Wakesurfing tips for beginners

Wakesurfing is one of the most fun activities you can do behind a boat. It’s a little easier physically than skiing or wakeboarding. It’s also fairly easy to learn, even a deep-water start. This means you can reach young or older folks (such as baby-boomers) and enjoy this sport as a family.

So how do you enjoy this awesome extreme sport ?


First – you need the right equipment. If you’re just starting with this sport, you’ll want to use a “beginner board.” Physically, the differences are subtle between a beginner board and other boards, but once you’re on the water, they become quite apparent in how they handle with a rider. 

Beginner wakesurfers emphasize stability and a predictable feel, rather than speed and pop. A surf shape wakesurf boards with a larger surface area, and a stable three fin setup is recommended to start. This will give you the most stable and forgiving platform to learn the basics on.

You will also need a good Wakesurfing rope. Speak to an expert to guide you in your choice, because there are a lot of different models, sizes and thickness available. Wakesurfing ropes are thicker and shorter, with a heavily padded handle. Some even have knots to help new riders. 

Another essential bit of gear is a vest. It’s not only basic safety equipment but it will also save you a lot of energy as you hit the water regularly. 

The basics

If you’ve ever skied or wakeboarded, your experience will help, but getting up on a wakesurfing board is pretty straightforward. Begin by putting your heels on top of the board, with your back foot over the tail and your front foot at the middle of the board so they are about 18 inches apart. Point the forward end of the board toward the side of the boat you’re going to be surfing on.

The next thing is to determine whether you are a regular lead (left-foot-forward) or goofy lead (right-foot-forward). For those who have skateboarded or snowboarded before, this is easy. If this is your first board sport, don’t panic. Stand up, facing forward, feet together and have someone push you from behind. Whichever foot goes forward first is your lead foot.

Now you’re ready to start moving. As you feel the boat begin to pull you, dig your heels into the board. There’s no rush to pull yourself up. Let the boat do the work to pull you up. Stand up slowly as the tail of the board digs in and starts to get on plane.

You might be surprised at how much push there is from the wave. It might take some time for you to be able to drop the handle, and it all rests on your ability to find the sweet spot on the wave.

To turn, apply pressure to heel or toes, specifically your big toe. Be smooth about it. The board responds readily. To speed up, put more weight on your front foot. To slow down, add more weight to the rear foot. 

The best part about wakesurfing is that practicing is fun, and taking a spill is far less painful than any other watersport. Ride with people who are better than you. In wakesurfing, you ride so close to the boat that you will be able to hear them give you pointers while you’re riding, and you can put them to use immediately. And there’s no rush whatsoever. That wave is yours for as long as you want to ride it.

The following are some wakesurfing tips to make your riding a whole lot easier. Keep them in mind and you won’t get a hard time as a newbie wakeboard rider.

  1. As you’re trying to get up in the water, just relax and let the boat do the work for you. Sitting in the water with your feet resting up on the board, you’ll pressure your heels into the board, so it flips up to your feet and the boat begins to pull you up. Then, it’s all about patience and bending your knees as you come into a crouched position, leaning into the rope as your weight shifting over top of the board. 
  2. Before you drop that rope, look at your posture. if you’re all scrunched up, you won’t be able to move around freely, positioning yourself in the wave. Make sure you’re standing up straight, and that you’re not bent over at the waist. 
  3. Changing the way you weight your feet will help you to control your speed while wakesurfing. Your front foot becomes sort of like a gas pedal, where you simply apply pressure on your front foot to speed up. Similarly, to slow down, shift your weight to the back of your foot. 
  4. Falls are inevitable when surfing—but there are a few things you can do to make them safer and easier. When you’re about to fall, avoid preemptively jumping into the water and instead let yourself fall in more gently, since you never know just how shallow the water is beneath you.

In addition to the above tips, always read and listen to what the expert riders have to say about the sport. They can give you much wider insights about basic riding, executing tricks and more.


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