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The Best Wakeboarding Father’s Day Gift Guide

Our must-see list of gift ideas for the wake-loving dad in your life.

Updated:

June 13, 2022
2020 Wakeboarding Father's Day Gift Guide collection
As we get ready for the warmer summer months ahead, check out the latest and greatest items and gear that could make for the perfect Father’s Day gifts. Garrett Cortese

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and so are the warm summer months. Even if you’re still isolating or staying at home, there is no better way to get outside safely than with your family on the boat. If you’re still looking for some great gift ideas for the Wake Dad in your life, look no further. In the list below you’ll find everything from boards and life jackets to coolers and sunglasses.

BOARDS TO RIDE

If you’re looking to find something new and fun for Dad to ride this Father’s Day, look at these!

Ronix Blunt Nose Skimmer – Koal Technora

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Blunt Nose Skimmer from Ronix
Combine skim board performance with longboard stability and you get the versatile Blunt Nose Skimmer from Ronix. Courtesy Ronix

The Blunt Nose Skimmer is designed to offer a bit of both worlds in wakesurfing: the performance of a skim board with the stability of a longboard. This makes it great for riders learning new tricks or those who prefer the characteristics of a skim style board, but have a boat with a smaller wave.

Sizes: 4′6″, 4′10″

MSRP: $749.99

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Slingshot Nomad

Slingshot Nomad wakeboard
The Nomad’s larger sizing has tons of benefits, and it’s a blast to ride. Courtesy Slingshot

The Nomad may just go down as the ultimate “dad board,” but it’s a ride for more than just “bigger guys.” Thanks to its larger size and surface area, the Nomad is able to plane at slower speeds, making it easier to get up and cruise on. This means less line tension from the rope and arm fatigue for the rider. It also means sizeable pop and forgiving landings. The continuous rocker makes it ride faster, with predictable pop off the wake, while the flex and removable fins make the Nomad a ton of fun to cross over into park riding. Trust us, your wakeboarding dad will love riding a Nomad.

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Sizes: 145, 150, 155, 160cm

MSRP: $499

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Liquid Force Pod Foil

Liquid Force Pod Foil
Give Dad the gift of riding the magic water carpet – a Pod Foil from Liquid Force. Courtesy Liquid Force

If the watersports-loving dad in your life is already bored with some wakesurfing, it’s time to get him on a foil, and the Pod from Liquid Force is a great place to start. The setup allows riders to wakesurf and foil on the same board, while the 27-inch mast delivers a large flight height for that extra-floaty feeling. The Glide 125 is LF’s biggest, allowing Dad to ride farther back and pump around to different parts of your boat’s wakes with ease.

MSRP: $1,550

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O’Brien Burnside SUP

O'Brien Burnside SUP
Environmentally friendly and with performance benefits. What’s not to like about the O’Brien Burnside SUP? Courtesy O’Brien

The Burnside is constructed using environmentally friendly bamboo, with a build process focused on producing minimal waste. But there are more than just eco-friendly benefits to this 11′2″ SUP. The bamboo keeps it lightweight – just 27.5 pounds – which makes it easier to maneuver, while retaining the stability of a larger board.

MSRP: $999.99

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BOAT ACCESSORIES

Whether you want to upgrade the cool factor of Dad’s boat this Father’s Day, or just make life a little easier for your favorite captain, these items can do just that.

Roswell R1 Pro

Roswell R1 Pro
Want the best audio/visual experience for Dad’s boat? Look no further than the R1 Pro from Roswell. Courtesy Roswell

Speakers with LED lights are nothing new, but speakers with color-changing, light-permeable LED housings are only offered in Roswell’s R1 Pro. If that sounds really cool, it’s because it is. Your Wake Dad will look, sound and feel cooler than ever with all the customization he can do. And ultimately, isn’t that what Father’s Day is all about?

MSRP: $1,899/pair

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Ronix – Eight.3 Trapezoid Telescoping Ballast Bag

Ronix - Eight.3 Trapezoid Telescoping Ballast Bag
Big ballast bags can take a while to fill and drain, but not the telescoping models from Ronix and Eight.3. Courtesy Ronix

Does your board-riding dad want bigger air or a more powerful wave? Help him make it bigger with the gift of a ballast bag from Ronix’s Eight.3. The Trapezoid Telescoping bags are designed with a larger opening that you can drop a whole ballast pump into, which allows them to fill and drain a lot faster. Available in multiple sizes to fit your boat’s space and needs.

Sizes: 400, 800, 1,100 lb.

MSRP: $179.99 (for 400 lb.)

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Tidal Wake – Water Weights

Tidal Wake - Water Weights
At just 50-pounds, the Water Weights are easy to move around the boat as needed. Courtesy Tidal Wake

Don’t need a full-size ballast bag for your boat? Or maybe you’re looking for some weight that’s easier to move around the boat to find tune the wake and wave for Dad? Check out the Water Weights from Tidal Wake. These sturdy, 50-pound bags unzip, so all you have to do is dip them in the lake, zip them, and place them in the boat wherever you want. When you’re done, unscrew the nozzle and let them drain.

MSRP: $59.95/ea

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Mission – Sentry Fender

Mission Sentry fenders
The Sentry fenders aren’t just solid boat protection, they’re easy to use and won’t slip! A must-have for any wake dad. Courtesy Mission

Fenders are often times an afterthought when it comes to our boats, but if the wake dad in your life is tired of dealing with knots and constantly adjusting fenders, it’s time to get him a set of Sentry fenders from Mission. These innovative, hassle free fenders adjust easily and are contoured to fit over your boat’s rub rail, adding extra protection.

MSRP: $68.00

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EZ Drive – Thruster

EZ Drive Thruster
With the ability to be installed on nearly any inboard boat make and model, the EZ Drive Thruster makes tight-quarter steering, docking and trailering a breeze. Courtesy EZ Drive

Speaking of docking, do you want to make it a breeze for your dad and his boat this Father’s Day? This might be one of the ultimate gifts you can add to the family wake boat. The EZ Drive Thruster mounts below the swimstep and is designed to work with any inboard boat. Once installed it can be controlled from the dash with a joystick or via a remote control.

MSRP: Varies by boat, see local dealer

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Liquid Force – Wakesurf Edge Pro Inline Shaper

Liquid Force - Wakesurf Edge Pro Inline Shaper
With five inline suction cups, the new Wakesurf Edge can be mounted to a wide variety of boats that don’t have a perfectly smooth hull side. Courtesy Liquid Force

If your Dad’s boat doesn’t have a built-in wakesurf system, it’s time to add a shaper to the game. The new Wakesurf Edge Pro Inline from Liquid Force is killer. Designed to fit stepped hulls with narrow strakes and heavy curves, it features five inline suction cups that securely and safely grip to your boat. If it somehow manages to pop off, no worries, it floats!

MSRP: $369.99

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Proline – Tug Surf Rope

Proline - Tug Surf Rope
The color-coordinated sections make it easier for beginners to hold onto the rope and find the pocket of the boat’s wakesurf wave. Courtesy Proline

Get your endless-wave-riding Dad one of the best ropes for wakesurfing – the Tug from Proline. The 30-foot-10-inch rope features a soft grip and color-coordinated sections with grippable covers. This makes it easier for new riders to find the sweet spot in the wave and get comfortable riding before dropping the rope.

MSRP: $120

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LIFESTYLE ENHANCERS

Whether it’s a new cooler for keeping drinks cold while out on the boat, or some sunglasses to up your Dad’s style, here are accessories that make great gifts this Father’s Day.

AxisGo – iPhone Water Housing

AxisGo - iPhone Water Housing
The AxisGo allows you to take your iPhone anywhere, and still have full control of the camera! Courtesy AxisGo

Does Dad like to capture all your wake action fun on camera? Take the family photos and video to the next level with an AxisGo water housing. Designed specifically for iPhones, the AxisGo housings allow you to safely and easily document all the action on, in or even under the water, with the full function of your phone’s camera. Add a dome port and pistol grip for even more cool ways to shoot.

MSRP: $199.00 (iPhone 11/Max/Pro)

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Toadfish Outfitters – Non-Tipping Can Cooler

Toadfish Outfitters - Non-Tipping Can Cooler
Easy to grip, keeps your dink cold, and they don’t tip over! What more could you ask for? Courtesy Toadfish Outfitters

While most wake boats have more than enough cup holders, this koozie could be the perfect gift for your water-loving dad. The patented suction cup base allows it to stay in place, even in rough water. The only way to move it is to pick it straight up. It’s a bit of a mind bender at first, but it’s totally awesome and functional as all get out. Not only does it prevent your drink from spilling, but it keeps it cold too! Perfect for a kayak, paddle board, PWC or the boat that might not have a cup holder just where you need or want it.

MSRP: $28.00

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Costa Sunglasses

Give dad the gift we can always use more of: quality sunglasses. You know you’re tired of seeing your dad in his gas-station cheapies, plus they aren’t good for his eyes. Costa sunglasses, with their acclaimed 580 glass series lenses, feature full polarization, high-quality optical qualities, and all the sun protection your old man could need. Plus, some of the new 2020 looks are killer!

Sampan

Costa Sampan
Modern styling combined with technical features make the Sampan one of the more versatile in the Costa line, whether you’re on the water or off. Courtesy Costa

MSRP: $249.00

Ferg

Costa Ferg
The integrated top and side shields enhance sun protection, while the vented, adjustable nose and temple pads make the Fergs comfortable to wear. Courtesy Costa

MSRP: $279.00

Diego

Costa Diego
With the unique vent in the hinge, the Diego allows airflow through the frame, keeping you cooler throughout the day. Courtesy Costa

MSRP: $259.00

YETI Bags

First things first, Yeti bags are tough as nails and flat out work extremely well. Take them wherever you’re going and don’t worry about being delicate with them, they’re made to withstand it all. Plus, you know Dad’s never going to complain about something cool from Yeti as a Father’s Day gift. He’ll always find a way to get good use out of any of these.

Hopper M30 Soft Cooler with Sidekick Dry Case

Yeti Hopper M30
The Hopper M30 is a versatile, portable soft cooler that keeps stuff cold all day long when you’re out on the boat. Courtesy Yeti

The original Hopper soft coolers were great, but the new M versions are even better. The slick magnetic strip opening is easier to open and seal, while still retaining ice all day. We’ve used one for months in the Florida heat and it’s great for taking out on the boat.Add in the Sidekick Dry Case if you’re headed to a beach and need a place to keep valuables dry. Velcro straps allow it to easily attach to the Hopper and keep everything together.

MSRP – Hopper M30: $299.99

MSRP – Sidekick Dry: $49.99

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Camino Carryall 35

Yeti Camino Carryall 35
The Camino is Yeti’s do-it-all carryall, and the coral color pops! Courtesy Yeti

The Camino is the everyday bag that can take a beating. Don’t worry about sand, water, dirt or anything else. The rugged construction holds up to anything, while the simple hook-and-loop closure help keep some elements out and protect what’s inside. Sandals, towels, sunscreen, shades and everything else can get tossed inside and stored in the boat no problem. And if your dad can’t hang with the coral colorway, the Camino comes in a variety of other colors.

MSRP: $149.99

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Panga 50 Dry Duffel

Panga 50 Dry Duffel
Tough as nails and fully submersible, the Panga can be used for quick weekends away or the gnarliest adventure trips. Courtesy Yeti

If your dad is the adventuring type (or just prone to getting his stuff really wet), consider the Panga 50 dry duffel for a Father’s Day present. This bag isn’t just durable, it’s fully submersible and will keep everything inside dry. Basically, it’s one of the best dry bags you’re likely to find. Plus, the removable backpack straps make it easy to carry a variety of ways.

MSRP: $299.99

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