Nearly three million people have already discovered their new favorite sport. It involves strapping a board to your feet and gliding across the water at exhilarating speeds.
No, we’re not talking about surfing. If you love being on the water and having a great time, it’s time to consider learning how to wakeboard!
Keep reading to learn how to get started with this exciting sport.
How to Wakeboard: What You’ll Need
First, let’s talk about the equipment you’ll need for wakeboarding:
- Wakeboard with bindings
- Wakeboard boots
- Impact vest/flotation aid
- Wetsuit (if needed)
Pretty simple, right? The good news is that you can easily rent or borrow all this equipment when you’re first starting out. Then, once you’re hooked on the sport, you can start shopping for wakeboards for sale near you.
How to Get Up on a Wakeboard
We won’t lie: There’s a steep learning curve with wakeboarding. You’re guaranteed to fall flat on your face (many times) before you get the hang of it.
The good news is it’s pretty easy after that. The trick is learning how to get up on a wakeboard — and stay up! Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to help you out.
1. Regular or Goofy Stance
As you cruise around the water, one foot will be in front while the other acts as a “rudder” from behind you. If you’ve surfed, skateboarded, or snowboarded, you already know whether you ride regular (left foot forward) or goofy (right foot forward).
If you’re not sure which way to ride, think about which foot you’d use to kick a ball with. Chances are that will be your back foot. You can also try riding both ways to see which feels more natural to you.
2. Start in Fetal Position
From the water or platform, keep your board perpendicular to the water’s surface. Curl your knees into your chest and keep your joints and spine as soft and relaxed as possible. Stretch your arms in front of you and keep a firm grip on the handle.
3. Toes Forward, Lean Back
As the boat or cable pull starts to accelerate, tip your toes forward slightly. This creates space for water to move beneath the board and help to “lift” you up.
The acceleration will probably be faster and more forceful than you expect. To counteract this, lean back slightly as the handle pulls you forward.
4. Stand up & Enjoy the Ride
Keep your knees bent and stay crouched on the board as the cable pulls you upright. Don’t worry if you fall forward or backward a few times — it takes a while to get a feel for the motion.
Ideally, you want to keep your arms outstretched and slowly rise to a balanced standing position. Your knees will remain gently bent to absorb the impact of the water and waves. As the boat or cable accelerates, position your hands between your leading leg and shoulder and enjoy the ride.
Congratulations! You’re now a wakeboarder!
Get Started With These Wakeboard Tips
If you love the water and you’re looking for a fun new hobby, wakeboarding could be it! Chances are there’s a lake or cable center near you where you can give it a try.
Use these tips to learn how to wakeboard and hopefully discover your new favorite sport.
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