It's just as true in wakeboarding as it is in water skiing, snow skiing and snowboarding: If your feet are killing you, then you might as well end your session. Good bindings are essential — not only to make sure you can control your board, but also to make sure your feet can handle the wake just as long as the rest of you can. Here are some good bets for boarders of all skill levels.
THE BOARDING BEGINNER
CWB Seven: A neoprene toe and floating Lycra together make this binding ultra comfortable, and the Hinge-Tech entry system makes it easy to slip in and out of. This economical entry-level boot also is available for women as the Bliss.
Binding System: Hinge-Tech, front lace-up
Sizes: S, M, L
THE INTERMEDIATE RIDER
Liquid Force Sphynx: The Sphynx has the softness to move laterally, perfect for riders initiating grabs, and it offers enough landing support for those attempting air. It enables a smooth, easy ride while still offering enough control and responsiveness to pull off some tricks.
Binding System: Lace-up with ankle and top cinch, magnetic lace locks
THE BINDINGS TO PROGRESS WITH
Gator Boards Fleetwood: Available for women as the Seville, these bindings are lightweight and offer dual lace-ups to provide more support. Falling in about the middle of most categories — side-to-side flexibility, front-to-back flexibility and entry feel — these bindings should serve riders from the first pulls to the gnarliest tricks.
Binding System: Dual front lace-ups
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
THE WAKE PRO
Ronix Cell: Custom fit to the rider's foot and offering more support than a lot of boots out there, the Cell is lightweight and stiff for ultimate control. Its rigid back flexes with pressure instead of folding, so these bindings react when their wearer does.
Binding System: Front lace-up