Author: Franklin Johnson

Tricks are performed on the surface of the water as well as in the air. The most spectacular tricks, known collectively as inverts, are generally performed by launching oneself in the air and going inverted. For further details, visit the wakeboard inverts, wakeboard grabs, wakeboard spins or surface tricks page.

A wakeboarding boat is [expensive… and] similar to a water ski boat except that the boat is heaver, has a different shape (to create a larger wake) and has a tower or pole to which the rope is normally mounted. For those that cannot afford wakeboard-specific boats, large sacks filled with water can be used to increase the size of the wake and create a better ride.

Searching on the web, I found the following short definition of wakeboarding:

1. wakeboard — a buoyant board (resembling a surfboard) that is used to ride over water while being pulled behind a motorboat

However, it’s not that simple! It never is…

Like water skiing, which most people are at least familiar with, the wakeboarder is towed behind a boat, or a cable skiing lift at a speed of about 18-24 mph. The main difference is that Instead of skis, the boarder uses a single board (like a snowboard) with bindings. Wakeboards are shorter in length than snowboards and slightly wider.  For more details about the sport’s beginnings and evolution, visit our wakeboard history page.