[Applause] no violence [Applause] lovely hi I'm PJ marks owner of the wakeboard camp I opened the camp in 1996 with the sole purpose of creating the best place in the world to teach people how to wakeboard better since then we've spent thousands of hours teaching students of all ages and abilities our basic philosophy has always been that no matter what trick you're doing the same basic skills and physics apply as a result of this philosophy we've broken tricks down in their most basic parts and developed exercises to simplify the learning process at first many of these exercises seem like they would be for beginners only but if you take the time and examine them you realize that they can and should be used by every rider regardless of age and ability this series will teach you just about everything you could ever want to know about the sport of wakeboarding from choosing your equipment to driving the boat to basic skills all the way through executing the most advanced tricks for years people have been asking us to put all this stuff down on tape well we finally feel like we know about about the sport to write the book on wakeboarding instruction so here it is the book instructional DVD series hi I'm Mike McLin I'm the visual effects director for the book instructional series handle pretty much all the technical stuff I'm here to show you some of the different abbreviations that we're gonna be using in this DVD and throughout the book instructional series as you can see here this is a list of some of the more common abbreviations that we'll be using you have HS for heelside Tiesto side FS for front side BS for back side SW for switch stance in oay for off axis hi I'm Kyle Schmidt head coach here at the wakeboard camp an instructional editor for wakeboarding magazine this DVD is designed to give newcomers all the information they need so they can get started into wakeboarding easily but also give seasoned riders more info so they can ride better and understand how everything works on the water knowing this is a big part of progression it helps you ride better and even choose the ideal setup for your situation start with the equipment section and then go through boat driving boat safety and then move on to getting ready to ride pay close attention to the safety section and always remember to wear a floatation device while you're out wakeboarding to finish up this DVD will get you up and riding on your board and then start into the basics of riding behind the boat so sit back and relax as we take you through getting started of the book wakeboard instructional series choosing the right equipment for your riding situation can be difficult since there's such a wide variety out there today in this section we'll cover all the bases and hopefully make these choices easier remember these are just guidelines to help you understand how everything works on the water so try before you buy and find the right setup that works for your riding situation wait morning comes from surfing and surfing is the roots of all board sports surfers stands sideways on boards and get pushed by waves these same surfers started riding behind boats when the waves are small and these boats were pulling them with ropes wakeboarding today is a more trick oriented style of riding but if you look closely you can still see the roots of surfing as someone carves back and forth behind the boat the board started as typical surfboards made for riding waves they are hand shaped to fiberglass boards with foam cores and big fins but they couldn't handle the abuse of riding fast across the water and doing airs across the lakes as wakeboarding grew in popularity the board designs changed to accommodate a more aggressive style of riding and to take the abuse of running fast across the water this is a roto molded board with foot straps to help you keep the board attached to your feet when you're in the air it's a skinnier board with a bigger fin which helps you cut it through the water after the first roto-molded wake boards came the first compression molded wake boards these boards were still asymmetric in design but had many added features the boards were thinner and had a sharper edge a harder surface still big fins but you can start to see the bottom features evolved into the boards as a sport grew even more and the skate and snowboard influence became more apparent the boards became available as twin tips this is still a asymmetric design but it's designed more for riding in both directions both switch and regular as you can see there's two fins one in the front one in the back and the binding inserts are more centered on the board soon after the twins have hit the market the first symmetrical boards hit the market these boards are exactly the same tip to tail and the binding inserts are centered exactly in the middle for a morph switch stance style of writing as symmetrical boards became the standard in the wakeboard industry the board started getting wider through the middle and the tips and Tails to accommodate the bigger wakes next came the first twin tip multi fin setups these boards were designed for a more aggressive style of riding and have multiple fins on each side of the board the tip shapes started getting more aggressive as well as you can see this is one of the first bat tales designed for the industry with today's technology wake boards are being made with different top and bottom materials and the molds are accommodating molded in fins these are fins that are built into the board and designed to take the abuse of rails and ramps as well as molded in fins you have a removable thin that allows you to tune how your board rides across the water current wake boards accommodate all those features as well as some new features variable edges are a popular feature that allow you to find the board that's customized to your style of riding fin designs have changed from just the standard straight fin to many different fin designs to help you tune your board however you want the tops of the boards are gaining features as well to add strength and style so as you can see wakeboards have come a long way when it comes to choosing the right size board for you you can check the manufacturers size to weight ratios but sometimes it's not as easy as just matching up your weight to the different length board recommended by the manufacturer as your height increases the length of the board should increase as well this is to accommodate longer legs and a wider stance and make you stable side to side if the tall person rides a short board they'll have a narrow stance and it's pretty easy for them to tip over on the other hand if your weight increases the length of the board should increase as well this is to accommodate the extra weight pushing down on the board if you're heavy and riding a shorter board the board won't plane as well as you make your way into a shop to choose a board you may see different tip designs this may become very confusing when choosing a wakeboard for yourself let's go through and explain exactly what these different tip designs do the first tip I'd like to go over is the round tip it's on one side of the spectrum and is also known as a fun shape it's round tip is a catch free tip and encourages a slow smooth style of riding since the tips are round and wide it doesn't allow the board to roll over on the edges easily and this may be great for beginners as well as having a slower transition from edge to edge the tip of the board doesn't have anything to catch on the way so your pop will be nice and clean from the round tip we move to the diamond tip this tip is pretty forgiving but it moves towards a more aggressive style of riding since the tip gets narrower it allows the board to sit a little lower in the water and increases the speed of your turn if you like a more forgiving tip but you want your board to turn a little faster this tip might work for you the next tip is a square tip this tip tends to be narrower letting the board sit deeper in the water and allows the rider to turn faster and more aggressive but since the corners are pointed the tip of the board tends to catch on the wake as the rider edges or pops through the wake it's right in the middle of the spectrum and the board is headed in the direction of becoming a more unforgiving shape from the square tip we move to the bat as the corners of the board become more pointed the tip of the board acts more like a forth and grabs the water these boards tend to turn faster and edge more aggressively depending on the size of your fins there are many different variations of the bat tail and as the bat tail becomes more extreme the board will turn faster and it will edge more aggressively again depending on the size of your fins these boards are aimed more at the advanced rider and can be kind of unforgiving for the beginner rider if you're into edging aggressively and going really big this is a tip for you but count on getting a little spray from the wake from the corners of the board as you etch through it on the other side of the spectrum you have bat tails with added features again these features will make the board edge even more aggressively but can be considered hangups for beginner riders next let's talk about rocker rocker is the key point in deciding the speed and the pop foot board there are two main types of rocker continuous and three-stage the first one we're going to talk about is continuous it's a smooth bend in the board from tip to tail these boards tend to move fast across the water and have a smoother pop at the wake but as you bend the board more you increase the pop but you also slow the board down since the board is pushing more water a continuous board with the same amount of rocker as a three-stage board tends to feel faster but doesn't pop as hard as the three-stage board a continuous board with little rocker tend to be more ideal for smaller and mellow awakes as you bend the board more there anymore for the bigger wake and a smoother cleaner pop the other kind of rocker is three-stage rocker these boards have two distinct bends and a flat spot in the middle these boards tend to have a more abrupt pop at the wake but since there's a distinct Bend the board acts more like a plow and pushes more water making it feel slower so the trade-off is the board feels more slow but does pop harder a three-stage board put the same amount of rocker as a continuous board will feel slower but pop harder as you edge through the wake again as you bend the board more you increase the pop but decrease the speed these boards are geared more towards steeper wakes and a more poppy spinning style of riding your board is outer perimeter of the board on the bottom side that rides across the water there are different edge shapes to accommodate different styles of riding and these edge shapes determine the speed and the forgiveness of the board the most common is a sharp edge this edge caused the board to ride high in the water and keeps the speed of the board fast but when you're sliding sideways the sharp edge may catch on the water and create harder fault this is yet another variable that determines how the board feels when riding across the water on the other side of things you have a round edge this is the most forgiving edge on the market and when you're sliding sideways you don't have a sharp edge to catch on the water so it allows you to escape Falls and if you do catch your edge the fault isn't and hard the round edge makes the board sit a little lower in the water and does give it a little bit of a slower feel but it is a more forgiving edge and maybe more ideal for beginner riders compared to the sharp edge this board will turn and transition from edge to edge a little bit slower than a sharper edge but may feel a little bit more stable next we have the Cup derail this type of rail is a sharpest and most unforgiving rail but it's the most aggressive rail on a wakeboard the rail the board is very sharp and actually grabs water much like a fin would grab the water when it comes to choosing a board the top and bottom material may help in deciding the first material we're going to talk about is Nexus this is probably the strongest of the materials but has a duller finish besides Nexus you have PBT this material really gives you graphics a good shine and the board a good finish but it's not quite as strong or stiff as Nexus you also have materials like peat X or urethane which allows the board to take the abuse of grinding rails and hitting ramps on the inside of the board you have different core types the first and most common core type is the foam core this is the most durable and cost-efficient core but the heaviest of the bunch next we have the wood core or the balsa core these boards cannot take the abuse that a foam core can take but are noticeably lighter you may also see honeycomb boards honeycomb boards are made up of aluminum based honeycomb core and are really light because each cell is hollow decreasing the amount of material needed to fill the core but you sacrifice strength for a light feel on your feet there are many different thin setups that are incorporated into board designs you have your standard single thin all the way through to multi fin boards and even molded in fins there are many different fins to choose from and each fin has a different feel and purpose out on the water the main parts of a fin are the leading edge the trailing edge the foil of the fin which is how wide the fin is who determines how much drag defend creates and in the height determines how well the fennel track in the water this fin shape is called a surf dog fin it resembles a surfboard fin and is designed for a more aggressive style of riding again the taller the fin gets the better it will hold and track in the water if the leading edge and the foil of the fin is really narrow it decreases the drag on the fin and it allows the fin to do its job but keeps the board feeling fast through the water the next variation is a variation that's similar to the surf dog fin but the trailing edge is pulled out to make the base longer the same rule applies the taller the fin gets the better ill track through the water typically you want the leading edge of the fin to be as narrow as possible if it's wide then the water will blow out in front of the fin and the fin won't track as well on the other side of the spectrum you have the ramp style fin this is the most forgiving design because of its round characteristic the trailing edge is pulled out very far making the base very long and creating a round look along with the three types of just discussed you also have long based fins these fins are typically shorter but the base of the fin is stretched out this keeps the surface area about the same as a short based taller fin but when you're riding flat in the water it's easier to break these fins loose after you make your turn and set your edge these fins hook up but release better at the wake they can also handle the abuse of rails and ramps since they have a long base and are shorter in height they won't bend over as easily many of the multi fin setups have side fins that are specific to certain spots on the board they cannot be placed in the center of the fin setup and they are usually designed as right and left fins when it comes to fasten the fin to the board there's different hardware setups the most common are fins with holes and screws and bolts that attach the fin to the board you may see posts that are built into the fin and tea nuts that are used to fasten the fin to the board you also see different materials used to give the fin different strength and style characteristics here we have a colored fiberglass fin as well as your typical one colored fiberglass fin and then we have a metal fin that's built for strength fiberglass fins tend to be lighter in weight but aren't as strong as metal fins metal fins can be heavy but can handle the abuse of rails and ramps most standard fin setup is a single fin board these are boards that have the fin mounted in the center of the board and have one fin on each tip and to multi fin boards are becoming more popular in sport today because of the increasing popularity of rails and ramps Walston boards are designed to free up the middle of the board so you can lock into 5050 grinds and nose and tail presses we may also see quad fin setups with a removable middle thin so you can ride the board with many different fin setups some boards have fin setups that incorporate the fins into the board and these are called molded fins these fins can really handle the abuse of rails and ramps but once you damage the fin you can't replace the fin you have to replace the entire board you also see boards with more than two fins on each side of the board to allow you to ride the board and many different fin configure and tune it in many different ways this will give it a tighter or looser feel and you can ride it with just the outside fins just the middle thin or all three once you decide on a board and fin setup it's time to choose your bindings the most important part of choosing bindings is finding the body that has a secure fit and matches up with your foot size this is important so your ride safe and comfortable out on the water there are many different variations of bindings from low end all the way up to high end here we have a fixed boot and this boot has limited adjustability but offers great support around the ankle on boots like this you can usually adjust the size tighter but not bigger and these boots tend to be harder to get in and out of and they're usually designed for just one rider in just a couple of different foot sizes you'll see different variations of the fixed binding that have straps in different places to allow you to adjust the hold on your foot again these bindings are designed for one specific Rider a couple different foot sizes and may not be ideal if you're sharing bindings with another person there are also lace-up bindings on the market these bindings are designed so you can loosen up the binding to get in and out but pull the laces tight to give yourself a secure hold down you have front and rear lace-up bindings and combinations of both these bindings can also incorporate straps to adjust different pressure points on your foot lace-up bindings are becoming more popular in wakeboarding because it's easy to get in and out of the binding and you can incorporate more foot sizes into one binding due to the adjustability of the laces one good thing to know about bindings if you're a size 10 it's easy to make that size 10 tighter but it's harder to make it bigger if you fall in between sizes where the footbed might be too short but the binding tightness feels comfortable you may want to go up a size to match up the footbed and then customize your toe piece it's important to match up the footbed length to your foot length so the arch support lines up with your foot if you get a pair of binding where the foot beds are too long or too short and the features of the footbed don't match up with the bottom of your foot the binding can become stable and even cause injury when you buy a set of new bindings they should break in and stretch after some time out in the Sun so make sure you size the bindings snug in the store so after the break in period it will fit perfect most wakeboard bindings are designed with different materials to give the binding different strength and support characteristics you'll find high and low raps to choose how much support you want around your ankle and leg it's probably a better idea for beginner riders to use bindings with stretcher materials and lower wraps this will allow them to get in and out easily since they'll be taking more Falls and they won't be wasting their wakeboarding energy fighting with their bindings to get in and out you'll even see multi fit boots out on the market these boots are designed for multiple foot sizes and ideal if you're sharing a board with many people they incorporate toe pieces made of stretching materials or even split toes that open up to accommodate many different foot sizes and lengths these bindings tend to be cheaper in price and can be found on packaged boards to help people get into a setup at a reasonable price as you get to the high end side of bindings you'll notice that the binding has better hold down better support and many different added features this will help you adjust the tightness on different parts of your foot these bindings have a more form fit feel and are just more comfortable overall but they are designed more for one specific foot size after you buy set of new bindings try soaking the bindings in hot water for a couple minutes and then stick your feet in to help load the EBA rubber to your foot and foot features this often gets the binding a more comfortable feel and whilst the footbed features to the bottom of your foot be careful not to burn your feet even though you see all these features to help you get in and out of your bindings most bindings still require the use of binding lubrication or so to help you slide your foot in you'll even notice that when you try them on in the shop the shop employees may have so handy to help you get in and out of the bindings even though you're not out on the water most shops have demo programs and the money you put towards your demos can even be put towards your purchases this is the best route to take because you can fly a bunch of different bindings and then finally decide which one's work best for you try as many bodies as possible so you understand how bindings work can find the binding that works best for your situation when it comes to actually attaching the binding to your board you'll see many different plate designs here we have a metal plate with holes and slots so you can adjust the stance angle as well as its stance with you also see plastic plates with metal inserts fastened to the plastic to decrease heel lift and stiffen up the plate most of these plate designs use screws and plastic hardware to attach the toe and heel pieces and overlays to the bonding plate you'll see the same holes and slots so you can again adjust the stance angle and stance width as you move to the higher end side of bindings you'll see stronger plastic plates with the metal inserts actually molded into the plastic on the bottom side of the plate you may see features like gel packs or heel cushions to decrease heel bruising on those hard impacts and hard landings on the higher-end side of bonding plates you have designs that allow you to attach the binding to the board and actually adjust the stance angle while the binding is still attached to the board you can do this by just loosening up the hardware and these are cool because you don't have to actually take the binding off the board to adjust the stance angle on mid to lower level bonding plates you actually have to remove the hardware from the board move the hardware from one set of holes and slots to another and then actually attach the bonding back to the board on these you also see holes and slots that allow you to adjust the stance width as well as exact degrees that allow you to find your exact stance angle when it comes to attaching the bonding plate to the board you'll see low end hardware like thumb screws that doesn't require the use of tools but doesn't really offer your bonding plate much support on the other hand you'll see high-end hardware that gives you a bonnie plate really good support but requires the use of a screwdriver or allen key to tighten up your binding to the board you may also see binding plates stiffeners these are a wide set of hardware that are used to give the binding plate really good support and decreased heel lift remember if you're one of those people that falls in between foot sizes match up the footbed length with your foot length and adjust the toe piece by removing the hardware from the bottom side of the binding once you get the toe piece off cut a little bit off of each side of the toe piece and move the holes in work to help pull the toe piece down over your foot this will do two things it will increase the overall tightness of the binding and move your foot back in the binding decreasing heel lift now that you've chosen your board bindings and fins it's time to set up your wakeboard there's a few things to consider when setting up your wakeboard you want to get to know your stance angle and stance width so if you ever change boards those same measurements move from board to board this is important because the insert with may change from board manufacturer to board manufacturer and different lengths boards may have different insert widths it's important to keep these the same so you'll feel comfortable standing on a new board but also to prevent injury so let's start off by determining which foot is going to be your front foot one good way to determine if you're going to be left foot forward or right foot forward is have someone push you backwards whichever foot lands to support you that will be your back foot another method is to act like you're playing tug-of-war the stance that you naturally get into will be the stance that you feel comfortable resisting to pull the rope next let's figure out your stance width you want your width to be a little bit wider than shoulder width apart this will make you stable side to side and you don't want to be too wide because then you put a lot of stress on your hips and your knees this is a measurement now you have to kind of play around with to feel what's comfortable for you obviously the water you go the more stable you're gonna be so I decide a good way to find your stance angle is to jump high into the air and then land naturally and look down at your feet your feet will naturally turn outward and will kind of look like a duck stands on the ground we call this a duck stance a good starting point on your wakeboard is a second insert from the outside and the outside row of holes and slots on your binding plate place the binding on the board so that insert lines up at the row of holes on the outside of the binding plate and turn it to about 9 degrees outward on the outside row of holes on the outside of the binding plate find the middle hole this will be a good starting point to adjust your stance angle start your hardware but don't tighten it all the way so you can still adjust your stance angle again we're going to find the second insert on the outside towards the tip or tail and line the binding up with that insert and the outside set of holes once you line up the hole and insert turn the binding outward to about 9 degrees so you have a duck stance on the outside row of holes find the middle hole and then start your hardware tighten it down snug so you can still adjust your stance angle on the inside a row of holes you're gonna want to find the hole or slot that adjusts the binding to about 9 degrees duct thread your hardware on this hole and then look at the binding to see if the angle looks good to you remember this is just a starting point and you may have to try this stance to see if it works for you out on the water make sure you tighten down your hardware very tight to secure the binding to the board writing both switch and regular in the same position it's important to have the same angle on your front and back foot so in the opposite side of the board you're going to turn the angle outward in the opposite direction remember you can adjust the width on one set of inserts by moving to the inside row of holes and slots some bonding plates make adjusting your stance angle very easy first you can fasten the plate to the board turn the binding straight and then turn the binding outward to find your exact stance angle all you have to do with these types of bindings is figure out your stance width and how far you want the binding to sit towards either edge of the board toe side or heel side once you find this placement you just tighten up the hardware and then adjust your stance angle it's very simple again make sure you tighten up your hardware very tight and all hardware tends to loosen up after a few rides so it's something you have to check periodically a loose set of hardware can easily damage a set of inserts and an entire board and if your binding is loose and comes off during a trick you can really enter your body so always check your hardware before and after each set that you take out on the water make sure you find the stance angle that best suits your leg type if your stance angle is turn outward too much this can promote injury by forcing your knees to bend inward if your stance angle is too straight the same thing can occur your knees won't Bend as they're designed and you can cause injury so experiment with your stance and try to find the stance angle that best suits your leg type and puts the least amount of stress on your knees now that you know how to put your bindings on your board it's important to get to know your exact stance with ideally you'd measure from the center of the bindings but this can be hard to get an exact measurement so what you do is you measure from the inside of one finding where it's attached to the board to the outside of the other bonding where it's attached to the board so place your bindings on the board and line them up with a set of inserts and then measure across the bindings from the inside of one to the outside of the other to see if this matches up with your stance with another way that you can measure your stance if your board is already set up is to take one binding off the board and then measure from the inside of the other bonding that stayed on the board to the outside insert where the binding was fastened to the board this should your exact stance with and you can transfer this from board to board again after you get your board set up take a step back and check out the angles to see if they match up with what looks best for you now it's time to put your fins on your board the first thing that you're going to want to do is to put the hardware through the holes on the top side of the board so they stick out through the bottom side of the board turn the board over to the bottom side of the board so you can see the hardware sticking through the board and it's important to have the leading edge of the fin facing in towards the middle of the board so the fin functions correctly start your screws and tighten your fin down to the board very securely these screws may loosen up as well over time so make sure you check them in between sets as you can see here at the lower end of the fin or the leading edge of the fin is always pointed towards the middle and the high end is always facing out towards the tip one of the key elements of wakeboarding is being connected to the boat by a rope there are many different kinds of ropes used for wakeboarding but spectra is probably the best because of its low stretch characteristics you want a nice tight pole from the boat the way to test this is to push the rope inward if the Rope holds its position then you probably have a spectral line or a low stretch lawn if the rope rebounds then you probably have a stretchy rope a poly E or polypropylene line you see many different variation of spectra ropes out on the market different ropes have different features to protect the rope from the Sun or make it float in the water each line they have a different feel and some riders like a more responsive tighter feel from the boat so you may want to try different types of spectra to see which one works best for you when it comes to handles every handle has a triangle shape and it's usually pretty wide so you can pass the handle very easily you will find handles made up of different materials to give the triangle more support or just give the handle an overall different feel taking the floats off of the handle decreases the weight of the handle so you can pass it quickly and you can incorporate the floats into the grip you'll see a wide variety of grips and different design handles on the market there are many different characteristics but every handle is a standard 5 foot in length you also want to find the grip that best suits your hand size so it's easy to hold on when behind the boat on the water you will also see wrapped handles on some models these handles are designed so you can do rap tricks out on the water a wrap trick is a variation of the trick where you wrap the rope around your body and release it in the air and the boat helps you unwind for the trick most handles have the same overall look and elements and it's just a piece of equipment that you have to try before you buy to see what works best for you most wakeboard handles come separate from the rope so you may have to buy a wakeboard line as well as a handle the standard weight board line 75 feet but there's longer ropes out on the market when you combine the rope with the handle and find your length it's important to attach the rope to the boat with a slipknot put your hand through the end loop grab the rope and pull it through the loop to make the slip knot and then place the loop on the pylon hold the rope tight so the knot locks onto the pylon and the rope is secured to the boat if you shorten up the rope to the middle extension use the same technique to attach the extension to the pylon when you wrap up a rope it's important to wrap up the rope the same way every time so the rope stays tangle free trying to wrap the rope around your arm because every time you wrap it around your arm you put a twist in the rope and it can make the rope very tangley as you wrap the rope up turn the rope inward and make small loops about the size of the triangle of the handle when you get to the end of the rope create a smaller loop so you can pull that loop through the handle and around the back and then put the end of the rope through the loop so you can cinch it down and secure the line tight this is a great way to store your handle and it'll make it less dangly when you want to use it next time to go wakeboarding another technique is wrapping the rope around your bindings when you do this put the handle over one binding and then wrap the rope around the top so you're bonding in a crisscross fashion when you get towards the end of the rope wrap the remaining rope around a few times and then pull it tight to secure it when you get out on the water it's time to figure out what rope length to ride up for beginner to intermediate riders you may want to ride at 70 feet or shorter so it makes clearing the lakes very easy as you advance some skill level you may want to lengthen the rope so the wakes are wider and you have more time in the air nowadays a lot of pro riders are riding longer than 80 feet because the width of the wakes gives them a lot of time in the air to do their tricks and the big arc allows them to edge in and very fast for very beginner riders you may want to try lengthening the rope very long because everything moves slower on a bigger art and this may help them feel more comfortable after you use your rope and handle a few times and may be difficult to get the extensions apart or remove the handle from the rope here's a little trick to help you get them apart take each side of one loop and pull them outward very hard this will separate the knot and loosen it up so you can separate each extension or the handle from the road the most important part of equipment in wakeboarding is your life vest always wear a life vest out on the water while you're wakeboarding you also see a wide variety of vest from Coast Guard a pretty vest all the way to comp vests comp fests a vests that are not approved by the Coast Guard and probably won't float you if you're floating in the water and you let all the air out of your lungs here we have a Coast Guard approved vest and it's a standard nylon vest with straps and buckles to help you adjust the size of the vest to determine whether it best is coach got approved or not look to the inside of the vest for the USCG approved label it's important to have a Coast Guard approved vest for each passenger in the boat these vests are made to save your life and have a lot of padding but can be bulky when wakeboarding out on the water the comm vest is made for comfort and maneuverability and has a thin profile but has limited flotation if you look towards the insides of these vest you'll see a big warning sign saying this garment is not a lifejacket these vests are made for comfort and ease of movement but have limited flotation and you're taking a big risk by wearing one of these out on the water to any equipment section we'll go over a little bit about boats one cool thing about wakeboarding is you can ride behind any boat that has enough power to get you out of the water there are many different kinds of boats out there today so let's go through a bunch of different types here we have a VIP wakeboard specific boat but you can use any ski boat or any boat that has enough power to pull you out of the water like a jon boat a lot of people arrive behind personal watercrafts because they're a cheap way to get into the sport and even upon two boats within these boats you'll see different engine types this is a VIP and is ideal for wakeboarding because the engines in the back and the back of the boat will be pushed in the water making awake very big you may also see direct drive boats where the motor is in the center of the boat or even outboard boats these boats tend to be the most dangerous along with inboard outboard boats because the prop in the gear is directly behind the boat instead of underneath it like inboard boats here we have an IO or inboard outboard boat where the engine is on the inside of the boat but the gear and the prop are on the outside you also have jet powered boats many companies are making accessories nowadays to accommodate wakeboarding here we have a pylon and this allows the rope to be attached up high to give you a better pull upward most wakeboard boats are standard with the tower and you can even get board racks so you can store the boards on your towers to keep them off the upholstery and keep them from scratching your boat there are many different kinds of borax and accessories that you can attach to your Tower and having a tower on your boat frees up a lot of space and allows you to walk around your boat easily you'll also see ballast bags and even ballast systems here we have a ballast bag that sits in the back of the boat to help push the back of the boat into the water to help enhance the weight if your boat doesn't come stock with a ballast system then you can purchase a ballast bag to help make your weight bigger Bela systems are ideal because with a flip of a switch you can fill and empty your tanks and even adjust the wakes from side to side bloating is a pastime that just takes time on the word let's get to know your boat your equipment and your waterways and this section will familiarize you with that driving your boat driving pedants and other little tips that we learn along the way so let's jump into the boat and get out on the water the first thing that we're going to talk about when it comes to boating is both safety again I can't stress how important it is to wear a life vest when you're out wakeboarding along with your life vests you have to have a throwable cushion on the boat this is a cushion design so you can easily throw a flotation to a person in the water and they're strapped so they can hold on to it another piece of equipment that should remain in your boat at all times is your fire extinguisher and you should check this to see if it's full and up to date if your fire extinguisher isn't full you may get a ticket as well as a fire extinguisher it's important to have a sound making device most boats come with a horn but if you don't have a horn a whistle will do this is used to warn other boaters and signal for help before you get out on the water check your maximum capacities plate to see how many persons weight or gear you're allowed in your boat as a driver it's important to attach the lanyard to your body so if you get thrown from the boat the boat will turn off before you start your boat make sure you run the blower for the recommended time stated by your boat manufacturer this will help evacuate any gas fumes from the engine box and prevent the engine from blowing up when started when you're out on the water the Rope is a dangerous element and another safety issue involved in wakeboarding the thin spectral line can easily get wrapped around a finger or arm and it's important to only allow your riders to take just the handle off the back of the boat when your rider is getting into the water lay the coils of the rope on the sundeck of the boat and just hand them the handle so when they get in the water they'll be moving away from the rope and there's no way they can get tangled up in it after the rider gets into the water instruct them to push away from the platform before the engine is started another thing to remember before you start the boat is to make sure all your passengers are seated in their seats and not sitting on the edges of the boat when everybody is seated look back at your rider to make sure he's clear of the back of the boat make sure the throttle is in neutral and then turn on the boat with the boats started idle forward to tighten up the line and make sure your rider is in position and gives you the signal to go it's important to only use the words hit it to avoid confusion when pulling someone out of the water get it after your riders up and out of the water in your underway make sure your spotter relay signals to adjust the boat speed and let you know that the rider has fallen some areas may require that you have a spotter and a flag in the boat at all times when the rider Falls it's a spotters duty to hold up the flag the entire time that the rider is down in the water if your area does not require a spotter or a flag you must have a mirror to tow someone behind your boat whenever you pick up a fallen rider it's important to always approach them on the driver's side so they always stay visible when the rider is finished with a set again approach them on the driver's side slowly and with caution and make sure you turn off the engine before they get near the back of the boat this is especially important with outboard and inboard outboard boats where the propeller is sticking out the back of the boat in between sets and in between riders getting in and out of the water coil up the rope again and lay just the coils on the sundeck only allowing your riders to take just the handle off the back of the boat when it comes to driving a boat it's important to get to know your drivers area your speedos your gauges and your throttle each boat is different and it takes some time in the driver's seat to get used to each boat the first thing that you want to do when you get in the driver's seat is adjust the seat so you're comfortable with the steering wheel in the throttle but so you can also see over the bow of the boat and in the mirror make sure you adjust the mirror so you can see as much as possible behind you before starting the engine give the throttle a jiggle to make sure it's in neutral and most votes won't even start if the throttle isn't in neutral to get the boat out of neutral you have to pull up on the throttle and then move it forward to get it back into neutral just pull the throttle back and it should lock into place to go in reverse you also have to pull up on the throttle and then move the throttle backwards and reverse when grabbing the throttle try not to grab it with a full hand this will make it difficult to keep speed and make small adjustments when trying to hold wakeboard speeds when you grab the throttle grab it only with two or three fingers and it's usually your thumb index and middle finger so you can make small adjustments when pulling the rider behind the boat this will stop you from moving your whole wrist and only allow you to use your fingers to make small adjustments I like to grab the throttle with my thumb and index finger and rest my arm on the side of the boat that way I'm only making small adjustments with my fingers and my whole arm isn't moving when pulling a rider across the water it's important to glance back and forth between the speedo in the mirror it's important to not only use the speedo to keep speed you have to look at the wake as well and even listen to the engine to see if it's accelerating or decelerating when you pull your rider out of the water it's important not to jerk them out of the water you want to accelerate smoothly and aggressively to get the rider up and planing on top of the water so tighten up the rope and slowly push the throttle down until you see the rider up and planing across the top of the water when wakeboarding on your lake or waterway it's important to know proper driving etiquette driving consistent patterns will keep your lake calm and enjoyable throughout the day it's important to communicate with other boaters on the lake so they understand your driving patterns and they can run the same patterns as well if everybody understands the same driving patterns you can keep one side of the lake calm the entire day so let's go over some of those driving patterns now so you understand how to keep your Lake home when pulling a wakeboarder it's important to only run one half of the lake this way you'll keep that side of the lake calm and the waves will be pushed to the other side if you only drive on one side of the lake the waves on the shore side of the boat will always dissipate into the shoreline the waves on the other side will always travel across the lake here we have a common driving pattern that helps keep your lake calm when driving down the lake always turn away from shore and then turn toward shore to turn around and then right back down your line if you run this consistent pattern your waves will always spread and the line will always stay calm as you drive down your line make a hard left hand turn away from shore and then turn right back toward shore to make a circle so you can look down your line and then drive straight down it again on the other side of the lake you're gonna make the opposite earn to the right and then back towards Shore to the left as you come around the turn you'll see the propwash in the water so you can run the same line over and over again as you drive this pattern you'll see the wave spread and as you turn away from shore you'll see the left side of your boat push the waves out towards the center of the lake and the right side of your boat push waves for Shore as well as you make the circle and come around the line should be calm again as you make the right-hand turn on the other side the waves are pushed outward towards the other side of the lake and towards shore as you make the turn and the waves on the inside converge and dissipate if you drive the incorrect path and you make your first turn away from shore as you come around the turn and straighten out to get back into your line the waves off your boat will be pushed straight down your line as you come around for the second pass you'll be driving straight through these waves and eventually your line will become very rough and you'll have to stop and let everything calm down when a rider Falls it's important to do a consistent turn around to pick them up as well a lot of drivers don't realize when they turn around they spread rollers all over the lake so come off plane slow and straight and idle back around to pick up your rider come to a complete stop turn the boat towards the driver's side idle back to your rider and then pick them up again on the driver side of the boat picking up the rider on the driver side of the boat allows you to communicate with the rider to adjust speeds or even talk about the trick they just fell on when you pick up a rider and drive a circle around them make sure you stay a bit wider so the road falls into the water and makes it easy for them to grab when a rider falls and the driver accelerates it makes a big huge circle to pick up the rider the boat will spread waves all over the lake and it's also dangerous because the boat is moving very fast to pick up the rider take your time and idle back to the rider when driving on a lake with many boats avoid a head-on collision by veering to the right and towards the driver's side of the boat another part of wakeboarding and learning how to drive is learning how to drive double ups this is just another element of wakeboarding that allows a rider to take the tricks bigger and even further on a wakeboard to drive a proper double up turn away from shore at about sixty degrees to set up the line so you can drive through it for the double-o the waves will be perpendicular to your boat path and as you come around you'll drive the boat straight through them for a 90 degree double up double ups take practice and each rider has their preference for how they like their double ups so it's something that's just going to take time and practice as you get more interested in wakeboarding and you're riding growth and skill level you want to weight your boat down more to make the wake bigger there's some important things to know when weighting your boat most boats will have compartments where you can hide weight store lead weights or even put ballast tanks or ballast bags most feed drives have compartments on each side of the engine where you can store a weight to push the back of the boat down and make the wake bigger they also have storage in the front of the boat where additional weight can be placed to help push the front of the boat down as well along with weighting the front and the back of the boat you can weight the middle as well under each seat it's important to weight the entire boat and not just the back or the front in the middle of some boats you'll find a ski Locker this is a great place to hide weight so you can keep it off the floor and walk around easily you don't want to weight the back of the boat 100% because it'll make the wake very steep and it will make the boat hard to plane out on the other hand you don't want to weight the front of the boat too much because it'll make the wake very mellow and it'll be washy at the top it's important to distribute the weight evenly and push the entire boat down into the water the more weight that you put in the boat the further will be pushed into the water and it'll make the wake bigger but the boat will lose handling characteristics and it may take longer for the boat to plane out a good weight configuration is 60 in the back and 40 in the front but this is something that you'll just have to experiment to see what works best for your boat along with weighting the boat front to back you also have to weight the boat side to side to make sure the wakes stay even if the boat is weighted too heavily on one side the opposite side will have whitewash move weight to the side with whitewash and the wakes should clean up if you move too much weight you'll see whitewash on the opposite side again so move the weight back towards the center to even out the wake it's easy to adjust the wakes by moving a little bit of weight people or even flipping the switches on your bowel system to keep your boat in great condition it's important to practice good care and maintenance habits in this section we're going to teach you how to prepare your boat so you can put it in the water to go wakeboarding when attaching the trailer to the truck it's always important to make sure that your hitch size matches up with your trailer make sure the hitch is fastened and locked into place and the gear is attached to the back bumper of the vehicle it's the drivers responsibility to make sure all cables all brake lights and all attachments are fastened securely most trailers come with one or two cables or chains and you should attach these to the bumper in case the trailer jumps off the hitch while you're trailing the boat down the road many trailers have an extra cable as well that locks up the brakes in case this mishap occurs from there you want to make sure the boat is attached to the trailer very securely so when backing down steep ramps the boat won't slide off the trailer before you put your boat in the water go through your engine compartment so you can check your oil to see if it is full and clean and give the engine a quick once-over to see if you can see any leaks or broken hoses that may create a fire when the engine is started it's important to check your bilge pumps to see if they're working and your training fluid to see if it's full because with a lot of weight in the boat you put a lot of stress on the transmission one of the most common mistakes when launching a boat is leaving the plug out make sure you leave the plugs in a visible place so it is obvious that the plugs need to be put in make sure these are secured tightly because motor vibrations can loosen them and cause them to fall out most boats have a plug in the ski Locker or bow of the boat and even one back towards a swim platform it's important to keep these plugs out when the boat is out of the water in case it rains that way the water can drain out when vacuumed the boat into the water make sure you back down slowly to prevent from sliding down a steep ramp and make sure the ramp is maintained so you don't get stuck and you can pull the boat back out of the water as the driver of the boat you should communicate with the driver of the truck so they're aware of the proper depth or any problems that may occur when backing the boat into the water do this by communicating with hand signals or even talking through windows trying to take too long launching your boat into the water and make sure the boat is prepped before you back into the ramp when the boats in the water and at its proper depth the driver of the boat should walk to the front of the boat and unattach the boat from the trailer it's important not to do this before you back the boat into the water I've seen many boats slide off the trailer on steep ramps and you don't want this to happen to your expensive wakeboard boat again make sure you run the blower to evacuate any gas fumes and prevent the engine from exploding now you're ready to back the boat off the trailer so make sure the throttle is in neutral and then start the boat it is smart to disengage the throttle so you can Rev the motor a little bit to warm up the engine and make sure it's running correctly before you back the boat off the trailer re-engage the throttle and then slowly ease the boat off the trailer while the driver of the truck is parking make sure you run the boat a little bit to see if everything is running correctly and you don't get stuck out on the lake again make sure not to take too long launching your boat and make sure the boat is prepped before you get into a ramp slot there are usually zones at your local ramps that allow you to prep the boat so you can get in and out of a ramp slot very quickly and you won't hold up traffic launching your boat is one of the most common times that you can damage your prop so get to know your local ramps and make sure they're maintained it might even be worth getting into the water to see if there's any debris or just to see if the water is deep enough so you can back your boat into the water damaging a prop can ruin your day as well as your pocketbook has the passenger in the boat it's best to keep your shoes on shore to keep dirt or sand out of the boat dirt and sand is probably the worst thing for your gel coat and the interior so respect your drivers property and rules the edge of your wakeboard and the fins on your wakeboard are very sharp and can tear the vinyl or upholstery very easily so be cautious when loading your boards and equipment into the boats it takes only a little tear to ruin an entire seat or engine cover so be careful and keep your boards and the board racks if you're riding with friends you'll appreciate it if you bring gas and pitch in whenever you can if you're using someone else's boat a half-hour set and a loaded up boat will use over five gallons of gas so always bring extra to make up for all the costs of owning and maintaining a boat if you don't have gas cans or can't bring gas make sure you pitch in whenever you can and give the owner money for gas and maintenance no one likes the rider that just uses you for your boat and bitches in so if you want to keep your riding options broad be considerate and help out as much as possible when you're done with your set have the driver of the truck back the trailer back down into the water and approach the trailer slowly to take the boat out of the water most trailers have guide rails to help you ease the boat onto the trailer once you get lined up onto the trailer beat it up against the front bumper and attach the bow winch to the front of the boat crank it down tightly and then signal to the driver that you're ready for him to take the boat out of the water the driver of the truck should eat slowly out of the water through it from sliding or getting stuck when pulling your boat out of the water it might even help to give the boat a little throttle to help push the truck and the boat out of the water but make sure you don't damage your prop when you do this and to turn the boat off right when you get out of the water when you're done wakeboarding for the day make sure you wipe down the boat to prevent stains from ruining the upholstery and when you're storing the boat out of the water make sure you cover it again so the Sun doesn't destroy the upholstery now that you understand your equipment better you're ready to ride so let's go through some steps to help you get your equipment on easily and begin wakeboarding once you're out on the water and it's your turn to ride grab your equipment and make your way to the back of the boat the first piece of equipment that you want to put on is always your life vest we always recommend that you wear a Coast guard-approved vest and wearing a comm vest it's taking a big risk once your vest is on and secure it's time to attach the rope to the tower make a slipknot like we explained before and slide the slipknot over the pylon and pull the rope tight remember the rope is a big safety issue involved in wakeboarding so when the rope is attached to the tower make sure you lay the coils on the sundeck of the boat and just allow the rider to take only the handle off the back of the boat before getting in your board you may want to stretch to loosen up your muscles and help yourself prevent injury this may also decrease soreness after wakeboarding for the day once you're all stretched out grab your board and make your way to the back of the boat make sure you're careful not to let the edges of your board or the fins touch the upholstery on your way to the back swim platform once you get to the back of the boat and on the swim platform dip your board in the water to let both bindings to help get your feet in easily you may also want to keep a bottle of soap or bonding lubricant available in the boat to help riders get in and out of their bindings one way to get in your bindings is to put soap on your hands and then rub the soap all over your feet so you can slide your feet into your bindings easily remember a little bit of soap goes a long way and make sure that your soap is biodegradable if you don't want to put soap on your hands another way you can get in your bindings is by putting soap on the back heel piece of the binding fold back the heel piece put a line of soap on the heel piece and then push the heel piece forward to mix up the soap into the binding after the soap is on the bonding stick your foot into the body and it helps to move your foot in and out to mix up the soap so you can slide your foot in easily now that you're in your board it's time to get off the back of the boat so make sure you only grab the handle and then sit down on the swim platform from there push yourself in the water and then push yourself away from the boat as you move away from the boat make sure your arms and hands are free of any coils of the rope as a wakeboard more frequently you'll learn different ways to get in the water instead of sitting on the swim platform you can stand up and slide into the water you can do this by sliding the tail the board off of the swim platform then lean away from the boat and slide into the water this is probably the easiest way to get in the water one of the biggest misconceptions about wakeboarding is that takes a lot of strength to get up but if done correctly it can be accomplished with very little effort even behind a boat with very little power here are some of the techniques we use to get you up and out of the water with very little effort when getting up on a wakeboard you should concentrate on good position and let the power of the boat pull you out of the water if you observe too much energy it can make getting up very difficult in this section we're going to take you through deep water starts all the way through to dock starts the best way to figure out your position is to practice on land and the key is sliding your butt up against your heels after your butt is to your heels and you're planing on top of the water you want to slowly stand up into the wakeboarding position again make sure your butt slides up against your heels so the board doesn't plow through the water and you'll plane out easily from there the boat will start to pull you forward before you get up on the water it's important to know the wakeboarding position and the positioning you need to stand in on top of the water your shoulder should be facing the boat your arms should be relaxed and your hips should be in front of you so you can resist the pull of the rope if your hips get behind you the boat will win it'll pull you forward and you'll go out the front a big part of getting your hips forward is rolling your knees towards your toes and a little bit towards the boat rolling your knees forward accomplishes two things it gives you a soft position so you can absorb any bumps when riding across the water and it pushes your hips forward in front of your head so you can resist the pool to handle as we go through the deep water start you'll notice that everyone gets up side sliding the reason that riders get up side sliding is because the board planes out easier when it's sitting sideways in the water so when you're sitting in the water let the board float up in front of you and put your knees up to your chest and your arms around your knees let your arms relax so they're an extension of the rope as the rope tightens up relax your arms and allow the boat to pull you forward don't be afraid to let the board go under the water and make sure your butt slides up against your heels with your board underwater and your heels up against your butt allow the boat to pull your chest up against your knees as your chest comes forward make sure your arms are around your knees on the outside in this position your job is done and you can let the boat pull you out of the water make sure you relax and concentrate on holding your position once planing on top of the water slowly stand up and turn into the wakeboarding position it's important to keep the board's side sliding through the water to help you plan out easier and if you turn it early you'll get out of control and you won't plane as easily with the board planing on top of the water slowly stand up and turn into the wakeboarding position concentrate on rolling your knees forward and pushing your hips towards the handle and remember the key to getting up is staying relaxed and holding your position but the power of the boat do all the work stay relaxed and don't fight it if you're having problems getting up probably means that you're pulling with your arms and pushing with your legs too much and the board's plowing through the water make sure you pull your heels down towards your butt so the board can cut to the water and plane out easily if it's uncomfortable hugging your knees and putting your arms on the outside of your knees it may help to put your arms on the inside of your knees but still allow your chest to come forward against your legs another way to start on a wakeboard is a seated dog start this is an easy position because you're almost standing up before the boat pulls you as the rope tightens up and the boat starts to pull you off the dock lean back a little bit to resist the pull of the road let the boat pull you off the dock and it may help decide slide for a while to help you plane out easily make sure you get your hips in front of you to resist the pull the rope so you don't fall forward and sink in the water the next starting position we're going to show you is a standing dock start this is the hardest of the three and it may take a little practice as you get ready to start lay the coils on the dock so the boat can pull the coils into the water and without any knots as the driver pulls away slowly keep an eye on the road when it gets tight the driver will accelerate so anticipate the line getting tight so you can jump in the water and then lean back to resist the pull of the rope when you hear the boat accelerate and the line is tight jump into the water and then lean back resist the pull of the Rope again it may help to stay side sliding for a while to help you plane out so you don't sink in the water through the years we have developed riding positions to help you gain maximum control of your board these positions will be used as building blocks for tricks down the road will also help you feel more comfortable no matter what position you end up in out on the water so let's take you through these positions so after you get up you understand how to ride on your board and balance across the water now that you're up on the water let's go through all the different riding positions these positions will be used in many tricks down the road and you should get to know every position so you can incorporate them into these tricks the first position that we're going to go over is the normal riding position in this position you can ride either right or left foot forward and it's the most common position in wakeboarding a regular footed rider is left foot forward and it goofy for the rider is right foot forward when you're riding with your front foot forward this is commonly known as your regular stance even if your regular or goofy footed if the rider is riding in the normal riding position and switches so their front foot is now in back and their back foot is now in front we call this switch stance when the rider switches back so the regular foot is forward the rider is now back to the normal riding position in a normal riding position the riders shoulders will be facing the boat and the riders hips will be perpendicular to the shoulders your knees will be rolled forward over your toes and your hips will be pushed forward towards the boat so you can resist the pull of the rope and you'll have a soft position when you're riding across the water you'll use this position to edge heelside and toeside and you can ride in the normal position with either one or two hands on the handle as you get out behind the boat it may be easier to ride with your front hand on the handle and your back in off the handle so everything is in line with the board this will help you balance and you can start to carve behind the boat in this position as you get comfortable with one hand on the handle hedging back and forth in the middle of the wakes put two hands on the handle and continue the same motion when you're used to this cross stop position work your way outside of the wakes with two hands and begin to carve out in the flats do this away from the wakes and we call this carving and you can use this as a warm-up exercise to increase your board control skills eventually you work your way up to heel side jumps and toe side jumps as well as flips and even spins the next position that we're going to talk about is the cuff position this position will help you learn how to pass the handle and give you a better overall feel when your body is facing backwards away from the boat to get in the cuff position dropped your back hand off the handle and turn the handle down as you turn the handle down look away from the boat and break it away so you bend over turning the handle down and bending over will bring the handle to you so you don't have to use your arm strength to try to pull the handle in you'll use this position to work your way towards your first handle passes and eventually towards the blind landing the cuff position gives you a better overall feel on the water when your upper body and head are facing back away from the boat so make sure you dial in this position because down the road you'll need it for flips with handle passes and there's hard blind landings after the cuff position you'll work your way up to the blind position it's very similar to the cuff position and body position but you're only riding with one hand on the handle and a half for a position we call this position blind because you're landing looking back away from the boat while the boat is pulling you forward this position will give you ultimate control over any landing and wakeboarding the blind landing position is the hardest of the three and if you master this position you'll feel comfortable in any position on a wakeboard this position takes a bit more on track to hold and something that takes time to master work on it a little each set and you'll see your comfort level increase next we have the frontside slide this slide is to help you gain board control and give you a better feel for your heelside edge the reason it's called the frontside slide is because you're turning your body front side toward the boat if you move the handle side to side in a straight line across the back of the boat you have the leverage to turn your hips and your body if you move the handle to the right you'll spin to the left and vice versa this position is great for doing lift slides and tricks on the wake as well as gaining control when you slide out sideways on mistakes during tricks whenever you turn into the frontside slide position make sure you bend down before you turn this will put you in the proper position and give you a leverage to get into the sliding position bend at your knees and sit down towards the water before you move the handle to spin the next slide is the backside slide for this slide you're going to turn the opposite way back side so your back is facing the boat and the heel side edge is facing the back of the boat this slide will increase the overall control of your toe side edge and prepare you for backside 180s as you turn into the backside slide position the handle is very close and it makes doing your first backside 180 it's very easy to do this slide get some speed on your heel side edge and then switch directions to help blow your fins out at the same time move the handle behind your back so you get into the slide position the same rule applies so use the handle to help spin your body into position the backside slide is easier to accomplish and safer to practice at slower boat speeds and switching your edge or changing directions will help you blow your fins out to get into the sliding position once you've conquered this slide with one hand try it with two hands on the handle when you can side slide with two hands on the handle you'll notice that your toe side edge will become very powerful conquering the two-handed backside slide forces the rider into the proper toe side edging position you're turning your body past the needed toe side position to an extreme so finding the normal toe side edging position is a lot easier you also learn how to control your lean and the direction you lean on the rope the last slide we're going to talk about is a cuff slide this is very similar to the backside slide but with your upper body in the cuff position the best way to start this position is to ride cuff a little bit of lean over your toes blow your fins out and get into the backside slide position in the cuff sliding position you can lean back and forth over your tip or tail and move across the back of the boat this position will make it even easier to pass the handle when sliding across the water and get you prepared for your first backside 180 handle passes on the water you're gonna eventually want to learn how to move back and forth across the back of the boat call that hedging when you learn to edge and all the different riding positions it sets yourself up for all the landing positions for all the different tricks so go ahead and spend the time to learn all the edging positions you don't have to take steps back in the future now that you understand all the riding positions let's teach you how to edge in those riding positions hedging is important so you can move across the back of the boat to do tricks if you're leaning over your toes or your heels then you're edging if you're standing straight over your board then you're riding flat across the water edging is much like leaning or turning on a skateboard or surfboard whichever way you lean that's the direction you go the only difference in wakeboarding is you're getting pulled by a rope so you have to resist that pull after you make your turn by leaning over your toes or your heels as you would on a skateboard or a surfboard you have to change the direction you lean by leaning down the rope to be in the proper position so you have to lean over your toes or heels to start but then you have to pay attention to which way the rope is pointed so you can lean down the rope to get into the proper position you may want to start by edging back and forth inside the middle of the waiks at about 10 to 12 miles an hour by just leaning and looking towards each wake by going slow but make the wakes wide enough to make big s-shaped cars in the middle of the wakes carving in the middle of the wakes should only be done at slow speeds so you don't form bad body position habits the first edge that we're going to talk about is the heelside edge when you're edging hillsides start the edge with your shoulders when a rider sticks is butt out first we call this edging with your butt make sure you start the lean with your shoulders and point your belly up towards the sky so your hips move in front of you at the same time you point your belly up towards the sky roll your knees forward over your toes and this will make you fall back against the rope so you can hedge out away from the weight as you notice in this position my knees are rolled forward a little bit over my toes my hips are in front of my head and my chest is facing upward towards the sky as you build up your heel side edge you'll be able to do intense tricks flips with spins and even grabs next let's talk about toe side toe side is a very twisted position your shoulders are still facing the boat but your lower body is twisted beneath you and you're leaning over your toes instead of your heels as you start this edge start by pointing your belly up towards the sky and letting your knees roll forward so your shoulders fall back against the rope make sure you don't break it the waist so you're leaning forward this will put you in a wrong position and will probably make you go out the front on your wakeboard if you're leaning forward you won't be in a power position or in a position to create good leverage on the boat roll your knees forward and point your belly up towards the sky and try to touch your back on the water remember lean down the rope and not in the direction you want to go as you get more comfortable with toe side you realize that this twisted position can be used for many different trick variations many riders are intimidated by tosod because they're leaning down towards their face but these Falls really aren't that bad don't put off learning toe side because you'll eventually have to take steps back and learn it anyway if you want to learn harder tricks down the road remember the difference between heelside and toeside is your lower body is twisted beneath you and you're leaning over your toes instead of your heels there's two different ways you can spin on a wakeboard you have frontside and backside rotations if you're doing a 180 and there's no handle pass then chances are that rotation is frontside another way to distinguish the rotation is in respect to the wake if your chest opens towards the way then your rotation is frontside as we approach the wake and takeoff you'll notice the riders chest opening towards the lip of the wake this determines the rotation as frontside these rotations got their names from skateboarding and how the skateboarder would approach and spin off the lip of a vert ramp with the same translation you can figure out the rotation by which way the rider turns as it spins to the lip of our ramp out on the water providers will also have a more natural way of spinning so you'll have to go out and try these rotations to see what works best for you you can spend both heelside and toeside on your wakeboard and tota side frontside spins tend to be easier because you're just on twisting your hips from their already twisted position whenever you spin on a wakeboard you use the handle you move the handle in a straight line across the back of the boat and this will give you the leverage to twist your hips and spin your body if you want to spin the left move the handle to the right if you want to pass the handle or spin further and faster pull the handle hard in towards your body and move it at the same time to create slack so you can pass the handle easily the harder you pull the more you'll advance towards the boat and the slack in the rope will increase as well as the amount of time the rope stays slack for those multiple handle passes the next rotation is backside this rotation is signified by the rider turning is back towards the wake and the rider passing the handle on the first 180 back side rotations a little more difficult than frontside rotations because of the need to pass the handle on the first part of the spin again you can spin back side both heelside and toeside and the rotation is signified by turning your back towards the lake those side backside rotations are hard to spin because it's hard to create spinning momentum since you're already twisted you have to put a lot more into the handle pull and they require more arm strength for back side rotations some riders pass the handle underneath their butts to help them get into the back side spinning position generally riders will learn frontside rotations before backside rotations because of the handle pass remember the key factor in determining whether the rotation is frontside or backside is whether you have to pass the handle to complete the first 180 with so many different tricks it's important to know the proper edging position that goes with each trick knowing the right edging position will not only help you pop the trick correctly but also help you on the landing as well we have a saying that goes different positions for different tricks so check out these three different edging positions and use them as starting points when trying a new trick as you learn a wide variety of tricks you'll understand that there are more ideal positions for different tricks the first position that we're going to talk about is a tall position this position is pretty straight from the knees through to the shoulders and is used for doing big tricks in the load and release family when you're in the tall position you'll be able to create a lot of leverage on the line and you'll be able to edge very aggressively throughout this DVD series you'll see edging position icons in the bottom corner of each chapter trick intro use this position as an approach starting point to help you pop and land tricks there are many tricks to learn in wakeboarding and knowing how each one works is a big part in becoming an advanced Rider these starting points are a huge chunk of the puzzle and will click in the learning process so use them to your advantage out on the water the next position that we're going to talk about is the middle position the difference between the tall position in the middle position is a little bend in your hips the middle position is used usually when you're combining tricks that require either the tall or seated position the combined trick needs a little bit of each position to function correctly your body is seated a little bit so you can use your legs at the way this position is ideal when you're doing flips where you need the leverage of the line to help you rotate but you need your legs to help you go straight up so you can grab the board again you'll see this icon at the beginning of each trick chapter intro throughout this series the last edging position that we're going to talk about is a seated position with this position your legs are bent a lot more so when you get to the wake you can use them to go more straight up and get more height with this position the leverage on the line is decreased and you won't edge is hard but you'll be able to go a lot higher at the wake with the decreased line tension you'll be able to pull on the rope to rotate and grab the board a little bit easier once again look for this position icon at the beginning of each intro so you have a starting point to help you land tricks along with the three edging positions are three types of edges used to help you pop and land tricks these are techniques that will help you work less out on the water and have more control when you get to the wake you'll understand how to harness that the physics of the boat pulling you across the water and use it to your advantage we have a motto here at the wake war camp and it's less work more control and understanding this will help you pull past the handle and flip tricks a lot easier you'll need to use different edges for different tricks and the first edge that we're going to talk about is the ollie edge or the no edge approach this edge is a very slow edge that accelerates consistently as we approach the wake you'll use this edge to work very little and keep the line tension low so you're able to pull on the handle spin and grab the board very easily as a rider if you edge out and then do nothing the boat will eventually want to pull you back towards the middle if you get in the right position and a lot of the boat to do this all you have to do is sit there and then pop when you get to the wake this gives you the very straight up pop and the decrease line tension to allow you to do grabs and spins the next edge that we're going to talk about is the most common edge the progressive edge this is an edge that starts slow like the ollie edge but increases very quickly at the wake you'll be using this edge for most tricks in the loading release family and for going big out in the flats at the beginning of this approach it's important to drift and start the edge very slowly so you can accelerate at the wake if you start too fast you'll decelerate and go flat at the wake and you won't have the line tension needed to perform the trick so be patient and let the boat through the first half of the edge while you edge aggressively on the second half doing flips without the wakes are perfect example of how the progressive edge really works it's a combination of edge water pressure and line tension that catapults you up into the air so you can rotate you'll typically use this edge every time you're out on the water to jump the wakes the last edge that we're going to talk about is a complete opposite of both of the previous edges the trip flip edge starts really fast on the outside with a hard turn and then slows down and you switch edges at the wake this gives you a trippin motion you'll be using this edge for two families of flips the tantrum family and the toe side front roll family as you can see you have to start very quick on your turn and then switch edges at the wake so your body is tripped at the wake to initiate the rotation after you edge out wait for the line to get tight then turn aggressively and edge hard towards the wake then flatten off and then switch edges at the wake since this edge is very awkward and on the other side of the spectrum you may want to practice it a few times by edging towards the wake flattening off your edge letting go with your back hand and then popping into the middle [Applause] Sam

"The Book" Part 1 – The Best Wakeboarding Instructional Ever
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5 thoughts on “"The Book" Part 1 – The Best Wakeboarding Instructional Ever

  • May 31, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    In the discription, At marker 1:23:35 It says "Type of edgies" not "Type of edges"

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  • May 31, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    That Biolite board must be the $h!t! All of those flies love it, LOL.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    Awesome! I bought these DVD’s a while back, but now I can’t find a DVD player to watch them. Do you guys have the Part 4 uploading anytime soon?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    Yes. Its long. But watch it. It covers everything from the rope to use to life jackets to boats and yes finally tricks. Great video.

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