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Wake Park Gear Guide: What You Need for Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, and Kneeboarding

Wake Park Gear Guide: What You Need for Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, and Kneeboarding

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to dive into the thrilling world of wake sports, having the right gear is essential. From wakeboarding and waterskiing to kneeboarding, each sport requires specific equipment to ensure safety and maximize fun. In this guide, we'll walk you through the must-have gear for each activity, so you can hit the water with confidence. And remember, if you have any questions or need expert advice, Ski Rixen USA is your go-to source for all things wake sports. With decades of experience, they offer the latest gear from top brands to keep you riding smoothly.

Wakeboarding Gear

1. Wakeboard:

  • Size and Shape: Choose a wakeboard that matches your skill level and body weight. Beginners may prefer a larger, more stable board, while advanced riders often opt for smaller, more maneuverable boards.
  • Grind Base: If you're going to go for the thrills of hitting Ski Rixen's obstacles, you need a board with a grind base. This base allows riders to hit rails and ramps all day long with minimal impact to their board.
  • Bindings: Ensure your bindings are comfortable and provide good ankle support. Adjustable bindings are great for families who share equipment.
  • Fins: Fins help with stability and control. Beginners might want larger fins for more stability, while advanced riders may prefer smaller fins for better maneuverability. In some cases the fins are built into the board to match the board's prescribed skill level.

2. Life Jacket:

  • Safety first! A well-fitting, Coast Guard-approved life jacket is non-negotiable. Make sure it’s comfortable and doesn't restrict movement.

3. Helmet:

  • Protect your head from falls and collisions with a durable, water-sports-specific helmet.

4. Tow Rope:

  • When you're riding behind the boat, a wakeboard-specific tow rope with a non-stretch handle is crucial for performance and safety. Look for one with a comfortable grip. If you're riding at Ski Rixen, we have you covered with the perfect tow rope.

5. Wetsuit or Rash Guard:

  • Depending on the water temperature, you might need a wetsuit to stay warm. A rash guard can protect your skin from irritation caused by the board or life jacket, and give you some sun protection.

Waterskiing Gear

1. Skis:

  • Combo Skis: Ideal for beginners, these skis provide more stability and control.
  • Slalom Skis: More advanced skiers might prefer a single slalom ski for more challenging maneuvers.

2. Bindings:

  • Make sure your bindings are secure and comfortable. Adjustable bindings are useful for accommodating different foot sizes. Choose between open and closed toe bindings. There's not right answer here, it's just what you prefer.

3. Life Jacket:

  • As with wakeboarding, a properly fitting, Coast Guard-approved life jacket is essential.

4. Tow Rope:

  • Look for a waterski-specific rope with a comfortable handle and minimal stretch. At Ski Rixen, we already have you covered again!

5. Gloves:

  • Waterskiing gloves can protect your hands and provide a better grip on the tow rope.

6. Wetsuit or Drysuit:

  • Choose a wetsuit or drysuit based on the water temperature to stay warm and comfortable.

Kneeboarding Gear

1. Kneeboard:

  • Size and Shape: Choose a board that suits your experience level. Beginners might prefer a wider, more stable board, while advanced riders may want a narrower, more responsive one.
  • Padding: Ensure the board has sufficient padding for comfort during extended rides.

2. Strap:

  • A secure, adjustable strap is crucial for keeping you connected to the board during tricks and maneuvers.

3. Life Jacket:

  • Safety is paramount, so always wear a well-fitting, Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

4. Tow Rope:

  • A kneeboard-specific tow rope with a comfortable handle is essential. Some ropes have a bit of stretch to help with tricks. Ski Rixen already has these if you're riding with us!

5. Wetsuit or Rash Guard:

  • Protect your skin and stay warm with a wetsuit or rash guard, especially in cooler water.

6. Helmet:

  • Keep that noggin safe with a watersports specific helmet.

Why Choose Ski Rixen USA?

When it comes to expert advice and the latest gear, Ski Rixen USA is unmatched. With a longstanding reputation in the wake sports community, they carry equipment from all the top brands, ensuring you have access to the best and most reliable gear. Whether you’re shopping for a wakeboard, waterskis, or a kneeboard, Ski Rixen USA has everything you need to get started or upgrade your current setup.

If you have any questions or need personalized advice, don’t hesitate to contact Ski Rixen USA. Their knowledgeable team is always ready to help you make the best choices for your watersports adventures.


Embarking on your wakeboarding, waterskiing, or kneeboarding journey is an exhilarating experience. With the right gear, you can ensure both safety and enjoyment as you master new skills and have fun on the water. Remember, Ski Rixen USA is here to support you every step of the way with expert advice and top-quality equipment. So gear up, hit the water, and make some unforgettable memories!

For any questions or additional advice, contact Ski Rixen USA—your trusted experts in wake sports gear and equipment.

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