How to Get Up on a Wakeboard Without a Tower

by Colby Stream

Wakeboarders generally use a tower, called a pylon. This tower allows them to hook the rope they are pulled by farther up than the boat normally allows. The greater angle helps the wakeboarder pull out of the water easier. A common misconception is that you can't wakeboard without a tower. This is untrue. You can take a number of steps to counteract the loss of a board, allowing you to pull on top of the water and enjoy your time wakeboarding.

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Step 1

Bind into your wakeboard while in the boat. Generally, bind with your dominant foot forward, or the foot on the same side as the hand you write with. Ensure the bindings are tight against your foot, but not too uncomfortable. Get into the water.

Step 2

Ask someone to throw you a rope. Make this rope shorter than usual, about 20 feet in length. This will help pull you out of the water, helping counteract the fact that you aren't using a tower.

Step 3

Crouch down near the board. Hold the rope handle in front of your knees. Your knees are between your arms. Signal the driver to pull you at a slow speed. Flip the board so that people in the boat can see the bottom of it. Your feet are shoulder's length apart, so that the board faces to your left and right.

Step 4

Signal the driver to accelerate slowly. A slower acceleration, around 5 to 10 miles an hour, allows you to overcome the friction of the water that the tower normally helps with.

Step 5

Lean back and do not pull up with your arms or press down with your legs. Your arms are straight and your legs are bent. Leaning back helps push the board out of the water, which a tower normally helps with. As the board begins to swing around to face forward, press forward with your legs a little. Your goal is to move into a position where you're squatting on top of the water. Straighten your legs slightly to maintain balance, but keep them as bent as possible.

Step 6

Stand up, knees slightly bent, as you gain control and balance. Keep your arms extended and slightly bent at the elbows. Motion for the driver to speed up to about 15 miles an hour when you are fully out of the water and have gained control over the board.

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