DIFFERENT ROPES FOR DIFFERENT SPORTS
Wakeboard ropes and ski ropes are completely different. Ski ropes, you want more stretch. Wakeboard ropes you want the complete opposite, no stretch at all. Why? In order to get some major air off the wake, wakeboarders need to load up the rope. If the rope is too stretchy, you won’t be able to perform your tricks as well.
WAKEBOARD ROPE MATERIALS
The material you choose for your wakeboard rope will affect the way you ride. There are 3 main wakeboard rope materials to choose from: Poly E, Dyneema and Spectra.
Poly E: This is a low stretch material, making it more forgiving as it absorbs the shock of cutting through the wake which is perfect for beginner riders. Poly E is the least expensive wakeboard rope available. It stretches up to 3% of its length under normal riding loads. If you are a more serious wakeboarder, Poly E is not for you.
Dyneema: This material is as strong as a wire and has no stretch. Dyneema performs well in saltwater, has strong UV and abrasion resistance and outperforms steel and other synthetic rope materials.