Popular Mechanics (South Africa)

Anatomy of a waveski


Wheeled trolleys help

the athlete get the waveski into the water

but pop off in the shallows to maintain the performanc­e

of the board.

The seat well and seat back of the waveski keep

the rider in place and allow them to control the board with their hips and

torso. A deeper seat makes the waveski more stable, but sacrifices


A lap belt secures the rider and allows them to use their paddle to propel and manoeuvre

the waveski.

The athlete uses a kayakstyle paddle to get up to speed and catch waves. It’s leashed to the board in case the rider takes a spill and loses their grip.

Like the seat well, foot wells are reinforced with fibreglass and epoxy

resin for durability.

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