Barefoot waterskiing has a plethora of advantages that makes it the water sport of choice of many. Here are just two of them which nicely demonstrate just how practical a sport it is and how it’s something you might want to consider getting started in.
You save yourself money: The fact that you do not need any gear for the activity means that it’s free to learn to barefoot and to go whenever you want to. You won’t need to rent lots of expensive equipment out and you will not need to invest in an overly costly wakeboard or skis – rather you can just go without any equipment for free.
You have less to lug around: When you do set out to go barefoot waterskiing you can easily walk down to the beaches or get the bus with no requirement to carry a huge wakeboard or huge skis over your shoulders making it far easier and more pleasant a day out.

Wakeboarding is a great as well as fun activity that shall get you out to great beautiful places (at which you can be certain to take many of the best as well as most action packed images of yourself rushing over the top of the water with amazing scenery whilst striking awesome poses), help you to get in good shape by toning up your muscles as well as give you an awesome tan. There are many great reasons to begin wakeboarding, so here we will take a small look at how to start wakeboarding and what you will need to know and will address technique, equipment and training.
Basic Technique

The initial thing you have to know about how to start to wakeboard is how to balance your weight. This is a skill that hopefully may come quite naturally, though you can nevertheless learn some highly useful tips. For instance you should ensure that the majority of the time you keep your legs as well as arms a bit bent.

This has lots of benefits, first of all stopping you from injuring yourself through hyperextension (when you suddenly extend your limb as far as it will go) or jolting them, as well as making sure you remain in control of the wakeboard.
Keeping your arm bent is additionally the strongest way to have it in terms of your grip plus endurance too (as is also taught in Tai Chi as well as martial arts!) so this is a great way to make sure you do not by accident let go of the rope and thus fall back.
To distribute your weight correctly you must try as well as keep your center of gravity quite low to begin with. Bending at the hip can assist you to manage this feat; as can slightly leaning forwards on the wakeboard.
Wakeboarding is named wakeboarding as it involves at once a ‘wake’ as well as a board. For those who are not in the know, a ‘wake’ is the name of the little wave that’s created by the boat as it moves through the water and breaks through some of the waves.

The central concept in wakeboarding then is to ‘ride’ on top of the wake by navigating your wakeboard on to it as well as then letting it help to push your board onward. As the boat quickens up then you must move toward the top of the wake plus try to remain there as long as you can.
If you do not steer onto the wake, then you shall come across the rough areas of sea plus different other problems which can cause you to flip or get unsteady and off your wakeboard.
For the jumps you shall be utilising a bit of an alternative technique to jump on and land on the water. Of course, whilst your wakeboard will provide a basic amount of surface area; it can nevertheless still push down under the surface of the water as well as that would then mean you are not ‘pushing off of’ the water as much as pushing yourself downwards. Instead then, the intention is to take the bulk of your weight and force on the rope subsequently to use just a pressing motion on the wakeboard before pulling your knees up to meet your chest with the wakeboard of course attached.

This is a way to get over obstacles to pull off tricks and turns in the air. To do the you twist and turn your body to create torque be ready to pass the rope behind your own body
Equipment
Wakeboarding a is fun sport and everyone who even sees it at a distance will be able to tell this right away. Anyone who experiences it themselves on the other hand will be taken away by how enjoyable the activity is and what a rush it provides. Whilst that is a large enough motivation for anyone to take up a activity however, it a long way from being the only motive to begin wakeboarding – apart from nothing helps keep it you tanned healthy.
In wakeboarding however, just like most land sports, before you can get started there is a small amount of essential gear that you need. Of course the initial thing here is the board itself – you would likely find it difficult to learn to wakeboard without this.

When selecting the wakeboard you need to take into account your general newbie status as well as your size and weight; keep an eye on the future too to ensure that your board will last a long time and will be suitable as you progress. In doing this the simple guideline is that the larger (wider) the board is, the simpler it will be to balance on. This ensures that for starters, a large board is easier as it will be far less likely to fall when you go around turns and weave between tings. At the time a bigger surface area is for helping to distribute bigger weight across the surface of the water, so if you happen to be very tall or a bit overweight, then a bigger board is once again sensible. If however you know that you are only likely to be able to pay for one wakeboard and won’t be able to upgrade though, then a smaller, thinner board might be the wiser choice. This is because a thinner wakeboard is better for performing stunts and jumps as well as is obviously far lighter so simpler to pull up from the water in a jump.

A large board then would be easier for learning wakeboarding, but if you feel you would be unable to upgrade it at a later date then this will stand in your way when it is time to start doing tricks and to begin progressing your technique. Of course the best scenario is to own both to thus promote yourself from a bigger wakeboard to a thinner board as you improve.
Also an essential purchase is to get boots that fit you comfortably and that strap on to the wakeboard. These must add support to your ankles, as well as to you maintain balance to accidents. The rest of the essential gear you should be able to hire out such as the tow boat the tow rope with the winch. There are some optional tools that are handy for wakeboarding for starters. Wakeboarding ballast is highly useful and there are multiple makes of this wakeboard ballast you can purchase such as Moomba ballast, Malibu ballast or a range of different ones.
Any ballast or fat sacs though do the same thing, which is to be put in the tow boat in a bid to weight it down. This then ensures that it sways around less and is not as likely to bounce when it strikes the waves. For a rider who is new to the wakeboarding scene, stability for the vehicle will be even more beneficial to ensure that they are not as likely to be pulled over.

Look for Malibu ballast or other fat sac makes then to aid you in stabilising the boat, especially if there is rough weather and you want to ride at the beach. A wet suit is also very helpful to allow you to remain dry if you topple over in the water – if you happen to be a beginner to wakeboarding then you should realise this will be happening often… But it’s all part of the learning experience!
Training

Before you begin to wakeboard you would do well to look at starting to get a feel for the activity. Luckily though this doesn’t necessarily mean traipsing to the beach regularly – you can have a go at the basics of the sport without always having to be in the sea, and this is convenient as it will not always be easy to journey to a beach, get all of your equipment out and your clothes changed and then practice in a short space of time, and it won’t always be suitable weather for watersports either. You are therefore looking for ways to be able to try wakeboarding in more practical surroundings and preferably in doors in order to get a feel as well as learn to wakeboard well. So some ways to do this we shall look at here.

One way is to pick up pointers by watching Wakeboarding videos. Just viewing wakeboarding footage online or otherwise of professionals wakeboarding helps you to see what works what does not. This way it will help your brain to get used to the poses you pull off in order to remain stable and the way in which you keep your balance which is all for your technique. The *feel* for how to wakeboard will seep in almost by osmosis. Better yet is if you discover instructional wakeboarding videos designed specifically to teach you the technique, as then this of course gives you an even more effective way to learn on your own without paying for lessons etc. This shall show you how to wakeboard, how to balance and how to perform tricks well and can provide you a with a variety of advise as well as pieces of information for the sport. These will be far more useful than just reading articles meanwhile as the wakeboarding videos can actually demonstrate the technique and show rather than just tell. This then will be a highly effective way to learn and for you to increase your form without having to get changed and travel to the beach and being out in

What wakeboarding really needs though is a good amount of balancing ability; as well as a kind of ‘connection’ to the board so that you intuitively know where it is in space. One way to do training to develop this is to try practicing on a skateboard or a longboard etc. Which although different, provides you the essential sensation of wakeboarding on land so you will not have to get wet or changed into a wet suit. You can this way train in your back garden or a skate park where it will be far more practical and easy. Not all people as they get older will be in to the idea of going out skateboarding though, even if they do enjoy water sports – the two truly are different (there are no waves and no water in a skate park, and you have to wear pads and things that can feel quite juvenile on a skateboard). An even more simple way to learn to train to balance on a wakeboard then is to use an exercise balance board. This will give you something to emulate the feeling of standing on a board on choppy waves with and will develop the core ab muscles etc. Likewise you might want to try investing in the Nintendo Wii and its Wii Fit game and board. This has sensors in it that tell you whether you are central or not.