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BUYWAKE EUROPE stock Europe's biggest range of Wakeskates at the best prices. We have the latest 2019 Wakeskates available from all the leading brands including RONIX, LIQUID FORCE, SLINGSHOT, HUMA

BUYWAKE EUROPE stock Europe's biggest range of Wakeskates at the best prices. We have the latest 2019 Wakeskates available from all the leading brands including RONIX, LIQUID FORCE, SLINGSHOT, HUMANOID, DOUDLE UP, BYERLY, HYPERLITE, JOBE, CWB, OBRIEN and more.

Before wakeboarding, there was wakeskating. Seriously! Wakeskating is somewhere in between wakeboarding and skateboarding. Riders use wood or composite wakeskates and ride behind the boat at a similar distance to wakeboarding. Similar to a skateboard you are not attached to your wakeskate. Wakeskates features are similar to wakeboards. Read on to learn more about types of rocker, materials, edges and deck shapes.

To choose a wakeskate, you are going to want to consider: X  Size X  Rocker Type X  Deck Shape X  Material X  Deck Surface

X  SIZE

Your weight is the main factor in determining the size wakeskate you should choose. General wakeskate length guidelines are located below. Look at specific sizing charts for all wakeskates on their individual product detail pages. The shorter the wakeskate, the more maneuverable it is. Shorter wakeskates make skateboard-esque flip tricks easier. Longer wakeskates allow you to stay on a plane at slower speeds. If your wakeskate will be used by multiple riders of different sizes you should go with a size based on the largest rider’s weight. You will be better off with a wakeskate that is a little longer versus one that is too short.

X  ROCKER TYPE

Continuous Rocker (smooth, continuous arch): A continuous rocker has one smooth, fluid, curved shape. Continuous rockers provide fast, smooth rides and allow you to hook up turns more easily. You can generate a lot of speed on a continuous rocker wakeskate. This speed will shoot you farther out into the flats with a very predictable pop (height) when you hit the wake. Continuous rocker wakeskates are great for carving, especially on those glassy-smooth mornings.

3-Stage Rocker (angled with a flat spot): A wakeskate with a 3-stage rocker features three distinct planes on the bottom of the board. A 3-stage rocker causes your wakeskate to respond with more pop (height) when you hit the wake. With more dramatic rocker your wakeskate feels looser or slippery on the water surface. In addition, the shape of the board causes it to plow rather than cut through the water, making it slower. Your fins become less effective and you must rely more on edging the board. Boards with 3-stage rocker have a flat spot which makes the impact of landings intense and gives a slight sluggish feeling after landing.

Hybrid Rocker (a combination of continuous and 3-stage): Living somewhere between a continuous and 3-stage rocker, the hybrid rocker features a blend of continuous and three-stage rockers. Some hybrid rockers include: Blended 3-stage, Continuous Hybrid, Progressive, Subtle three-stage Deck Shape Variable Edges Wakeskates with variable edges have rounder rails in the middle and sharper on the edges to allow forgiveness on rails and lip tricks, while simultaneously providing sharp edges for cutting into the wake.

X  DECK SHAPES

Concave Decks: Concave decks are curved or rounded somewhat like the inside of a bowl. Concave wakeskates provide you with more pop, as well as, enhanced control and ability to do skateboard-style tricks.

Bi Level Decks: As with most things involving the prefix "bi," (bicycles, binoculars, bipeds) a "bi level" wakeskate refers to skate consisting of two parts. The bottom deck is shaped and constructed the same as most regular ol' wakeskates, the difference being that it is attached to a separate, super cool top portion. This top portion, rather than following the curve of the bottom deck, is shaped more like a skateboard deck and the only contact points with the bottom deck are found at the attachment points that hold it all together. The attachments points are placed where the tip and tail start their upward curve from the straighter middle section of the top sheet. What does this design accomplish? The sharper angles and increased flex of the top board produce greater acceleration out of the water during ollies, causing the wakeskate to stick to your feet in a way that much more closely models the feel of skateboarding than do traditional wakeskates.

X  MATERIAL

Wood: Wood is often used to make wakeskates. The wood wakeskates are glassed over with a marine grade epoxy that gives the wakeskate a lively feel, more of a skateboard-esque feel. Wood wakeskates have a shorter lifespan than their composite counterparts because the wood is more effected by the water. It is common that manufacturers do not offer a warranty on wood wakeskates.

Composite: Composite wakeskates give riders more of a wakeboard feel. Composite wakeskates last longer than their wooden counterparts and are noticeably lighter. Composites, for the most part, are more expensive than wood construction.

Fins: Fins help your wakeskate track through the water. Available in a variety of heights and lengths, fins dictate how your wakeskate behaves in the water. Fins that are taller and longer offer a more stable ride and reduces the ability to break the board free performing tricks. Beginners will benefit from taller and longer fins. Fins can also be removed to provide a looser ride.

X  DECK SURFACE: Grip Tape & Foam

The top surface of the wakeskate is either covered with grip tape similar to a skateboard or a soft, high-traction, EVA pad. If you prefer to ride barefoot, go with foam. If you wear wakeskating shoes, the grip tape gives you a stable platform for ultimate control, just like a skateboard. Wakeskate Shoes, Do you need them? No, you can wear your normal shoes. Are wakeskate shoes awesome? Yes. Why are they so great? Well, wakeskates are heavy and when you start throwing kickflips and pop shuvit’s, your toes get a little scared. Wakeskate shoes keep your precious tootsies protected from being jammed or broken by your wakeskate. Specific wakeskate shoes feature high traction soles, quick drying materials and special drainage channels so they don’t became soggy and weighed down like your everyday sneakers do in the water. You need to wear shoes on grip tape wakeskates unless your feet are tougher than nails.

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Wikipedia:

X  WAKESKATE: Wakeskates are manufactured by many of the same companies that produce bush league such as Remote Wakeskates, 12 Gauge, CWB, Hyperlite, and Liquid Force, along with many Wakeskate specific companies such as Integrity, Oak, Sattalyte, New, and Virtue. However, going back into wakeskating's roots, the first company dedicated specifically to wakeskating was called Fresh Water Traction. Fresh Water Traction (abbreviated as FWT) was conceptualized and owned by Jason Messer, and FWT was the first company to produce any product specifically for wakeskating. Their first products began as traction pads, which are foam constructions one could attach to their wakeboard via the inserts one would normally use for bindings. This allowed for riders to try the art of wakeskating without having to commit to cutting up their wakeboard or attaching something that could also be removed. Later, Fresh Water also came out with the first wakeskate specific fin. This fin was shallow and long and allowed for the board to release much easier than most wakeboarding fins at the time. Towards the end, Fresh Water attempted to release a wakeskate to the public, but cost was a major hurdle that could not be over come.

X  WAKESKATING: Wakeskating is a water sport and an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from maple or from fibreglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with griptape, (in a similar fashion to a skateboard) or a soft, high-traction, foam, usually referred to as EVA foam, covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable crashes and also allows a rider to ride barefoot. Riders usually wear shoes while riding to afford themselves extra purchases on the board, similar to skateboarding.The speed at which riders wakeskate behind a PWC (Personal Water Craft: Jet ski), boat, cable system, or winch is generally 16 – 22 miles per hour. However, this depends on water conditions, the weight of the rider, their proficiency in the sport as well as a preference matter of the rider.

Some of the earliest activity resembling wakeskating dates back to the late 1970s and early 1980s with freeboarding or wakesurfing. Originally, riders would surf behind boats with long boards, but eventually the sport evolved towards boards that were much shorter (ex:4'8) which allowed riders to launch airs off the wake and even ollie. However, the watersports industry leaned strongly towards bindings, resulting in the focused evolution of wakeboarding. Wakeskating would eventually begin to take notice in the mid 1990s, and the growth continued. It is increasingly popular in youth culture across the globe, but is prevalent mainly in its country of origin, the United States. An aspect of wakeskating that draws many aficionados to it, as opposed to wakeboarding, is progression without the need for the large and extremely expensive boats (necessary to create the wake for wakeboarders to achieve maximum air time). An alternative to using wakeboard boats to tow riders is using high powered jet skis. This method of watercraft can provide an adequate tow, with little or no wake. Jet skis are better for shallow water or where water obstacles are available to perform tricks on. Recently, the use of a high speed winch designed for wakeskating and wakeboarding has allowed riders to bring the sports to small ponds or other waterways where boats and jet skis cannot operate.

Wakeskating tricks are inherently more technical than wakeboarding. The tricks are based firmly on skateboarding as opposed to snowboarding. Numerous tournaments and competitions exist throughout the world for the sport of wakeskating.

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