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post #7 of (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 11:42 PM
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Drag your butt, point your toes.

Originally Posted by eidgm View Post
So I snowboard quite a bit and every summer my friends want me to try wakeboarding and every time I completely suck at it. Whats the deal? I can't get out of the water half the time and they say its cause im trying to do the work for the boat, I don't know who's doing the work but there isnt a whole lot of it getting done. Any advice?
I've been teaching kids to pop up out of the water on a wakeboard for about 6 years now. I fought, and sucked water about the first 5 times when I first started boarding, and then I figured it out and it's so easy now.

Set yourself up.
  1. Sit like you would in a chair. Knees bent. Floating relaxed on your back with your face upright. Toes pointing at the boat.
  2. Put your arms around your knees.
  3. Point your toes at the boat.


(Here's where ppl mess it up).
  1. Allow your board to pop out and skim the water FIRST.
  2. Allow your knees to push up against your chest.
  3. Keep dragging your butt in the water. When the board feels firm... stand up.
  4. In my experience it's easiest for beginners to keep their board perpendicular (toes pointed upright) with the boat and go outside the wake immediately. That way they don't have to worry about trying to put a foot forward... it just happens naturally.

Two main things. Drag your butt, point your toes, and you'll pop up every time.

TIP: If you're still having trouble, I've found the best way for ppl to figure it out is for the driver to actually drag the person slowly in the water (5mph or so) to allow them to practice pointing their toes at the boat and dragging their butt while there's some tension on the roap. I've actually seen kids get UP at this speed!... so driver... no need to floor it.

Keep practicing.

Last edited by youthpastorryan; 06-14-2008 at 11:46 PM. Reason: some more thoughts...
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