So far you might have thought that surfing demands those beautiful and natural, ocean waves. The good news is: not anymore! Maybe you always wanted to see how it is to surf the waves but you had no access to them? If that’s the case, you should definitely try wakesurfing. It’s safe and easy to learn, so if you are up for some fun – don’t waste more time!
How do I wakesurf?
Don’t worry! As long as you start with a trainer teaching you how to wakesurf, nothing can go wrong. Professional wakesurfing coaches know what is difficult for the beginners. The boat never will go faster than it’s needed at your level of skills. No reason to be afraid, it really is easier than it looks!
However, if you want to know what is it all about, let us tell you how to learn wakesurfing.
Determine your leading leg. If you didn’t surf before, you won’t understand why do they call some people “goofy” or “regular”. It’s simple – both terms regard the position of your feet on the board. Goofy indicates that the right foot is in the front, and regular means the left one is. Depending on whether you are left or right-sided, you will be able to choose which leg goes first and which one comes after.
Get in the water!
At first, you will get in the water somewhat behind the boat. In this phase, the engine will be off and you’ll float in the water with your board. Keep the rope loose between your legs. Place your feet at shoulder width over the board and point your toes to the sky. Remember, the closer your heels are to the edge, the easier it is to get up!
Get ready to go.
When the rope goes tight, keep your toes pointing upwards but press your heels down. If you do it correctly, people on the boat will see the bottom of your board. All this requires is balance and a little bit of confidence.
Keep yourself up.
As the boat speeds up, it will easily pull you up in a standing position. At first, keep the rope in your hand and throw away it only when you feel comfortable without it. It takes time to find the spot on the wake where you feel secure about your moves and actions. Usually the bottom of the wake is a good and safe point to stick to.
Use your feet to steer the board.
It may be surprising to the beginner surfers, but your feet play an important part in keeping the board moving. In a neutral position, your balance should be in halves on your back and front foot. Depending on whether you want to speed up or slow down, you put more pressure respectively in the front or in the back.
That’s it! After that, you will find yourself surfing on the wake behind the boat. As you develop your skills, you will see that it doesn’t take only your abilities to surf smoothly. Your teacher and driver of the boat are those who determine the quality of experience. Don’t forget to thank them for their job well done!