for beginners, but can handle some of the most aggressive conditions making recommended for intermediates and advanced riders alike. The versatility is highlighted by a slew of advanced features which include a 3-stage rocker, M6 inserts, durable Monocoque construction, layered glass, satin flex finish, and unique variable edge design.
The Hyperlite Mystique is not just one of the best women’s wakeboards of the year as many have argued that it’s easily one of the best looking wakeboards of all-time. The visual appeal of the Mystique is what riders realize first, but once on the board itself the focus shifts entirely to true performance wakeboarding. The aggressive look is somewhat overshadowed by the technologically advanced features which gives riders a true competitive edge.
Some of the features include a subtle 3-stage rocker, 6” low plate system, 4 removable fins, M6 hardware, and much more. Scoring a near perfect in speed, appearance, durability, and performance has helped make the Mystique wakeboard highly recommended for riders of all skill levels.
The 2016 Wild Child represents just as the name suggests as women riders looking for a take on the wild side will want to give this wakeboard a true. The 2016 Wild Child is one of the lightest wakeboards on the market coming in at around 7 pounds, but with its Super 80 Core strength and durability will never be questioned.
This 2016 upgrade takes the best of the best of the award winning 2015 Wild Child and gives riders more speed, better turning capabilities, more control, and that elusive pop that riders look for the most. Complete with 4×4 molded in fins, subtle 3-stage rocker, full length center spine, deep center channel, V-Tech tail and tip helps make this board the perfect wakeboard for more experience riders.
The Factory Blemish Reverb is easily one of the most popular CWB wakeboards of all time. The high quality manufacturer has made quite a name for themselves in water sports which has left consumers looking for each and every new mode. The Factory Blemish scores a near perfect 9.9 out of 10 which considers speed, performance, weight, appearance, price, and so much more.
This high performance wakeboard comes in highly recommended for riders of all skill levels which gives you much more control, softer landings, super-fast speed, and one of the most durable wakeboards on the market. Coming in at only 7 pounds, this lightweight wakeboard is much stronger than you would think. Highlight features include a 4×4 molded in fin package, full center spine, super-fast rocker, and much more.
The Watson Hybrid wakeboard offers the best of all worlds, and specifically what intermediates and pro level riders look for the most. This board is not for the tamed at heart as beginners will find the advanced features are a bit too difficult, but for those with a bit more experience it will easily be considered one of the best wakeboards of the year.
The Liquid Force Watson Hybrid offers cool graphics, special Triax glass, 4 removable fins, Liquid Force’s exclusive rail and Grind Base, and much more. Riders will find that super difficult tricks and other stunts are easier than ever with the Watson Hybrid which is exactly what this board was created for.
For those looking for a minimalistic wakeboard as far as appearance, but one that offers some of the best black visuals we’ve ever seen, then meet the Body Glove Black wakeboard. This board is easily one of Body Glove’s best which is saying a lot considering their easily one of the most revered manufacturers in all of water sports.
Black comes complete with a customizable fit thanks to the one of a kind Lyrca bindings which gives you a much more secure ride, and a whole lot of stability. This Go Big or Go Home Wakeboard is highlighted by a 3-stage rocker, 4 molded in fins, foam core reinforced construction, multi-fin system, PU Core with a resin finish, and much more. Recommended for intermediates and advanced riders, but a bit too difficult for newbies.
Body Glove has been doing everything right which has helped make them one of the most reputable manufacturers of wakeboards internationally. The Antix wakeboard is only one of the many reasons why which has helped make it the 11th best wakeboard of 2017, and easily deserving of its 9.9 out of 10. This board comes complete with all the performance features beginners and intermediates depend on the most which gives you elusive pop, amazing control, super-soft landings, and a great deal of speed.
Antix gives all riders a competitive edge which includes maximum comfort, softer landings, and an amazing pair of Branding Bindings. The ease of use is fit for beginners and the advanced features appeal to more experienced riders which include a 3-stage rocker, PU core, molded in fins, and a crescent tail.
The 2017 Vagabond comes with numerous advanced features which makes this wakeboard highly recommended for more experience riders. The ease of use is somewhat difficult meaning it’s not recommended for beginners, but those looking for a high quality board that was made to last will be impressed with this 2017 upgrade.
The Vagabond series is one of the best-sellers by Hyperlite as it features the best of the best in water sport technology. Some of the highlight features include a highly durable Monocoque construction, 3-stage continuous rocker, M6 inserts, CarbonetX core, and was designed by pro level rider Greg Nelson himself.
The Body Glove Splat is easily the best kid’s wakeboard of 2017 and comes with an impressive 9.9 out of 10. The visuals will not be for everyone, but children looking to conquer the wake and gain a whole lot of confidence will appreciate the technology that went into creating the Splat concept. Body Glove scored big with this highlight wakeboard which has helped it become one of the best-selling wakeboards of all time.
The advanced features give riders the ability to customize their ride thanks to the removable fins. Priced to sell at around $175 which is quite impressive considering it brings out the best in security, stability, control and speed. Performance minded youth riders should consider the top rated Jr Chase Bindings which highly adapt to the skill level of all riders.
The SlingShot Pearl Blem is hands-down the best women’s wakeboard of 2017 and is one of the most recognized boards out there. This high performance board is highly adaptable giving riders of all skill levels the competitive edge we’re looking for. Complete with aggressive minded features which allows the board to withstand any riding condition while giving you a natural reflexive nature which can be seen in turns and stunt riding capabilities.
The Pearl Blem is highlighted with SlingShot’s signature 4D graphics, but it’s the performance package which helps make this board stand out from all the rest. This includes a continuous rocker, elliptical concave design, ES base core, taperwall, ResinX finish, Bomber Glo Fortified Fastrack, and SlingShot’s Future Response Technology.
For those looking for a truly unique board, meet the Ronix 2017 One I-Beam Timebomb. Picking up where the 2016 model left off, the 2017 model improves on every aspect including control, stability, weight, more durability, and ultimately a much better wakeboarding experience. This board truly meets the standards of all riders, but one thing that’s for certain is that you’ll have to pay for it to truly appreciate it.
The One I-Beam Timebomb Core 2017 model features a 3-stage stance rocker which gives you some of the softest landings we’ve ever seen. Control, speed, pop, and stunts won’t be an issue either and the I-Beam core makes it highly durable, and super strong. The Anodized Midnight graphics are unique in their own right which helps it score a perfect 10 out of 10, and locks down the 7th spot in this review.
There aren’t many boards out there that score a perfect 10 out of 10, but the 2017 Dose Shane from Liquid Force is easily one of them. This 2017 model boasts numerous upgrades over the 2016 model which gives riders a great deal of stability, control, speed, and even greater performance. This Liquid Force exclusive is not recommended for everyone as only the most aggressive and advanced level riders will be able to appreciate it.
If you’re an experienced rider looking for the best in water sport technology, then you’ll definitely have to pay for it as the 2017 Dose Shane comes in around $500. If you’re looking for a board which you will have for years to come, then paying the extra money will be well worth it as this board is much more advanced than most other boards out there by today’s standards. Boasting a highly durable, lightweight, and super-strong all wooden core construction along with a slew of other high-end features, the newest Dose Shane deserves to be mentioned amongst the year’s best.
At first sight, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the Ronix One ATR Carbon Edition wakeboard in throwback white. The best of this wakeboard goes far beyond the visuals though which has helped it claim one of the top spots on Amazon.com. This elusive board is hard to find which is a testament to all the reasons why which include amazing speed, much less resistance, super-soft landings, and a much longer cable riding session.
This Anodized Throwback White Wakeboard takes the best features from Ronix and truly refines them. Recommended for advanced riders only, some of the highlight features include a classic 3-stage rocker, 4 fins, super lightweight design, and much more. Designed by pro level rider Danny Harf gives those looking to own the wake their best chance possible.
If you’re looking for a wakeboard with a much thinner design than most which gives you much less friction which means more speed and much more control, then you’ll want to consider O’Brien’s Valhalla. Valhalla comes in cheaper than most wakeboards in this review, but the best part is there is no depreciation in features giving you minimum drag, optimum control, and a lightweight and strong design all at the same time.
Valhalla is one of the top award receiving wakeboards for this year which is a true testament considering there are well over 300 wakeboards available on the market today. Scoring big thanks to its strong progressive rocker quad molded-in fins, 6mm inserts, impact base, wider base with a full rail, and much more. Valhalla’s ease of use makes it appeal to beginners while it’s durability and strength makes it highly recommended for more experienced riders.
For those looking for the perfect balance of water sport technology and price, then meet the Hyperlite 2016 Franchise. This wakeboard has been impressing riders of all skill levels since bursting onto the scene which boasts numerous upgrades over the award winning 2015 Franchise. It’s ease of use along with its high end feature that won’t cost you a fortune makes this board a great choice for beginners, intermediates, and advanced riders alike.
The 2016 Franchise scores a perfect 10 out of 10 thanks to its super-strong, lightweight, and flexible Biolite 3 core construction. The continuous rocker gives riders even more durability along with amazingly soft landings which is fully complimented by a variable edge profile which was is another Greg Nelson inspired design.
Coming in 2nd place of the top wakeboards of 2017 is the Rave Freestyle. This board comes in at 139cm in length and offers some impressive visuals which makes it highly sought after by both men and women and riders of all ages. This true freestyle wakeboard was created for those looking for a competitive edge with tricks, jumps, and other stunts and all while setting up the wake perfectly.
The Rave Freestyle comes in with a ridiculous price which is below $200 and far below the average price for a freestyle wakeboard. Some of the most notable features include a unique 4-point design, continuous rocker and an amazing pair of camo Striker Bindings. These features give experienced riders much more control, comfort, stability, superior control and grip, soft landings, and amazing pop.
I don’t think there’s anyone out there who won’t disagree that the CWB 2016 Woodro wakeboard isn’t the best one out there as this board deserves to be mentioned as the best of the best, hands-down. There aren’t many wakeboards out there that do half as much for riders that the 2016 Woodro which is noticeably seen with much better grip, unrivaled durability, and performance features which appeal to some of the most aggressive rides out there.
CWB held nothing back while creating the concept for the 2016 Woodro and managed to do so while still keeping the affordable. This board isn’t for everyone, but if you’re an experienced rider looking for durability, speed, performance, and a lightweight concept than there really is no other board to consider.
Some of the best features include a natural flex wooden core, super-strong continuous rocker, four bolt on slider fins, TI-Base, and a whole lot more. See for yourself what this board has been doing to the riding capabilities of intermediates and advanced level riders who appreciate the true cable park design.