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The type and quality of wakeboard can impact the wake boarder's ability to ride and perform tricks. Similarly the boat, tow rope and bindings can all impact the quality of the ride. However, none of these pieces of wakeboarding gear are as important as wakeboarding vests. Wakeboarding vests may not improve the rider's abilities but it can save his life. Even if wakeboarding vests are not required, all riders should wear a Type III PFD when on the water for safety reasons.