The Sport of Wakeboard
Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing techniques.
The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 30–40 km/h (18-25 mph), depending on the board size, rider’s weight, type of tricks, and rider’s comfort. This speed could also depend on the year, make, and model of the boat because some boats, which are not designed for wakeboarding, create a different size wake which the rider may not feel comfortable with.
A wakeboarder can also be towed by other means, including closed-course cable systems, winches, and personal water craft.
WakeSkate is a water sport and an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from maple or from fibreglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges.
WakeSurfing is a water sport in which a rider trails behind a boat, riding the boat’s wake without being directly pulled by the boat.After getting up on the wake, typically by use of a tow rope, the wakesurfers will drop the rope, and ride the steep face below the wave’s peak in a fashion reminiscent of surfing.
Slidders and Obstacles
Hitting sliders has become more and more popular as the sport of wakeboarding and wakeskating grows.
There many types of sliddlers and obstacles that are only limited by imagination. Slidders and Obstacles take some inspiration from skateboarding inwhich wakeboarders and wakeskates have put their own twist on the sport.Slidders have become an integral part of competition and highly anticipated part of competition.
Finding a slidder is as easy as locating your local cable park.
Cable skiing is a way to wakeboard, in which the riders rope and handle are pulled by an electrically-driven cable, whereas traditionally a rider is pulled by a motorboat.The mechanism consists of two cables running parallel to one another with carriers between them every 80 metres. The carriers are metal tubes that can hook up tow ropes with riders. Tow ropes are detached and attached at the same time without slowing the system down, which is a main reason for its high efficiency.
With a main cable of 800 metres long, 10 riders can waterski or wakeboard at the same time. The speed of the main cable can be up to 38 mph (61 km/h), and riders can reach much higher speeds. The most common speed is 19 mph (31 km/h), which suits wakeboarders best.