Yeah I am really loving wakeboarding. About your hands hurting...my GF's sister and her fiance said to not put a death grip on it. Relax it a little. They also told me not to fully grab it, but to simply for a "C" shape with your fingers and sort of cup the handle. It helped me a lot. Now my hands don't hurt at all, and we ride from 9am-7pm.
Hope that helps, but what do I know...only been riding for less than a month.
I FEEL YA on the falls. The day after, I ALWAYS have whiplash. Sometimes minor, sometimes major. I also have a bruise on my hip that is fairly large, about 5 inches in diameter. I never thought he water could hurt so much haha.
ALL WORTH IT!
Look forward to seeing your vids man! KEEP RIPPIN IT!
Just picked up the Hyperlite ERA Wakeboard Bindings on boardersbestbuy.com. Getting a serious addiciton now.