10 Wakeboarding Tips For All Riders


If you ride, there are some facts you need to know- no matter your level.

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Finn and Redmon

Once upon a time, in 1985 there was a surfer in California – his name was Tony Finn. One day, Tony was frustrated that there weren’t enough waves…because of his impatience, he decided that he would create his own, using a boat, a rope, and a board. He saw his invention as a combination of water skiing and surfing – so he called it ‘Skurfing’. In light of that, he named his first board model ‘Skurfer’. Finn was an extrovert and was a great salesman with great business acumen.

On the same wavelength – there was a more creative, design-oriented man who thought of the same thing – his name was Jimmy Redmon. Independently from Tony, he invented his own kind of wakeboard – which was better than the Skurfer, but also a lot more expensive. In 1988 Redmon founded the World Wakeboard Association for ‘ski-boarding’. The first official outlines for the sport were decided by and within the WWA.

 

 

The two were indirect competitors, however, the magic only happened when they joined forces: In 1991 Finn and Redmon started Waketech. Two years later, they created a hybrid of their boards – changing the wakeboarding scene forever.  Leaving the pointed tip boards behind – the two came up with the first twin-tip board.  In 1995, they created Liquid Force – a company “launched on stoke, faith, and a lot of energy.” 

 

“Today Liquid Force is one of the most influential names in the industry.”

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Now that we know who the godfathers of the sport are, let’s get to the practicalities.

Here are some guidelines for the experienced and beginning riders:

  • Make sure your board fits you well – set up your board with your bindings shoulder-width apart or wider.

  • Get a non-stretch tow rope about 20 meters long – you can always shorten it or lengthen it- depending on what you need.  A shorter rope will be easier to use for beginners.

  •  Always make sure you have a PFD – personal flotation device, which in urban terms just means that you must wear your lifejacket at all times. 

  • Its easier to wakeboard if the boat pulls you in straight lines – so make sure that you speak to the boat driver.

  • Let the boat pull you – don’t try to drag yourself out of the water alone. 

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  • If you are a beginner – keep the tow handle low – arms straight and knees bent to learn the sport. 

  • Before you start spinning make sure your board is completely out of the water – otherwise you’ll get off the axis and fall face flat. 

  • Golden rules – “progressive edge, edging all the way up the wake, not leaving the wake too early, and keeping the handle around your waistline.”

  • Your legs pretty much become your shock absorbers – so be smart about it. 

  • Your body follows your head when you jump – where your head goes, your body follows.

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Author: Reporter @ Amanzi

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