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The 9 Best Beginner Wakesurf Boards of 2022

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

 

With the overwhelming growth the sport of wakesurfing has seen in recent years, we’re seeing brands increase their offerings for the beginner market. It wasn’t long ago that newcomers had limited options available and getting the best wakesurf board for beginners meant just going with the biggest board, with the most volume, they could find. These days, there are new shapes that are not just designed for first-timers, but also built with progression in mind when learning how to wakesurf so the board can take you through the intermediate-advanced stages before you might consider adding another board to the quiver.

New This Year:

One thing we especially love about the beginner wakesurf board options this year is that they aren’t all simple designs based solely on the idea that all a beginner needs is a super long plank that just feels like you’re standing on a moving dock behind the boat. Tons of time has been spent creating a wide range of ride characteristics to help newer riders meet and exceed whatever goals they have when jumping into the sport. Through the use of clever tech and widely adjustable fin setups, we think there is a perfect board out there for everyone. We’ve pulled together some of the best beginner wakesurf boards to help you zero in on your perfect shred stick for this summer - and beyond!

best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Liquid Force Swami Wakesurf Board

Named after a legendary surfing mecca in California, the Liquid Force Swami Wakesurf Board was always going to be a banger. This skim style board is crafted for fun and built tougher than most high performance boards to keep the good times going for longer. A rounded diamond nose and tail shape provide control and lift riding in either direction, while the single concave hull creates smooth, easy glide. With a removable twin tail fin setup, the Swami can be ridden loosey goosey as a true skim or with the fins for added control and bite.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
2Skim$319.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Liquid Force LTD Fish Wakesurf Board with Surf Rope

Looking for an easy way to get into wakesurfing? The Liquid Force LTD Fish Wakesurf Board with Surf Rope is as good as it gets. Arguably the most stable and beginner-friendly board in Liquid Force's lineup, the LTD Fish combines a floaty swallow tail design with a versatile 2+1 fin layout that allows you to play around with your fins - and the wave. This evo exclusive package includes a 24' rope and EVA padded handle to help you get going the second you hit the water.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
3Surf$289.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Liquid Force Wake Foamies Fish Wakesurf Board

The Wake Foamies Fish Wakesurf Board is just a ton of fun packed into a flat shape and topped with a grippy foam deck. This little rocket is quick through the turns, easy to pop airs with, and forgiving enough for beginners to ride. It's the kind of party board you keep stashed on the boat, ready to hand out to whoever wants to have a blast.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
2Surf$399.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Ronix Marsh "Mellow" Thrasher Wakesurf Board

If progression is the name of the game, then the Ronix Marsh "Mellow" Thrasher Wakesurf Board has your needs built into its DNA. This is a capable, yet approachable surfer with full rails for speed, hold, and durability. For a predictable thruster ride that offers stability, performance, and predictability from end to end, the Ronix Marsh "Mellow" Thrasher Wakesurf Board is a winner.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
3Surf$499.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Ronix Modello Skimmer Wakesurf Board

The Ronix Modello Skimmer Wakesurf Board makes popping off the water easier than throwing down a thumb ollie playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. This pure skimmer is super durable, with a removable 3-fin setup that tracks like an experienced surfer when you're too sick to do any more tricks. Pick your schtick on the Ronix Modello Skimmer Wakesurf Board.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
3Skim$449.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Hyperlite Broadcast Wakesurf Board

The Hyperlite Broadcast Wakesurf Board is one of the best-selling wakesurf boards in the industry for good reason. It blurs the line between expert and beginner board like few others can, offering the speed and power that advanced riders need for airs and tricks while providing a stable platform for intermediate riders to advance their skills on. Features like the full-top EVA traction pad will help on both ends of the skill spectrum with a nice grippy surface, and the three-fin configuration allows for a bit of playfulness without sacrificing precision.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
3Hybrid$379.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Hyperlite Landlock Wakesurf Board

A must have for any boat, the Hyperlite Landlock Wakesurf Board is the baseline for beginners to pros. Its large volume makes for easy riding, while the tri-fin setup tracks easily and keeps you in the pocket. With its light EPS core and Monocoque construction, the Hyperlite Landlock Wakesurf Board will create off-the-charts smiles for everyone on the boat.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
3Surf$409.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Connelly Laguna Wakesurf Board

Good times, good tunes, and good buddies are a combo that calls for the feel-good Connelly Laguna Wakesurf Board. This easy-going board is made for everyone and can withstand just about anything. Soft construction protects from the inevitable bumps and bruises, while dual wood stringers and reinforced top and base sheets give it the power to shred. The wide square tail provides plenty of support for beginners but doesn't detract from an expert's enjoyment of the surf. If you're the boat guy who aims to please, you'll want this trusty surfer on board.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
2Surf$249.99

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best beginner wakesurf boards of 2022

Obrien Space Dust Wakesurf Board

The Obrien Space Dust Wakesurf Board is made of supernova stuff and nebula parts. How else to describe its out-of-this-world ride? A great first skim board, this thing is light, thin, and extremely quick behind the boat. With or without its single removable fin, this plank brings a level of playfulness that just won't stop. With a skimmer as universal as this, it's nothing for anyone to go out and get dusted.

FinsStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
1Skim$299.99

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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.