Wakeboarding gear with Parker Siegele

Parker Siegele explains the different types of wakeboarding equipment; from beginner to pro.
Parker Siegele: My name is Parker Siegele and right now we're out here at Big Ben in South Australia.

So it's a really easy sport to get into all you really need is, you just need your board, your vest, and then your rope and then you're pretty well sorted. So probably the most important thing you want to look at when you get your wake board set up is your life jacket. Pretty much what you want is something that's PFD 3 approved and what that does is that keeps you afloat if you hurt yourself, for me it just makes it really easy, when you're in the water you're not having to paddle around and stay afloat or struggle to stay afloat the whole time.

What we've got here is our traditional looking wake board, right? You've pretty much go no stretch here, as you can see. What that does is when you're in the air you're not going to get pulled forward or pulled down, I guess you could say from your tricks. Here you've also got wakeboard handle so on the grip here, I think it's called a sueded pattern which makes it bit more comfortable to hang on to all day long. You don't want to get massive blisters on your hands or anything. You've also got a wrapped handle here and what that does is when you're doing a trick you can wrap up and you can grab the board differently and just gives you a different perspective on tricks.

So you've got your starting boards which they're around a few hundred bucks, and you can go all the way up to a pro package at a grand and a bit. So with a board you want be, when you're looking at size wise you want to get something that matches your height and weight. Obviously if you're a taller person you want to go for more of a 140 sort of size and then you got your kid sizes down lower which are around 125. You just want something that matches your height and weight and it'll make it a lot easier to ride and progress.

The bend through the board here, that's called the rocker, what that determines is how quick the board goes and how it pops. If you got more rocker it's going to pop more but it might be a little bit slower, but if you got less rocker you're going to be quicker and it's not going to pop as much.

The ends of the boards are the tip and tail. That's pretty important as well because if you've got more of a V at the top that means it's going to be more floaty on the water and turn slow like a surfboard. Where if it's squared off a bit more, it's going to be more aggressive into the wake.

Pretty much the boots are the thing that's come the furthest since the early days. You've pretty much got a closed-toe boot which is super supportive, also lace-ups as well which really help to support you the whole way down, through your whole foot.

Right, so the fins I've got on these I've got point seven fins, they're really good because the fins help you track through the water but having a point seven it's really forgiving as well, so you can skip around and you might land a little bit wrong and you're not just going to catch an edge and go down.

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