Wakeboarding Tips for Beginners
Wakeboarding can provide hours of fun when you go on the water. Knowing the right techniques and bringing the appropriate equipment can help you have a better time and stay safe out on the water. Below, we’ve compiled suggestions for every part of a beginner wakeboarding expedition. While you note these helpful tips, remember the most important part of the experience — having fun!
Gear You’ll Need for Wakeboarding
Having the right gear for wakeboarding will set you up for success. You should ensure everything fits snugly, as you don’t want to snag loose items while you wakeboard. You should always wear:
- A helmet to protect your head.
- Open or closed bindings — open is better if you’ll share the board with many others.
- A vest to keep you afloat if you fall.
- A wakeboard with the correct sizing.
The wakeboard length you select depends on your size. If you weigh 125 to 150 pounds, 135 cm will work. A bigger person will need 140 cm, while a smaller one requires 130 cm. The rounder the board, the smoother it will cut through the water and turn. Square boards provide a snappier ride so the water releases at the same time. Choosing a board with one smooth, continuous curve will give you a steadier flow and is best for beginners.
How to Get Up on a Wakeboard
Beginner wakeboarding can quickly become fun and exciting if you persist through your initial attempts. To start, allow the wakeboard to stay on its side in the water. Put one foot forward and place your arms on either side of your forward knee. Stay in a squat to keep your center of gravity low. Doing this will help you move into an upright position later.
As you try to stand, keep most of your weight on the front foot. You can balance your weight once you stand. Remain in a low squat to help yourself stay balanced.
Keep the boat traveling slowly during your initial attempts to stand. It’s easier to get up when you aren’t going as fast. As you get the hang of it, the boat can speed up.
Figuring out your stance can help you keep your balance while you ride. Your two main options include:
- Duck stance: Stand with your feet facing slightly turned out in opposite directions. You will have more stability when you lean left and right in this position.
- Wide stance: Push into the lower center of gravity with a low squat, and then come back up and widen your stance a bit more. You’ll want to feel your butt moving toward the back of the board, like you’re sitting in a chair.
If you feel yourself drifting to the front, you need to widen your stance. Bending your knees offers the greatest support. To turn, apply pressure to your toes or heels. Heelside turns are easier, while toeside turns require you to stand up almost entirely.
Get Your Dock Ready for Wakeboarding Trips
It’s never too late to learn how to wakeboard. If you have a boat to use for wakeboarding, it’ll need to be ready for your next time out with your friends. EZ Dock has the materials you need to improve or replace your dock and get it in optimal condition. Get in touch with us for an easy quote, or read more about our products on our blog.