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By Ambassador, Joanna Brashear
Wakesurf board style is purely a personal choice, but a lot of people who are new to wakesurfing are confused by whether they should select surf style or skim style. Although riding different boards is the best way to make your choice, there are a few key differences that may help you understand more.
If you have ever surfed on a traditional surfboard then you will be familiar with the "Surf Style" board. These boards are like miniature surfboards - they have a more similar feel to ocean surfing, and allow you to do a lot of similar tricks. This style is often preferred by beginners as the three fins feel more stable for learning. Among advanced riders, those who like big airs and the surfy feel prefer this style.
Skim style boards, on the other hand, are designed to skim across the top of the water, and have a looser feel that is great for spinning tricks and other more skate-inspired tricks. Some boards, called hybrids, blend features of both surf and skim style boards in order to find a balance between the playfulness of skim and the speed and maneuverability of surf.
With the help of our Ambassadors, we've put together top picks for wakesurf boards in the surf, skim and hybrid categories.
Ambassadors Ashleigh Nyborg and Adriane Ohrum swear by the broadcast for teaching friends to wakesurf.
If you truly want a traditional "surf vibe" this board is for you. It's super buoyant with a foam core and epoxy outer, which is perfect for those learning how to keep the board above the water.
The women's-specific Diamond Luv is a favorite among a lot of female riders. Performance was priority when Phase 5 created this board, which has a lightweight and durable full carbon fiber deck and continuous core design for stable but fun ride.
YOUTH SKIM - Phase Five Scamp
Stable and small for the youngest wakesurfers, the Scamp is a favorite of ambassadors Sienna Brewer and Janie Hensley.
Interested in getting into wakesurfing? If you don't have any knowledgeable friends, the first stop to find out more is a local boat dealer - they usually have clinics, demos and support local events giving you the opportunity to try out boards and boats.