Wakeboard deepwater start

Wakeboard deepwater start

From wwalker@qualcomm.com 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 failure):

---------- Bill Walker
WWalker@qualcomm.com - QUALCOMM, Inc., San Diego, CA USA

Another similar description...

From: tony noertker 
Newsgroups: rec.sport.waterski
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...
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. After you're up, GO BIG!