Category: Wake Surf
Wake surfing is an excellent activity to add to your boating repertoire and a great way to catch a wave even if you are thousands of miles from the nearest ocean. No need to worry about sharks, getting cut up on a coral reef, or being swept away by the current.
It’s important to have the right tools!
You will need:
1. Wake surfing board – these boards are specifically made to use behind boats.
2. Wake surfing rope/handle – these make wake surfing easier and safer for the rider. The rope is thick and has multiple handles for adjusting where you are on the wave. Wakeboard ropes are much longer and thinner which can be dangerous if wrapped around one of the riders limbs.
3. Inboard wake boat - Very crucial. NEVER wake surf behind an outboard or inboard/outboard boat. Outboard and I/O boats have the propeller directly behind the boat. People and propellers rotating at high speeds do not mix. Safety first, only surf behind an inboard boat.
4. Ballast - Wake surfing requires additional weight to be placed on one side of the boat to create a clean wave. Use the ballast to reach the desired weight that produces the best wave. Having the people in the boat move to one side can also be used as a substitution.
Now you have all the necessary equipment, it’s time to hit the water and catch a wave.
Driving the boat – very little power is required to pull the rider out of the water. A general rule of thumb is to gradually increase the speed until you reach 10 mph.
Getting up – Start by lying on your back in the water with your heels near the edge of the board closest to you. Keep your feet shoulder length apart on top of the board with your toes pointing toward the sky. Your knees and elbows should be slightly bent.
When the boat accelerates it will create tension on the rope and the pressure of the water will suction the board up to your feet. Let this process happen naturally. Once you reach a speed where the board is riding on top of the water straighten your legs and stand up while keeping a slight bend in your knees.
The next step is to transfer your weight to move the board out of the wake onto the side you are going to surf. The key to success is to find the ‘sweet spot‘. The sweet spot is the section of the wave which will perpetually propel you forward without the use of the rope. Finding the sweet spot is tricky and requires you to apply weight to your front foot to accelerate and back foot to slow down.
Getting to the sweet spot will require you to grab the rope and pull yourself closer to the boat. Be very aware of where the rope is during the process as you do not want it to be wrapped around your arms or legs.
The first time you hit the sweet spot you will notice the slack in the rope. At this point do not throw the rope in the boat just yet, hang on until you get a good feel for where you need your weight positioned on the board.
After you have the hang of it, it’s time to get rid of the rope. For beginners, it is easier to throw the rope to the opposite side of the wake and let someone in the boat pull it in. The temptation of watching throwing the rope into the boat causes riders to lose focus and fall out of the sweet spot.
As the Beach Boy’s would say catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world. Work on changing speeds and feeling comfortable on the board. Then you can advance to turns and tricks. Enjoy!
Check it out! The video for the hottest wakeboarding event in Arizona is here! Watch the latest video of Ski Pro’s 2012 Rail Jam.
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Who is wakeboarding this summer? “The New Generation” 2013 MasterCraft X-Star has just been released. A nice little reminder that the sun is shining and the lake is beckoning. Do you have your wakeboard gear all lined up? SkiPro has everything you need to make this the summer of dreams. Wakeskate, wakeboard, water ski, you name it,we have it.
Today is Ski Pro’s Bing Bang Carnival Rail Jam 2012. It’s a pool party for all with fun activities for the kids, a Budweiser Beer Garden for the adults and a HUGE Outdoor Sale for everyone in between. This is Arizona’s premiere wakeboarding competition, don’t miss it!
Woohooo! The Ski Pro Bing Bang Rail Jam 2012 is almost here! This Saturday come to Ski Pro for a day of wakeboarding fun. The day takes off at noon with a HUGE nine hour Outdoor Sale and a Cable Pull for beginning riders. There will be engaging activities for the kids and a delicious Budweiser Beer Garden full of refreshing adult beverages for anyone over the age of 21. At 5pm the Bing Bang Rail Jam will take off with the Cablebahn! Arizona’s Premier Wakeboard Competition will last until 9pm with cash, prizes and good ol’ fashioned fun.
Check out last year’s video of Arizona’s premier wakeboard competition! On Saturday, May 19th, indulge in the fun and debauchery for Ski Pro‘s 5th Annual Ski Pro Summer Rail Jam. From the competition and prizes to the beer garden and incredible sales, this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss.
Check out one of the hottest cable setups in the game, the Sesitec System 2.0. Ski Pro is hosting the 5th Annual Ski Pro Summer Rail Jam on Saturday, May 19th and will be rocking this cable system to kick off Arizona’s premier wakeboard competition. Take a sneak peek at the Cablebahn below.
Ski Pro is hosting the 5th Annual Ski Pro Summer Rail Jam on Saturday, May 19th. As Arizona’s premier wakeboard competition, the Bing Bang Rail Jam is more than just a chance for amazing riders to compete for insane prizes and a cash purse. It is an all out pool party with activities for all.
The 2012 WWA Wake Park World Series (WPWS) kicks off on Thursday, May 3rd. Over the course of five months and six stops, the WPWS will showcase the best athletes in the wakeboarding world. The stops are located anywhere from Texas to France to Abu Dhabi, where dozens of competitors, from over 20 countries, will all show up to compete for more than $125,000 in prizes.
Ski Pro’s 5th Annual Bing Bang Wakeboard Rail Jam Contest and Sale. Save up to 60% on Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Ronix and More. “If we can not get to the lake we will build our own” This type of Rail Jam event is becoming increasingly popular with both the wakeboard and water sports crowd. The construction of multiple pools submerged in over 20,000 gallons of water split between a rail slide featuring PVC/Wood construction, and pulled by a special winch provides the opportunity to show off skills in front of other participants and spectators. This “Bing Bang Rail Jam Event” is part of an annual Wakeboard and sale at the Valley’s three Ski Pro locations. Ski Pro has been helping to bring the fun and excitement of wakeboarding amongst other water sports to the valley for over 30 years and this event is just one more example of their commitment to these sports. Visit our website: http://www.skipro.com
The King of Wake Tour has begun! Check out the full schedule and get prepped with the greatest gear to spend 2012 shredding up the wake!
Collin Harrington and friends Ride the Wake in our epic montage of wakeboarding, wakeskating & wakesurfing. Featuring Brandon Thomas, Steve Campbell, Scott Byerly, George Daniels, & Brenton Priestley. Shot 100% on the new HD HERO® camera from http://GoPro.com.
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