If you're new to wakeboarding and want to get started for the first time, one of the first things you'll learn is how to stand up.
Because if you can't get up on a wakeboard, you can't really do wakeboarding.
You should practice your stance and how you'll stand up once you're in the water on the dock or on land.
You must understand where to place your feet, what stance to take, and how to position your body for getting up.
We'll give you some pointers on how to get up on your wakeboard for the first time down below.
|How To Get Up On A Wakeboard
Regular vs Goofy Stance For Wakeboarding
As a newcomer to this sport, I'm sure regular stance and goofy stance mean nothing to you.
However, you must decide which you prefer.
So, to assist you in making that decision, let's go over the fundamentals of each.
Because you stand sideways on a wakeboard, much like a skateboard, you must know which foot is dominant.
- This is the foot that will be in front of the board and will determine which direction you will face while wakeboarding.
- When you have a regular stance, your left foot is in front and your right foot is in back.
- When you have a goofy stance, your right foot is in front and your left foot is in back.
The term "regular" refers to the stance most commonly used by wakeboarders.
Body Positioning for Wakeboarding
It is critical that you understand how to position your body in order to get out of the water and onto the wakeboard without falling.
You should be lying on your back in the water, knees bent and pulled in towards your stomach.
You should be as comfortable as possible, and your wakeboard should be nearby.
Hold the tow rope with your palms facing down toward the water and your arms straight and relaxed.
You will feel the natural pull on the tow rope as the boat begins to move.
When you notice or feel this happen, make a conscious effort in order to put your weight on your heels. As you do this, your body should naturally begin to rise at an angle out of the water.
You must then shift your body so that you are perpendicular (rather than parallel) to the boat in the water.
The Deep Water start
The Deep Water Start is another popular method for beginners to get up on their wakeboard.
For this start, your board should be submerged in water and you should be balancing on it with your knees slightly bent.
Your arms should be out in front of you, holding the tow rope, palms down, facing the water.
When the boat begins to move, the pressure on your heels should lift you out of the water.
You can easily and smootly get on the water's surface by creating a 10-degree angle as you rise out of the water.
The Dock Start
The Dock Start, which is also popular with beginners, gets you from the dock to the water on your wakeboard.
When the water is cold, experienced wakeboarders prefer this method.
You will need the following items to get started:
- a private dock
- a private boat and Driver
To enter the water this way and stand up on your wakeboard, sit on the edge of the private dock facing the boat, with your feet in the bindings of your board.
Your knees should be bent, and the tow rope should be in your hands, palms facing the water.
Lean back slightly and prepare to be dragged out onto the water.
As the boat begins to move, place more weight on the back foot and position the tow rope handle close to the hips.
How to Keep Your Balance on a Wakeboard
Once you're in the water, you should try to stay upright rather than falling in.
You must evenly distribute your weight on the wakeboard in order to stay upright.
Your dominant foot, on the other hand, should be under a little more pressure than the other.
Never, ever look at your feet. To stay upright, keep your head up and your eyes forward.
Beginners' Mistakes in Getting Up and Staying Up
Here are some of the most common mistakes that beginners make when attempting to get up on a wakeboard:
- When the boat pulls you, do not bend your arms.
- As you exit the water, don't straighten your legs too much.
- When getting out of the water, don't put too much pressure on your toes.
- Don't get out of the water too quickly.
When learning how to get up on a wakeboard for the first time, there are numerous factors to consider.
You must know how to get out of the water, stand, and much more.
We hope these wakeboard getting up and staying up tips are useful to you!