Wakeboard Critic

The Best Wakeboards 2022

Our handpicked wakeboards for kids, women and men of all ages and abilities

Wakeboard features compared across your favorite brands

When it comes to wakeboards, there are a lot of options from many different brands, each of which has it’s own design focus.  We research a variety of different brands, focusing on trusted, well-known, quality brands as well as introducing a few lesser known brands that may be more cost effective.  

 

When choosing the best wakeboard for you or your family, you need to consider the skill level of the rider, the wakeboard style, size and design features, the maximum weight capacity and the price, before making your purchase.

 

Our top 20 wakeboards for 2022 have been listed in a tables under the following headings:

After each table there is a brief review of each product.  Read the summaries below the table or click the Read Review button in the table for a more detailed review to help you decide which wakeboard is going to suit you and your riding style.

 

Many of these wakeboards are from Hyperlite, Ronix, O’Brien, Liquid Force, Connelly and Slingshot, as they are some of the top sellers with outstanding quality. Other brands produce quality boards that may be more suitable for you and have high-quality features worth considering too. 

Kid's Wakeboards

Comparison of the Top Kid's Wakeboards for 2022

WakeboardSizeDesigned ForRockerFeaturesIn-Depth Review
Ronix Vision Kid's Wakeboard
Ronix Vision Wakeboard w/Divide Boots
120cmKids
Beginner
3-StageGlows in the dark
Molded-in fins
Removable center fin
wakeboard review
Hyperlite Motive Jr Wakeboard
hyperlite motive wakeboard package
119cmKids
Beginners
ContinuousMolded in fins
Molded landing feature
Fully beveled edge
wakeboard review
O'Brien System Jr Wakeboard
O'Brien System Blank Wakeboard Review
119cm
124cm
Kids
Beginners
ContinuousGrab rail
4 molded-in fins, 2 removable Attack center fins
Traditional Flex
wakeboard review
Ronix Vault Jr Wakeboard
Ronix Vault Kid's Wakeboard w/Divide Boots
125cm
130cm
Kids
Beginner
Intermediate
3-StageModello construction
Thinner, sharper toeside rail & fuller, vertical heelside rail
4 molded-in fins, removable 1.7" hook fins
wakeboard review
Hyperlite Eden Jr Wakeboard
hyperlite eden jr wakeboard review
125cmKids
Beginner
Intermediate
HybridSatin flex
Molded in fins, removable center fins
Assymetrical design
wakeboard review
Connelly 2021 Bella 124 Kid's Wakeboard
Connelly 2021 Bella 124 Kid's Wakeboard
124cmKids
Beginner
3-StageStable ride
Molded-in fins
Removable center fin
wakeboard review

Kid's Wakeboard Review Summaries

For each wakeboard listed in the table we have a brief review below.  If you would like a more detailed review, including the specifications, sizing options and more information about the features, please click on the Read Review link. 

Ronix Vision Wakeboard w/Divide Boots

Top Board for young riders starting out

Wakeboard Size:  120cm      Weight Capacity:  up to 95lb (43kg)

Things we like:
  • glow-in-the-dark
  • more volume in the ends helps generate natural lift off the wake
  • design features allow for the progression of wakeboarding skills

Things to consider:

  • smaller size means they’ll outgrow it sooner

This 3-stage rocker provides a stable ride for beginner wakeboarders and the smaller size is great for younger riders.  Designed for boat and jet ski wakeboarding the features of the wakeboard allow for stability with 4 molded-in fins and removable center fins.  The asymmetrical design of the rails allows for an easier, more confident edge as you approach the wake.  This wakeboard is designed to assist the rider in a relaxed, neutrally balanced position. And if you need a bonus,  it includes a sticker pack.

 

NB: A wakeboard package including bindings is available.

 

Read Review: Ronix Vision Kid’s Wakeboard Review

hyperlite motive jr wakeboard package

Great value and features

Wakeboard size: 124cm      Weight Capacity:  up to 105lb (47kg)

Things we like:

  • great beginner size wakeboard
  • specific features make learning easier
  • unisex design for all the family
  • great value wakeboard package
  • molded in fins and center fins great for stability and tracking

Things to consider:

  • only 1 child size available

The Hyperlite Motive Jr Wakeboard is designed to introduce young riders to wakeboarding.  At 119cm, it’s one of the smallest wakeboards available, suited to those younger kids who can’t wait to get behind the boat. Having the right child-friendly gear, makes teaching kids to wakeboard easier and we think this wakeboard is a great place to start.

 

The features of this board make learning easy and will allow them to progress and become confident with simple tricks. 

 

Read Review: Hyperlite Motive Jr Wakeboard Review

O'Brien System Blank Wakeboard Review

Editor's Choice

Wakeboard Size:  119cm, 124cm      Weight Capacity: 40-120lbs (18-54kg) 60 – 140lbs (27-63kg)

Things we like:
  • one of the smallest wakeboards available
  • extra buoyant foam core
  • continuous rocker keeps board stable
  • dual molded channels help in tracking
  • easy to control
  • great board for beginners

Things to consider:

  • not suitable for people weighing more than 120 lbs

A great wakeboard for beginners with an extra bouyant core that makes getting up nearly effortless, and helps pop the rider out of the water.  The continuous rocker design with the added features of dual channels and center fins provides a high degree of stability and control.  This precision designed wakeboard provides a predicable and stable ride.  With wakeboard design that helps kids ride confidently, it will make their wakeboarding experience a memorable one.

 

NB: A wakeboard package including bindings is available.

 

Read Review:  O’Brien System Jr Wakeboard Review

Ronix Vault Kid's Wakeboard w/Divide Boots

Great for the progressing riders

Wakeboard Size:  125cm, 130cm      Weight Capacity: up to 110lbs (50kg), up to 125lbs (57kg)

Things we like:
  • suits beginners and intermediate riders
  • available in 2 sizes for bigger kids
  • thinner profile board means less effort is required to pop off the wake 
  • molded-in fins and removable center fins
  • 2 sizes of wakeboard and one of the larger kids size boards available

Things to consider:

  • may not be so suited to very young riders

The Ronix Vault Jr wakeboard has been created with a 3-stage rocker that is great for giving kids that extra pop off the wake, especially behind boats creating bigger wakes.  The reduced profile of this board means it has a lighter swing weight so inverts and spins and turns are easier.   This board allows the rider to have more feedback with the water and is ideal for riders that are wanting to learn the basics of wakeboarding and then move on to mastering some tricks. 

 

Read Review:  Ronix Vault Jr Wakeboard Review

Hyperlite Eden Jr. Girls Wakeboard

Quality and performance

Wakeboard Size:  125cm      Weight Capacity:  up to 132lb (60kg)
Things we like:
  • suits both beginner and intermediate riders
  • asymmetrical design with a slightly shorter toe side and longer heelside
  • molded in tip to tail channels

Things to consider:

  • only one size available

The Hyperlite Eden Jr wakeboard has an abrupt continuous rocker that allows for speed when you want it and the extra angle of the board at the tip and tail provides that extra pop off the wake.  It’s a great board for beginners and intermediate riders as it’s designed with a slightly raised footbed and shorter toeside to make cutting into the edge easier.  The molded in channels and fins on the base give extra grip and make for a more stable ride.  

 

Read Review: Hyperlite Eden Jr Girls Wakeboard Review

Connelly 2021 Bella 124 Kid's Wakeboard

Top pick for young girls

Wakeboard size: 124cm      Weight Capacity:  up to 121lb (55kg)

Things we like:

  • stable ride for kids
  • good wakeboard to learn fundamentals
  • 4×4 molded fins provide moderate grip
  • removable center fin helps the board to track straight

Things to consider:

  • color may not appeal to everyone

This fun, Connelly wakeboard has everything you want for a beginner rider.  It’s designed for towing behind a boat or jet ski and the subtle 3-stage rocker allows for extra lift off the wake even when travelling at slower speeds.  This wakeboard provides a stable ride, with good control and is an ideal board to help young riders gain confidence.

 

Read Review: Connelly Bella Girl’s Wakeboard Review

Women's Wakeboards

Comparison of the Top Women's Wakeboards for 2022

WakeboardSizeDesigned ForRockerFeaturesIn-Depth Review
Liquid Force Angel SE Wakeboard Womens
Liquid Force Angel Women's Wakeboard Review
130cm
135cm
Beginner
Intermediate
HybridDiamond Bat-Tail Shape
D-I-S-C Hull through the Center
Double Concave "V" at Ends
wakeboard review
Ronix Quarter 'Til Midnight Secret Flex Wakeboard
Ronix Quarter Til Midnight Wakeboard Package with Rise Boots
129cm
134cm
138cm
Women
Intermediate
Advanced
HybridAdapts to your riding style and ability
Lightweight and softer landings
Suitable for all abilities
wakeboard review
Connelly Lotus Wakeboard
Connelly Lotus Wakeboard Review
130cm
134cm
Women
Beginner
HybridBlended performance and stability
Enhanced edge channel for stability
System 80 core
wakeboard review
Hyperlite Eden 2.0 Wakeboard
hyperlite eden wakeboard review
125cm
130cm
135cm
Kids
Women
Beginners
Intermediate
HybridAssymetrical design
Molded fins
To-side footbed risers
wakeboard review
O'Brien Clutch Wakeboard
O'Brien Clutch Wakeboard Package
138cm
143cm
Women
Men
Beginner
Intermediate
3-StageVariable beveled edge
Feather core
Four molded in fins, two removable Attack 1.4 center fins
wakeboard review

Women's Wakeboard Review Summaries

For each wakeboard listed in the table above, we have a brief review below.  If you would like a more detailed review, including the specifications, sizing options and more information about the features, please click on the Read Review link in the table or at the end of each summary. 

Liquid Force Angel Women's Wakeboard Review

Top pick for Beginners

Wakeboard size: 130cm, 135cm, 139cm      Weight Capacity: 60-110lbs (27-55kg), 80-150lbs (40-68kg), 110-190lbs (59-87kg)

Things we like:

  • predictable and stable ride
  • good wakeboard to learn fundamentals
  • molded-in fins improve control
  • well-priced wakeboard

Things to consider:

  • color may not appeal to everyone

The Lotus wakeboard by Liquid Force is an ideal wakeboard for beginners with the hybrid rocker giving a smooth ride and the variable edge rail will be a bit more forgiving when needed for landings or when the water is a bit rough.  The D-I-S-C hull also assists softer landings and helps to maintain faster speeds over the water.  The features of this wakeboard are ideally designed for beginners, but will also suit more intermediate riders as they progress with their wakeboarding skills and tricks. 

 

Read Review: Liquid Force Angel Wakeboard Review

Ronix Quarter Til Midnight Wakeboard Package with Rise Boots

Top Quality

Wakeboard size: 129cm, 134cm, 138cm      Weight Capacity: up to 125lbs (57kg), 115-155lbs (52-70kg), 140-180lbs (64-82kg)

Things we like:

  • a wakeboard that adapts to the rider’s wakeboarding style
  • lighter board allows for softer landings
  • explosive wake to wake jumps
  • allows the rider to have more control over their pop off the wake

Things to consider:

  • a more expensive wakeboard, but great quality

The Ronix Quarter ‘Til Midnight wakeboard is designed to accomodate a variety of different riding styles.  The hybrid rocker allows the rider to achieve speed, lift and smooth landings, all desirable wakeboarding experiences.  How you approach the wake will determine whether you have more vertical lift giving you height for inverts etc, or more speed off the wake to send you across and into the flats.  Adjust your riding style and you can have a totally different feel on the water and in the air.  If you’re looking for a wakeboard to be with you year after year as you progress from a beginners to more advanced rider, this is worth considering. 

 

Read Review: Ronix Quarter ‘Til Midnight Wakeboard

Connelly Lotus Wakeboard Review

Great Entry Level

Wakeboard size: 130cm, 134cm      Weight Capacity: up to 132lbs (60kg), 110-155lbs (50-70kg)

Things we like:

  • a wakeboard that provides a very stable ride
  • simple classic design features to help beginners learn the foundations of wakebaording
  • hybrid rocker enables fast speeds and great lift off the wake

Things to consider:

  • a more expensive wakeboard, but great quality

An ideal shape for beginning wakeboarders, the Connelly Lotus wakeboard has the ideal features for learning to wakeboard and the stability and predictability to get you started on tricks and progressing your wakeboarding skills.  The hybrid rocker allows for speed and pop off the wake and the removable center fin provides grip while learning and then can be removed as needed to allow for a more free-flowing ride. 

 

Read Review: Connelly Lotus Wakeboard

Men's Wakeboards

Comparison of the Top Men's Wakeboards for 2022

WakeboardSizeDesigned ForRockerFeaturesIn-Depth Review
O'Brien System Wakeboard Review
O'Brien System Wakeboard Package
119cm
124cm
135cm
140cm
Kids
Men
Beginners
ContinuousFeather core
Grab rail
2 removable Attack 1.4" center fins
Traditional flex
wakeboard review
Hyperlite Motive Wakeboard
hyperlite motive wakeboard package
119cm
134cm
140cm
Kids
Men
Beginner
Experienced
3-stageForgiving 6 degree edge bevel
V bottom tunnel
Mellow turns, smoother lift off the wake
wakeboard review
Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard Mens
Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard Mens
130cm
135cm
139cm
144cm
Men
Beginner
Experienced
ContinuousDouble concave V at ends
Variable edge rail
Molded-in fins
Removable center fin
wakeboard review
Hyperlite State 2.0 Mens Wakeboard
hyperlite state 2.0 wakeboard review
125cm
130cm
135cm
140cm
145cm
Kids
Men
Beginner
Experienced
ContinuousAssymetrical design
Moldedin tod-side footbed risers
Molded-in fins
Removable center fin
wakeboard review
O'Brien Clutch Blem Wakeboard
O'Brien Clutch Blem Wakeboard Sz 138cm
138cm
143cm
Men
Beginner
Experienced
3-stageVariable beveled edge
Grab rail
Molded-in fins
Removable center fin
wakeboard review
Ronix Vault Wakeboard
RONIX Vault Wakeboard Review
128cm
134cm
139cm
144cm
Kids
Men
Beginner
Experienced
3-stageHeelside/Toeside construction
Traditional flex, neutral energy
Four molded-in fins, two 1.7” hook fins
wakeboard review
Connelly Pure Wakeboard
Connelly Pure Wakeboard Review
130cm
134cm
141cm
Men
Beginner
Experienced
3-stageRail channels to help board track
Molded-in fins
Removable center fin
wakeboard review
Ronix District Wakeboard
Ronix District Wakeboard Package
134cm
138cm
144cm
150cm
Men
Experienced
HybridModello construction
New thinner profile
Universal riding style
Neutral energy
wakeboard review
Ronix RXT Blackout Wakeboard
Ronix RXT Blackout Wakeboard Review
136cm
140cm
144cm
148cm
Men
Experienced
ContinuousBlackout technology
Instant energy
Saw cut rails and channels
wakeboard review
Hyperlite Murray Mens Wakeboard
Hyperlite Murray Mens Wakeboard
134cm
139cm
144cm
150cm
Men
Experienced
3-stageVariable edge design
Removable center fin
wakeboard review
Ronix One Timebomb Wakeboard
Ronix One Timebomb Fused Core Wakeboard - Black Ice
134cm
138cm
142cm
146cm
Men
Experienced
3-stageLightweight reactive core
Timebomb technology
Instant Energy: 9
wakeboard review
Slingshot Coalition Wakeboard
141cm
145cm
149cm
153cm
157cm
Men
Experienced
Cable
HybridAtomic wood core
Carbon bedrock inserts
Single-shot fusion sidewalls
Ballistic base
wakeboard review
Liquid Force Peak Wakeboard
Liquid Force Peak Wakeboard Review
136cm
141cm
145cm
149cm
Men
Experienced
Cable
HybridPaulownia wood CNC'd core
Triax glass layup
Center concave finless hull with edge and tail channels
wakeboard review
Hyperlite Union Wakeboard
Hyperlite Union Men's Wakeboard Review
134cm
138cm
143cm
147cm
Men
Experienced
Park
Power PressFull beveled edge
Mid-body channels
Concave tip / tail base design
wakeboard review

Men's Wakeboard Review Summaries

For each wakeboard listed in the table we have a brief review below.  If you would like a more detailed review, including the specifications, sizing options and more information about the features, please click on the Read Review link. 

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