Learning to Wakeboard is Easy!
Few things on the water are as fun and exciting as wakeboarding. If you’re like a lot of folks, you may have seen people wakeboarding and thought it looked like fun but were too nervous to give it a try. A new activity like wakeboarding can be intimidating. But so was riding a bike when you first tried that. Learning to wakeboard is actually pretty easy. And once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to do it every chance you get.
Here are a few tips to help you get started wakeboarding.
- If you’re not too comfortable in the water, start by putting the board and bindings on your feet and then swim around a bit to get used to moving and having them on in the water.
- Decide which foot you are comfortable leading with. The foot you put in front should be the one you intuitively put forward when doing something like getting your balance.
- Squat close to the board, as it makes it easier to move into an upright position.
- Use a short rope. A shorter-than-normal rope will eliminate much of the rope movement that often sinks wakeboarding rookies.
- Place much of your weight on your front foot when getting up, and then shift it to the back foot once you are up.
- Let the boat do the work. Relax, keeping the board on its side in the water. Then let the boat swing the board into forward position.
- Start slow. Many people think having the boat go fast will help rookies get up. It won’t. Go slow to help new wakeboarders get up. Then increase the speed gradually.