Wakeboarding Gear: Essential Kit You’ll Need To Get Started

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A wakeboarding binding is a shoe that is attached to your foot. The binding is attached to a riser that is bolted to the bottom of the board. The shoes contain pegs, on which your feet are strapped. These shoes allow you to glide along the surface of the water, while keeping your legs together, in a position that resembles a swimmer’s stroke.

There are three main styles of wakeboarding bindings.

The claw has a metal bar that goes across the toe of the foot. The rider inserts his or her toes onto the bar, with the bar holding the heel on the peg. The bar has a flexible heel part that conforms to the rider’s heel. The toes are placed on either side of the bar, which allows the rider to move his or her foot around a little.

The molded-heel binding has a heel that you put your heel into. The bar then conforms to the rider’s foot and the toes go onto the pegs. The heel part is made of the same materials that your boot soles are made of, such as rubber or plastic.

Boots & Bindings

These two items are arguably the most important piece of the wakeboarding equipment for a beginner.

Even if you’re just planning to use the cable park, it’s important that you find a pair of boots that properly fit your feet.

This is still true if you’re riding a wakeboard solo, as it will give you much better control over the board when you’re learning the basic technique.

Wakeboarding boots are made of hard plastic with a rubber sole to provide traction. In addition to keeping your feet protected, they have bindings that help to keep your feet in place as you ride.

Wakeboard bindings are made of a soft, light material and resemble ski boots.

Some of the most advanced wakeboards may be difficult to get a good fit in, so if you aren’t able to find a pair of wakeboarding boots that works for you, you may want to consider a wakeboarding shoe instead.

Shoes will have two buckles instead of one, similar to hiking boots. Some of them are even water shoes for you to wear by the lake or in the ocean.

Wakeboarding shoes are comfortable, but they won’t give you the same level of support that a wakeboarding boot will.


This is your first line of defense against the cold sensation of the cold water on your skin. Cold water can knock the wind out of you as soon as you submerge your body. A wetsuit will make you comfortable.

Impact Vest

This is the most important gear to have: impact safety vest.

Even if you’re a beginner and can’t handle much speed, this is still a must.

As the wakeboarder is being pulled behind the boat, they need to be secured to the board with a belt. If the rider falls off, they need to come to a halt quickly and not plunge into the water.

This impact vest is a good option.


If you are an experienced rider (or at least have some experience) then you can get away with buying just the base wakeboard package. Most entry level wakeboards will come with at least the bindings. However, if you are just starting out, you will want to make sure you have all the safety kit that you need.

It is also a good idea to check if your local rider’s supply store has a package deal. This will give you all the essentials like the helmet, board, jackets and all the accessories you’ll need to get started.

When choosing a helmet, make sure it fits snugly. It should not be loose at any part. Most helmets will be adjustable so it may seem that it doesn’t fit. However, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Wakeboard Bag

As you’ve learned, wakeboarding can put a lot of pressure on wallets, especially for beginner’s. With wakeboarding equipment prices reaching upwards of four figure amounts, you’re going to be looking for ways to economize on your purchases so that you can start wakeboarding as soon as possible. One simple way to economize is to purchase a wakeboard bag.

A wakeboarding bag will protect your wakeboarding board, rope, and handle while you transport it to the water and back. A bag will also prevent your wakeboarding equipment from getting damaged while it’s sitting idle at home. A wakeboarding bag will give your wakeboarding gear a longer lifespan because it will be protected from dirt, dust, and moisture that can damage it.

Action Camera

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