If you’re trying waterskiing for the first time then you may be surprised by how difficult it can feel to start with trying to balance on two thin sticks essentially. If you’ve ever tried skiing normally then you’ll have some experience with how much of a challenge this can be, but it of course is greatly magnified when you’re on water which normally we wouldn’t be able to stand on at all. Fortunately there are some ways you can make waterskiing a little easier and can better work with a waterski to do the impossible.
The first thing to think about here are your skis themselves and there are some ways that water-skis can be conducive or less helpful to learners who want to start the sport. Specifically the best water-skis are those that are slightly larger (ie wider) which thus have more surface area in contact with the water. The reason for this is of course that the larger surface area is much easier to balance on than the thinner surface area.

While things like fast turns and jumps are harder on wider skis, these are things that you will likely not need as much as you first start to learn. In this sense a good analogy to draw would be one against the bicycle – racing bikes are much faster and a BMX is much better for jumps and tricks – but you would not expect a beginner to learn using either of these.
Other equipment is also necessary and should be purchased – such as for example a wetsuit which will keep you dry and warm should you fall in the water… This then prevents you from getting cold and from potentially contracting a disease and means that you can waterski in any weather. Another is to buy fat sacs and ballast Fat sacs are weight designed to weigh down the boat and specifically in certain areas.

This allows then the boat to ‘cut through’ the water and the waves rather than bouncing across on top of them, and also prevents it from swaying or tipping. This is then transferred down the rope and means that a more stable towboat means a more stable rope and a more stable rider. For a beginner this is of course invaluable and it allows them to balance much more easily making fat sacs an important purchase to make early on.
You should also similarly ensure that your tow boat is pulling at the right speed and you might find it easier to go more slowly to begin with. This will not only make the experience less scary, but also mean that you have more time to think and to get yourself up on the skiis. It isn’t necessary for the boat to travel at hugely fast feet in order for you to balance on the waterskiis, so staying at a minimum speed will allow you to get your bearing, adjust yourself appropriately and get the hang of balancing on water-skis.

At the same time it’s a good idea to get some instruction on how to use your water-skis. This will greatly help you to balance and prevent you from falling over. There are many great beginners’ wakeboarding tips you can find online, or it is also possible to take lessons or classes to start learning that way. The kinds of tips you will learn here will be how to keep your knees bent slightly in order to lower your centre of gravity, how to pull yourself in on the tope in order to keep it taught, and how to space your feet apart so that you create the maximum surface area without your legs pointing off in different directions. If you continue getting waterski lessons as you get better at the sport, they will start to teach you things like how to pull off jumps and how to turn more quickly. One of the great things about waterskiing is that it is fairly easy to begin with, while at the same time offering a lot of room to improve and a great challenge. Begin waterskiing and you will be starting a great new endeavour that will likely keep you hooked for a long time to come.

The average speed for these vehicles will be around 18 to 24 miles an hour though this will depend somewhat on the water conditions, the rider’s weight, their proficiency and the weather. As well as the towrope wakeboarding can also make use of closed-course cables, winches, PWCs and ATVs.
Wakeboarding of course grew out of other similar watersports such as waterskiing and barefoot waterskiing. Wakeboarding today is organised by the IWWF – or the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation – which is an organisation that was established in 1946. This is an organisation that is recognised by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and has been an official partner as of 1967.
For those thinking of taking up the sport, wakeboarding can offer you a great way to see lots of attractive beaches while experience high-adrenaline fun and staying fit at the same time.

Wakeboarding is a water sport and specifically a ’surface water sport’ which involves riding a wakeboard as the name would suggest. A wakeboard is a large board like a surf board, except for slightly differently shaped and with fastens in order to secure the feat in place. The wake boarder must then ride on a body of water – usually the sea but also potentially lakes or even large rivers. The wakeboard is dependent on a ‘wake’ of a boat which is the wave that a boat leaves behind it. The wakeboarder is then dragged behind the boat by a rope and aims to keep themselves on top of the wake while potentially performing tricks or avoiding and dealing with obstacles. This is an exhilarating sport practiced by many people and is also notable for allowing its practitioners to enjoy an outdoor environment and take lots of great pictures.
Normally the rider will be towed then by a towboat and this will normally be a motorboat.

One place to try is Bournemouth, England, which is down along the South Coast and has some great beaches for all sorts of watersports and other beach activities. What makes Bournemouth particularly standout though is that it is the home of the world’s first artificial coral reef, meaning that there is far more surf created for watersports such as surfing or wind surfacing. Of course you’ll have to be careful here about the weather – wetsuits in England are a must! Elsewhere around Europe also has some fantastic beaches, such as Bulgaria’s ‘Sunny Beach’ which is an up and coming tourist spot – so get there while it’s still cheap! Others include Tenerife, Spain, Mallorca and more.
The point is that if you wakeboard or waterski or do any of those other great water sports, then there are loads of great spots for you to explore. Don’t stay local – head into those countries with great beaches and enjoy a different climate and a different view. They make for great photographs too – perfect for a Facebook profile.

If you enjoy water sports then part of the attraction for you is the fact that it’s a sport that you get to participate in outdoors and on the water. This means that you get to enjoy lots of great views, the heat of the sun, the fresh sea air and all of the health benefits these things bring. At the same time you also get to appreciate the great views and amazing photos that you can get from wakeboarding or waterskiing in such a range of different locations, all of them usually scenic and tranquil beaches and occasionally lakes. There are many places all around the world that offer absolutely perfect places to try wakeboarding and waterskiing.
Here we’ll look at a few countries in different countries, and that’s the great thing about wakeboarding or barefoot waterskiing – they let you sample some of what another country has to offer (you wouldn’t really go abroad and try playing football on a local field somehow…).

This involves holding a barbell over your shoulders and then squatting down as though sitting in an invisible chair before standing back up, and this is one of the best ways to improve your overall muscle tone, fitness and balance.
Compound means that you are using several muscles together rather than training each muscle on its own – which is more how you use them in real life. While the squat will work as a compound movement, the best way to train for those muscles is to practice that actual movement. Specifically then you need to practice balancing but in a more ‘hardcore’ way to condition your muscles to be able to cope with whatever the sea can throw at you. A balance bored is perfectly designed for this and offers one of the very greatest core workouts around. Simply stand on a wobbly board – literally as though you were on a surfboard or wakeboard, and then try to stay upright while performing a range of movements on it. To use it even more effectively you can even try do other workouts on it – for example bicep curls while standing on the balance board.

Wakeboarding, barefoot waterskiing and ‘regular’ waterskiing all have something in common – they all involve the need to be able to balance. This is something that requires a great, strong mid section (that meaning you abdominals, lower spine and obliques) as well as fine control of the smaller muscles in your legs and the rest of your body. Meanwhile it also requires you to be able to balance well by paying attention to your position in space and your orientation which is something handled by the fine hairs in your ear.
Thankfully there are some easy ways to improve your balance and your coordination, both of which will make wakeboarding or waterskiing much easier. One way to do this is of course by strengthening those core muscles that are used in balancing, for example with sit ups, twisting sit ups, crunches and other such exercises. You should also train the muscles in the legs in order to get these more sensitive to the slight movements you will have to make.
Any explosive movements (plyometrics) such jumping or running will help to train these fast twitch muscle fibres and help you to be able to more quickly adjust. Meanwhile squatting is a compound movement that can help you to strengthen your legs and core as well as their ability to work together in unison.