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Surf or Skim? Wakesurf Boards that Women Love

by Gina Duffy on May 21, 2018

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.

BEGINNERS - Hyperlite Broadcast


Ambassadors Ashleigh Nyborg and Adriane Ohrum swear by the broadcast for teaching friends to wakesurf. 

  • Great entry-level board - beginners will find it easy to get up and get the hang of wakesurfing. 
  • As you progress, you may find you move on to wanting to determine your preferred board style and upgrade to a more advanced board.

    SURF STYLE - Inland Surfer Blue Lake V2 Wake Surfboard

    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.

    • Twin fin set up with a drop "V" tail – A channel near the tail of the board that provides maximum release of water tension.
    • Rear kick traction with raised rear kick pad for incredible foot hold. Full deck traction pad on top.
    • Progressive edges that hold the board close to the wake without creating unwanted drag, allowing for a smoother ride.

    SKIM STYLE - Phase Five Diamond Luv

    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. 

    • Smaller size makes it easier to maneuver for female riders.
    • A 1" single fin set up. (excellent for perfecting your spins)
    • Padded foam foot beds allow for a comfortable ride and added grip while riding.

      YOUTH SKIM - Phase Five Scamp

      Stable and small for the youngest wakesurfers, the Scamp is a favorite of ambassadors Sienna Brewer and Janie Hensley.  

      • Thinner core designed specifically for the lighter rider. 
      • Tri-Fin Setup helps groms lock into the face of the wave.
      • Wider stable profile helps young beginners to ride with confidence.

        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. 


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