If you’re new to the thrilling sport of wakeboarding, our team at Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas offers these wakeboarding tips for beginners to help you have the most fun and stay safe while wakeboarding!
Our team at Buxton Marine loves the sport of wakeboarding and are thrilled that you’ve decided to join in on this great summertime activity. There’s nothing like hitting the wake of a great wakeboard boat and sailing across to the other side on a wave-to-wave transfer. This summer, if you’re just starting out in the sport of wakeboarding, follow these helpful wakeboarding tips for beginners from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, TX to stay safe and have tons of fun!
When you’re out on the lake, these helpful wakeboarding tips will come in handy:
Always Wear a Lifejacket
This is the most important boating safety rule you can follow, regardless of what wake sport you’re involved in. Be sure to wear a personal flotation device whenever you’re in the water!
Always Use a Spotter
Again, another basic boating safety rule is to have someone watching out for you at all times. The spotter alerts the boat driver of your position at all times and is able to watch out for other boats and objects in the water.
Regular vs. Goofy
Before you get out in the water, determine which stance you’ll use – regular or goofy. To figure out which foot you place forward, go with the foot you instinctively place forward anytime you’re regaining your balance or engaging in a sport.
Go With a Beginner Wakeboarding Stance
If you’re just starting out, go with a beginner wakeboarding stance having your back binding towards the end of the board at zero degrees so your weight is positioned on top of the rear fin. Have your front binding at 15-27 degrees towards the front of the board.
Use a Shorter Rope
If you’re a beginner at wakeboarding, use a shorter rope to make it easier to get up out of the water. Our team recommends your rope be between 30-50 feet.
Remain Close to Your Board
As you’re trying to get up for the first time, keep your arms and knees tucked into your chest and wait until you’re fully out of the water before slowing standing.
Maintain an Appropriate Boat Speed
Wakeboarding requires a lower boat speed than waterskiing or other water sports. We recommend keeping the speed between 14-19mph.
Keep Trying and Don’t Give Up
Like anything else, practice will make perfect so keep trying and don’t give up!