What are some key features of a kneeboarding handle?
The equipment you need for kneeboarding is similar to what you need for other water sports. Kneeboarding accessories include gloves, a life vest, and possibly a wetsuit, depending on the weather conditions.
A tow rope and handle are also among your most important items of kneeboarding equipment. Here are some features to keep in mind when selecting a rope and handle:
- Rope: Look for stiffness. A kneeboarding rope should be fairly stiff, not stretchy like a water ski rope. A rope with some stretch is ok for beginners, but if you are doing kneeboarding tricks, choose a stiff rope with no stretch.
- Handle: When shopping for a kneeboarding handle, look for a second, smaller grip or handle that makes spinning tricks easier. A kneeboarding handle should have a grip that is about 13 to 15 inches wide. Many kneeboarding handles also have neoprene foam floats built in, because kneeboarding’s relatively slow speed reduces the risk that the force of the water will rip the floats off the handle.
Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice about kneeboarding ropes, handles, and other accessories.