Your friend invited you on his brand-new wakeboard boat and you can’t wait for a breezy day on the water. The only problem - you've never waterboarded before. Don't worry! By following a few simple steps, you will quickly look and feel like a pro on a wakeboard.
Step one is always safety. Wear a life jacket; even expert wakeboarders encounter unexpected situations where a life jacket can quite literally save a life. There are many different types and brands of protective gear, so make sure to find one that is comfortable for you. When I wakeboard I prefer to use a wake vest. Research the features and various options to find the equipment that best suits you. It is best to try before you buy. You should make sure that your vest is Coast Guard Approved (CGA). That will confirm that your vest has been put through rigorous testing. You can learn more by consulting the Coast Guard’s standards.
Before grabbing your wakeboard, you need to figure out if you are goofy footed or regular footed. If you have skateboarded or snowboarded in the past, then you probably know and may even have a leg up on the learning process. Regular or goofy footed simply means whether you put your left (regular) or right (goofy) foot towards the top of the board. You might know based upon which feels more natural, but luckily there are a few tricks to help figure this out. Picture a soccer ball in front of you and running up to kick it. Whichever foot you favor to kick it, that is the foot you want to put on the top of the board.
Next, it’s time to get onto your board. Once you get in the water, position yourself on your back as if you’re sitting in a chair and put your board perpendicular to the rope. Try to relax and pull your legs up towards your chest so that your knees are between your elbows.
With your arms straight and legs bent simply let the boat do the work to pull you up. As you begin to rise out of the water, slowly turn your feet to face forward and place your weight on your back foot. Now slightly bend your knees while keeping your weight balanced over the board and the rope close to your chest.
If everything goes according to plan you will be cruising on the wakeboard! Now that you are up and cruising, you may want to try some carving. Carving is turning on your board simply by using your weight.
We didn’t mention it earlier, but another thing to double check is that the boat’s insurance is sufficient and active. Contact us today to get your free quote.