Choosing the right size wakeboard bindings

size wakeboard bindings

To ride like a pro, or even a beginner for that matter, its very important you choose the right size wakeboard bindings. If you don't size them correctly, you'll end up with very sore toes or no control over your board, neither of which are recommended.

Different country, different size!

The labels for most bindings are listed in US sizes – UK is around 1 size down for men and 2 sizes for ladies, so a US men’s 10 is probably a UK 9 and a US Ladies 7 is around a UK 5. To confuse matters further, some brands can also differ by half a size either way.

Choosing a closed-toe wakeboard binding

  1. Open the boot up fully – make sure the laces, straps or velcro are all loosened. If new, the boots will probably be stiff around the cuff and you may have to push your foot into the boot.
  2. Slide your foot fully into the boot and stand up, the boot should feel very snug – almost too tight at this stage
  3. Tighten the laces or velcro firmly then rock your leg forwards and backwards to settle the laces and your feet in the boot
  4. Now your feet have settled, tighten the laces/velcro a little further
  5. Stand in a wakeboard stance with your weight pushing down into the boot and your knees bent and pushed forward over your toes.

This is the now the correct moment to check the size is correct, your toes should be very close to the end of the boot and your heel should be pushed back into the heel pocket, if your toes are pushed into the end of the boot they are too small, if they are loose and the heel is not held in place the boots are too small, you should be looking for something in between the two scenarios.

Choosing an open-toe wakeboard binding

  1. Open the boot up fully – make sure you loosen all laces, straps or velcro. The boots may be stiff around the cuff and require you to push your foot into the boot
  2. Slide your foot fully into the boot and stand up, the boot should feel very snug around the ankle
  3. Tighten the laces or velcro firmly then rock your leg forwards and backwards to settle the laces and your feet in the boot
  4. Now your feet have settled, tighten the laces/velcro a little further
  5. Stand in a wakeboard stance with your weight pushing down into the boot and your knees bent and pushed forward over your toes.

Your heel should be enclsoed firmly in the back of the boot and not slipping about too much as you move your legs around.

Remember

Taking the above into account you can see that its pretty important to try on the bindings before you buy, or ensure you can return them if they don't fit. Another point to note is that wakeboard bindings will stretch with use as they mold to the shape of your feet. Some bindings are actually made of elements that will purposefully mold to the shape of your feet, others will just adjust over time.

Thanks

Our thanks go to Absolute Watersports for their help with this article.