Learning a new water sport is a fantastic way to spend your summer. If you’re tired of fishing and spending lazy days on the lagoon, why not reserve one of our speedboats with your membership and give wakeboarding a whirl?
Wakeboarding is a fun sport that takes time to learn, but once you get the hang of getting up and out of the water it’s like riding a bike. Here are some beginner’s tips to get you upright this weekend.
- Safety First. Always wear a life jacket and make sure one of your friends is acting as a spotter.
- Strap yourself in. Place your more dominate foot forward, this the foot you’ll be, “steering” with.
- Start with a short rope. A rope between 30-50 ft. long is perfect for beginners.
- Adjust the board to beginner. Your back foot should be aligned at zero degrees as your body weight should rest entirely on the back fin. Align the front foot at about a 20 degree angle pointed towards the front of the board, this will help you guide the board.
- Tightly hold the rope with both hands.
- Keep the board edge above the water as the boat accelerates.
- When you’re out of the water, keep control and straighten your legs.
- Remember to keep your weight on your back foot. This keeps the front edge of the board from going underwater and dragging you with.
Practice makes perfect, so make sure you go out on a calm day and bring your patience with you. Once you’ve mastered getting out of the water and coasting behind the boat you may graduate to performing awesome tricks and impressing all the other 321 Boat Club Members.