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The 10 Best Beginner Wakeboards for 2022

By: Jack Mace: Watersports Buyer | May 4, 2022

 

New to the sport and a bit overwhelmed with all the options out there? Just looking for something less expensive to dip your toes into the world of wake? Maybe you’re a bit more boardsport savvy and want a ride that will get you from your first time standing up to your first few inverts as quickly as possible. Whatever category you fall into, we’re really glad you’re here! Wakeboarding is an unbelievably fun and exciting sport and we’re ecstatic to share some of our favorite beginner-friendly decks to help you find a board that meets your needs behind the boat.

New This Year:

The good news in the world of wakeboards is that the term "beginner wakeboard" doesn’t necessarily mean that the board is only for beginners, or that it’s just a cheap knockoff of their more performance-oriented counterparts. Many of the beginner-friendly options from brands these days have countless hours of specific R&D and tech built into their shapes making it easy to learn how to wakeboard. Boards in this category also get tons of trickle-down-tech from higher-end models, which helps you establish a solid foundation for learning the fundamentals, but also allows you to use that same board to grow into the intermediate-advanced stages of riding without the need to upgrade. There has never been a better time to get into the sport of wakeboarding, and we don’t think there has ever been a better lineup of beginner-friendly gear either. With that said, here are our picks for the best beginner wakeboards of 2022!

best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Ronix Vault Wakeboard

The Ronix Vault Wakeboard is a beginner-friendly board designed to lay the best possible foundation for your riding. A 3-stage rocker design helps give you that extra boost for launching off the wake, and a confidence-inspiring asymmetrical rail line makes cutting and carving a breeze. Ronix cut almost 20% of the weight out of the latest model, making it easier than ever to maneuver the board both in the air and on the water.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Three-Stage2$319.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Ronix District Wakeboard

Try having a bad time on the Ronix District Wakeboard. No one's managed it yet, but go on, try. We'll bet good money that you jump back on the boat with a huge grin on your face. Made for solid carves, predictable takeoffs, and blasting wake-to-wake jumps, you just can't go wrong with its all-purpose shape and hybrid rocker profile. It's easy to ride but responds in kind when you want to push the limit. A longstanding favorite that just about anyone can get down with, the District is a total gas!

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Three-Stage Hybrid4$349.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Ronix Krush Wakeboard - Women's

The Ronix Krush Wakeboard is a beginner-friendly board designed to lay the best possible foundation for your riding. A 3-stage rocker design helps give you that extra boost for launching off the wake, and a confidence-inspiring asymmetrical rail line makes cutting and carving a breeze. Ronix cut almost 20% of the weight out of the latest model, making it easier than ever to maneuver the board both in the air and on the water.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Three-Stage2$319.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Hyperlite State 2.0 Wakeboard

The Hyperlite State 2.0 Wakeboard is crazy. Crazy fun and crazy easy to ride. If you learned on a traditional board, watching your newbie friend tear it up on the State 2.0 will make you a little jealous that they got to skip the learning curve and get straight to the fun part. The innovative asymmetrical shape of this board makes toe-side turn initiation super easy and intuitive, without sacrificing any of the power or stability you get from having a longer heel-side rail. Slap this board on and you'll go from novice to pro in no time flat.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Continuous2$299.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Hyperlite Baseline Wakeboard

The benchmark, the starting point, the genesis: the Hyperlite Baseline Wakeboard was developed as a tool for wakeboarders of all ability levels to lay the right foundation for rapid progression. It provides a smooth, consistent platform based around a continuous rocker shape and a wider profile, so you can ride on edge with precision and have nice pop off the wake. The landings are softer than a bowl of whipped cream and the water flows cleanly underneath, making this board a dream for everyone on the boat.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Continuous4$319.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Hyperlite Eden 2.0 Wakeboard - Women's

Looking to master the fundamentals of wakeboarding? Pick up the Hyperlite Eden 2.0 Wakeboard for smooth toe side transitions and stability at speeds. Made with an asymmetrical design that includes a shorter edge on the toe side, learning to jump just got easier. Featuring a thinner profile and molded-in fin, the Eden 2.0 creates less drag and better release when you hit the air. A more traditional heel-side design supplies stability and speed without losing energy. The Hyperlite Eden 2.0 Wakeboard has everything you need to navigate the wake with style.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Continuous2$299.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard

The Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard is a classic and versatile board that returns with a fuller tip shape for more energy than ever. If you're ready to up the ante and take your skills to the next level, the Trip is an ideal platform for your journey to the tricks. The D-I-S-C hull has longer molded-in fins for more control and smoother transitions, and when you're ready to let loose, the center fin is removable for increased smear and maneuverability. Get wavy with the Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard, a versatile and proven platform for all-around fun.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Continuous2$299.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Liquid Force RDX Wakeboard

Smooth riding with a little bit of style, the Liquid Force RDX Wakeboard is an affordable platform that keeps you grounded but still supports lots of pop when you're ready to send it. Featuring quad molded fins that are deep enough to give extra hold when you need it, its single to double concave center hull is both smooth on transitions and a great landing platform. Progressive 3-stage rocker adds speed and rail control, but loves to pop when its time to show off. Carve, glide, and groove on the Liquid Force RDX Wakeboard.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Three-Stage4$319.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Liquid Force Angel Wakeboard - Women's

Stable, predictable, and made for a good time. The Liquid Force Angel Wakeboard is sure to please everyone on the boat with its learning-focused construction. Molded-in fins improve control, and a removable center fin makes learning to smear when you're transitioning from beginner to advanced a breeze. This board was made for progression behind modern boats with bigger wakes. Trust The Angel to take you to wakeboarding heaven.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Continuous2$299.99

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best beginner wakeboards of 2022

Obrien System Wakeboard

Get the learning curve out of the way and get to the real fun faster with the Obrien System Wakeboard. With its' continuous rocker and three fins, the System provides a predictable and stable ride both on and off the wake. Riders can add and remove the center fin to allow for their desired drag and stability. An extra buoyant foam core helps learning riders get out of the water and on their feet.

Rocker TypeFinsOriginal Price
Continuous2$189.99-$199.99

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The Selection Process:

Our wake buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things watersports stemming from years of experience in the watersports industry in tandem with their countless hours out in the water catching waves behind the boat or ripping at the cable park. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jack Mace

I grew up on the north end of Lake Washington and was surrounded by watersports enthusiasts who all had an immense passion for any activity done on the water. My dad has also worked in the boating industry my whole life, so those two factors were the main building blocks that shaped my love for the industry from a young age.

After attending Western Washington University, I moved back to the Seattle area and worked as a sailing instructor for a number of years at my cousin’s rental shop on Lake Union before joining the evo family in 2012.

At evo, I started out on the customer service team and worked my way onto the merchandising team which gave me the opportunity to integrate my passion and love for the water into a career as the Watersports Buyer. I still reside in the Seattle area with my wife Katie and two sons, Wes and Carter.