How to Wakeboard for Kids

by Mike Johnson
Wakeboarding can be a beginner's water sport.

Wakeboarding can be a beginner's water sport.

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A wakeboard is a board that is attached to the back of a motorized boat. As the boat is propelled through the water, the person attached to the wakeboard is propelled, as well. This can be an exhilarating experience for both adults and kids. If you decide to allow your kids to participate in wakeboarding, there are some things that you can do to help prepare them and to ensure that the activity if both fun and safe.

Step 1

Help the kid get onto the wakeboard properly. His feet should be firmly attached to the boots on the wakeboard. Have him hold onto the cable that is attached to the motorized boat.

Step 2

Show the kid the position to start in when the boat starts to move: an exaggerated squat where his butt is submerged in the water.

Step 3

Let the kid know when to rise out of the water. When he feels his back half get propelled out of the water, instruct him to start to straighten out a little. With practice, the kid will be able to stand all the way up for the full wakeboarding experience.

Step 4

Encourage the kid to stay calm while wakeboarding. Tension and incorrect movements can cause the cable to get twisted.

Step 5

Explain that patience is important. It's not likely that a first-time wakeboarder will get the technique immediately. In fact, he might not get the hang of it until after a few tries.

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