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Learn How To Wake Surf

We will have you wake surfing in no time! Wakesurfing is one of the most exciting new water sports. Since a boat can provide you an endless wave on which to practice and hone your skills, wakesurfing is rapidly becoming one of the most popular board sports for inboard owners around the globe. No longer is surfing relegated to only coastal areas. Wake surfing has unlocked a new water sport for anyone with access to water and an inboard boat.

Wakesurfing Equipment & Technique

Wakesurf Board - There are a rapidly growing number of wakesurf boards available on the market. For beginners, it is easiest to learn on a larger wakesurfer (5'6") or more is often recommended. Larger wake surf boards will provide more stability and will make learning easier. For larger riders and smaller wakes even larger wakesurf boards are a good idea.

Wake Surfing Ropes - Wake surf ropes are much thicker than wakeboard ropes because you may need to hold on to the rope to pull yourself into the sweet spot of the wake. Wakeboard ropes are thin, hard to hold on to and can wrap around your hands and arms creating a dangerous situation. Wake surfing is all about having fun, so keep it safe with the proper equipment and everybody will have a better time.

Wakesurf Boats

Only wake surf behind an inboard boat. Inboard boats have the propeller tucked up underneath the transom of the boat and shielded by the rudder creating a safe platform for wake surfing. Outboard and inboard/outboard boats have an exposed propeller, which is a very serious safety concern for the rider.

Weighting your boat

Wake surfing requires additional weight on the side of the boat you intend to surf (most people surf on the port/left side). Normally, adding weight in the rear of the boat will help you create a wake, which is suitable for surfing. Each and every boat is different, so experiment with weight placement and the amount of weight. NEVER exceed your manufactures maximum weight guidelines. Those numbers are there for a reason, so obey them.

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Driving the boat for Wakesurfing

When pulling up a wake surfer, you should accelerate even slower than with a wakeboarder. Boat speed will vary with make, model and amount of weight but usually around 10-12 mph is ideal The boat should create a clean and crisp wake, you wouldn’t want to surf a mushy wave would you? Drive the boat straight, not in a circle.

Getting up on a Wake Surfer

When getting up, you should lie on your back and bring your knees to your chest, much like getting up on a wakeboard. Allow the surf board to float naturally and keep it at a 90 degree angle to you and the boat with the nose of the board facing away from the boat. Place your feet on the board so that your heels rest on the board and your toes are pointing up. Depending on the board your back foot should be somewhere around a foot from the back of the board. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart.

When the boat accelerates and the rope tightens up, put pressure on your heels, which will flip the board up to meet your feet. Once you bring the board to your feet, keep your arms straight out in front of you and keep your knees sucked up to your chest. Resist the urge to stand up to quickly as this can cause you to be unstable. Once you are out of the water and the board is on plane, stand up with a bit of a knees bent stance so that you are balanced on the board.

Edge the board away from the boat and the wake so you can get your balance and adjust your feet. Depending on which side of the boat you are riding and which foot forward you use, you will want to adjust your feet so that your toes (regular riders and left side of the boat) or your heels (goofy riders on the left side of the boat) are closest to the edge of the board which is closest to the wake. This will allow you to “hold an edge” or keep the board in the side of the wave. Once you have moved your feet, gradually edge towards the wake. Once at the wake, use the wake surf rope to position your self in the pocket. This is the area of the wake that generates power and momentum, keeping you moving with the boat.

You can generate speed and momentum by applying weight to your front foot. On the flip side you can decelerate your board by applying pressure to your back foot. Mastering this technique is crucial to being able to stay in the pocket and riding the endless wave.

Once you are comfortable with staying in the pocket, let somebody in the boat pull the rope in. After all this is wake surfing, not wake towing. Now that you have got the idea of what Wake Surfing is all about, check out the selection of wake surfboards that we have by clicking here. If there's still a few questions that you would like to know about Wake surfing, no problem! Feel free to either callus at 763-404-7372, or email us at sales@wakeboards.com. If you want a answer right away, you can also check out our online chat by clicking here.

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