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Learn More About Kneeboarding

Ride wakes and have a blast—kneeboarding blends the thrill of surfing and waterskiing.

Knee-boarding is a surf-style tow sport. Riders, sitting in a kneeling position, are towed behind a motorboat on a short wakeboard. Hanging on a rope, riders can maneuver the board with tricks and spins.

Prep for your day on the water with kneeboards and kneeboarding ropes and handles. Find the kneeboard that’s right for you—select from models for youth and beginners or performance models designed for speed in the water.

Shop popular brands, like Airhead®, Hydroslide®, Pro Sports® and many more.

Buying Tips

When selecting your kneeboard, keep an eye out for details that make a difference.

A padded seat provides comfort as you move, and beveled sides and a curved bottom promote smooth transitions and agility on the water. Beginners should look for a square-railed board, which provides control, stability and the ability to maneuver long, sweeping cuts on the outside of a wake.

Advanced kneeboarders often go for boards with rounded or more aerodynamic rails, which enable better tricks and quicker speed. Consider the construction of your kneeboard:

Materials:

  • Kneeboards are comprised of generally the same materials as water skis.
  • A polyurethane or foam core is wrapped by a fiberglass or a fiberglass and graphite blend on a composite exterior

Rocker:

  • This is the measurement of the curve on the bottom of the kneeboard
  • The higher the rocker number, the easier to turn. The lower the rocker, the faster it goes
  • Most kneeboards have a rocker of 5-6 centimeters

Fins

  • These are located on the bottom of the kneeboard to make it easier to steer
  • Usually made of hard plastic and a fiberglass composite

Expert Advice

Kneeboarders, require a stiffer rope than water skiers to help perform tricks. A tighter, stiffer rope that does not stretch helps you get more air and be able to pull yourself through flips and spins.

Low stretch:

  • Low stretch ropes are generally constructed of polyethylene or a polyethylene blend
  • These generally stretch around one percent in length when under a normal kneeboarding load

Multi-purpose:

  • If you mainly kneeboard and are trying to improve your skills and learn tricks, the spectra rope is your best bet
  • If you spend equal amounts of time skiing and kneeboarding and you are an occasional or recreational user, a low-stretch rope will do the job. This gives you some stretch for recreational water skiing, but also offers enough stiffness to pull against when kneeboarding

Rope length:

  • Kneeboard ropes vary in length, but most are 60 to 70 feet long

Handles:

  • Kneeboard handles tend to be more specialized than water-ski handles because they offer more features that make tricks and aerial maneuvers easier
  • Most kneeboard handles have a wider grip than water ski handles
  • Kneeboard handles commonly have grips that are 13-15-inch wide, whereas ski handles are generally 11-12-inch wide