Wakeboarding and Skiing are two water sports that will surely heighten your adrenaline. Before you get so hyped up with extreme fun and adventure, make sure you have everything ready. Here’s a checklist of what you need to have and to remember:
Don’t get into the water unarmed. Have a complete kit for this exhilarating activity so that the thrill isn’t spoiled. Gear up yourself with the following and secure them beforehand: wakeboard, wetsuit, life vest, boat, wakeboard line, and helmet.
Whether wakeboarding or skiing both are relatively the same in terms of how they’re done and of the equipment needed. Among the list, the wetsuit is optional. Its purpose is to make your body feel warm in wakeboarding. It is designed to absorb only the least amount of water so as to prevent too much of cold water from touching your skin. The disadvantage, however, is that wearing wetsuits can make your arm and leg movements restricted. The choice is up to you. As long as you have the rest of the list, you are good to go.
Above all, your safety has to be the top priority. Check the weather condition whether it’s suitable for wakeboarding/skiing or not. Don’t dare to challenge yourself against a rough weather especially if you are a beginner. When you see that it’s a fair day to make wakes, put on your helmet, life vest, and wetsuit (optional), and get ready to splash through the water. Once you have placed your feet on board, decide which foot you want to place forward. It should be the one you know that would keep you in balance. There should be 2 or more people in the boat, which will pull you so that one could focus
Once you have placed your feet on board, decide which foot you want to place forward. It should be the one you know that would keep you in balance. There should be 2 or more people in the boat, which will pull you so that one could focus in driving while the rest have their attention on you. It’s dangerous when no one is watching you because you might get into an accident, which hopefully would not happen. Make sure that you keep your wakeboard line short, placing you not too far from the boat. Avoid crowded areas where there are other water vessels within the vicinity to do away with
Make sure that you keep your wakeboard line short, placing you not too far from the boat. Avoid crowded areas where there are other water vessels within the vicinity to do away with dangerous encounter. Also, consider the water depth, width, and length. Wakeboard or ski on the area where the water is at least five meters deep, width of 100 meter radius, and 2,000 to 3,000 feet in width. Lastly, learn hand gestures which would serve as your communication language with those in the boat.
To get started, sit on the wakeboard with your knees bent against your chest. Grasp the handle of the wakeboard line in a strong yet relaxed manner. Stretch your arms trying not to bend them. As the boat begins to increase its speed, slowly take your stance once you have found your balance. If you have partially stood (your knees half-bent), pull the handle to your side aligned with your ‘leading hip’ and ‘leading shoulder’. When you have achieved your full stance, glide through the water keeping your stability. Most importantly, enjoy.