Kneeboards & Kneeboarding Gear
Kneeboard Tow Ropes
Kneeboarding is a relatively new watersport that first gained popularity back in the mid 1990s. It is a combination of wakeboarding and surfing and it blends key elements of these 2 great sports to produce a highly exhilarating way to have some serious fun on the water. Compared to other boat-based sports such as waterskiing, kneeboarding is relatively easy to learn and most beginners are able to get up on their board within a fairly short space of time.
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For over 50 years OBrien have been creating great watersports products aimed at the recreational and family market and their kneeboards offer excellent quality and performance at surprisingly keen prices. O'Brien work hard to design, test, manufacture, and improve each and every product they make and they believe in pushing the sport forward, providing the newest technology and the latest manufacturing techniques to build advanced watersports products that stand the test of time.
Radar build an excellent range of kneeboards to suit all ages, abilities, and budgets. A Radar kneeboard is developed with one purpose in mind - if the team wouldnt want to use it themselves then they wont build it. The Radar developers and test team stand behind every single product they make because theyre literally used every day, making a radar kneeboard a force to be reckoned with.
Connelly kneeboards are renowned for their quality and value for money. They offer a wide range of boards and are particularly popular with recreational and family users. Connelly originally began producing and selling waterskis back in 1965 from a garage in Lake City, Washington. Since then, Connelly have become one of the most respected brands in the watersport industry and their commitment to excellence continues. All Connelly products are skillfully crafted utilizing the best that technology has to offer and their reputation and reliability for enthusiasts and beginners alike is unrivalled.
Established in 1982, HO sports (originally named after the legendary Herb O'Brien) are known for their limitless imagination and continuous innovation of their products, ideas, and expertise. Their rich history of creating industry defining technologies and revolutionary gear is fueled by their passion to do what they love. They innovate so that you can elevate your game to make every single experience on the water unforgettable.
Kneeboards are made from 2 main materials - rotomolded plastic or composite material (like a wakeboard). Rotomolded kneeboards are perfect for recreational / family use as they offer fantastic value for money and are extremely robust. Composite kneeboards offer higher performance but are more expensive and fragile. If you are new to kneeboarding or are looking for a family board then a rotomolded board will be perfect for you.
Recreational / beginner kneeboards often have what is known as a Hydro Hook (a.k.a. Aquatic Hook). This is a simple plastic flip-up hook (or plastic block) attached to the nose of the board to enable the tow handle to be attached to it and take all the load during deep water starts. The handle is simply placed behind the hook, which then takes all of the load off the rider when the tow vehicle powers up. Once up to speed and composed, the rider can then pull the handle toward them, which detatches it and gives them full control.
To be honest, you can use more or less any wake or ski rope to go kneeboarding with, but purpose made kneeboarding tow ropes are available which work well with the Hydro Hook. As you progress, also consider using a 15" wake handle rather than the narrower 12" ski handle as this makes it easier to perform tricks where the rope is passed behind your back.
Rocker is the measure
of how much a Kneeboard curves from nose to tail (kneeboards are
somewhat banana shaped when viewed side-on). The higher the number
the greater the curvature. Recreational boards are designed with
quite a lot of rocker as this makes them slower in the water,
more forgiving, and more relaxed in the turns. They also provide
softer landings if/when you get "air". Intermediate
and advanced boards have less rocker and are therefore faster
in the water and in the turns, but landings will be harsher as
Beginner / recreational
kneeboards have soft rounded edges whereas intermediate to advanced
boards have quite sharp ones. Rounded edges make the board less
agressive in the turns and are better for beginners as you are
less likely to "catch an edge" and take a tumble.
Fins provide forward stability and tracking and give the kneeboard "grip" on the water. Without fins a kneeboard will still travel in a reasonably straight line as it is longer than it is wide, but it will be able to rotate freely and very loosely on the surface of the water which requires skill to control. In addition to straight line tracking, fins also enable the rider to load up the line and accelerate on the approach to the boat wake. They then provide grip and stability on the landing. Kneeboard fins are normally moulded into the board along with moulded channels for additional stability and grip. The nearer the edge the fins are the more effect they have and the bigger and wider they are the more drag they create and therefore the more stability they provide. Beginner kneeboards therefore tend to have larger wider fins and advanced boards have smaller thinner fins (or none at all). Some kneeboards also have retractable fins so that beginners can get the benefit of the stability they provide but more advanced riders can retract them and obtain the more desirable "loose" feel necessary for performing tricks etc.