Along with the natural progression of water skiing came the revolutionary wakeboard, which is like surfing and skiing on water simultaneously, and has taken the water sports world by storm. This multimillion-dollar obsession invented in the eighties is absolutely captivating. Watching athletes and freestylers shred wakes and perform mesmerizing stunts has engaged audiences and participants alike. Everyone’s trying it and the US has found itself in the midst of wakeboard fever.
Wakeboards have gone through some major changes in the last thirty years, from board shape to technique to the bindings on the board, and today we’re going to talk about those wakeboard bindings in detail. When wakeboarding first started, the bindings were sandal style, in that they resembled, yes, sandals. Sandal bindings are rarely used today, they are more hard to find, as they don’t offer much support for the ankles and legs, leaving them vulnerable to the risk of twisting, which can lead to fractures.
Since the development of the sandal style bindings, a veritable avalanche of new styles, materials and colors have helped to bring forward an endless diversification of bindings for today’s discerning wakeboarder. Double wrap bindings eventually gave way to plateless bindings, followed by closed toe bindings. Today’s top brands like Ronix, Hyperlite, Liquid Force and Slingshot, continue to push the envelope of inovation, most notably Hyperlite with the introduction of a separate boot bindings setup, known as system bindings.
These boot-type enclosures have lace or velcro straps for you to tighten up, and the bindings ideally will give no heel or toe lift, for a solid yet forgiving stance. There are systems that allow for endless stance adjustment at the drop of a hat, and systems that employ advanced plate placement for riding full forward or far backward on the board. Getting in and out of your bindings is the number one cause of wear and tear on bindings, so finding a system that enables you to do this easily is a plus.
There are closed and open toe boots available on the market, but the most important thing for a rider is support and safety for your skill level. Your weight, shoe size, riding level, riding style and personal preference are all things that help to decide what type of wakeboard binding is best for you.
Marine Products has the best equipment made by the hottest brands at the most competitive prices. Our staff is committed to guiding you in gearing up for the best wakeboarding rides of a lifetime.