Trick Tips

Nick's Wakeboard Lessons

Trick tips

Getting up is the very first and most important thing that a wakeboarder must learn. It can seem very overwhelming when you are first learning but with these tips you will get up in no time.

  • Imagine you are sitting in a chair facing the sky.
  • Keep a slight bend in your arms.
  • As the boat starts to pull bend your knees more, as if you were trying to sit down onto the board.
  • Let the boat pull you up, DO NOT try to pull against the boat.
  • Remember to start slow!!!

Once you get up on the board, you need to know how to stay standing up. These tips will help keep you up and help you to move from one side of the wake to the other.

  • Keep a slight bend in your knees.
  • Keep your chest up and facing the boat.
  • Have slightly more weight on your back foot to keep the board in line with the boat.
  • Hold the rope near your front hip.
  • Push your toes down to go forward and push your heels down to go backward.

Once you are comfortable riding your wakeboard in the middle of the wake, it is time to take your wakeboarding to the next level by going out of the wake. This can be intimidating, but is much easier than it seems.

  • As you go out of the wake bend your knees a little extra.
  • Keep your chest up and facing the boat.
  • Remember to go forward you need to push your toes down and to go backward you need to push your heels down.
  • Don't rush getting out of the wake, TAKE YOUR TIME.
  • Follow these same tips when coming back into the wake.

Now it's time to learn the biggest building block for learning more tricks, jumping. Jumping can be very intimidating and that is why you must start small.

  • Start outside of the wake, if it is your first time start at the bottom of the wake.
  • Bend your knees and slightly lean toward the wake.
  • As you get to the top of the wake straighten your knees to pop into the air.
  • Keep the board at the same angle toward the wake until you land.
  • Bend your knees to absorb the landing so that it is soft.
  • Remember that the faster you cut in and the more you bend your knees, the higher you will jump.
  • Start slow and don't try to jump higher until you are comfortable landing.