Wakeboarding is a surface water sport that involves riding a wakeboard over the water surface. One is either pulled by a boat or a mechanized cable system. Other sports such as water skiing, snowboarding and surfing have all inspired and contributed to the development of wakeboarding and its techniques.
Like other board-riding sports, there are many different wakeboard designs to choose from. It depends on the preference and types of jump that the wakeboarder might want to attempt. Shorter boards are better for spin tricks and skate-style riding. Longer versions help reduce swing weight when throwing spins. For beginners, it is better to start off with a short leash and gradually progress to a longer leash when one gets more confident at it. Also, a shorter leash provides better control whereas a longer line will give you more run up to the wake, allowing you to build up your approach to achieve higher jumps.
Wakeboarding is considered new sport because it only has a few decades of history. Nobody could really put a name to the person that invented it, but many agree that it originated around the early 80s. It is, however, apparent that this sport is an evolution of surfing and skiboarding, combined. In the past, one requires a boat and driver to practise wakeboarding. But today, one can also wakeboard at simulated wakeboarding parks. At such places, the wakeboarder is pulled by a cable that is attached to a motorised pulley. Such a typical example can be found in Singapore's East Coast Park - known the 'Cable Ski Park - 360'.
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Just from carving up the water, one can already feel the rush and excitement from wakeboarding. But if you are an adrenaline junkie, this is definitely the sport for you, as there are no limits to the amazing stunts and tricks that one can pull off with a wakeboard. As an example, wakeboarders seek to ride on bigger wakes created by the boat, because it would allow them to achieve bigger jumps and stunts.
Like all other extreme sports, it is important to remember that safety comes first; not only for yourself, but for others around you. Wakeboarding is a safe sport, just as long as you take the right precautions and make the necessary preparation before you attempt it. As many have neglected, it is essential to do your stretches before you go for a ride, if not you will suffer sore all over, especially if the body is not well-conditioned. When it comes to learning a new trick, take some time to understand the trick first. Always take it a step at a time and not try to attempt something that is way beyond one's ability. Also, always wear a life vest and helmet when riding if you plan to hit obstacles, as serious injuries and implications can occur if you do not equip yourself properly.