One of the beginners' issues when learning how to wakesurf is that they always want to skip parts and jump right into the wake surfing excitement.
They want to feel the breeze slapping them in the face while water splashes all over their suit.
As exciting as that is, you need to take things slowly. In becoming a wake surfing pro, you need to go through the rudiments.
The first step in this beautiful activity is learning how to stand on your best beginner wakesurf board. There is no way you want to ride on the board without understanding how to even get on it.
However, before we journey into the rudimentary process and one of the most important lessons for new wakeboarders, let us look at some of the things you need to know before learning how to stand on the wakesurf board.
Interestingly, the board has different types that suit people's skill levels. For wake surfers that are new to the game, you have to understand that you need to select a board based on the following criteria:
- Shape and Length
These four elements play a crucial role in enjoying the wake surf experience. If you go with the wrong board as a beginner, there could be devastating results that we will not want to talk about anytime soon.
But to avoid any complications, it is best to go with the board that suits your level of expertise. It will be best for beginners to get a longboard and have three fins on the bottom; this will give you enough stability and support when you are riding.
Selecting the rope is based on its length; you will find ropes between the length of 10 to 25 feet high. The rope will help you get behind the rope, which is an important part of the wake surf experience.
Now, let us look at how to stand on a wakesurf board.
You need to pay attention to this part because beginners' over-excitedness sometimes gets the better of you. You need to make sure that you are behind the boat, a considerable distance where you cannot touch it once you see it and the other crew members.
Step 1: Sit In The Water
Make sure that you are sitting inside the water with your heel on each side of the board. Bear in mind that the boat is behind the boat, a little bit in front of you but still not close enough to the boat.
Here is the mistake that beginners make, when the driver kick starts the engine, beginners on hearing the sound will propel the sleeves on top of the board, which can cause serious damage. What you need to do to get up is to wait for the boat to start, as its moves allow it to gather enough momentum.
Step 2: Let The Boat Pull You
As the boat gathers its speed, you align your torso, ready for a jolt, more or less an electric shock, but it is the boat that is delivering it. You allow the boat, with its momentum and force pull you up. So, it would help if you braced yourself for when the boat starts to gain momentum.
Let the rope be in between your legs while the driver makes the boat move giving the rope tension allowing you to come up. Once you feel the right is tight enough, indicating the boat is increasing speed, bend your knees first. Don't jump on the board; you will most likely lose your balance.
Step 3: Bend Your Knees And Put Your Stringer Foot Forward
As you bend your knees, press down your feet against the board to make you flat. Buy land on the board with your favorite foot in front of the weaker ones; it allows you to better balance.
Consequently, do not pull against the rope or the boat. There is no battle you can win. Most beginners feel it is their strength that propelled them. On the contrary, you are maximizing the speed and force with which the boat is pulling the rope. Allow the boat do all the work while you have all the fun.
It would help if you had some hand signals to communicate with your friend on the boat. Let you know when they need to slow down or speed up.
This will help you enjoy the experience. Now that you know how to stand up while using the boat's force and speed, we can discuss some tips that help beginners when wake surfing.
Wake Surfing Tips
You want to position yourself in such a way that you are facing the wake. This allows you to see and measure your speed while surfing. Also, it helps you move better and understands the different techniques to move.
Getting Out Of The Water
This is one of the hardest things for beginners, not entirely because of its complexities but also because of the surfer's innate desires to do it by themselves.
We have talked about this in learning how to stand up on the board. Since the boat is pulling you up, all you need to tell is to sit in the water with your arms apart and slowly bring your knees to your chest.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
You need to understand how to position your feet and body on the board. You can stand on the board, but there is nothing they can do just standing. But before you get on the board, you should sit or lie in the water.
Attempt to stand on the board by pulling your chest to the knees or vice versa. Once you get on the board, try to imagine yourself being pulled by someone much stronger than you. This will allow you to know which foot to push forward.
Keeping your feet above the board's centerline is a crucial element to ensuring a smooth surfing experience.
Beginners also need to hold on to the rope's tow, and once they get the right momentum, they should toss to the other side of the boat for easy pickup.
Finally, surfing the wave is the part every beginner wants to skip to. But it takes a gradual transition. Also, having some surfing experience can help a lot.
Once you can stand well on the board, the rest will come easily. Gently adjust or move your legs when you need to and keep an eye on the boat.