Boating now-a-days isn’t just relaxing on the water and enjoying the sun. There is serious sport happening and it’s creating a bigger wave than ever. Literally! Wakeboarding isn’t a thing of the past but it is taking a side step for Wakesurfing.
Wakesurfing is a water sport where a rider trails behind a boat, riding the boat’s wakes without being directly pulled by the boat, a.k.a. wakeboarding. After getting up on the wake, typically by using a tow rope, the wakesurfers will drop the rope, and ride the steep face below the wave’s peak. Wakesurfers generally use special boards, designed specifically for these wakes.
Inboard ski/wakeboard boats are the most popular choice for this sport as the propeller is under the boat, and are less likely to make contact with the rider. Owners of inboard boats place ballast, such as water, lead weights, concrete, or other heavy objects in different sections of the boat in order to weight the boat down and create a larger wake. The best weight configuration for wakesurfing is to place the majority of the weight near the back corner side on the side you’re surfing on. The deeper the boat is in the water, the bigger the wake will be overall.
Standing up on the board is easier than it looks. Lay back in the water with your feet laying loosely on the wakesurf board, your knees bent and the rope in front of you. Dig your heels into the wakesurf board and pop it up vertically as your speed picks up. Once up, keep your knees slightly bent and edge away from the wake so you can get your feet into position.
This water sport is trending there are endless possibilities. As of 6/11/17 Noah Flegel turned out the first ever flip while wake surfing!! So grab a board, get your boat and see for yourself what all the hype is about!