How to Get Up on a Wake Surfboard Behind a Boat

by Colby Stream

Wake surfing, a sport much like water skiing, consists of a person who is pulled by a boat on a special wake board. This board, unlike skis, does not use any straps for the surfer's feet. The force of the water and pull of the boat keep the surfer's feet attached. Although wake surfing itself is simple, getting up behind the boat takes lots of practice, balance and proper execution to get from under the water to on top of it.

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Step 1

Decide on your dominant foot before jumping in the water. This is the foot you will put forward. Once you have decided, jump in the water.

Step 2

Place the board between you and the boat so that the tip of the board faces away from the boat. Put your dominant foot about midway up the board, a little closer to the front. Hold the board with the opposite hand of your dominant foot. Hold the rope with your other hand.

Step 3

Instruct the driver to put the boat in gear and start pulling you slowly. Slip your second foot up onto the board, around four to six inches from the back. Let go of the board with your hand and hold the rope with both hands. Bend your knees a little and put the rope between your knees. Lie back slightly. People in the boat should see the bottom of the board.

Step 4

Give the driver the "Go" signal. The driver should smoothly increase the boat's speed to about 9 mph. Keep your arms straight and your knees bent as the speed increases. Push on the board through your heels. The board will pop up onto the water. Maintain a half-squatting position until you gain balance, then stand up with your knees and elbows slightly bent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart.
  • Never wake surf behind a boat with an outboard motor. If you can see the propeller, don't wake surf. You or the rope can get caught in the prop, causing serious injury or death.

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