Wakeboarding is an incredibly fun water sport, which you can do for pleasure and competition. It typically involves standing on a wakeboard that’s towed by a rope behind a powerboat, allowing you to leverage the wake of the motorized vehicle to perform aerial maneuvers. Besides a rope, winches or cable systems can also be used to tow the rider.
Well, the beauty of wakeboarding lies in your ability to hit the wave just at the right moment and swiftly perform craziest combinations of mid-air tricks and then land back in the water. Even the relaxing ride through an expanse of water alone is quite satisfying.
This water sport is increasingly becoming popular, attracting new adventurers and keeping them coming back for more thrilling and breathtaking experiences. It’s pretty addictive once you get to try it out.
There is a lot of equipment needed when wakeboarding. We start with the most obvious essential kit that you already know as at this point —the wakeboard. This is a short board with foot bindings.
There are tons of different types of wakeboards designed to suit different kinds of riding, depending on your ability level and riding style. Wakeboards are generally categorized into three main types: park boards, boat boards, and hybrid boards.
Life jackets, impacts vest, or other buoyancy aids designed for wakeboarding are a requirement for safe and comfortable riding. They help you to stay afloat as you wait for rescue. This will avoid injuries or death, especially when you’ve been knocked unconscious or cannot tread water.
It’s important to get wakeboard specific ropes that have virtually no stretch. And, most importantly, consider handles built with ergonomics in mind. Adjustable ropes are a better option, as you’ll need varying lengths from 55 to 75+ ft depending on your experience level and preferences.
While a long rope might give room for more preparation and momentum before performing mid-air tricks, too much length increases the risk of buckling your knees. You’re supposed to land on the downside part of the wake but instead, it will be on the flat.
A helmet is another essential kit for added cushion and barrier to impact, preventing many serious accidents in open water and near the shore. Water-resistant helmets are preferred.
There is a wide range of tricks and variations you can try out to spice up your experience. Some of the popular wakeboarding tricks include Toeside Edge, Heelside Edge, Wake Jump Variations, Ride Switch, Tantrum, Scarecrow, Whirlybird, Roll to Revert, 180 and 360 spins. Most of these tricks are performed by adjusting your posture, edge, and carefully controlling the distribution of your weight. Others will require more advanced techniques.
Rules and safe codes
• Always wear the safety gear
• Follow the operator’s instructions
• Give a starting signal only when you are ready
• Never ride when under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Do not wrap the rope around your body or any body parts
• Never ride near other boats, docks, and swimmers
• Raise your hand in the air to indicate you are fine after a fall
• Use ropes of equal length for a double ridding
• Ride during daylight
It’s time to take the plunge and experience what wakeboarding has to offer.