Factors to Consider When Choosing
By Virgis Eva
Wakeboarding is a water sport in which the rider, standing on a wakeboard, is towed behind a motorboat across its wake and especially up off the crest in order to perform aerial maneuvers.
Safety and better performance are the reasons for ensuring that the wakeboard rope is not only right for you but also the best. Add to this the factor of personal preference that plays a critical role during rope selection. The best quality of Wake Board Ropes should match with your personal preference because it ensures ease of use that impacts performance. In addition to the rope, the handle is also very important. Quality ropes for wakeboard have virtually no stretch. Unlike water skiers, wakeboarders depend on the ability of the rope to load it up so that they can propel off the wake that makes it easy to pull through the tricks. It is important to ensure that the rope is for wakeboarding only and not used for any other activity. Sometimes people confuse wakeboard rope with water ski rope, but one should know that these are quite different.
Knowing the factors to consider for selecting the right rope will become clear on going through this article.
Spectra, Dyneema, and Poly-E are the commonly used materials for making ropes for wakeboarding. The materials are distinctly different in looks and performance. Spectra ropes are highly durable, lightweight and have zero-stretch while the Dyneema ropes can resist saltwater, UV light and are abrasion-proof. Compared to these materials Poly-E costs about 3% less but do not have non-stretchable properties and can stretch up to 3% of its length. This rope is ideal for beginners, but experienced riders would require completely non-stretchable ropes. The choice of material depends on personal preference and what makes you most comfortable. Moreover, the ropes are wakeboard specific and impacts performance.
Wakeboarders can choose the rope length according to their convenience by considering what makes them feel most comfortable. In addition, the other factors to consider for the right rope length are the experience level and boat wake. Normally, the ropes are available in length ranging from 55 feet to 75 feet. Rope length selection is a matter of trial and error, and you must try out various options to arrive at the right rope length that helps to clear the wake comfortably. Beginners would find 65 feet rope length most appropriate as it is ideal for performing simple tricks and turns that makes them confident of trying tricks that are difficult to perform.
The rope should be strong enough to withstand the stress and so must be the handle attached to it that should be easy to grip well and hold on to it firmly. Handles are available in different designs but no matter which one you choose; it must be very comfortable to grip and easy on the wrists. Aluminium coated handles offer better grip, and the handle size is also very important to ensure that you can hold on to it tightly without aching your fingers or losing control. Handles are available in different sizes from 6 inches to 15 inches, and longer handles facilitate better performance.
Longer and wider handles give more options to improve performance.