If you are a beginner in wakeboarding, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your first run is safe and enjoyable.
- Don't pull the rope, because then you will probably get the nose of your board into the water which will then make you fall fore over. Keep straight arms instead and let the boat pull you.
- Stay close to the board at first. Keep your arms and knees tucked in and stay crouched down until you are fully out of the water. Then, try standing slowly and deliberately so that balance and weight distribution are evenly maintained.
- Distribute your weight correctly. When trying to get up and out of the water, most of your weight needs to on your front foot (about 60%). However, once you are in a standing position, remember to shift the weight back.
- Keep the tow handle low. Beginners will find it easier to stay up if the rope handle is held in a lowered position that is parallel to the water (instead of perpendicular, as is common with waterskiing).
- Use the correct boat speed. Be sure to remind your driver that wakeboarding requires less boat speed than waterskiing or other water sports. The maximum recommended speed should be around 14-19mph.
- Take your time. The most important wakeboarding tip is to take your time, stay relaxed, and remember that practice makes perfect! Don’t become frustrated if it takes several tries or more to get up your first time. Mistakes and spills are a normal part of the learning process