How to Wakeboard: A Simple Guide for Beginners

Wakeboarding is fun and exciting. Have you ever watched a wakeboarder out on the water? Even at a great distance, with all their flips and tricks, it’s obvious that they are having a great time. 

Have you ever considered giving it a try? Perhaps you’re a bit apprehensive about this extreme water sport, but don’t be. If you’re wondering how to wakeboard, we’ve compiled this short summary of everything you need to know to get started and get out there on the water. 

Wakeboarding can be tricky at first but armed with the right knowledge, you can do it too. It will take some trial and error, but you’ll be riding wakes successfully after some dedicated effort and practice.

Before You Go

Before you even get on the board and in the water, you need to make sure you are prepared to wakeboard. Wear a swimsuit, of course, but make sure it’s one that will be comfortable for hours on the water and many falls.  

You’ll also be wearing a life jacket, so keep that in mind too. Beginners will likely be spending a lot of time in the water, so you might want to consider a rash guard or wetsuit as well

Your Board

When you’re first starting out, you might want to try some rental boards first, or if a friend has some boards, try a few different ones to see what you like best.

Some people bring out a number of boards when they head out on the water and stack them on a Roswell wakeboard tower or something similar so they can switch it up throughout the day. There are different lengths, shapes, and bindings to consider. 

Beginners usually do best with a longer board rather than a shorter one but the proper size also depends on your weight. The extra length can help with stability early on. In time and once you get the hang of it, you can move to a shorter board when you’re ready to learn some tricks. 

How to Wakeboard: Getting Started

When it comes to actually learning how to wakeboard, the key to mastering this sport is lots and lots of practice. You will be frustrated and exhausted and you will want to give up, but in time, things will just click, and you will suddenly be wakeboarding.

To get up on a wakeboard, follow these simple steps. First, float on your back behind the boat, strap into the board and hold onto the towrope. Face the rear of the boat, lean back, and bend your knees.

As the boat begins to move forward, the board will come to the surface. As the boat begins to pick up speed, straighten your legs, hold on, and let the force pull you into a standing position. 

Most people ride left foot forward, but some people like to do the opposite and ride goofy foot. Try both and see which is better for you.

Happy Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a fun and exciting sport – you just need to get the hang of it first. You may have a difficult time in the beginning, but once you learn how to wakeboard you’ll want to be out there every day you can. Give it a try; you won’t be sorry, and have fun wakeboarding this summer and beyond! 

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