With barefoot waterskiing there is no wakeboard to knock yourself unconscious on and no ski to take your eye out with making the experience much safer.
You can be more creative: There are many amazing jumps and tricks you can do on a wakeboard or waterskiis, but in some senses the wakeboard or skis are actually quite limiting. The fact that you have a large object stuck to your foot means that you can’t be as creative with your feet, whereas when you’re barefoot waterskiing you can hold on with just one hand, pull off superman poses, and land in a variety of positions without toppling over.
It Looks great: And finally barefoot waterskiing looks really great. Of course wakeboarding or waterskiing do too, but here you will look very blasé and nonchalant as you streak across the water – without so much as a board!
You save money: The fact that you don’t have any equipment means that it’s very cheap to learn to barefoot. Here you won’t need to invest in an expensive wakeboard or waterskiis and instead can just go right for it.
You feel the water on your feet: It’s also quite nice to feel more ‘at one’ with the water. As a sensation there’s little better than having the water rushing against your feet, and at the same time this can help you to pull off more impressive feats in a way as you know where you are in relation to the waves and the sea at all times. This way you really get to experience the water and how it affects your sport.
It’s less dangerous: Water sports are great in that they are a lot safer than other extreme sports – the sea acting like some kind of giant crash mat for any time you should fall over. At the same time though there are still definitely some inherent risks, but most of these come from the threat of hitting the equipment itself.
Barefoot waterskiing does what it says on the tin. If you learn to barefoot you will be ‘waterskiing’ without a waterski. What this means is that you will be being pulled behind the boat and using only your feet to cut through the water and to balance upright. There are many reasons to take up any watersport, but barefoot skiing has some distinct advantages of its own. Here we’ll look at some of the best reasons to learn to barefoot waterski.
You can do it anytime: With barefoot waterskiing you don’t need any of your own equipment. This means that if you come across a beach that provides watersport opportunities, you can then have a go right away even if you haven’t brought anything with you. This makes it more spontaneous in a way and means you’re always ready.
You have less to carry: And when you do set out to go barefoot waterskiing you can walk down to the beach or get the bus with no need to carry a large wakeboard over your shoulder making it much easier.
The central idea in wakeboarding then is to ‘ride’ the wake by steering on to it and letting it push your board forward. As the boat speeds up then you should move towards the top of the wake and attempt to stay there as much as possible. If you do not, then you will come across choppy bits of sea and other problems that can cause you to flip or fall off your wakeboard. At the same time riding the wake will help you to gain more speed.
For jumps you will be using a slightly different technique to jumping on land. Of course while your board provides some surface area, it can still penetrate the surface of the water and that means you’re not ‘pushing off’ as such. Instead the idea is to take much of your weight on the rope and then to use only a slight pushing motion before bringing your knees up to your chest with the wakeboard attached. This is a great way to clear obstacles and to pull off impressive tricks. To do the latter you will need to twist your body to make torque and be prepared to pass the handle behind yourself.
Having your arm bent is also the strongest position in terms of grip and endurance too (as is taught in Tai Chi and martial arts!) so this is a good way to ensure you don’t accidentally let go of the rope and let yourself fall over. By keeping your legs slightly bent you also give yourself the ability to extend them or contract them as you need to to react to the waves as you go over them.
To balance you should try and keep your centre of gravity fairly low to start with. Bending at the hip can help you to achieve this, as can slightly leaning forwards. It’s possible to practice how to wakeboard by using a balance board or another similar tool in order to learn how to balance on a moving platform.
Wakeboarding is called wakeboarding because it involves both a wake and a board. For those not in the know, a wake is the name of the small wave caused by the boat as it cuts through the water.
Wakeboarding is a great and fun sport that will get you out to great scenic locations (where you can be sure to take lots of scenic and action packed pictures of yourself gliding across the water with spectacular backdrops), help you to stay in shape toning up your muscle and getting you’re a great tan. There are countless good reasons to start wakeboarding, so here we’ll have a little look at how to wakeboarding. Read the tips and you should be able to learn to wakeboard with relatively little extra help.
The first thing you need to know about how to wakeboard is how to distribute your weight. This is something that should come fairly naturally, however you can still learn tips. For example you should most of the time have your legs and arms slightly bent. This has many advantages, first of all preventing you from hurting yourself through hyperextension or jolting, and ensuring you remain in control.
To train your CV use running, skipping, shadow boxing or whatever you want. A very basic training programme for wakeboarding then might consist of three resistance days a week – one each for the core, the legs and the upper body with CV on two other days of the week (and two days off). Finally you can prepare in many other ways – through your diet, or even by visualising how to wakeboard and practicing technique in your mind’s eye (this is said to strengthen the neurons and muscle memory just as much as actually participating in a sport, though not the muscle mass of course) – so you should really always be training in a sense, or at least behaving with an eye to wakeboarding. All of these things will help you learn to wakeboard, or help you to practice and train; but the very best form of preparation and training however will always remain actually wakeboarding, and this is the most sure fire way to improve your ability.
These are what you will use, in combination with your legs, to steady the board, and good strength here will massively improve your wakeboarding prowess. At the same time other forms of strength and endurance training can also be very good for improving your wakeboarding. For example then any crunches or sit ups that work the abs and core (and particularly the obliques) will be very useful. To train your legs you should do squats, calf raises, leg presses, lunges and other forms of leg-targeting exercise. Finally you should combine this with arm strength, as your arms and upper body are what you will use to hold the rope and to real yourself in. You should have a bent arm position for the majority of your wakeboarding and this of course is quite a strain on the muscles. Anything like bicep curls, rows or dumbbell raises then will be helpful – anything that seems to slightly mimic the position or movement of the arms.
This then will be a very constructive way to train and will help you to improve your technique without being out there.
What wakeboarding really requires however is a sense of balance, and a sense of connection to the board. One way to do this is to try practicing on a skateboard, which while quite different will give you the basic feeling of wakeboarding but on land where it will be much more convenient. Not everyone as they get older will be in to skateboarding however, even if they do like wakeboarding, and the too really are very different (there are no waves in a skate park for example). An even simpler way to train and to help learn to wakeboard then is with an exercise balance board. These you simply stand on and try to keep your centre of gravity down and this will help to develop your balance.
What this also does that will help you learn to wakeboard though is to strengthen your core muscles.
Before you start to learn to wakeboard you should look into getting a feel for the sport. At the same time you can practice the basics of wakeboarding without necessarily needing to be in the sea, and this is very convenient as it won’t always be convenient to travel to a beach and get all of your clothes out. You need to be able to practice and learn to wakeboard well so find some other ways to do it.
One way is to learn by watching wakeboarding videos. Just watching wakeboarding videos online of people wakeboarding will help you to watch what works and what doesn’t, it will help your mind to get used to the positions you need to hold and the way in which you balance which is all very important for your performance. However if you can find instructional wakeboarding videos however then this will give you an even better way to train on your own. These will tell you how to wakeboard and how to wakeboard well and can give you a range of tips and pieces of advice for wakeboarding.