2023 is an exciting year for wakeskaters as the board manufacturers continue to push the envelope with the innovative technologies they work into each of their boards. In this article, we will look at the best five wakeskates of the year and cover the features and benefits of each board as well as how they perform on the water. This article will cover boards in all categories and ensure a board is on this list for riders of all experience levels. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, there is a wakeskate board on this list that will help you progress your riding.
So let’s get right to it and explore the top 5 wakeskates of 2023!
The Best Wakeskates Overall
The Liquid Force Tao Wakeskate is the most indestructible board you can buy. This is a higher-end board that features a progressive 3 stage rocker profile. This image of the Tao from the side will give you a good idea of what that profile looks like.
This profile offers the additional pop of a three-stage rocker with the easier to ride, more fluid edge-to-edge transitions of a continuous rocker. The Tao wakeskate has a medium concave throughout the center of the board. The concave helps the board release off the water and makes your flip tricks feel easier.
The Tao is an insanely fast board. Liquid Force added in a sintered grind base that allows you to slide just about any surface. Park rails will never feel sticky on the Liquid Force Tao. The Tao has indestructible Liquid Rail sidewalls built into it to ensure that the board will last you.
If you’re looking for the best wakeskate you can buy, check out the Liquid Force Tao.
- The highest quality wakeskate you can buy
- Fast – Slides on anything with its sintered grind base
- Durable – Liquid rail sidewalls to prevent the board from side impacts
- Loads of pop – construction is a composite foam and wood
- Insane amount of grip (You will need shoes)
- On the expensive side of the list
Sizes: 39″, 41″
Best Wakeskates Under $400
If you’re looking to take your wakeskating to the next level, check out Ronix The Social. The Social is Ronix’s new higher-end compression molded version of the Electric Collective.
Here is a quick overview video of this board.
This wakeskate has a hybrid continuous three-stage rocker profile. If you were to look at this board from the side, it would look like this.
The Ronix Social Wakeskate has a shape reminiscent of the popsicle skateboard deck shape. It has a medium concave with a nose and tail built into it. Regarding the board’s construction, this is a foam-poured composite wakeskate made with Ronix’s Modello Core construction and Mod Pour technology. Ronix made this board to be exceptionally lightweight and durable yet still offers a skate-like feel.
Ronix’s primary goal of the Social is to have a board nearby that any of your friends can hop on and have an excellent time with. This wakeskate has an EVA foam grip on top that anyone can ride shoeless, and two 1.2″ removable fins help the board track in water, making it easier to ride.
If you’re looking for a higher-end board that will last you for years to come, get the Ronix Social wakeskate.
- Loads of pop
- Hybrid Blended Continuous / 3-Stage Rocker
- Durable – Modello Core Construction
- Two – 1.2” Skate Fins
- Might be two light for some riders who prefer a strictly wood core
- On the more expensive side
Sizes: 42″, 45″
Best Wakeskates for Beginners
The Liquid Force Focus Wakeskate is the perfect board for beginners because of its low price and versatility. This board is made of 9 wooden plys, features a Progressive 3 Stage Rocker profile, and has 1-inch removable fins. The fins will help the board better track in the water, making it easier to balance while learning to ride. The three-stage rocker profile offers the board additional pop and some concave to help you flip your board. The top sheet of the Liquid Force Focus is covered with a foam grip tape that you can ride without shoes. The board’s rails have been beveled to help make it a little more catch free. As you learn new tricks, if you land slightly off-axis, the beveled edges will be more forgiving to help you ride away clean.
If you’re looking for a board that is less than $200 and has everything you need to get started, get the Liquid Force Focus wakeskate.
- Forgiving for beginners to learn tricks on
- Durable – made with 9 plys
- Easy to ride – 1 inch removeable fins
- Great value for under $200
- On the flatter concave side – This will make it easier to ride. Some riders will find it difficult to flip the board.
- The wooden construction is heavier than some of the other wake skates on this list.
Sizes: 42″, 44″
Best Wakeskates Under $300
The Ronix Electric Collective Wakeskate is the perfect board for anyone looking to take their riding to the next level. The Electric Collective Wakeskate is made with maple wood to give you a very skate-like feel.
The Ronix Electric Collective Wakeskate is the perfect board for anyone looking to take their riding to the next level. The Electric Collective Wakeskate is made with maple wood to give you a very skate-like feel.Here is a video overview of this board.
This board features a hybrid rocker profile that looks like a smoother, more continuous version of a three-stage rocker profile. If you were looking at this board from the side, its profile would look like this.
The benefit of the hybrid profile is that it gives you more pop while still being very simple to ride and land on. Additionally, Ronix added in two .8″ removable wakeskate fins help the board track in the water.
The Electric Collective is an insanely durable board. Ronix gave the Electric Collective a sintered base. The base will remain hard and fast for you as you jib features. Ronix also gave the Electric Collective ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) sidewalls. ABS is an extremely durable material that will protect the sides of your board when it accidentally smashes into the sides or posts of rails and features in the park.If you’re looking for the best board under $300, get the Electric Collective wakeskate.
- Skate-like feel with loads of pop
- Durable – ABS Sidewalls
- Fast Sintered Base
- Foam Grip
- Removable fins
- On the heavier side due to its maple construction (it gives it a more skate-like feel)
Sizes: 41″, 43″, 45″
Best Wakeskates Under $200
If you’re looking for an excellent wakeskate to learn on, check out the Ronix Rove Karver. This board has three 1.7″ inch hook fins that make it ridiculously easy to balance on. The hybrid continuous 3-stage rocker gives you the pop benefits of a 3-stage rocker with the easy ride of a continuous rocker.
The Ronix Rove Karver is a durable board with a skate-like feel to it. It’s made with a maple construction and has an EVA foam grip tape that lines the top. Get out on the water with the most reliable and affordable wakeskate you can buy. Best of all, it is less than $200.
Here is a video overview of the Ronix Rove Karver wakeskate.
- Excellent value
- Easy to learn on
- Offers one of the shortest sizes / Great for younger riders
- You can ride shoeless / EVA foam grip tape
- Doesn’t have the higher tech and lighter construction as the more expensive boards
Sizes: 40″, 42″, 44″
So there you have it.
These are the best wakeskate boards to buy in 2023.
- Liquid Force Tao Wakeskate 2023
- Ronix The Social Wakeskate 2023
- Liquid Force Focus Wakeskate 2023
- Ronix Electric Collective Wakeskate Board 2023
- Ronix Rove Karver Wakeskate 2023
Learn More In Our Other Wakeboard Guides:
- The Best Wakeboards for 2023
- The Beginners FAQ Guide to Wakeboard
- Wakeboard Size Calculator
- Best Wakeboard Boots and Bindings
Steve Weber is an avid snowboarder and skateboarder. He has been snowboarding for 26 years, skateboarding for 20, and is always looking for a new board sport to try out. When he is not riding or skating, he runs a marketing agency. Board of the World is Steve’s blog for skateboard and snowboard gear reviews. The blog’s goal is to help people find the right board for them and encourage people to have fun outside.