So you want to try some tricks? We all want Big Air, to perform a Tantrum,
Or a Half-Cab Roll. From beginner to advance, this trick list has it all.
Beginner Wakeboarding Tricks
Ride w/ One Hand on Handle
Get comfortable, and take one hand off the handle and wave to
the boat. It doesn't matter which hand, as long as you are smiling.
Intermediate Tricks |
Cross One Wake
After you have gotten used to your board I'm sure you will want to
cross the wakes. A key element when learning is how you position
your hips. Focus on twisting your hips so that your upper body is
facing the boat and your lower body is keeping the board pointed
in the direction of the pull. In order to turn the board to head
in either direction, it's just a matter of moving your hips in the
direction you want to cross the wake. Turn your hips to the left
and your body positions the board to turn left. Turn your hips to the
right and your body positions the board to turn to the right.
Cross Both Wakes
Crossing one wake or two, it's all the same, use your hips! In
order to turn the board to cross in either direction, move your
hips in the direction you want to go. Rotate your hips to the left,
the board goes left. Same thing when you rotate your hips to the right.
Surf the Wake
Cut up and down the wake as though you really want to tear it up.
The shorter and harder you make the cuts, the cooler it looks!
Air (1 wake)
Approach the wake at a moderate speed hitting it square and head on.
Keep your knees slightly bent. As you go up the wake, straighten them out
a little to get some spring and try not to flatten out the board until
after you have taken off and are about ready to land. This is called
"edging through the wake" and is very critical to your jumping as you
improve and begin to crave more air.
Surface 180's are a fun trick to learn, as you become familiar with riding
your board. Try to place your weight over the center of the board.
In one smooth motion, swing the board around leading with your rear foot.
Once you are around, place more weight to the rear of the board to allow
the board to track for stability. To get back around, do the same thing
from back to front.
A sideslide can be done either outside or inside the wake. Usually it is an
accident while learning the surface 180. Consider turning the board
90 degrees on the surface, careful not to catch an edge - can you say
face plant?? To avoid such pain, put more weight on your heels and dig
that back edge into the water.
After you have mastered the surface 180, next in line is the surface 360.
Do a surface 180 hold that position for a moment, and then continue the
rotation. At this point you will want to pull the handle in towards you
and turn in the same motion. Let go with your trailing hand, bend the
elbow to make the handle pass in the small of your back, grab it with
your trailing hand and keep turning until you have made it all the way
Tips & Tricks |