Ready to Wakeboard?

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Wakeboarding is a water sport in which one rides a wakeboard over the surface of a lake, sea or any other body of water. The sport comprises techniques derived from those of surfing, water skiing and snowboarding. For easy wakeboarding and to get best result, wakeboarding is usually done in lakes but people have in recent times begun to do it in intercoastal waterways.

When riding a wakeboard , one is towed by a motorboat which is often at speeds of between 17km/h to 25 km/h .The speed is determined by the size of the board, the rider’s weight, the speed at which the rider is comfortable, and the type of tricks. The make, model and year of the boat can also influence the speed since some boats that are not specially designed for wakeboarding produce a different size wake, and the rider may not be comfortable with it. But other means such as personal watercrafts, closed-course cable systems and winches can also be used to tow a wakeboader.

Boards
Boards used in wakeboarding are usually buoyant, with their core made up of honeycomb, foam, or wood (usually mixed with resin) and a coating of fiberglass. The bindings and fins are attached by inserting metal screws. Depending with the preference of the rider, the configuration of bindings and fins may vary and can be adjusted as necessary.
A wakeboarder can use different fins for each type of trick. For instance, shallow fins are preferred for surface tricks like flat spins. Most of the recent board models have small molded fins which help reduce drag, and also allow a rider to use smaller fins.

Board hardware is usually set up in such a way that it allows the wakeboarder to ride the “Fakie,” or “Switch” with one foot forward. Such setups typically have a symmetrical layout. A new rider can set up their board so that they’re comfortable to ride the board while their “natural” foot is put forward. This usually does not allow one to ride Switch without making modifications.

Boats
–ěne of the main differences between a wakeboarding boat and a normal runabout is the presence of wakeboard tower on the former. The tower is usually made up of aluminum- tubing or thick-walled stain steel, placing the “pull point” approximately 2m off the surface of the water. This high tow point helps avoid the rope pulling downward, allowing one to jump and launch into air.

Many newer wakeboarding boats also contain variable ballast systems that allow for pumping of water into and out of the ballast tanks. The addition of ballast helps increase displacement, resulting in enlargement of the wake produced.

Riding techniques
A rider can use edging techniques either to move to the outside of the wake or cut quickly in towards it. A jump is normally done by riding toward and up the wake, then launching into air, though it can also be performed by riding up a jump (kicker). As the rider learns the sport, they can start performing tricks high in the air.

These tricks are performed when riders move toward the wake and against the rope’s pull, consequently building pressure against water on the bottom of their boards. The wake’s energy will launch the riders airborne as they ride up the wake, and they can attempt to do several tricks while in the air.

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