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Kneeboard Buyersguide

Kneeboard Buying Guide

Buystores strives to bring you the best and most current guides, sizing help and gear tips to help you choose the right products and have the absolute best experience using it.

You’re truly looking to get a new kneeboard. Take the time to consider what you’re trying to get out of kneeboarding, what type of ride you’re looking for and your experience level. If you’re looking for tricks, choose a kneeboard with a higher rocker.

If you’re looking for a slalom ride, choose a kneeboard with a flatter bottom along with hard, narrow rails. The rails allow you to carve through the water easier and are more responsive, even with the slightest of movement.

What is KneeBoarding?

Kneeboarding is one of the oldest forms of watersports, and over the years we’ve seen other sports be spawned. There is no better way to train and improve your balance, control, strength and endurance then taking to the water and the amount of enjoyment you’ll get will have you never wanting to get out. They say the kneeboard makes all the difference and with years of experience selling kneeboards we fully agree.

Choosing the right kneeboard takes extensive research as each are hand-crafted to offer a specific type of ride. If you’re a thrill seeker taking the time to understanding the sport and best kneeboards to choose will help you make the most of the sport which is what this buying guide intends.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or professional kneeboarder, there is a lot to understand about kneeboard equipment along with some terms you may not have known. The following kneeboard buying guide breaks down everything is to know and then shows you the best options based on your skill level and the type of experience you’re looking for.

We sell kneeboards from well known brands as Connelly, HO Sports and Radar.

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The different Types of Kneeboards

Kneeboards can be broken down into including recreational and competitive. Simply stated, each board is best suited for specific riders while more experienced riders tend to go for competitive kneeboards while beginners and those just looking for an enjoyable time tend to recreational one’s.

Recreational Kneeboards

Recreational kneeboards typically offer a great balance, but center on control, stability and comfort. Newbies just starting out gain an instant advantage as they make getting up and staying up easier than competitive boards.

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Skill Level – Beginner and Intermediate

  • More affordable
  • Simple design makes turning and balancing easier
  • Larger, thicker platform which makes them more buoyant
  • Some models come with fins which aide with turning
  • Typically made of rotational molding

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Advanced Kneeboards

Advanced kneeboards are best suited for those looking for speed, turning capability and tracking. These kneeboards tend to be more durable which are best suited for giving riders a better platform for not only landing tricks, but are strong enough to handle them.

Skill Level – Intermediate and Advanced

  • More expensive
  • Complex design with sharper edges aiding tricks, tracking and faster turning
  • Thinner, lightweight and less buoyant
  • Compression molded boards which are great for starting out in deeper water which is where more experienced riders look to go

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The different Types of Kneeboards

There are two common kneeboard styles including slalom and trick. Choosing a style gives you the best chance of getting to make the most of your time on the water you want. Each provide a completely different experience.

Slalom Kneeboards

Slalom kneeboards provide the rider with improved capability at turning and speed. Sharper edges which allow the kneeboard to effortlessly carve through the water, especially in turns

Trick Kneeboards

Trick kneeboards have a distinct appearance then slalom boards. This style of kneeboard has a rounder bottom and edges which are more round then sharp which improve improves the rider’s chance with landing tricks and stunts. These boards don’t usually have fins, but boast a higher degree of rocker which aides in recovery while landing your trick.

Kneeboard Features Explained

If you thought the kneeboard was only about the board, you were way wrong. There are many features and accessories to consider, some of which are standard on a specific kneeboard model while others are may be something you can addon.


The hook on a kneeboard is something that all beginners will want to consider. The hook itself holds the handle and allows the rider to get up onto the kneeboard while starting out. The same concept is seen with water skiing and it’s essential for those starting out.


Fins are more prominent on competitive boards, but may be seen on recreational boards. Fins make it easier for the rider to control the board and resemble a fin on a dolphin or shark, but instead of sticking up out of the water it remains under the water. Their located underneath the board and are made of fiberglass which is stronger and more durable or plastic.


A rocker helps define the speed of the kneeboard and is a measurement and not a specific object. In simple turns, the rocker is located on the bottom of the board and measures the distance of the curve itself.

A typical rocker comes in around 5 – 6cm with the higher the number indicating a better turning board and lower rocker indicating a faster board.


The strap on the kneeboard provides for a much safer experience. The strap is located on top of the board, mid-way down and safely secures you to the board, but gives you the ability to free yourself from the strap relatively easy. Made of Velcro and secures around your upper thighs and should be securely fastened before taking off.

Any more questions?

Hopefully after reading this kneeboard buying guide you have more insight into what the sport is all about and what you need to get the ride of a lifetime. Kneeboarding was meant for people just like you, but it takes a special kneeboard to make the ride what you’re looking for.

If you need more information or have any more questions please contact us. Our team is available