What size kneeboard do I need?

Curious about what size kneeboard you need? It's a question we get constantly at Elite Ski Boats, and we totally get it – finding the perfect fit can be a game-changer. Our kneeboard buyer's guide is your go-to resource, packed with insights on the crucial variables that determine the right size kneeboard for you. Find out which kneeboard will suit your needs below.


Factors to consider when choosing a kneeboard

Who is it for?

A kneeboard is a must-have on any boat. Kneeboarding is a water sport that involves riding a small, flat board on your knees while being towed behind a boat. Unlike a wakeboard or surfboard, a kneeboard is smaller and has a pad for your knees. They have always been a favourite for younger riders - it’s one of the easiest towable watersports to learn but there are plenty of pro model kneeboards out there if you’re taking it more seriously. At Elite Ski Boats we have a huge range of kneeboards for whatever your needs are, check them out. 

Features of a kneeboard you need to know

Knowing a bit more about kneeboards will help you make the right choice, see the following explainer to get an idea of features and dimensions you might want to consider:

1. Pad: The moulded EVA foam pad on a kneeboard holds your knees on the board and gives you control. It’s personal preference on how soft or deep you like a kneeboard pad but they are designed to hold your knees on with the option of using the board without the strap to make it safer for beginners. 

2. Strap: All kneeboards come with a velcro strap to secure your knees into the pad. They can be single or double-locking. A single locking strap is the easiest to use but doesn’t give you the adjustability and extra security of a double locking strap. The strap can easily be removed for beginner riders who don’t want to be secured to the kneeboard by unscrewing the footman loops on either side.

3. Hook: Almost all plastic kneeboards come with a hook attachment and it’s being used more and more in fibreglass boards too. The hook is there to put the handle in making deep water starts much easier. Simply place the handle into the hook and let the boat pull you out of the water. Once you’re up and ready to go just pull the handle out. Hooks are bolted into an insert in the board so they can take the strain of towing. This is an especially good feature for learners.

4. Fins: Most kneeboards are finless so they release easily for surface spins but fins are a great idea if you’re a beginner or you just want more grip on the water. Some kneeboards have their fins molded into the base of the board that cannot be removed while others have retractable fins to give you the best of both worlds.

5. Rocker: The rocker number refers to the curvature of the bottom of the board. The rocker determines the speed of the kneeboard and the ease in which it turns. A higher rocker number leads to easier turns, while a lower rocker number promises a faster ride at greater speeds. 

6. Shape: The familiar pointy nose design gives you a predictable ride with smooth turns and forgiving edges. A kneeboard with a square tip and tail delivers better pop off the wake and releases easier for surface tricks.

The design of the underside of a kneeboard affects how the board feels on the water. Channeling and cutouts in the base give you grip and allow your board to generate a better angle into the wake. A smooth clean base allows the board to release its edges easily making your surface spins and takeoffs more predictable.

Kneeboard Sizing

If you’re a seasoned kneeboarder, you would just know if a kneeboard is your size or not at a glance. For beginners, however, this is for you!

Some kneeboards are suitable for a large range of people, these are a great option to go for if you’re not planning on becoming a pro. For example, if a recreational kneeboard is made ideally of plastic and has adjustable knee straps, it can be used by beginner children as well as seasoned adults.

If you’re looking for a competitive kneeboard, you will notice that it is noticeably thinner than a recreational kneeboard. They’re also somewhat lighter, and tend to have sharper edges and are probably constructed from fibreglass.

It’s best to find boards that are a little shorter in length than you are in height. Additionally, while a foam interior would help a beginner stay afloat, it would also make your moves slow and awkward. Weigh up who the board is for, decide on the brand/features you most desire, and then consult that brand's size guide

Plastic Kneeboards

Beginner kneeboards are made of a tough, durable plastic construction that is extremely buoyant. Buoyancy results in a board that will surface quickly and remain stable and balanced even at low speeds. Plastic boards tend to be more durable and easier to ride. If you are looking for a beginner board that will be easy to ride and get you into the sport plastic is the style for you. See all our plastic kneeboards.

Fibreglass Kneeboards

Looking for something a bit more technical? Compression-moulded fibreglass is used in higher-end kneeboards in a similar process to the construction of slalom waterskis and wakeboards. Fibreglass makes for a stiffer, thinner board, they also feature more ‘aggressive’ shapes. Preferred by the professionals due to better performance - a stiffer board gives you greater edge control, and more speed and delivers more pop off the wake. Some people prefer fibreglass kneeboards as the less buoyant materials make deep water starts a little easier. See all our fibreglass kneeboards.

Grab a kneeboard and get out there!

Stacks of fun for the family and a great way to transition from knees to skis, kneeboards are a great addition to your days on the water. A couple of last tips, remember, always wear a vest when kneeboarding, and don’t use the knee strap for beginners.  

Still don’t know which kneeboard is right for you and need help? We’ll talk you through it. Get in touch with us at Elite Ski Boats for more info! Or give us a call at (08) 8234 5455.

Need some inspo for your next day out on the water? Visit Melbourne recommends the Mighty Murray River! ‘A popular destination for waterskiing enthusiasts, the river attracts both experienced skiers as well as those who are just starting out’.

Enjoy it out there! Remember to tag us on insta @eliteskiboats 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a good speed for kneeboarding?

When kneeboarding, the boat should be at a speed of approximately 25 to 30 kilometres per hour for an adult. For kids, the boat's speed can begin at around 15 kilometres per hour. But as you continue to enjoy this amazing watersport you will get a feel for a preferred safe range that will provide the perfect amount of excitement without being too wild.

Which is better plastic or Fibreglass kneeboards?

Depends on how good you are! Opt for a plastic kneeboard if you want durability and ease of use. Plastic is a beginner-friendly option that ensures a smooth ride, making it ideal for those new to the sport. On the flip side, fibreglass boards are geared towards performance, featuring a sleek, thinner profile and a more aggressive shape. If you're seeking a board that enhances your skillset with a focus on performance, fibreglass is the style for you.

Do people still kneeboard?

Yes, kneeboarding is very much still a thing! Not only a great option for beginners, it's also something of a sport unto itself, with a full complement of kneeboards to choose from, depending on the skill level of the rider kneeboarding is a great way to get out on the water!

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