Wakeboarding Tips: How to Make it Look Easy

Wakeboarding is just one of those things that comes easier to some than others. We’ve seen lots of people just pop up on a wakeboard with little technique, and then others consistently struggle.

 

Regardless of your skill level or aptitude for wakeboarding, here are a few wakeboarding tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas to help you make it look easy:

 

Squat in the Water.

As you’re waiting to be pulled up, get your body as close to the board as you can in a squatting position. The closer your center-of-gravity is to the water and the board, the easier it will be for you to balance as the boat pulls you up. Once up, then you can start to stand.

 

Determine Which Foot Should be in Front.

If you have trouble getting up on the wakeboard, another one of our wakeboarding tips is to simply switch your foot position and put the other foot out front. So if you’ve been trying to swing the board around with the right foot out front, try shifting to the left instead. Sometimes the answer is just this simple!

 

Ask the Driver to Go Slow.

Many inexperienced drivers think “faster is better.” This is not the case! One of our wakeboarding tips is to make sure you are going within 14-18 mph, as to help the wakeboarder gain stability.

Use a Shorter Rope.

Sometimes slack in the rope can be hard for a new rider to manage. Try using a shorter rope – maybe one that’s 20’ behind the boat – to help the wakeboader.

 

Relax.

This is going to be fun! Now just make sure you’re being pulled behind a Nautique for the best ride on the market. Good times ahead! Call Buxton Marine today to take a test-drive on one of our beautiful Nautique models available now at our Nautique showroom in Lewisville, Texas or Long Cove Marina.

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Love Watersports? Check out the Super Air Nautique GS20

As you begin the hunt for a new boat this offseason, chances are, you’ll find many new boats for sale with gadgets and gear made for wakesurfing. Wakesurfing is definitely the most popular watersport right now because it’s so easy to learn, easy on the body, and fun for all ages, but let’s not forget about the fun that can be had wakeboarding, skiing, and even tubing. If you want a boat that can do it all, then the Super Air Nautique GS20 is worth checking out!

 

Smart Configuration

You may be thinking to youelf, I cannot buy a new boat in Lewisville, Texas that is only 20’ long! What we can say about the Super Air Nautique GS20 is not to judge until you’ve tried it! Nautique does an excellent job of utilizing all of the space in the boat, making it feel spacious and well organized.

 

Smart Storage

As we just said, the 20’ Nautique GS20 feels more spacious than it should for its size, thanks to smart storage. Every last inch of the boat is designed for storing gear, including compartments in the Bimini for surfboards. The tower can even fold down lower than a windshield, making it easy to get under bridges, or even in tight storage spaces.

Largest Touchscreen in the Industry

The driver is in control with Nautique’s LINC touchscreen control panel, the largest in the industry. You’ve also got control at the helm, along with a clear line of sight of the rider at all times thanks to cleverly designed rope positioning. It’s the small details that shine on the Super Air Nautique GS20.

 

Nautique Surf Select System

Not only will the driver feel the control, but the Nautique Surf Select System gives plenty of power to the rider! The rider can control the wake, speed, and even the radio – all with just the touch of a button! Pretty cool.

 

Ready to test-drive a Super Air Nautique GS20? Come into Buxton Marine – the best boat dealership in Lewisville, Texas – to check it out today! Good times ahead!

4 Common Boat Anchoring Mistakes to Avoid – Buxton Marine Lewisville

If you’re spending a day at the lake, chances are you’ll be spending some time anchored in the water. Maybe you’re taking a quick break to let kids jump out and swim or maybe you’re anchored near a beach for lunch. Whatever your reason, you’ll want to make sure you’re anchoring properly by avoiding these 4 common boat anchoring mistakes:

 

  1. Anchoring in the Wrong Spot

 

First things first, you need to find a good spot to anchor if you are going to avoid boat anchoring mistakes. Don’t attempt to anchor down right next to another boat where the wind may blow one boat into another. Also, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t drop anchor on top of another anchor. Look for an area that is clear of other boats, but also shielded from waves and wind.

 

  1. Insufficient Anchor Rode

 

Anchor rode is the rope that is attached to the boat and the anchor. Before you drop your anchor, make sure that you have enough anchor rode available for the scope and that the rode is clear of all knots and tangles.

 

  1. Insufficient Scope

 

This goes along with rode, but scope is the calculated ratio of distance from the bottom of the lake to the top of the bow, multiplied times how much rode you need. Generally you want a 3:1 or 5:1 scope. You can’t just assume because the lake is 10 ft deep, that you only need 12-15 ft of anchor rode. It’s just not enough.

 

  1. Not Securing the Anchor Properly

 

First of all, the anchor should always be attached to your boat before dropping it. (You knew that already, right?!) After double-checking it, slowly ease the anchor over the bow of the boat – never the stern! Be sure to account for some drag as the anchor secures in the bottom of the lake. If you aren’t sure if your anchor is secure, you can always very slowly put your boat in reverse to test the anchor’s strength. If you’re caught, then you’re ready to go!

 

If you’re in the market for a new wakeboard boat, water ski boat, or wakesurf boat, visit the Texas boat experts – Buxton Marine Lewisville and Buxton Marine Long Cove Marina!