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Wakeboarding

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Wakeboarding is a combination of surfing, snowboarding and water skiing. It began to be popular all over the world in the 1980s at the same time that snowboarding took off. A wakeboard is similar to a snowboard. The feet are locked onto the board. You are towed by a speed boat and you can ride in and out of the boat's wake and do ariel tricks. Just as a snowboard made doing tricks easier on the snow, so a wakeboard makes doing tricks easier on the water.

Just as a snowboard made doing tricks easier on the snow, so a wakeboard makes doing tricks easier on the water.

About the wakeboard

A wakeboard is buoyant. The core is foam or a honeycomb material. The board is coated in fiber glass. Metal screws hold the bindings and fins to the board. Fins are changed depending on the tricks that are going to be done. Thus small fins are better for surface tricks such as flat spins. Canted side fins are great for leaning on the edge and doing 50-50 grinds and nose presses. For a list of all the jargon and tricks you can do on a wakeboard check out wikipedia.

Wakeboarding and catamarans

Although most wakeboarding is done on lakes using speed boats there are alternatives. Lakes have the advantage of having calm water that gives the wakeboarder more control and increases the array of tricks that can be attempted. However, there is something special about being out at sea and wakeboarding. The sheer scale of it, the challenge of staying up, the exhilaration. Check out this video of people wakeboarding behind a trimaran. The boat is a fast sailing boat and spectacularly rises from the water and banks.