Wakeboards are characterized by a very long service life. Compared to snowboards, wakeboards neither lose hardness nor do the edges become blunt. The shape of wakeboards has meanwhile settled down to a standard size. The boards are between 120 and 145 cm long and on average 42 cm wide. Wakeboards are so-called TwinTipps, which means that they are the same at the front and back (nose and tail). Unlike the snowboard, they are negatively waisted, meaning the boards are narrower at the ends than in the middle. At the ends you can see the differences: Boards with rounded nose and tails (so-called fun shapes), dovetail-like shapes and almost rectangular cut ends. Basically, fun shapes (rounded ends) are good for beginners. They are forgiving and release quickly. Release refers to that characteristic of how fast or slow, heavy or light a board leaves the water or wake (boat wave). A large board width means a lot of lift, - a wide tail a lot of pop to take off.
Really big differences are found in the construction of the bottom. Today there are two to three fin systems. The additional fins are placed on the outside next to the rails (edges). On the boat, many riders now do without the center fin altogether and rely on the side fins.
Some differences in riding behavior are caused by the so-called rocker. This is the bending up of the board. A distinction is made between 3-stage rocker and continuous rocker. Continous means a continuous, even bending line. 3-Stage means that the bending line is interrupted twice, creating a flat spot in the middle.