Best Water Toys for 2022

Now that cold weather is in the rearview mirror and you’ve finished with your spring commissioning checklist, it’s time to start thinking about summer. And if you’ve got a boat, that means water toys. We’ve put together a sampling of some the coolest and most interesting new bits to get you out on the water or at least help you enjoy your time out there just a bit more. Bring on summer!

  1. Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard
  2. Gladiator Versa
  3. Connelly Carbon V Ski 
  4. Aqua Beach Floating Party Mat
  5. AlbusGolf Ecoballs
  6. Aquaglide Super Volley
  7. Crystal Kayak Explorer
Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard
Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard, photo by Liquid Sports.

Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard

Good for lots of different types of riders, the Liquid Force Trip wakeboard offers continuous rocker to provide smooth edging and predictable kick off the wake. It has a removable center fin for more advanced riders and a variable edge for more forgiveness when learning new tricks. Overton’s sells it with bindings and a rope for just under $500.

Gladiator Versa
Gladiator Versa, photo by Gladiotor.

Gladiator Versa

If you’ve got kids who like to do different things behind the boat, here’s a one-size fits all solution: the Gladiator Versa multi-sport watersports board. Ideal for all ages and skills levels, the Versa provides a platform for you to ski, wakeboard, kneeboard and even wakesurf. Foot straps can be located in different places around the board, depending on what you’d like to do. It’s made from foam-filled rotomolded plastic and it has retractable fins for use with multiple sports. Price: under $200.

Connelly Carbon V Ski

If you’re at the top of your slalom game, the 2022 Connelly Carbon V ski might be just the thing this spring. Connelly has been building skis for more than 50 years, so it has learned a thing or two during that time. The Carbon V uses the Skelecore core-shaping tech, a drag-reducing design, carbon fiber, and a Viper 2.0 fin system with aluminum foil. The ski also uses a variable bevel, sharp at the front to round at the rear, which sets the ski deeper in the turn for greater tracking. Price: $1,049.99.

Aqua Beach Wave Floating Party Mat
Aqua Beach Wave Floating Party Mat, photo by Frontgate.

Aqua Beach Wave Floating Party Mat

Suitable for use on lakes and oceans and even your pool, the Aqua Beach Floating Party Mat by Frontgate creates a great place to hang out and chill on the water. It’s made with soft, durable cross-link foam to resist tearing, and the four cupholders double as anchor points for the mooring lines and hook-and-loop straps, which are included. It holds up to 1,000 pounds. Price: approx. $550.

AlbusGolf Ecoballs

If you want to try out that new driver without adding golf ball pollution to the lake or bay, check out the AlbusGolf Ecoballs. These one-time-use golf balls are certified biodegradable and non-toxic, and they have a core made of fish food. Yes, fish food – within 48 hours of submersion the outer core washes away and exposes the nutritious snack to all those finned critters. Price: $54 for a box of two dozen.

Aquaglide Super Volley
Aquaglide Super Volley, photo by Aquaglide.

Aquaglide Super Volley

This one probably falls under the category, “For the person, who has everything,” but the Aquaglide Super Volley presents an entirely new way to play volleyball. It uses a regulation volleyball tethered with a 4 mm bungee so you won’t have to spend time chasing it when it lands out of bounds. It can be used as a stand-alone item, or can be connected to other Aquaglide water park toys. You’re going to need a big compressor to blow this one up, or the lung capacity of a blue whale. Price: $8,899.

Crystal Kayak Explorer
Crystal Kayak Explorer, photo by Crystal Kayak.

Crystal Kayak Explorer

The idea is so simple, it’s a wonder no one thought of it before. The Crystal Kayak gives you a clear view of the ocean below, letting you enjoy sightseeing under and over the water. The Crystal Kayak comes fitted with fully adjustable, quick-drying seats and marine grade brass spring eyes for easy adjustment and conversion from one to two passengers. An adjustable skeg at the stern helps with tracking. It comes with everything you need to get out on the water. Price: $1,799.

For more watersports fun, check out the following articles:

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on boats.com. Republished with permission. It was last updated in May of 2022.

Written by: Brett Becker

Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered
the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat
and runabout markets for Boats.com, he regularly writes and shoots for
BoatTrader.com. Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s
degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the
University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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