Binding Placement Basics

Having your bindings/boots properly set up on your wakeboard is important to maintain comfort while riding and to match your board riding skill level. How a rider stands on a wakeboard is called a stance.There are different stances that work best with beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders.

You must first determine which foot will ride forward, or in front, on the wakeboard. 

Determining Which Foot to Put Forward in Slalom Water Ski or Wakeboard Bindings

Are You Goofy Footed In Your Wakeboard Bindings or Slalom Water Ski Bindings?

Here are ways to help you decide which foot to put in the forward in your wakeboard bindings or slalom water ski bindings.

  • The Falling Test
    Stand with your feet together and close your eyes. Ask someone to gently push you forward from behind. Which ever foot goes forward first to catch your balance is the one you should try putting in the forward wakeboard binding or slalom water ski binding. Right foot forward is considered "goofy footed."

This is most effective if the person in question stands with their eyes closed and then you take them by surprise when pushing them forward. This way they can't subconsciously choose which foot to put forward.

Wakeboards and binding plates (the plate on which the bootrests) come with multiple pre-drilled holes that allow you to easily change the angle and position of the bindings on the board. The angle at which the bindingis placed on the board is referred to as "degrees," just like in geometry.

The width at which the bindings will be apart can be determined by jumping up in the air. However your feet land naturally on the ground will most likely be the width apart at which you'll set your bindings.It is usually shoulder width apart.

Beginner - Recreational Stance for Wakeboard Binding Set-Up

 Beginner Wakeboarding Binding Set-Up
This stance is good for learning deepwater starts, forward riding, turning and carving, and basic jumps and hops. The rear binding needs to go fairly far back on the board so that most of the rider's weight will press on the rear fin, making the board easier to control and navigate.

Back Binding - Zero degrees at the backmost position on the board.

Front Binding - Pointing towards the front of the board at a 15 - 27 degree angle (2-3 holes from the center of the binding plate). Place at a natural distance from the rea

 Intermediate - Advanced Stance for Wakeboard Binding Set-Up

 Intermediate Wakeboarding Binding Set-Up

Once you've had your share of time on the water and your skills improve you can begin moving the bindings forward a little bit. Tricks tend to be easier with the bindings more in the center of the board. A centered stance aids in spins, riding backwards (fakie) surface tricks, and more.
Your goal is to gradually lessen the angle degree of the front foot.

Back Binding - Zero to nine degrees - one hole from the back.

Front Binding - Approximately 18 degrees - about 4-5 holes back.

Advanced -Expert Stance for Wakeboard Binding Set-Up

 Advanced / Expert Wakeboarding Binding Set-Up

When you get to the point that you are comfortable riding forwards and backwards it is time to try for a more neutral stance, slightly back from the center of the board. This stance most resembles your stance while standing on land, with feet slightly angled outward, somewhat like a duck's stance. This stance gives you the ability to perform the same going either direction.

Back Binding - Nine degrees - about three holes from the back.

Front Binding - Nine degrees - about four holes from the front.