Wakeboarding is similar to water skiing, except that you ride on a single board, much like a snowboard. When you ride your wakeboard, you can do far more than just let the boat pull you around the waterway. Instead, you can make use of the wake left by the boat to propel yourself into the air and perform tricks. One trick beginners must learn to build up to other tricks is the toeside wake jump.
Position yourself 10 to 15 feet outside of the wake so the wake is on the toeside of your board. Stand up straight and allow the boat to pull you toward the wake.
Remain standing straight, keeping your weight evenly distributed across both of your feet. Hold the rope handle tightly to you at hip level.
Increase the pressure on your toes gently as you move toward the wake. A slow progression is important for this move. Keep the rope held tightly; do not allow it to become slack.
Stand straight as you begin your ascent up the wake, and do not bend your legs. If you bend your legs, they act as shock absorbers and you will not jump.
Pull the handle toward you to gain control of the jump when you reach the peak of the wake.
Bend your knees slightly, keeping your center of gravity low, as you begin your descent to help absorb the shock of the landing. Continue placing your weight on your toes to keep yourself cutting toward your toeside for maximum control over your landing.
Tips & Warnings
- You do not need to physically jump for this trick to work. The wake, board and rope do all of the work for you if done properly.