If you are looking for a new way to spend time on the water, wakesurfing is an adrenaline-rush and a good time. The fastest growing sport on the water, wakesurfing is packed with beginners. Like any other watersport or activity, it is not without its dangers. Done correctly, wakesurfing is a thrilling adventure. Done improperly, the sport is dangerous and risky.
Here are some great tips for anyone who wants to give the sport a go:
- The Right Boat
Beginners and the experienced alike should avoid surfing behind an outboard boat or any boat with an exposed propeller. If you want to surf, do so behind an inboard boat for maximum safety.
- Displacement Builds Waves
You cannot surf a wake if there is no wave. That part is common sense. But how do you get a good, solid wave? One side of the boat should be heavier than the other, favoring the stern. If you surf with your left foot forward, weight should be added on the port side of the boat. If you surf with your right foot forward, add weight to the starboard side of the vessel. Check out your boat’s NMMA tag to be sure you aren’t exceeding maximum weight capacity.
- Stand Up Slowly
Trying to stand up too quickly on your board will send you tumbling into the water. As the boat is moving forward, your heels should be pressing into the board. Keep your knees tucked up towards your chest and maneuver the board underneath your body. Once you have the board in the right position, stand up slowly.
- A Good Rope
Don’t use just any old waterproof rope to wakesurf. There are ropes made specifically for the sport that are thicker and safer than other ropes. Look for one in a boating or watersports shop.
- Move the Board
Once you are up on your feet, you need to know how to move the board. When you put weight on your toes, the board will go faster. When you put weight on your heels, the board slows down. Once you get a feel for riding the waves, you will understand how to maneuver the board to enhance your ride.
Wakesurfing is, without a doubt, the up-and-coming sport on the open water. Follow these tips if you are new to the sport. Like any activity on the water, safety should be your priority.
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