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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2009, 09:26 PM
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Beginning Wakeboarding.

My girlfriend wakeboards and I snowboard. We are both trying to incorporate the other in our sports. (How precious) She lives on a lake and goes out all the time in her boat. I plan on taking a boating class this spring so I can drive her because she is stuck driving everyone else. I plan on getting into the sport and have a few questions.

1)Good board brands for beginners? I was thinking maybe gator??
2)I'm really digging the bindless style (not sure what it's called) but being a former skateboarder the thought of having it not bound to my feet and being able to spin it around like shove-its and kick flips seems awsome. (I'm not so into doing flips and such)
3) How do you go about getting that kind of board and is it practical for a beginner?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-11-2009, 09:57 PM
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Learn how to wakeboard before you wakeskate. You'll need to learn how to edge and jump on a wakeboard before you wakeskate but once you get that down throw your wakeboard away and just wakeskate. I blew both of my shoulders out wakeboarding and now I only wakeskate.

There are really no beginner wakeboards, Some of the boards are harder to edge and butter but you can still learn on them. If you don't know your going to keep wakeboarding just buy a low cost board. Don't cut corners on bindings tho. If you buy a cheap binding your feet will hurt and you'll never want to ride again.
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There are boards that are beginner friendly. I started out with a Hyperlite Motive, but progressed quickly and was riding a Liquid Force Omega within two months of starting. The Omega was a good all around board and would be good for a beginner yet it was pro rider Ben Greenwood's board of choice for a couple seasons. Liquid Force stopped making the board, but you can still find a new one for a steal.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 08:15 PM
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As far as Wakeskate board do you know how well Oak boards are?
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2009, 01:19 PM
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OAK is good, if your not hitting rails or kickers any wood wakeskate is good. After a couple years they will get water logged but you'll have your use out of it.
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2009, 04:38 AM
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Boardersbestbuy.com is a good place to watch for deals on wakeboard equipment. The size and the speed are going to be the two biggest factors in your first wakeboard (you're not going to be too worried about how much pop you're getting off the wake initially). I'm 6'2" 200lbs and I ride 142-144s. You can also read good reviews on the board at wakeworld.com .. Hope this helps and hope you have fun, it's really a great sport.

P.S. Landing one foot on and one foot off at 20mph really sucks on a wakeskate. I skateboarded for a long time, but find wakeboarding generally a bit safer (just my opinion)
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2009, 02:06 PM
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I just don't have a desire to do he style of wakeboarding. I've been talking to some people who started out wakeskating on another forum and they were syaing I should have no issue starting out skating instead.
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 07:18 AM
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It is very possible to just start wakeskating but you will learn how to edge better and have better board control if you learn how to wakeboard first.
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