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Friday, June 12, 2009

Abroad: Wakeboarding as an Exciting Hobby

Learning a new sport is never easy, but once you've got the hang of it, then everything would be a breeze.

Wakeboarding is a worthwhile sports that you could get into. It could build your stamina, strengthen your muscles and would keep you physically fit.

It is also an outdoor activity that you would definitely enjoy.

But what is wakeboarding?

Wakeboarding is like surfing, in that it uses a rope and a board to ride over the waters. The difference is that a boat tugs the wakeboarder along the water.

So what are the things that you should consider before you start wakeboarding?

The gear to use

Buy your own gear that fits you and that you're comfortable with. If you are really interested in this sport then you have to buy a board that could last longer.

Bindings (used in attaching yourself to the wakeboard boat) should also be selected wisely. Just like your board, they should be the tested brands. A shorter rope is advisable for beginners. Don't go for cheap and untried brands. You can actually save money by buying a set of gears that could last for years than buying cheap ones every 3 to 6 months.

The wakeboard boat

You should only buy the boat when you're absolutely sure that wakeboarding is for you. If not, then you can always find a ride. Investing in something that you would just do for a few months is not practical.

You should surf the internet for good buys. You could also look around for a second hand but durable boats.

Learning the ropes

With the right gear you are ready to start your wakeboarding experience.

Have a positive mind set. You are willing to learn wakeboarding because you're interested in it. You want to enjoy the activity.

Be sure to remember important tips like: have the correct stance. If you're a skateboarder then it would be easier for you to find that proper stance left foot or right foot forward? Balancing is a skill and could be acquired, just be patient and keep trying.

Your bindings should not make you feel uncomfortable. Allow your instructor to show you how to hold the ropes correctly. The bindings should be angled correctly. This maybe from 0 to 30 degrees depending on your stance.

The crouching position is best used at the start and then slowly shift to the standing position as you achieve equilibrium in your balance.

Practice makes perfect! As you are more exposed to wakeboarding , you'll gain more expertise in the activity. Remember to enjoy the experience!

Photo 1 by over_kind_man


tashabud said...

Hi Jena,
Wakeboarding sounds like a lot of fun. Being in the waters under the sun sounds so inviting. However, I think I'll let the younger people do that. I might brake a bone or two.

Have a great week.

Jena Isle said...

Hell Tasha, Yes it seems a lot of fun, but you're right, let's let younger people do it. lol...

Take care.