THE BOARD YOU NEED
By now, you probably know what a wakeboard is. Maybe you even want to buy one. That is a good start. The question is, what board should you buy? It's tempting to go for a closeout cheapie, and for a beginner that might not be a bad idea. Because wakeboard designs are changing so quickly, boards that aren't that old sell for cheap. Two years ago recreational boards were almost all "directional", or surf-shaped. Now virtually no boards are surf-shaped. Surf-shaped boards still ride well for surfing the wake, but in reality any shape board - twin or otherwise - will work well for beginner and recreational riders.
The thing with twin-style boards is that they can do anything. Boards in this category can run the gamut from being part of the modern freestyle movement boards (shorter, wider) to being standard-weight construction pro models (narrower, faster, less forgiving). There are twin boards that are good for any style of rider - spinners, grinders, flippers - you just need to know what you want the board to do. At this stage of the game - when you haven't even gotten wet yet - it may be difficult to know how you want a board to perform. Thankfully, with a little water time, you can adapt any board to your riding style. But, for sake of argument and accuracy, wider boards get better pop off the wake - especially if you don't have a charging, pro-style cut. Consequently, these boards can make you go higher without too much effort. On the other hand, if you're a really aggressive rider (or want to be), the narrower boards will give you the hardest cuts, the biggest airs and the sickest falls, with a little practice.