This is not only fairly practical in that it means you don’t come out looking like a prune, but also in the fact that they keep you warm and mean that you can do watersports in any weather and not worry too much about whether you’re going in the rain or in the cold meaning that the watersports can now be year-round activities.
Another very useful purchase for a range of watersports is fat sacs or ballast. Fat sacs for boats essentially have the role of weighting down the boat in the correct areas in order to ensure that it doesn’t rock around too much on top of the water and to this way encourage it to stay steady on top of the water and to cut through the waves thereby making it much easier for you to stay on your board or skiis.
For a range of watersports then, as well as other water based activities, a wet suit and fat sacs for boats will often come in useful.
Depending on the watersport you want to get involved in, there is a lot of different specialised equipment you will need to be able to take part in the activity. For example if you want to learn to wakeboard then you will need to actually buy a wakeboard and there are many different ones to choose from. Meanwhile if want to waterskii you will need the waterskiis. Either would be useless for the other sport but they are nonetheless very important props to take part in the activities.
However there are also some items that will be useful for a range of different watersports and more that will be useful for watersports that involve being towed behind a boat such as waterskiing or wakeboarding.
For almost any watersport a wetsuit will be very useful for instance. And these will be practical for a lot of other activities as well that involve getting wet. These are essentially skin tight suits that help to keep your skin dry while you’re in the water.
Watersports such as barefoot waterskiing, wakeboarding and skiing are great ways to enjoy some great scenery and a great way to enjoy the exhilaration of hurtling across the water at speeds approaching 20mph. However at the same time they also have many other amazing benefits that make watersports a great lifestyle choice and one that will keep on giving. Here we’ll look at what a few of those bonuses are.
They make amazing videos and photos: Struggling to come up with a Facebook picture? Well why not have one of you leaping over a wave on a wakeaboard?
They improve your health: What’s the best way to get six pack abs and to get lots of fresh air? Waterskiing is one answer. Another is wakeaboarding.
They are challenging: They are fun yes, but like all good hobbies they are also challenging and prevent a fairly steep but rewarding learning curve.
It only takes one: While a game of football means finding a day when all your friends are available, you can go out and do watersports any time.
These are just a couple of the bonuses but there are many more. The best way to discover the rest is to try them yourself.
Fast acceleration however is not really necessary as wakeboarding requires the speed to start fairly slowly then speed up. At the same time you want to create the optimum wake (the wave behind the boat) for riding on and this can be achieved with a V hull sports boat. Flat bottomed ski boats may be less efficient at creating the wake necessary for wakeboarding.
The boat then needs to be kitted out to allow it to pull the wakeboard. This involves adding weight to the stern of the boat and adding an additional pylon. This additional weight will help to create the maximum wake. Meanwhile the boat also needs to be kept steady and extra weight can be added to improve the balance of the boat and to help it to cut through waves by buying fat sacs for boats.
The towrope will also need to be added to the back of the boat of course in order to pull the wakeboard. To improve this you can also attach the cable to a ‘tower’ to give it extra height (this may require extra support to counter bending). This changes the angle of the force on the wakeboard and essentially allows for higher jumps and so more complex and impressive tricks and moves.
Many wakeboarding tips and wakeboarding videos go over the elements necessary to start wakeboarding such as having a wakeboard and learning some of the basics about how to ride about it. They might talk about fat sacs for boats and about the importance of a wet suite. However all of this is irrelevant if you don’t have a boat, so here we’ll look at the boats that are best for wakeboarding and how to prepare them.
To start with, the boat used for wakeboarding does not need to be as powerful as one used for water skiing. A good starting point is a 16 to 17 foot boat with a 50 or 90 hp outboard motor, while for optimum performance a 19 foot boat with a 135 hp outboard motor will provide the best balance of power.
What’s important is that the boat is capable of constantly pulling your weight while going at speeds of around 15 to 18 miles an hour which are the speeds you’ll normally be travelling at when wakeboarding.
Furthermore, waterskiing, wakeboarding and other watersports are outdoors. This then means that you will be in the sun while you enjoy them which of course means you benefit from the vitamin D that gives you. At the same time this will give you that nice layer of tan that will ensure you look healthy and have a summer kissed aura. This is part of what makes up that ’surfer body’ that is so highly sought after.
And finally there’s the fact that you’ll be exposed to all that sea air. This fresh air is the perfect remedy for inner city living and will have numerous health benefits. For someone with asthma or allergies this is a great way to improve your breathing, while at the same time the salt in the air can have many other benefits and also acts as a disinfectant to help avoid infections and other similar problems.
Over time then watersports will transform your body and you will find yourself looking and feeling healthier than ever before.
These are the muscles that are also trained in rowing or climbing, and they are again a group that is often overlooked. Thus going waterskiing or wakeboarding is almost as healthy as doing a gym workout. At the same time it will affect muscles that you are less likely to train doing other things and will result in the kind of physique that many people respond to – one with flat six pack abs and a muscular back and triceps.
That’s not all waterskiing does though. At the same time as training those muscles, it also requires a lot of cardiovascular effort from you as you are continuously weaving around on the water and holding yourself in position. After a while this will begin to rely on the aerobic system and will work your heart and circulatory system. This is a great way to improve your fitness and it will also strengthen your heart and increase your VO2 max helping to increase your endurance and to avoid a range of health conditions such as heart disease.
Of course this tugging on the rope will also strengthen your arm muscles as you have to constantly fight to keep them bent so that you have control over your distance from the boat and aren’t just being dragged across the water. Tugging like this will specifically train your triceps which are the muscles on the backs of your arms. This is very important as the triceps should make up 2/3rds of our arms though most people neglect them and end up with bigger biceps and no triceps. At the same time, gripping onto the rope will help to strengthen your forearms and your grip which is highly useful for a range of tasks (it’s also worth bearing in mind that when you wear a t-shirt, the forearms are the only part of you that will be exposed and that you can thus show off your new found fitness. Finally the act of using the rope to pull yourself forwards will train your lats which are the muscles down your sides next to your arms often referred to as ‘wings’.
First of all, waterskiing, wakeboarding and barefoot waterskiing all require a certain amount of fitness. You will be holding on to the rope in order to keep yourself upright and to stay behind the boat. This of course requires a lot of ab strength and is partly responsible for the ripped abs and six packs you often associate with those who participate in watersports. At the same time though the balance required to stay upright and to steer with the legs and arms is also considerable and this will further train the core muscle. In particular the motion of twisting your legs and upper body to weave around across the top of the water will develop your obliques which are the muscles that make the serrations down the side of your stomach on either side of your abs. These are very difficult to train in any other way but will make a big different to your overall physique and certainly make your mid section appear a lot more ‘cut’ and defined.
Watersports such as wakeboarding and barefoot waterskiing have many different benefits and advantages that make them as popular as they are. They are outdoors and located on the beach meaning that you get lots of great views and don’t have to pay anything to do it. Another great benefit however that many people don’t realise about watersports is that they’re incredibly healthy. This isn’t just in one way either, and they will have a range of excellent impacts on your health to give you overall holistic health improvements. At the same time you can also expect to find this fitness affects the way you look, and that your body becomes more muscular. If you’ve ever heard of a ’surfer’s’ body then you’ll know about this. Watersports then are not just a sport, but a lifestyle choice that will leave you looking and feeling better than ever before – even when you’re not on the waves.