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The Differences between Surf, Skim and Hybrid Wakesurf Boards

There are many different surfboard designs available with variations of size, shape and fin setups. It's all about finding what board and style is the best fit for you. The majority of wakesurf boards can fall into 3 categories: surf style, skim style, or a hybrid style. We carry all 3 styles at the Boat Town Boutique and would be happy to walk through these options when you are shopping for the right board for you, if you're looking! Keep reading for some general descriptions and breakdowns of each category.


Skim Wakesurf Board
Shape

Skim style wakesurf boards typically have a flatter, thinner profile with sharper rails (edges) and little to no fins. They resemble traditional skimboards used on ocean waves.

Riding Style

Typically, skimmers are designed for riders who prefer a more skate-like feel on the water. They are agile and highly maneuverable, making them great for performing more advanced tricks, such as shuv-its and 360 spins. Skim boards are also popular among experienced riders who enjoy a looser, more responsive feel on the water.

Skill Level

Skim wakesurf boards are generally better suited for more experienced riders due to their less forgiving nature and the need for precise balance and control.


Surf Style Wakesurf Board
Shape

Surf style wakesurf boards have a more traditional surfboard shape with a fuller, thicker profile and prominent fins. They resemble regular surfboards and come in various shapes and tail designs.

Riding Style

Surf style boards are intended to mimic the feeling of surfing ocean waves. They are typically more stable and provide a smoother ride, making them suitable for beginners and intermediate riders who prefer a relaxed, surf-like experience. They are great for carving and generating speed without the need for constant input from the rider. Surf style boards are also great for big bottom turns, airs, and even big spins, once you become more advanced with your riding.

Skill Level

Surf style wakesurf boards are suitable for riders of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced surfers. Some may feel more challenging than others, so if you're a beginner we recommend starting with one that has four fins, and you can remove two of them as you get more comfortable and want to challenge yourself!


Hybrid Wakesurf Board
Shape

Hybrid wakesurf boards combine elements from both skim and surf style boards. They often have a more versatile shape with a slightly thicker profile, a mix of sharp and rounded rails, and various fin setups that can be customized.

Riding Style

Hybrid boards aim to offer a balance between the responsiveness of skim boards and the stability of surf style boards. They are suitable for riders who want to explore both surf-style carving and more trick-oriented riding. The versatility of hybrid boards makes them a popular choice for many wakesurf enthusiasts.

Skill Level

Depending on the specific design, hybrid wakesurf boards can cater to riders of various skill levels. Some models are better suited for intermediate to advanced riders, while others are beginner-friendly.


When choosing a wakesurf board, it's essential to consider your skill level, riding preferences, and the specific features of each board type to ensure you get the best-suited board for your needs. Experienced riders might enjoy the challenge and responsiveness of a skimboard, while beginners may prefer the stability and ease of use provided by a surf style or hybrid board.


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