Kneeboards are pretty much a must have item for any ski boat owner, and also make a good addition to many other power boats as they don’t require much power to tow and are easy to use, even for the inexperienced.

When buying a kneeboard, there are a few options to choose from which offer the user an easier or more performance base ride.

Recreational Kneeboards

Most kneeboards in this category are made from a roto-molded design. These are a very tough and durable board which suite most budgets, however are often quite a bit heavier than more performance oriented kneeboards.

These usually offer soft, wide edges which are best for beginners as they allow for smooth turning and good control for even the novice.

They are relatively thick and very buoyant, which is good for the larger rider and also act as a flotation device after a wipeout.

Fibreglass Kneeboards

These boards are a lighter weight and thinner design and offer more performance than the plastic boards.

The sharper, thinner edges to allow more radical turning and tricks, so the advanced rider can really show off their skill to impress everyone in the boat.

Fibreglass kneeboards are not as buoyant as roto-molded boards, so deep water starts can require a bit more practice to get right.

Kneeboard Ropes

Kneeboard ropes vary in length, and it is usually best to use a stiffer, lower stretch rope than water skiers. When attempting tricks, a stiffer rope that does not stretch helps to get more air and be able to pull yourself through flips and spins.

Multi-purpose ski ropes can be used but generally stretch around one percent in length when under a normal kneeboarding load.

If you spend time both skiing and kneeboarding and are an occasional, recreational boarder, a low-stretch rope will give some stretch for waterskiing, with enough stiffness to pull against while you’re kneeboarding.