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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 02:41 PM
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Only problem... You guessed it, no fuckin' boat.
Well, actually you don't need a boat to have fun on a board. Just a river with a decent current, a big stable tree and a rubber rope


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Nice.

I found exactly what I want to build, only without the huge tower.

I knew I couldn't be the first guy to wanna try this

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Ahhhhh I didnt even think of lack of wake at the cable park. Ha. I've never ever seen people wakeboard before. I know less than nothing about wakeboarding. But it seems to be kinda popular out here in Cali. I dont think I ever heard of wakeboarding and cable parks when I lived in the northeast. I figured since I'm out here...may as well give it a go right?

Maybe I can see if I can rent a boat/driver/boarder and take a lesson. I read with snowboarding experience is may be easy to pick up. It also seems to be popular off season recreation with boarders. I was looking for something I could do on weekends to keep me in snowboard shape!
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Maybe I can see if I can rent a boat/driver/boarder and take a lesson. I read with snowboarding experience is may be easy to pick up. It also seems to be popular off season recreation with boarders. I was looking for something I could do on weekends to keep me in snowboard shape!
Have you ever waterskied? I waterskied and snowboarded, so jumping on a wakeboard was pretty easy. They do feel weird under your feet though, much less "planted" than a board. The same principles apply as far as keeping your edge up, bending the knees, etc. so it's similar. I'd say that stance is similar to riding through moderate powder (i.e. 6"-12")

Give it a shot!
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Absolutely go try it. Lots of fun, as much as snowboarding, but in a different way.

Similar enough to snowboarding, much more like being in wet powder or slush. Lean on your back foot a lot more than you ever would consider good form on a snowboard.

I've pulled many many never-been-on-anything-that-slides-on-water, frozen or not. All of them were up and riding on a wakeboard in a handful of tries. Many who had other experience (snow, waterski, skateboard, ice skate, any kind of balance on moving platforms) were up and riding in 1 or 2 tries.
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P.S. snowboarding is my off season replacement for wakeboarding
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I started last year and learned how to catch an edge all over again. Put more weight on the rear foot and don't weight your front foot to steer. It will just dive.
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i tried it before snowboarding. i've been skateboarding since i was 11 years old... and i got up first try. i rode for almost a mile and even learned to ollie and 180 in that first run... you most definitely want a boat to follow when you learn, i would think. either way, i'm sure you'll have fun. no reason not to dotry it!
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My crazy bitch of a boss is talking like I should work all weekend now. Omg I hate her. Shes not really my boss - just the project manager I am working with at the moment ..but I've been out here since January working 70 hour weeks. Its my last weekend out here Job is done...wtf?

Ack...if I do get to go I will take pics and post them!

Is it kosher to wear long sleeve shirt? I burn wicked easily. I am the whitest white person alive.
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Is it kosher to wear long sleeve shirt? I burn wicked easily. I am the whitest white person alive.
I think you can wear whatever you want, but it might bug you to wear a wet shirt (it doesn't bug me when women wear wet shirts!!! lol sorry I gotta get back to my creeper ways)...

What about borrowing/renting a long sleeve wetsuit? They do help take away a bit of the slap when you hit the water funny.

Or just slather yourself with several layers of SPF 500 sunscreen? I still use SPF 4 at the most, but I'm one of those people that can be in the sun all day, have a little burn the next day, and by the 3rd day it's all tan.
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