Wakeboarding is extremely fun, and it's not as hard as it looks. Check out these tips to help you learn.
Step 1: Know your board Learn the parts of your board, including the toe-side edge and the heel-side edge, as well as the center fin and the boots.
Step 2: Hold the rope and sit in the water Hold the towrope in front of you with both hands. Facing the boat, sit and lean back in the water with your elbows around your knees and your feet in the board's boots with the board perpendicular to your body.
Step 3: Get up on the board Allow the boat to slowly accelerate, pulling you up out of the water. As the boat picks up speed, turn the board so the board's nose points toward the boat.
Step 4: Stabilize your body Slowly stand up, stabilizing your body by keeping the towline at your front hip, your body turned slightly to the side, and your knees bent.
Step 5: Turn on your toe-side edge Turn to the right on your toe side by leaning your weight on your toe-side edge and letting the board carve out to the right beyond the wake.
Step 6: Turn on your heel-side edge Lean back onto your heels to dig the heel-side edge into the water and turn outside the wake on your left. Move your hands out in front of you.
TIP: When turning, your weight will pull against the boat more than when you're riding straight.
Step 7: Get comfortable Get comfortable on the board when turning and riding over the wake. The more comfortable you are in the early stages, the better you'll be able to maneuver when you get better.
FACT: The United States Coast Guard reported that, out of 476 drowning deaths related to boating, 90 percent of the individuals were not wearing a life jacket.