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Wakeboarding: training to stand firmly on the water

Wakeboarding: training to stand firmly on the water

In the 1980s, there was an extreme sport, wakeboarding. The main difference between skateboarding or snowboarding and wakeboarding is that the balance on the board should be kept on the water, not on the ground or snow. 10 years later, they began to keep official events around the world. Nowadays it is quite popular kind of rest which is available to everyone.

There are two main types of wakeboarding:

1.    Boat. The athlete holds the rope attached to the boat.

2.    Cable. Cable-towing installation or base replaces the boat. The ring ropes and cables lead the wakeboard marked "route", forward or backward.

The first one is easier for beginners, while the second is more designed for professionals who can not only roll but also perform various tricks and jumps.

Wakeboard is a flat sloping Board with special notches and fins. They help to "cut" the water, controlling the speed and direction of movement. In the center of this construction, it is special foot bracing, similar to those installed on the snowboard. They are metal but plastic "shoes" are quite rare. This board is twice skateboard size and 1.5 times wider than a snowboard.  In addition, some devices for Kant, the "back" and "bow" of the board. Hands hold a rope attached to a boat which is also called a halyard. Usually, the boat run up no more than 28-40 kilometer per hour and pulls the board with a wakeboarder.

Skiing technique:

1. Put your feet on the wakeboard and reach for the rope. That leg that you put forward, will be "leading". 

2.    In the water, lie on your back and put your feet into the wakeboard bracings.

3.    Grab the cable and hold the handle perpendicular to the water. Your arm should be straight as the boat runs the speed up and begins to pull you forward.

4.    Bend your knees and pull your calves to your thighs at the same time until the Wake starts floating above the water. Keep your knees to your chest and arms straight. The boat should pull you out.

5.    Stay in this position until the wakeboard pulls you out of the water. Get up slowly and carefully.

6.    Place the "lead" foot forward to get the front of the Board faces the boat. You will start sliding on water and will be able to maintain balance. Legs bend at the knees a bit and hands hold straight. The shoulders and hips — in line with the Board.

7.    The handle of the cable should be kept on the side where your "leading" leg is. Move your hips so that they are located above the front leg.

8.    Keep your head straight and look just above the boat.

 

When you try something new, it always seems to be difficult and incomprehensible. After 2-3 basic trainings which is acquired, you will start to take pleasure from the process.