I love hitting my local cable park to work on my board skills (Let's say both sides are my weak sides) and I have already started seeing results on my freerides
The thing is that renting the wake boards each time is getting expensive.
In the same time, I was also thinking about adding an additional board (between 137 and 139) to my kite boarding gear, for the moment I only own a light-wind Door..sorry board (145/45) and I'm starting to feel it's limitations once the winds picks up.
So my question is, which smaller board can I use to grow my skills and continue hitting the cable parks (not planning to go full wakeboarding) from time to time with ?
Second what Rynhardt says. Wakeboarding can really improve your board skills but it’s not the same as kiteboarding. Maybe they have a rental setup where you are? You don’t really need a ton of time at the cable park to see improvements. I don’t know, I would not go out and get a board just for the cable park, but if that’s your only option I guess something cheap secondhand is the way to go..
I am a long time cable park rider and got into kiteboarding late last year. I have looked into getting a crossover board that I can use in both places. I am thinking about getting the Slingshot Refraction Pro. It is a kiteboard with a grind base that can be used a both the cable park and kiteboarding.
don't buy a dual purpose board. kiteboards are damn expensive, a new good one $400-$1,000, while a decent wakeboard is $100-$200 or so and a used wakeboard is easy to pick up for almost nothing. When you are at the wake park going off sliders and ramps, your expensive kiteboard will get the bottom ripped out and you just don't want to pour money into buying a new dual purpose kiteboard every 2 years or so. Best long term plan to be economical is to buy a wakeboard. Use it at the wakepark. Buy a kiteboard, use it kiteboarding. That said, I admit, I sometimes use my kiteboard at the wakepark. You don't need a special board, but a kiteboard has almost no drag so the rope will be constantly slack, it's a different feel from a normal wakeboard. But there's nothing magical about the board that says you have to use it only kiteboarding just so expensive to rip up that kiteboard while you are at the park. You can pay for your wakeboard in no time at all from not paying that rental fee. I know it sounds like you are paying more money by buying two new boards a new kiteboard and a new wakeboard but trust me you save a lot of money in the long run by not ruining your kiteboard at the park.
Higher end wakeboards can get into the $500+ range with another $400+ for bindings. Of course buying prior model year gear can drop that significantly. For the casual wakeboard rider I agree it probably makes more sense to get a cheap setup just for wakeboarding. But if you are really into cable park riding there might be some advantages to having a good crossover board setup.
1) If the winds crap out on the way to the kiteboard location - head over to the local wakeboard park as you already have the board/bindings with you.
2) I wonder if riding the same board/bindings kiteboarding/wakeboarding might allow you to get really dialed in on that setup.
3) If you like riding with high end wakeboard bindings (both kiting and wakeboarding) you only need one pair setup on the crossover board. (Otherwise you may need to have two pair or be prepared to switch back and forth).