Catching air on a wakebaord is almost completely contrary to one's instinct to thrust his legs into the ground when jumping. When jumping a wake, unlike jumping on land, you must let the tension of the rope and the ramp-like shape of the wake do most of the work for you. For that reason, it can be difficult to jump a wake correctly. However, if you start small and do not approach the wake too aggressively, you will begin to catch bigger and bigger air.
Ride 10-15 feet outside of the wake, toes facing away from the wake.
Cut in toward the wake. Start out with a gradual cutting angle and progressively cut in harder as you approach the wake.
Extend your knees and stand tall as you hit the peak of the wake.
Draw the board toward your body while in the air to extend the airtime.
Tips & Warnings
- Maintain tension in the rope throughout the movement.
- Do not be tempted to ride too quickly at the wake; this will actually make your jump weaker because cutting in too fast creates slack in the rope. Slack in the rope means less momentum.
- Do not lift your knees when you crest over the wake; instead, stand tall.
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