Wakeboard deepwater start
Wakeboard deepwater start
From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Jun 13 13:08:21 EDT 1995
Subject: Re: Wakeboardin' Newbie(s)
> Help! I've boughten a Wakeboard and I can't get up!
The following was posted on rec.sport.waterski a year or so ago (by
somebody else, and it's reposted without permission, so names have been
deleted). It worked for me, and for my friends:
Do this (failure to do ANY of the following will probablly result in
- Insure that you are comfortable with whatever foot you placed
forward. (I have taught several people to wakeboard, and sometimes just
switching feet is all that is needed.)
Place your arms ON EACH SIDE of your front knee. Your weight should
be about 60% forward on the board. Remember to place more than 1/2 of
your weight on the front foot when getting up. Shift your weight to the
back foot only after you have sucessfully gotten up.
Squat down as much as you can. It is MUCH EASIER to swing to an
upright position when you are close to the board.
Keep the board on it's side while in the water. Relax and let the
boat cause the board to swing around into the forward position. Do NOT
attempt to stop the board from swinging around, or do not help it swing
around either -- just go with the flow.
DO NOT go too fast. Somone said in an eariler post to "give him full
throttle until he's up" or somthing like that. THIS IS THE SINGLE
BIGGEST PROBLEM that people (especially large people) have when getting
up. DO NOT GO TO FAST! If he has a problem getting up, TRY GOING
Try using a shorter rope, attached to a ski pylon if possible. For
some reason I have very good luck getting stubborn newbees up on a VERY
short rope (say 20' behind the boat). I tried this because I noticed
the rope flipping up and down alot with newbees. The short rope
eliminated this. I always wakeboard on a somewhat shorter rope --
makes wakejumping more fun.
---------- Bill Walker
WWalker@qualcomm.com - QUALCOMM, Inc., San Diego, CA USA
Another similar description...
From: tony noertker
Subject: Re: Wakeboard newbie needs help w/deep water start.
>Not being a skier, I've tried a few times to get up on a wakeboard without
>success. I'm having the driver drag me at low speed until I feel the water,
>then hit it. If someone could talk me through a deep water start I would
>truly appreciate it. Also what is the optimal speed for a 210lbs guy, rope
>length and what binding angles are the easiest for a beginner.
I'm not a pro, but I've taught my share of people to get up on a wakeboard
over the past year. What I've found helps are...
- GRADUAL! speed increase. It's hard for a beginner to keep his balance on
this new "slippery" feeling board. Any sudden movements are going to
contribute to the newbie losing balance. It's good to drag them a little
and let them get the feel of the resistance before starting (hit it), but
even when you hit it, be sure it's very gradual and smooth.
- A short rope length will help. After their up, it's just as hard to stay
up as it was to get out of the water (at least for the first couple of
rides). The short rope will cut down on the amount of slack. I've been
using about 45-50' rope.
- Stay SLOW! after the newbie gets up. Keep the speed under 16mph. This
requires a good driver who knows his boat well enough to get it planed
without going over 16 mph. Don't rely on the speedometer. A common
speedometer will have false readings until the boat is planed out. Just get
a feel for keeping the boat slow.
- After you get used to staying up on the board and getting out of the water,
you'll probably want to adjust your speed to somewhere between 14-18mph
depending on what type of tricks you're attempting. You'll also have to
adjust your rope length to get the best formed portion of the wake.
- After you're up, GO BIG!