Wake­board­ing tips for water fun

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The sur­face water sport wake­board­ing is the com­bined tech­niques of water ski­ing, surf­ing and snow­board­ing. Here the rider is tagged be­hind a cable park or a speed­ing boat po­si­tioned on the wake­board, rid­ing on the wakes per­form­ing tricks. The speed­ing up of the wake­board boat de­pends on the water con­di­tions, size of the wake­board, rider’s weight and the speed de­sired by the rider. Rid­ers are also some­times towed by per­sonal water crafts, closed course ca­bles and all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles. Wake­boards are part surf­boards and part water ski. The boards are curved to ease the lift. The wake­board bind­ings help the rid­ers to hold their feet to the board.

– while wake­board­ing the rider usu­ally wears a wet­suit and moves to­wards the wake or drift away from the wake to per­form the tricks. Jumps are at­tempted by strik­ing the wake and leap­ing into the air. The rider can also take help of the slide bar and ride while keep­ing the bal­ance. Af­ter get­ting ac­cus­tomed to the usual stuff of skate­board­ing, the rider can per­form the tricks be­ing lofty in the air. On tight­en­ing the wake­board rope the rider achieves speed to­wards the wake. Grad­u­ally, the tight­ened rope launches the rider at a point up in the air where he at­tempts to per­form tricks. Sizes and shapes of wake­boards vary de­pend­ing on the rider’s per­sonal pref­er­ences and body weight.

– mo­tor boats pull wake­boards across the water and the wake­boarder pops off a large wake be­hind the boat and per­forms tricks. He or she sails above water aim­ing the wake­board to­wards the sky. The rid­ing arts are also de­ter­mined by the boards cam­ber or rocker. The rock­ers favour smoother and faster ride with­out sur­face re­sis­tance. These cam­ber and rock­ers are meant for favour­ing more air tricks dur­ing the wake. While rid­ing, the wake­board­ers hold on the towropes which are hooked to the boat. Most of the boards are man­u­fac­tured with wake­board fins. Fins are lo­cated at the bot­tom of the boards and help in the bet­ter­ment of per­son­al­is­ing the ride. The be­gin­ners use them to ob­tain more sta­bil­ity. The fins also help the wake­board­ers in steer­ing ac­tions.

– wake­board­ing in­volves the prac­tice of tricks like any other freestyle sport. Like surf­ing and snow­board­ing, the rider has the op­por­tu­nity of per­form­ing tricks. In wake­board­ing, the rider can per­form bet­ter tricks if he at­tains more height. The wake­board­ers fly drift­ing through air in or­der to per­form aerial grabs. They clutch the towrope with one hand and reach back to grab their boards.

– cer­tain tricks are per­formed by the rider when he or she is not air­borne. These tricks in­clude back­side but­ter­slide, back­side start, bodys­lide, perez, potato peeler, surf curve etc.

– the rider takes up the stunt of spin by ro­tat­ing around like snow­board­ing. The var­i­ous usual stunts of spins are back­side, baller, flat­line, frontside etc.

Beau­ti­ful: One of the great New Zealand lakes and fan­tas­tic scenery.

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