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Choosing the right Water Sports Equipment can seem quite daunting at times, but it's actually very simple once you know a few basics. The team at here at www.corewatersports.co.uk have therefore put these articles together to help you understand the differences between all of the various pieces of kit, what all the design features are for (and if you actually need them or not) and why some equipment will suit your needs and some definitely won't. At the end of the day, all we want is for you to feel confident that you are making an informed purchasing decision and are buying exactly the right gear for the job!

These articles are based on questions we are often asked and are aimed primarily at beginners so some of the information may seem a little obvious to the more experienced out there. However, we are assuming that most beginners don't know what they don't know so we make no apologies for starting at the very beginning.

We hope you find all of the information useful but if you have a question that is not covered or you just need some free friendly advice then please do get in touch and one of our expert staff will gladly assist you.

The www.corewatersports.co.uk Team


Beginner's Guide to Buoyancy Aids

Ever wondered what the differences are between a Buoyancy Aid, an Impact Vest and a Life Jacket? Plus, what is a PFD and do I need one? What does 50N mean and do I care? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Buoyancy Aid from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Stand-Up-Paddleboards (SUPs)

Should I get an inflatable SUP or a solid SUP? What length, width and volume do I need? What's the difference between a Touring SUP and a Flat Water SUP and which is right for me? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a SUP Paddleboard from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Wakeboards

What's the difference between a Boat Wakeboard, a Cable Park Wakeboard and a Hybrid Crossover Wakeboard, and more importantly which one do I need? What size board should I buy, and what is all of this Rocker, Grind Base, and Removable Fins malarkey all about? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Wakeboard from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Wakeboard Bindings

Are velcro bindings better than lace-ups? Do all bindings fit on all boards? Do I need open-toe or closed toe and why? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying Wakeboard Bindings from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Wakeboard Ropes

Can I go wakeboarding with a water ski rope? What's the difference between recreational ropes and zero stretch ropes and which one do I need? Why are the handles so much bigger than the ones on ski ropes? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Wakeboard Rope from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Water Skis

What are Combo Skis and are they right for me? Do I need 2 skis or 1? Can I just buy one pair of skis that my whole family can share? What's the difference between a Tunnel Concave and a Full Concave and do I actually care? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Water Skis from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Water Ski Ropes

Why are the handles different lengths sometimes and what effect does this have? What are all the sections in the rope for? Is there anything on the market that will make learning easier? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Water Ski Rope from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Inflating Towable Tubes

How much air should I put in my towable tube? What pump fits with what adaptor? How do all of the rope connectors fit together? Can I put 2 people on a 3 person towable? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to inflating and setting up a Towable Tube from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Towable Tube Ropes

Can I use any old piece of rope to pull my towable tube? How long should a towable tube rope be? What is a quick connector and do I need one? And what on earth is a bungee extension? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Towable Tube Rope from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Wetsuits

All I want to do is buy a wetsuit but do I need Flatlock or Blindstitched construction? Why are there so many numbers used to describe the thickness of a wetsuit such as 5/4/3 and what do they mean? Do I need long arms and legs or short arms and legs and why? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Wetsuit from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Kneeboards

To start with, what is a kneeboard and will my family take to it? What is the big strap for? Do I want fins or no fins? What is a Hydro Aquatic Hook and should I get one? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Kneeboard from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Beginner's Guide to Kneeboard Ropes

Can I use a normal water ski or wake rope to go kneeboarding? Will my Hydro Aquatic Hook work with all handles or do I need something specific? This article explains all.

Beginner's Guide to buying a Kneeboarding Tow Rope from www.corewatersports.co.uk


Advice for Boat Drivers

This article is aimed at anyone wishing to tow a recreational Wakeboarder, Kneeboarder, Waterskiier, Wake Skater, Towable Tube, or indeed anything that involves pulling someone along on the water behind a boat or jetski. Being the driver means that you are directly responsible for the safety of yourself, the occupants of your boat, the person on the end of the rope, and anyone else in the immediate area. Don't make it up as you go along, Get some tips so that you are properly prepared and everyone stays safe and happy.

Guide to  Driving a Ski Boat and Towing a Wakeboarder / Water Skiier / Towable Tube from www.corewatersports.co.uk

Buying a Buoyancy Aid

Buoyancy Aids, or Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's) as they are often referred to, have come a long way in recent years and they are now light and comfortable to wear, attractive to look at, and do not restrict your movement in the way that many older models used to. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Beginner's Guide to Kneeboards

Kneeboards are made from 2 main materials - rotomolded plastic or composite material (a bit like a wakeboard). Rotomolded kneeboards are perfect for recreational / family use as they offer fantastic value for money and are extremely robust. Composite kneeboards offer higher performance but are more expensive and fragile. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Kneeboarding Tow Rope

You can use more or less any wake or ski rope to go kneeboarding with, but purpose made kneeboarding tow ropes are available which work well with the Hydro Hook. As you progress, consider using a 15" wake handle rather than the narrower 12" ski handle as this makes it easier to perform tricks where the handle is passed behind your back. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Poncho

We love a good poncho. Not only are they great for changing before or after your activity but they are also perfect for wearing in the boat in between sets to keep you warm. We even wear them when we're driving the boat. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a SUP Paddleboard

Inflatable stand up paddle boards (iSUPs) are manufactured from layers of PVC plastic with woven fibres connecting to the top and bottom inside the board and are surprisingly rigid once inflated. Inflatable SUPs tend to be a little lighter than many Solid boards because they are composed mostly of air. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Tubing Tow Rope

Towable Tube Ropes are designed to take heavy stresses as the line repeatedly gets loaded and then goes slack again. They are also designed to pull the combined weight of multiple riders at high speeds, which puts a huge amount of strain on the rope. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wake Skate Bag

Bags come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wake Skate

Wake Skates come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wakeboard Bag

Bags come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wakeboard

Wakeboard design has advanced considerably in recent years and boards are now built with a specific purpose in mind - either cable, boat, or both. When buying a wakeboard, the 2 main questions you need to ask yourself are where am I going to actually use the thing (behind a boat, at the cable park, or both) and what is my honest skill level. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wakesurf Rope

Wakesurf Ropes come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need or a specific personal preference. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wakesurfer Bag

Bags come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wakesurfer

Wakesurfers come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need or a specific personal preference. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Water Ski Bag

Bags come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Water Sports Helmet

Helmets come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are often designed to meet a specific need or a specific personal preference. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying a Wetsuit

Wetsuits are made of a special type of rubber called neoprene and come in many different styles and thicknesses. The first step in deciding which type of wetsuit you need is to simply look out of the window! Wetsuits are designed for either warm or cold seasons (or somewhere in between). This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying an Impact Vest

An Impact Vest differs from a Buoyancy Aid in that it is designed primarily for protection and freedom of movement rather than buoyancy. They do, however, offer up to 50N of buyancy in some cases but they rarely meet the necessary ISO standards required of a buoyancy aid as their main purpose is different.This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Boat Accessories

There are hundreds of boat accessories on the market these days and they are often designed to meet a specific need or a specific personal preference. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Footwear

Water Sports Footwear comes in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Gloves

Water Sports Gloves (AKA Ski Gloves) comes in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Hats and Headwear

Water Sports Hats and Headwear come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Paddles

Water Sports Paddles (SUP Paddles etc) come in all shapes and sizes (and materials) and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Rash Guards

Rash Guards (AKA Rashies) come in all shapes and sizes (and materials) and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Surf Clothing

Surf Clothing comes in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and is often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Tow Bridles

If you have an Outboard Motor and D-Rings on your transom then you will also need a Tow Bridle. Go straight to our Tow Bridle page. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Towable Tube Accessories

There are numerous Towable Tube Accessories on the market these days and they are often designed to meet a specific need or a specific personal preference. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Wakeboard Accessories

There are numerous Wakeboard Accessories on the market these days and they are often designed to meet a specific need or a specific personal preference. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Wakeboard Bindings

Wakeboard bindings are designed to hold your feet firmly to your wakeboard and to support your ankles, but in such a way that they will release in the event of a hard tumble. Many Wakeboards come complete with bindings and these will be carefully matched to suit the board. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Wakeboard Tow Ropes

Choosing the correct Wakeboard Rope can genuinely improve your learning curve while you're getting the hang of the basics, but also dramatically improve your overall performance as you progress. Choosing the wrong one can have the complete opposite effect. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Water Ski Bindings

Water Ski bindings are designed to hold your feet firmly to your Ski(s) and to support your ankles, but in such a way that they will release in the event of a hard tumble. Many water skis come complete with bindings and these will be carefully matched to suit the skis. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Water Ski Gloves

Ski Gloves come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Water Skiing Tow Ropes

Choosing the correct waterski towrope can genuinely increase your learning curve. Choosing the wrong one can have the complete opposite effect. Waterski ropes and handles may look the same as wakeboarding ones but the different needs of the Waterskier mean that the rope and handle are also significantly different. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Water Skis

Waterskis come in 2 main types - Slalom Skis (a single ski designed to be used on a slalom course or for recreational "carving") and Combo Skis (a pair of skis that are designed to help you to learn how to waterski). This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Water Sports Bags

Water Sports Bags come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Water Sports Eyewear

Water Sports Eyewear and Goggles come in all shapes, sizes and styles and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Water Sports Pumps

SUP Pumps and Towable Tube Pumps come in all shapes and sizes and are often designed to meet a specific need. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Buying Wetsuit Accessories

There are numerous Wetsuit Accessories on the market these days and they are often designed to meet a specific need or a specific personal preference. This article explains the various design elements and features to look out for so that you get the right product for you.

Boat Driving Skills

This article is aimed at anyone wishing to tow a recreational Wakeboarder, Kneeboarder, Waterskiier, Wake Skater, Towable Tube, or indeed anything that involves pulling someone along on the water behind a boat.

Advice Centre and Buyer's Guides

Choosing the right Water Sports Equipment can seem quite daunting at times, but it's actually very simple once you know a few basics. The team at here at www.corewatersports.co.uk have therefore put these articles together to help you understand the differences between all of the various pieces of kit, what all the design features are for (and if you actually need them or not) and why some equipment will suit your needs and some definitely won't. At the end of the day, all we want is for you to feel confident that you are making an informed purchasing decision and are buying exactly the right gear for the job!

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