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Beginner's Guide to Buying a Kneeboard

Kneeboard Contruction

Kneeboards are made from 2 main materials - rotomolded plastic or composite material (a bit like a wakeboard). Rotomolded kneeboards are perfect for recreational / family use as they offer fantastic value for money and are extremely robust. Composite kneeboards offer higher performance but are more expensive and fragile. If you are new to kneeboarding or are looking for a family board then a rotomolded board will be perfect for you.

Kneeboard Pads and Straps

All kneeboards have a soft foam knee pad for you to basically kneel in and the foam is there to take a lot of the shock out of the ride and soften any harsh bumps. A strong webbing and velcro knee strap is also included with most kneeboards, which enables you to attach yourself securely to the board but in such a way that the strap will release in a tumble.

Hydro Hooks

Recreational / beginner kneeboards often have what is known as a Hydro Hook (a.k.a. Aquatic Hook). This is a simple plastic flip-up hook (or plastic block) attached to the nose of the board to enable the tow handle to be attached to it and take all the load during deep water starts. The handle is simply placed behind the hook, which then takes all of the load off the rider when the tow vehicle powers up. Once up to speed and composed, the rider can then pull the handle toward them, which detatches it and gives them full control.

Learning to Kneeboard

Kneeboard Rocker

Rocker is the measure of how much a Kneeboard curves from nose to tail (kneeboards are somewhat banana shaped when viewed side-on). The higher the number the greater the curvature. Recreational boards are designed with quite a lot of rocker as this makes them slower in the water, more forgiving, and more relaxed in the turns. They also provide softer landings if/when you get "air". Intermediate and advanced boards have less rocker and are therefore faster in the water and in the turns, but landings will be harsher as a result.

Kneeboard Edges

Beginner / recreational kneeboards have soft rounded edges whereas intermediate to advanced boards have quite sharp ones. Rounded edges make the board less agressive in the turns and are better for beginners as you are less likely to "catch an edge" and take a tumble.

Kneeboard Fins

Fins provide forward stability and tracking and give the kneeboard "grip" on the water. Without fins a kneeboard will still travel in a reasonably straight line as it is longer than it is wide, but it will be able to rotate freely and very loosely on the surface of the water which requires skill to control. In addition to straight line tracking, fins also enable the rider to load up the line and accelerate on the approach to the boat wake. They then provide grip and stability on the landing. Kneeboard fins are normally moulded into the board along with moulded channels for additional stability and grip. The nearer the edge the fins are the more effect they have and the bigger and wider they are the more drag they create and therefore the more stability they provide. Beginner kneeboards therefore tend to have larger wider fins and advanced boards have smaller thinner fins (or none at all). Some kneeboards also have retractable fins so that beginners can get the benefit of the stability they provide but more advanced riders can retract them and obtain the more desirable "loose" feel necessary for performing tricks etc.

Jargon Buster

Feature
Description
Tough Roto Moulded PlasticTough roto moulded plastic hull construction for the ultimate in durability and ding resistance
Built-In Hydro HookBuilt-in Hydro Hook to make those deep water starts effortless for beginners
Built-In Aqua HookBuilt-in Aqua Hook to make those deep water starts effortless for beginners
Soft Foam KneepadSoft foam kneepad to absorb all of the lumps and bumps
Knee Strap IncludedComplete with strong knee strap with secure velcro fastening to help you nail those tricks
Moulded FinsStrong moulded fins to keep you tracking in a straight line and smashing those turns
Retractable FinsRetractable fins so you can choose between carving and tricks
Compression MouldedTough compression moulded plastic hull construction for the ultimate in durability and ding resistance
Moulded ChannelsIntegrated moulded chanels to keep you in control and tracking in a straight line
High PerformanceThis is a high performance product that is built to high quality standards
Great Family BoardPerfect for families and beginners who require a smooth and forgiving confidence building ride
Fun and ForgivingPerfect for families and beginners who require a smooth and forgiving confidence building ride
Fast and ExcitingPerfect for riders who require a more advanced ride and good allround performance
Relaxed and ForgivingPerfect for people looking for a smooth and forgiving confidence building ride
Concave BellyThe concave belly provides the ultimate in edge hold while still maintaining soft landings
Pro SeriesThis is a signature product built for and used by the manufacturers pro athlete team
Full Grind BaseFully sintered(pressure and heat treated) high-density polyethylene base to protect the core
Sintered BaseFully sintered(pressure and heat treated) high-density polyethylene base to protect the core
Flat Spot BellyEngineered flat Spot in the middle of the board provides the maximum pop off the wake
Ideal for IntermediatesPerfect for intermediate level riders who require a more advanced ride
Ideal for BeginnersPerfect for beginners who require a smooth and forgiving confidence building ride
Ideal for ExpertsPerfect for expert level riders who require an advanced ride and the ultimate in performance
Ideal for ProsPerfect for pro level riders who require the ultimate in speed and performance
Ideal for ExpertsPerfect for expert level riders who require an advanced ride and the ultimate in performance
Molded Fin SystemMoulded fins allow the centre fins to be removed while still retaining control
Swallow Tail DesignSwallow tail design allows the board to release easily off the wake
Removable Fin SystemRemovable fin system allows the board to be shredded at the cable park without fear of fin damage
For Cable Park UseDesigned to withstand the abuse of hitting obstacles found at cable parks such as kickers and sliders
For Boat UseDesigned with a stiffer core and more features to improve performance on the smoother softer wake profile created by a boat
For Cable and BoatDesigned with features that make it perform well at the cable park and behind the boat
Freeride DesignFreeride design for all-round capability and a smooth and forgiving confidence building ride
Stable and ForgivingPerfect for those that require a smooth and forgiving confidence building ride
3-Stage Rocker3-stage rocker for a faster and looser feel with maximum pop off the wake
Continuous RockerContinuous(constant curve) rocker for a stable and forgiving ride and softer landings.
Progressive RockerCustom Progressive rocker for the fast ride of a continuous rocker and the pop of a 3-Stage rocker
5-Stage RockerCustom 5-Stage rocker for the fast ride of a continuous rocker and the pop of a 3-Stage rocker
Ultra DurableDesigned to take all of the abuse you can throw at it

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