Tips from Phase 5 and Miller Kinlin
Getting up on the board:
- Start out with board flat on water with 2 heels resting on top of the board, a little more than shoulder width apart.
- Once the rope starts to get tight, just put pressure on your heels.
- Bend your knees like you are sitting down on a chair.
- Bend your elbows slightly and in between your knees.
- Keep arms, shoulders firm and back straight until you are standing.
- Lean back a little and enjoy the ride!
Additional tips for first time wakesurfers.
- Use ballast to weight one side of the boat (favor the stern): For the best possible conditions for wakesurfing, you need a solid wave.
- The ideal boat speed for wakesurfing is 11-14mph.
- Use a rope specifically for wakesurfing: They are bigger and safer than traditional ropes.
- Attach the rope to the pylon or tower for best placement.
- To slow down, apply weight to the back.
- To go faster, shift weight forward on the board.
Wakesurfing is a sport. Unless you are transitioning from a similar sport, it will take a bit of time to develop skill. But it is worth the investment… of time and money. There is nothing quite like the thrill of riding a good wave!