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Learn about Wakeboard Bindings and Wakeboard Bindings Tips
by: David Hagerman

Everything you wanted to know about Wakeboard Bindings

Wakeboard Bindings are vital accessories required for the sport. They are the most important pieces of accessories you need while wakeboarding as the bindings clutch the rider’s feet to the wakeboard. The quality of the bindings influences the comfort level at the time of wakeboarding. The quality of wakeboard bindings affects the pleasure and enthusiasm of the rider while wakeboarding. Wakeboarders take up the challenge of choosing a better pair of bindings since it will give them a very snug and comfortable feeling while skateboarding.

The type and quality of the bindings is a key issue affecting the comfort level experienced by the rider on a wakeboarding venture. The wakeboard bindings have curved edges to accommodate the toes and feet and support the body bends and flexes. The rider should adjust the bindings properly to speed up the zeals and pleasures of the wakeboarder. The standing up position of the rider on a board is termed as stance. There are a variety of stances which are directly influenced by the types of bindings.

The usual components of wakeboard bindings are Wakeboard hardware, footbed, overlay and underlay and baseplate. The overlay renders firm support to the wakeboard rider’s feet favoring the body movements and stretching while holding the rider’s feet comfortably pushing the heel close to the wakeboard. In contrast to this, the underlay lies between the overlay and the feet; it acts as a preventive sheath from any titillation caused because of pinches in the feet.

The wakeboard hardware of the bindings is curved in shape. This helps in maintaining the assembled order of the binding materials and supporting the side of the foot. The hardware comprises of bolts that cling firmly the binding to the wakeboard. The baseplate component of the wakeboard is placed between the binding and the wakeboard and can be fixed and adjusted to favor any different positions of stances. There are a number of holes drilled in the baseplate to favor easy changing of positions and angles of the wakeboard bindings.

The wakeboard foot-bed is the cushion like binding material that supports the foot’s bottom, resisting any shock and shielding the rider’s foot. The footbed holds the heel a bit higher than the ball for lessening the pressure on the rider’s ankles and knees. Most footbed of the wakeboard bindings have ridges underneath the arch and toes to support and hold up the leverage of the toe side’s edge.

Adjustments to the wakeboard bindings can be made by tightening the straps and ties. Difficulties in adjusting the wakeboard bindings can be overcome by applying lubricants like binding lube or usage of liquid soaps. The bindings can also be adjusted by taking apart the boots and then loosening or tightening the overlay. However, you need to be aware of the fact that boots are hard to re-assort.

There are different brands of bindings from where you can choose. The line up includes Hyperlite, Liquid force, Slingshot etc. The rising popularity of wakeboarding has revealed the vital role of wakeboard bindings in the very sport.

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