Learn Wakesurfing and Wakeboarding in Cornwall
Wakesurfing is the sport where Surfing and Wake boarding get together. It is possible to ride an endless wave created from the wake of a powerboat. And the bigger the wake the bigger the wave. In this sport the handle becomes less important, except when getting out of the water – shown below in the five stages. When you learn wakesurfing, getting on to the board is slightly more difficult because, unlike wakeboarding, there are no bindings and timing and balance are needed, plus of course a good boat driver! Once the board is planing the feeling is very similar to surfing.You need to concentrate on balancing without tension on the line and being more fluid in the knees and ankles to control the wake surf.
Great fun and challenging, we all enjoy this sport at Activity Holidays in Cornwall, it is one of our favourites along with wakeboarding which we can’t get enough of.
Here’s how to do it….
- First position the board horizontally in front. Place your heels over the board, nearside of centre line so that when standing, your feet will assume a surfing stance, centrally on board. The offset heel placement will dip the nearside and raise the front edge of the board so that when the power is applied, the resistance will push the board to your feet and the grip deck will keep it positioned.
- Keep tension in the line while sculling with one hand, tucking body close to the board, keeping pressure on the heels.
- Place both hands on handle and when the power comes on keep knees tucked close to chest and pull your body over the board keeping knees bent, weight even.
- Immediately stand, moving weight slightly to back foot and knees bent in surfing stance. Feet should be on centreline with front foot about 45 degrees.
- Release back hand and give a little toe edge to follow boat. Keep knees bent and focus on balance….you’re wakesurfing – Happy Boarding!
The technique is virtually the same as Wake Skating but the board is obviously much bigger and less manageable. Using the heels to initiate the tilt is the key.
Great for practicing your surfing skills on wave less days!
The ultimate intention in Wakesurfing is to jack up the boat wake to peak just behind the boat by increasing weight to back of boat and engine tilt, so that you can ride the standing wave WITHOUT THE HANDLE.
This puts you dangerously near the prop, should you wipe out and to be frank, unless you can generate a BIG wake, is pretty boring. You can’t do much or get very far from the wake as you drop off, and get left behind.
To see a boat load of “dudes” all hanging at the back of the boat, watching some rider wick wacking, up and down a pissy little wake, is NOT cool.
Wakesurfing without the handle needs – Big boat, big engine, big weight, big wake – OK, but watch he prop! If you fall, fall clear.
If you want to carve like on big waves, it’s better to stay back, on the handle and shred the wake.
Here is a video of the worlds Best performing and are far from Boring. Notice how good the wake is and how the boat has been weight biased to increase the wake on the left or right side, to favour ‘natural’ (left foot forward) and ‘goofy’ (right foot forward) riders.