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Skating on water

The how-tos of the sport
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Skating on water

An exhilarating ride. Wakeboarding offers an exciting time on the water.

Those who don’t want to take the slow boat down the river can try wakeboarding. This adrenaline-pumping sport combines techniques from water skiing, snow boarding and surfing. There is no singular origin of wakeboarding, but what is known is that it was developed during the 1980s by surfers who were experimenting with different ways to use a surfboard on water.

Wakeboarding is included in the X-Games, a commercial sporting event which features action sports such as inline skating, stunt biking and skateboarding.

 A wakeboard looks like a fat snowboard with a pair of bindings attached to it. The wakeboard rider is pulled by a boat in open waters or by a cable system in a lagoon or lake. The latter is known as cable wakeboarding.

If you’re new to wakeboarding, the first thing to learn is how to get up on a wakeboard, master the correct riding posture and control your board. After that, you can proceed to learn jumps, and then inverts, spins and tricks performed in the air.

When you decide to buy your own wakeboard, your riding style, body structure, overall weight and skill level should be the determining factors. The advancement of wakeboard technology design has resulted in a huge variety of boards available. Depending on the shape, size and material used, wakeboards differ in manoeuvrability, stability, and dynamic acceleration.

Wakeboards can be made of foam or honeycomb material. Those made of foam are sturdier, while those made from honeycomb are lighter. A smaller wakeboard may feel lighter, spin faster and seem more aggressive, but also make landing neatly more difficult. A larger wakeboard offers a slower and smoother riding style. As a rough guide, the larger or heavier you are, the bigger the board you should get.

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