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Old 04-26-2013, 04:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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You don't dock start behind a boat? I always do (we all do at the cottage whether wakeboarding or water skiing)...
Not rich enough to have a lake house with private dock, all public docks around here are strictly no wake zones. So yeah, 11 years of deep water starts. I usually get about 50-60 riding days a year, pretty much every weekend, and slip out for a couple sets on random weekdays if the weather is right. Those would be my SB'ing stats if I lived 20 minutes from a mountain instead of a lake

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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!
It will more then keep you in shape, WB'ing is A LOT more physical then snowboarding. I think most parks offer lessons, there might even be a wake school near you.

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P.S. snowboarding is my off season replacement for wakeboarding
HAHAHA yeah me too! I like the ride on snow way more, but love the lifestyle on the lake. Nothing like chilling on the boat with friends n family with a cooler full of beer, bonfires and BBQ after the sun goes down.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:45 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Not rich enough to have a lake house with private dock, all public docks around here are strictly no wake zones. So yeah, 11 years of deep water starts.

HAHAHA yeah me too! I like the ride on snow way more, but love the lifestyle on the lake. Nothing like chilling on the boat with friends n family with a cooler full of beer, bonfires and BBQ after the sun goes down.
Oh man that sucks. Cottages where my dad is go for $150k up to a $1,000,000+, but even the small shacks have good water access. We're in an enclosed little bay on a river about 1/5 km away from where it joins the lake. It's great because we get at most about 4-6" of choppy water from the wind. Mornings and evenings it can be smooth as glass!

The only trouble with dock starting all the time is I don't get much water start practice. It's no problem on a wakeboard I just pop right up, but I like to slalom waterski as much as wakeboard, and once I'm down I find it really tough to get up on one ski.

And who says you can't have a cooler full of beer, a bonfire/BBQ and a hot tub after a day of snowboarding?!?

I take my slalom skiing seriously... SERIOUSLY!!!


But my brother in law is the master. Guy's in his mid-40s and doesn't slow down.


Even my dad still gets out, but he's fond of two skis these days. He's 70 now so we won't make fun of him...


He does have fun on two planks though...



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I've never started off of a dock, just water starts. Water starts on skis and boards have always been really easy for me. Hopefully my buddy will get a boat with a high pole soon.

And hopefully I won't get any water police violations when I'm driving this year. Assholes fined me $100 last season.
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Yea no dock starts here either anymore. We used to have an old dock that was abandoned that we hung out on, have done lots of dock kneeboard starts, and some barefoot dock starts as well. Dock has long rotted away, well before wakeboards were in existence.

Pout, try slalom deep water starts behind someone's dad's old shitty 90 hp outboard on an 18' bass boat...it's a lesson in deep breathing followed by 2 minutes of breath holding with your head tucked down to your knees...very happy to have graduated to a for-real wakeboard boat. I will say though, at 47 years young and on a nice Radar slalom ski, it takes everything I have to get out of the water anymore, even with the right boat. Slalom early, wakeboard later, too worn out the other way around.

Used to be, anyone who didn't get up in whatever was in the boat, from slalom to paddle to barefoot, was made fun of until they drowned or made it up . everything in the boat got skied on at some point.
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Ohhh man the season is close, I'm pretty stoked. Went out on my buddy's boat Sun for a couple hours. Water is still too cold to ride around here, got in to my knees, it was shock cold New carb for my boat is on the way, I was plagued with carb troubles last season so said screw it and ordered a rebuilt one.
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I learned to get up on 1 ski when I was in high school. Its fucking tough, a strong boat makes a huge difference. Never tried it on a 2booter, learned to drag my back foot/leg and just stick it behind once u get up.

Poutanen as your Dr., I prescribe 10 deep water slalom starts this summer!
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Wakeboarding is a great sport but I don't find it anything like snowboarding, body position is totally different, carving is totally different and jumping technique is completly different too. Snowboarders do much better than non snowboarders though when learning. I've never done a cable park but its all jumps and rails, never done that stuff on a wakeboard.

I prefer dock starts but deep water starts are super simple, people always overthink it and try to get up way to fast.

Nice pics poutanen! I'll upload a few later when I get home if I remember.
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I learned to get up on 1 ski when I was in high school. Its fucking tough, a strong boat makes a huge difference. Never tried it on a 2booter, learned to drag my back foot/leg and just stick it behind once u get up.

Poutanen as your Dr., I prescribe 10 deep water slalom starts this summer!
I tried this last summer for the first time... didn't even get close! I did get draged like a mofo though lol. I'll try again this year but before wakeboarding, I'd already done 4 long pulls.... thats my excuse haha. And it was a big Malibu with 350HP so I can't blame the boat
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I tried this last summer for the first time... didn't even get close! I did get draged like a mofo though lol. I'll try again this year but before wakeboarding, I'd already done 4 long pulls.... thats my excuse haha. And it was a big Malibu with 350HP so I can't blame the boat
Yeah I CAN blame the boat in my case. Our main boat is a 90 HP Yamaha on a 15'6" cadorette (FG v-hull)... It'll do about 43 MPH flat out with one person in it. When my brother is slalom skiing he pulls so hard my dad is usually running the boat with the throttle pinned. It works hard to pull somebody out of the water!

That said, I took a lesson behind a proper inboard (not I/O) wakeboarding boat once. What a difference! I just popped out of the water!
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Haha, sounds like my father in-laws boat. 90HP, hard to get a 200lb guy out of the water, boat pulls hard with the rider. My brother in-law has the big malibu, I get out with him a few times/year but we mostly go out with the father in-law - still fun though, wake looks pretty much like your dads boat. The Malibu on the other hand has a beauty of a wake.
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