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Wakeboard, 143cm, Bindings Sold Separately - Airhead
    RADICAL's abstract geometric graphics really catch the eye. It delivers smooth transitions through turns and a consistent pop off the wake. The …
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    Splash Wakeboard, 124cm, with Juice Youth Bindings - Airhead
      Kids love the graphics of AIRHEAD SPLASH! SPLASH is 124cm long, perfect for youth riders up to 130 lbs. It's a lightweight twin tip free-ride …
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      Bonehead II Wakeboard, 124cm, with Juice Youth Bindings - Airhead
        BONEHEAD II is 124cm long, perfect for youth riders up to 130 lbs. It's a lightweight twin tip free-ride wakeboard designed to help youth riders of …
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        Airhead Fluid 134cm Wakeboard with Bindings
          FLUID is designed for intermediate to expert riders weighing 90 -170 lbs. The 6 fin dual thruster setup provides the ultimate in hold and tracking. …
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          Apocalypse 134cm Wakeboard with Bindings by Airhead
            APOCALYPSE is designed for intermediate to expert riders weighing 90 -170 lbs. The 6 fin dual thruster setup provides the ultimate in hold and …
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            Radical 143cm Wakeboard with Bindings by Airhead
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              Airhead Booyah 135cm Wakeboard with Bindings
                BOOYAH is designed for riders looking for smooth transition through turns and a consistent pop off the wake. The rounded end profile and beveled …
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                Boating Know How
                Wakeboarding tips

                Top Wakeboarding Tips (Video)

                Team MasterCraft rider Josh Palma explains the basics of wakeboarding from setting up the tow boat to improving your stance. Use his tips to make wakeboarding easier and more fun for everyone on board! Presented by Boating Magazine. ... read more



                Video Transcript

                Hi, I’m Josh Palma a Mastercraft team rider and I’m here to talk to you today about some of the basics in wake boarding. Now those basics start with just getting your boat set up. So there are a couple of variables you want to consider, the first to being your speed.

                Starting around 20 mph is going to work well behind just about any boat and will give you a good starting point. And if you are pulling a smaller rider who is going to be a lot more buoyant, you can knock it down to 17 or 18 mph, just to keep things and less intimidating for them. Secondly you want to think about line length. Now being around 70 feet is going to be a very good initial length. It’s going to give you enough room to move around and even start doing some of you basic little wake crosses and one wake jump.

                So you got the boat set up, you’re ready to hop in the water, I just want to give you a few tips that are going to make getting up a lot easier. First of all just relax, lay back in the water and rely on the aid or a nice flotation device. Get in a nice comfortable position, wait till the driver gets the line tight, and we often tell people to kind of hope their knees to keep you in a good position. Knees not too far out; not too too close to your chest. Keep your arms straight and just relax and let the boat do the work. The biggest problems occur is when people are pulling into the boat. You are never going to win that battle so just lean back, relax and let the boat do the work.

                Secondly what I find helps people alot is pointing your toes towards the boat. This just decreases the drag and helps that the board to pop right on top of the water. One of the key things to figure out before you even get out on the water is which foot to put forward or what’s your dominant foot. The best way to do this is to think about being out on the beach and you ask someone ask you to draw your name in the sand using your foot. Typically the foot you choose is the more coordinated one is the one you want to put forward. Once you’re up with your dominant foot forward, just start slowly carving around. Initially you want to stay in between the wake, stay inside of the wake. You have got a good bit of room at it at 70 feet. To move around, good those first few heel and toe side carves down.

                The next progression would then be to actually be to get outside the wake and come back in across and back out the other side. So you’re crossing both of the wakes. And the ultimate progression will be starting to do some one wake jumps that would eventually lead to your first wake the wave.

                Video courtesy of Boating Magazine. See them at boatingmag.com.
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                About Airhead Wakeboards
                Building our Wakeboarding selection has been and continues to be a major emphasis here at iboats.com. We currently offer a wide selection of high-quality and inexpensive Wakeboards from well known brands such as World Industries, Airhead, Liquid Force, Body Glove, and Hydro-slide. Looking for pro-grade gear meant to give you every edge possible? Keep you eyes peeled for new pro-line models coming from brands such as Ronix, CWB, Hyperlite, Slingshot, Byerly, Straigh Line, Grindwater, and more.

                How To Get Up On A Wakeboard

                To save yourself some time, prevent frustration and possibly save some of your self-esteem, try following these steps when trying to get up on a wakeboard:

                1. When starting off, lie in the water on your back and position your board and feet directly in front of you. Keep your knees at about a 90 degree angle. Hold this position until you feel pressure on the rope handle from the boat idling forward. If your feet and the board are not directly in front of you, you'll likely be spun around.

                2. When ready, give the driver a thumbs up signal to start the boat forward.

                3. As the boat starts to pull you, point your toes forward somewhere between a 25 and 45 degree angle so that you feel the board start lifting out of the water. If you keep your toes at a 90 degree angle before getting on plane, the board will be pushing the water in front of it forward rather than climbing on top of it. IE, instead of riding the water, you'll be pushing it forward (which would be hundreds, if not thousands of pounds of pressure; hence feeling like your hands are getting ripped off).

                4. While being lifted out of the water, start turning your board so one foot goes in front of the other. Do not stand up until you're on the water. By the time you're standing, your body should be facing either left or right. Left foot forward is referred to as a "regular" stance while right foot forward is referred to as a "goofy" stance. If you need help determining which stance is best for you, have a friend push you from behind. Whatever foot you put in front of you to catch yourself is the foot you'll want to be at the front of the board when you're riding on the water. Again, do not stand up until you're on plane.

                5. After you've gotten on plane and are gliding on the water, stay in the same general spot (relative to the boat) until you feel stable, then start making small turns left and right. Dropping into the lip of the wake for the first time will likely result with you back in the water, but give it a shot. If it doesn't work the first time, it'll work the second, even if that second attempt has to be repeated a few times. This is a crawl-walk-run type activity so give it some time.

                Failure is part of the process so accept and embrace it. One of the worst things you can do to your progression is psyche yourself out by accepting failed attempts as your capacity. This is not the case. Progression can be quickly made by sticking with it, and focusing on what you want to learn rather than what you can't do.

                While getting on plane will allow you to get into the joyous world of wakeboarding, here are some other tips to help improve your experience:

                1. If you plan on doing a lot of wakeboarding, invest in a well fitting neoprene life-jacket or vest. In addition to keeping you comfortable and safe, the Neoprene material will keep you warmer than a standard foam or nylon life jacket, as neoprene traps water in which is then heated by your body (much like a wetsuit). This allows for longer sessions in comfort.

                2. Keep headaches away by using a water hood or helmet. The hood will help prevent headaches from cold water and air, as well as diminish head-to-water impact on crashes. Yes, you can catch edges while wakeboarding and it's almost a guaranteed headache. The helmet will have a similar effect as the hood, with an emphasis on impact rather than keeping your noggin toasty.

                3. Find your ideal speed. Most boat drivers will have a sadistic urge to take you much faster than you need to go. This creates heightened pain for you when you screw up, which creates entertainment for the driver. To counteract this problem, communicate your ideal speed to the driver. Social obligations will act as a temporary remedy for the driver's dark side, allowing for a less painful experience. You only need enough speed to keep you on plane and to build the type of wake you prefer (small, big, etc). For jumping, more than enough speed can be gathered by quickly going from one side of the wake to the other (which I call (the nun-chuck effect).

                4. You don't have to be a Boy Scout to be prepared. Was getting your feet in the bindings a ten minute process? Get some boot goo or find the right size of bindings. Was the rope handle tearing up your hands? Get some wakeboarding gloves or a handle that's bigger or in better condition. Can't seem to get to the "sweet spot" of the wake based on rope length? Buy a multi-section rope that can be adjusted to your preferences.

                Big thanks to Derek Rutlidge for all the great tips those 11 short years ago.
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