7 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Wakesurfing Lessons
It’s cool that you’re finally doing what you’ve been wanting to do. And we’re glad to welcome you on board. Wakesurfing is among the most enjoyable things you can do. That’s why we prepared this article to show you what you should know before taking your first wakesurfing lessons. Are you ready? Let’s create those waves and have fun!
How to stand up and balance yourself
You will start by lying on back in the water. You should have a nice life jacket or vest to keep your head afloat. Place your foot up on the board, make sure that your back foot (usually your right foot) is near the tail of the board and your other foot somewhere around the middle.
Now, once the boat starts moving, what most beginners do is push their heels against the board and stretch their legs. What it does is it pushes the board away from you.
What you should do here is to keep your knees as close to your chest as possible. If you do it right, you will notice that the backside of the board will start to get submerged. Pointing the direction of the board towards the side you should be on, start to get up very slowly. It’s important not to do this part abruptly.
How and when to release the rope
Let yourself get used to the wave, how it all feels against your feet. What you need to do before letting go of the rope is to try touching the wave with your free hand. For example, if you’re holding the rope with your left hand, try to bend a little to touch the wave to your right.
Balance yourself nice and slow. Now it’s time to let go of the rope. Notice that we didn’t say “throw it aside”. If you do this, the whole thing will throw you off balance. Once you’re ready, you just need to let go of it. Remember that your stance at this point is having your both arms stretched to each side. You’ll want to maintain this. That’s why you shouldn’t throw the rope because that means you’ll be putting your arm down for a while.
If you find yourself getting off-balance after letting go of the rope, one thing you can do is put both of your arms forward and bend a little. Your instructor should be able to teach you more about this.
How to brake and speed up
Another technique is moving your back foot a little towards the centre of the board. This will shift the weight towards the front side and will push you forward. This one is especially useful if you find yourself falling back behind the wave.