The Vew-Do is a well-known brand on the balance board market. All of their balance boards are designed with board sports in mind, and so is the El Dorado model.
The deck size is 31 x 9 inches and is close to a real skateboard deck size. It has concave, kicktails on both ends, and is covered with printed grip tape. On the bottom, it has a molded rail for more stability.
El Dorado has a 4.5-inch tapered roller. Unlike many conventional balance boards with a roller, El Dorado’s radial tapered roller allows you to easily spin and rotate. That way you can perform more aggressive maneuvers.
Vew-Do El Dorado balance board is perfect for full rotational balance training and spinning. As well as practicing tricks like shuv-its, ollies, and kickflips.
Awesome multipurpose balance board that is well suited for both wakesurfing. Even though this is a rocker balance board it features a 3-in-1 design, which makes this model stand out from the rest in the category.
What makes this board unique is the special attachable bases or as they’re called modules. The board can be used with or without the modules, offering various difficulty levels.
Blue Planet balance board comes in 3 different deck grips so you can find your perfect traction: EVA Foam, ideal for barefoot use (like a wakesurf), Clear Skate, or Black Skate Grip. The deck is 25″ wide and has curved up ends like a skateboard.
The bottom of the board features anti-slip pads that provide protection for your floor and don’t produce noise. 3 different modules will allow you to perform spins and shuv-its.
25 × 12.25 in (63 × 31 cm)
6 lbs (2.7 kg)
500 lbs (226 kg)
Blue Planet Balance Board Specs
What are balance board benefits for wakesurf?
If you really want to get better wakesurfing, then one of the things you can do is to improve your balance and coordination by practicing on a balance board trainer.
Balance boards have certain benefits, and with the help of them you can practice balance:
in a safe environment;
in any weather conditions;
all seasons/all year round.
How to choose a balance board for wakesurfing?
There are several things to consider before purchasing balance boards for wakesurfing:
board (deck) size and shape;
First of all, you have to decide for yourself what is the main goal (intent) you want to achieve with a balance board? Here are a couple of questions you have to answer for yourself:
Is it just balance and coordination training?
Or do you want to take it a step further and improve your trick collection?
Keep the answer in mind. You’ll need it to make the final decision. Now let’s move on to the next point.
Versatility comes hand in hand with the previous point. There are many different types of balance boards. Each one has its own unique traits and is made for different purposes.
Hence depending on your needs and the way you want to use the balance board its properties may differ. The first property is…
Deck size and shape
There are different sizes of balance boards. The size of the balance board deck is going to affect the way you feel and control the board.
Balance boards come in a variety of shapes. Some manufacturers tend to produce balance boards shaped like a wakesurf. The wider the board the wider your stance can get. You want to make sure to position yourself comfortably on a balance board.
Things to look out for:
if possible the shape has to be as close as possible to a real wakesurf board;
the surface has to have an EVA foam similar to a wakesurf board.
Rocker type is another property to look out for. You can choose either a rocker or a roller-type balance board. Both rockers and rollers can differ by a number of options starting from shape and ending with a material.
Different rockers and rollers provide different levels of complexity when it comes to maintaining a balance. This is possibly one of the main features to look out for when choosing between different balance boards for wakesurfing.
Last but not least is the height and shape of the rocker. It is going to affect how easy or hard it will be to maintain the balance on the board.
Things to look out for:
the roller has to move smoothly underneath the board;
the rocker has to be mellow in shape to move smoothly.
Of course, last but not least is the price. You have to perform a simple market analysis to find the best board to match your budget. If you’re looking for more affordable alternatives check my list of cheap balance boards.
When making a final decision on which one of the wakesurf balance boards to choose from remember the intent we’ve talked about before.
Improving balance and training muscle memory for landing tricks should be the main reasons to get a balance board.
In terms of which board to get, you’ll have to think about it in the long term. A more specific board will let you focus on one thing. A more generic one will let you switch up your training.