One relatively new board sport – wakeboarding – originated from Orlando, Florida. This latest craze will surely attract sports fans and players alike. For fearless and fun-loving individuals, it is a great way to experience life from another perspective.
Feel the adrenaline rush as you learn and master the basic, intermediate, and more advanced tricks. With wakeboarding, an acrobatic exhibition will never feel the same way again as you perform these crazy tricks.
Wakeboarding was created from a combination of water-skiing, and surfing techniques. As in water skiing, which most people are at least familiar with, the rider is towed behind a boat or a cable skiing lift at a speed of about 18-24 mph. The main difference is that instead of skis, the border uses a single board (like a snowboard) with bindings. The boards are shorter in length than a snowboard (typically 130 – 147cm) and wider (up to 45cm) as well as being convex (tips 15 – 25cm) rather than concave as a snowboard.
The boat used in wakeboarding is similar to a water ski boat except that the rope is normally mounted on a tower about 2 meters above the water line and the boat is also weighted and trimmed to give a high wake. The wake can be used to perform various jumps. Steering the board by a combination of direction and cutting the edges into the water, the rider can move outside of the wake, and then guide rapidly in, hitting the wake and launching themselves into the air (with various degrees of success).
Tricks are performed on the surface of the water as well as in the air. Generally, launching oneself in the air and going inverted is some of the most spectacular tricks that can be performed, known collectively as inverts.
To most, as with many freestyle sports such as snowboarding and surfing, there is almost a separate language of terms to describe various tricks, like Tantrum, Elephant, Whirlybird, etc., depending on how good (sick) a rider is. In addition to the names of each move, there are plenty of other wakeboarding terms used that you should know about.
Getting hooked on this kind of sport is as great an experience that a sport-minded individual would ever have. Give yourself a little extra blood rush – this sport will give you a satisfaction than paintball so you cannot otherwise experience from other sports. So give it a try, or you’ll be missing the great opportunity it offers.