HO RAD (Round Aquatic Device) VS Wakesurf Boards

HO RAD - Better than a Wakesurf Board?

A unique wakesurfing alternative to the traditional wakesurf board is the HO RAD, otherwise known as the “Round Aquatic Device”.

The RAD makes it easy for virtually anyone to enjoy being towed behind the boat, no matter your age or skill level.

1. Multiple Ways to Ride the HO RAD

First of all, you don’t have to stand on it. You can also kneel or sit on the board. Riders can test out their balance and learn new surfing skills, but they can also simply lay on the RAD, relax and enjoy being pulled.

2. Go As Fast or as Slow as You Want

Secondly, the boat driver can tow the RAD at various speeds. Many people ride between 14 and 18 mph, but others enjoy using it from 10 mph to 25 mph.

The various speed options allow small kids and new riders to fell more comfortable and get their sea legs as they start out. On the other hand, more advanced riders can go faster and perform more challenging moves for a bigger adrenaline rush.

3. Large & Small RAD Discs – for More Stability or More Challenge

Third, the HO RAD comes in 3 different sizes: 3′, 4′ and 5′ diameter. The largest version can support multiple kids at once and is easiest to get up on. On the other hand, the smaller 3′ RAD disc provides more challenge for advanced riders.

4. You Can Attach the Rope Directly to the RAD

Fourth, unlike wakesurf boards, you can attach the rope handle directly to the RAD disc if you want. This lets you easily hold on to the disc handles if you are laying down or kneeling. Of course, you can also hold the rope handle in your hands similar to wakesurfing or wakeboarding.

HO Sports RAD, Round Aquatic Device being towed behind boat

How is the RAD Made? Why is it Better?

The Round Aquatic Device is inflatable. However, it has a firm, rigid structure with durable drop-stitch construction similar to inflatable paddleboards.

Inflatables have a big advantage in that they are ultra portable, and you don’t have to worry about dings or dents on your board. If they bang into the side of the boat or a dock, no problem. In addition, if you happen to fall on it, inflatables are much more forgiving than hard boards.

RAD discs also feature EVA traction pads that allow your feet to really grip the board surface without slipping around. Traction pads make it easier to build confidence as you’re learning or move your feet on the board as you’re trying new tricks. They also help when you’re performing yoga poses on the board or simply climbing around on it.

HO RAD Boards in Water, Multiple Sizes

HO RAD Specs:


Phase 5 Scamp Kids Wakesurf Board – Should You Buy One?

Young kids can definitely learn to wakesurf. That said, they can learn much more easily on a kids wakesurf board. The Phase 5 Scamp is designed specifically with kids in mind (under 90 lbs).

Phase 5 Scamp Kids Wakesurf Board

The scamp has a smaller size and lighter weight. This makes it easier for kids to maneuver and control. In addition, it has a wide center compared to its length. This makes it significantly more stable for smaller kids to stand on.

Plus, the wider profile gives the board more speed so that kids can move faster and easily stay in the sweet spot of the wake. See what I mean in this video below:

Buy the Scamp for $289

This wakesurfer also comes with a 3-fin setup, which also increases stability for the rider. On top of that, the standard deck grip pad is very comfortable on kids’ feet.

Should You Buy a Kid-Only Wakesurf Board?

Kids on Boat Wearing LifejacketsSome people think that it doesn’t make sense to buy a smaller wakesurfer that kids will grow out of. However, children can learn much more easily when they are smaller and have a lower center of gravity.

If you have a boat and plan on wakesurfing every summer, make it easier on yourself and more fun for your kids. Get a kid-sized wakesurf board.

Then, when you don’t need it anymore, you can resell it and make a good amount of your money back. That is, unless you decide to have more kids…

Phase 5 Scamp Specs:

3-Fin Setup on Phase 5 Scamp Wakesurf Board

  • Dimensions: approximately 45″ long x 20″ wide x 1/2″ thick
  • Board Style: Skim
  • Construction: Composilite™ (see below)
  • Fins: 3 total: (2) 1″ side fins + (1) 2″ center fin
  • About the Company: Phase 5
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Many Phase 5 boards have a unique feature in their Composilite™ construction. Basically, they can build a high quality board for an affordable price.

As customer, this means that you can pay less for your gear, AND you get an ultra-durable, high performing wakesurf board that will last you a long time.


Liquid Force Swami – Cheap Wakesurfer & Great Value

Do you want to get out on the water without spending a lot of money on a wakesurf board? Then check out the Liquid Force Swami.

This Wakesurfer Will Save You Money:

Liquid Force just released this new model, and right now you can get it for just under $300. Seriously, this is a great price. However, the supply is extremely limited. Don’t wait if you think you might want it.

Liquid Force Swami Wakesurf Board - Great Wakesurfer for People on a Budget

Plus, the compression molded design makes this wakesurfer more durable. Therefore, it will last you more seasons, saving you even more money. You can worry less about dings and dents, which can happen when you’ve got multiple people using one board all weekend long.

Who the Liquid Force Swami is Designed For and Why:

This wakesurfer has a skim-style design. If you like doing spins, jumps or shuvits, you will like this style of board. Plus, if you haven’t yet mastered wakesurfing tricks, this board makes them easier to learn.

The Swami glides easily along the water because of the built-in concave design on the base. This helps with speed and stability, making it easier to learn new moves and complete spins faster.

In addition, Liquid Force added a slotted tail through the tail of the board which gives you more control. Who wants to be out of control, right?

Rounded Diamond Tail on Liquid Force Swami Wakesurf BoardThe rounded diamond tail gives the ride more control while not giving up much speed. It falls between the pin tail design (faster with less control) and square tail (“less fast” with more control).

In addition, this special tail design makes it easier for people to ride switch (both forward and reverse).

Watch this review for more information:

Is this Wakesurf Board Good for Beginners?

Similar to the Slingshot Butter Bar, the Swami features a full deck pad. Having more grip on the board’s surface provides greater stability, especially for newer riders.

Full-Length Deck Pad on Liquid Force Swami Wakesurfer

You can use this board with or without fins. The 2 fins will add more drive. However, they are shallow fins, which are not ideal for beginners.

Evo.com recommends getting a wakesurf board that measures between 4’6″ – 5’4″ with at least 9cm fins if you want to accommodate riders at multiple skill levels. The Inland Surfer Sweet Spot accommodates multiple riders and is a good alternative with longer fins interchangeable fins.

Liquid Force Swami Specs:

  • Riding Style: Skim
  • Construction: Compression Molded
  • Board Lengths: 4’5″ long (for riders up to 184 lbs), and 4’10” long (185-250 lbs)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
  • Model Year: 2017
  • Model #: 2175430
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