What is Wakeboarding?
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.
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.
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.
To someone not familiar with the sport, hearing someone speak about the sport might sound like another language. In addition to the names of each moves, there are plenty of other wakeboarding terms used that you should know about.
Interesting Facts & Figures About Wakeboarding:
- Over 3.1 million wakeboarders worldwide
- Wakeboarding Unleashed, a wakeboarding video game was released in 03
- 75% of wakeboarders are male & aged 13-24
- Average household income for wakeboarders is $95,400 USD
- Wakeboarding is part of the X-Games & Gravity Games
- Wakeboarding is the fastest growing water sport
If you’re looking for something even more challenging than wakeboarding, consider wakeskating. It is a newer sport than wakeboarding and derives many of its moves from skateboarding.