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The 8 Best Value Wakesurf Boards of 2021

To kick things off, let’s go ahead and squash the myth that the value category translates to cheap wakesurf boards. In this category, our goal is to highlight wakesurf boards that we feel offer the best bang for the buck, even if they aren’t the cheapest option. We try to highlight a unique mix of the best value wakesurf boards that might have exceptional durability to stand the test of time, a hybrid shape that removes the need to have multiple boards in your quiver, or just a versatile ride that’ll work for everyone on the boat.

Not everyone has the same budget, but everyone is generally looking to make the most of every hard-earned dollar they spend on a board. Below, we’ll share some of our favorite versatile wakesurf boards and why we think they could be quite the valuable upgrade to your days on the lake.


Liquid Force Primo

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A true do-it-all hybrid, the Primo is sure to please everyone on the boat. With similar ride characteristics to the their higher priced TC Skim model, Liquid Force makes the shape more durable and budget-friendly with this offering. The customizable fin setup allows for the Primo to meet the needs of a wide range of riders. Run it as a twin fin to dig in during hard carving, or set it up as a single skim fin for snaps, spins, and an overall loose feel. We also like the tough construction. While the board is made with better durability in mind, it’s still very light, which allows you to take control and put it where you want it on the wave.

We think this is a perfect value option because it’s a board that doesn’t lock surfers into a skim or surf style board, rather, it helps keep your riding options open. It’s also great for those that want a high-performance board that’s easily handled by anyone on the boat without constant fear of dings and dents. In the end, however you choose to ride it, rest easy knowing you’ll have a great time and even have a few bucks left in your pocket to chip in on boat gas – it’s a win-win!

 Ability LevelStyle & Shape Original Price 
 Intermediate-AdvancedHybrid$469.99 

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Hyperlite Time Machine

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Hands down one of the most fun boards of the summer. The Hyperlite Time Machine is a snappy surf shape that promises a good time for anyone that hops on it. Freakishly fast, snappy off the lip, and super responsive rail to rail - all while still feeling controlled underfoot. Sometimes, fast boards can be tough to contain, however, the Time Machine maximizes rider input and never feels too twitchy to manage, and always seems to end up right where you want on the wave. The Durashell Construction and unique full cork top make care and storage a total breeze as well. The four future fin settings add to the customizable ride and help the rider lock it into their preference. While this isn’t the cheapest option on the list, you’d be hard-pressed to get more smiles per mile than you will with the Hyperlite Time Machine.

 Ability LevelStyle & Shape Original Price 
 Intermediate - AdvancedHybrid $649.99

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Lib Tech Yacht Sea

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A fast round tail ride that slashes hard, sits perfectly in the pocket, and offers catch-free fun for anyone you have out on the boat that day. The Lib Tech Yacht Sea is a fun maximizer that boasts a flat rocker, mellow concave, and a variable stiffness edge design to keep things agile without worry of dipping the nose or digging an edge. Because of its high volume and customizable 5 fin boxes this board will suit the needs of everyone from first-timers to pro wakesurfer Aaron Witherall himself. Another thing we love about this board is Lib Tech’s focus on their eco-friendly materials and board building process. They work tirelessly to build incredible boards with the least impact on the environment, and we think that’s pretty darn great. Oh and if you’re worried about their eco-friendly construction dissolving in the water, forget about it, cause this is one of the most durable constructions on the planet – which just adds to the value you’ll find in the Yacht Sea.

Ability LevelStyle & Shape Original Price 
Intermediate-AdvancedSurf$649.99

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Phase Five Hypsta

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Not everyone has buckets of cash to spend on a giant quiver of boards to please the whole boat. Lucky for us, brands like Phase Five deliver boards like the Hypsta Skimboard. The whole goal with the Hypsta is to offer a stable ride that works on a wide variety of wave sizes regardless of your ability level. A lot of brands create boards to meet this goal, but the Hypsta achieves it while still offering a platform that allows for spins, tricks, and good old fashion slashability. While the name suggests the board is an all-out skim machine, the squared swallowtail and tri-fin setup give the rider the option to sit back deep in the pocket and cruise the lake till they need another ice-cold beverage. The Phase Five Hypsta does it all and if you need one board for the whole crew, you’re looking in the right place.

Ability LevelStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
Intermediate-AdvancedHybrid$779

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Ronix Flyweight Bat Tail Thruster

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For anyone that’s been searching for a board to give them that extra bit of push, or for heavier riders that have had a tough time finding a high-performance board that supports their weight – the Ronix Flyweight Bat Tail Thruster is worth a serious look! We love this board for its ability to offer tons of push on any size wave, but without surrendering any of its playfulness or high-end ride qualities. Some of our taller and heavier friends have voiced frustrations that any board they find that supports their size, and offers enough push, is usually a giant beginner-specific plant that doesn’t inspire much excitement or progression behind the boat. We’ve often suggested this board to them, and it never seems to disappoint. Built with Ronix’s Flyweight construction and spin-friendly skim-inspired rails, this is a board that will keep you happy and adding new tricks for years to come.

Ability LevelStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
Intermediate-AdvancedHybrid$699.99

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Slingshot Gremlin

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The Slingshot Gremlin is everything you could ever want from a surf-style stick! The board is fast, nimble, poppy, and crazy light. It just begs to be ridden hard down the line and popped off the lip. The customizable fin setup allows for multiple riding styles. Ride it as a twin for a looser ride that’s easy to break loose on spins and slashes, or set it up as a thruster for maximum speed and a locked-in feel. Oftentimes, surf-specific shapes can be really big, heavy, and less responsive - the Gremlin is quite the opposite. Its construction keeps it super light and the shape begs to be ridden aggressively from edge to edge. If you want a board that will get you throwin’ buckets and crushing big bottom turns – here it is. Even better news, it’s great for just about everyone in your crew, whether they are just starting out, or ready for the pro tour.

Ability LevelStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
Intermediate-AdvancedSurf$747.99

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Idol Surf Twist

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Nothing says value quite like a board that can take you from your first turns all the way to the pro wakesurf ranks. The Idol Surf Twist offers just that. The shape has been carefully perfected over the years to create something that works well for everyone, especially riders that have the ability to push the board to its limits. Responsiveness is this thing’s bread and butter. We can ALMOST guarantee it will offer you as much, or more, edge-to-edge enjoyment as any other surf-style board on the market. The progressive rails, single to double concave, flat rocker, and insanely wide squash tail promise the rider tons of push and speed down the line without compromising any of its edge hold or pop off the wake. The Twist also offers a future fin thruster setup which can be run as a twin for a looser feel, a thruster for speed and hold, or a single fin for beginners looking for the highest level of stability. The future fin boxes also allow for seemingly endless customization since you can choose from any future fin size or shape that’s out there.

Ability LevelStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
Intermediate-AdvancedSurf$679

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Liquid Force Happy Pill

Best 2021 value wakesurf boards
 
 

Few boards will make the masses smile as wide as the Liquid Force Happy Pill. Its stable but snappy and responsive feel is welcoming for anyone that hops aboard. The full and round shape, mixed with the quad fin setup, gives this board a unique set of characteristics that let you dictate how mellow or aggressive the ride is. Cruise it down the line or sit back and hang your toes over the nose, this board will keep up with whatever you’re in the mood for. The oversize square tail makes for exceptional push and forgiveness which is nice no matter what level you’re at. The Durashell construction keeps things looking fresh season after season as well. Regardless of where you’re at in your wakesurf journey, you should grab this board and take a ride on your happy side!

Ability LevelStyle & ShapeOriginal Price
Intermediate-AdvancedSurf$499.99

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