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A Water Ski Plus a Surfboard Plus a Snowboard Equals a Wakeboard

By Ted Muise Subscribe to RSS | May 29th 2012 | Views:

Adrenaline junkies always love to put several things together to create a more exhilarating sport. For example, wakeboarding means being towed at high speeds by a boat (water skiing) while doing awesome flips and skids (snowboarding) above the waves (surfing). These daredevils enjoy the vigor of three extreme sports to make an even more extreme sport.

Compared to skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, wakeboarding is fairly young; it’s 1980s young. An avid surfer from San Diego, California invented the “skurfer,” a hybrid of the flat surfboard and the thin water ski. It was the root from which the modern wakeboard would be born, as its use remains the same. The skurfer would hold onto a rope tied to a boat while doing some neat snowboarding tricks.

The wakeboard - the heart of the sport – is the bigger version of the skurfer. A standard board in the market has a length between 47 and 59 inches, and a width of between 16 and 17 inches. It gives the person more balance and control of while dashing on top of the water and doing his thing.

To keep the boarder’s feet firmly on the board, a wakeboard has a pair of boots. This allows the boarder to steer the wakeboard simply by shifting his weight just as he would in snowboarding or surfing. While it may seem simple, it takes some degree of skill to make the tricks you see on TV or in pictures.

Since a boarder may hit the water hard if he loses his grip, wakeboard packages come with safety gear. Helmets and knee guards can protect vital parts of your body from damage due to the resulting impact. Vests keep the boarder afloat while he waits for rescuers to pull him out of the water. Like any extreme sport wherein the body can be exposed to the dangers of a simple mishap like a nasty crash, safety equipment in wakeboarding is a must.

Why settle for one sport when you can make a more exciting one when you mix it up with other sports? As mentioned earlier, wakeboarding lets you enjoy the exhilaration of snowboarding, water skiing, and surfing, all in one package. Quality wakeboard bindings and boots will let you enjoy the sport minus the bruises.

If you want to get into the action of wakeboarding, start by knowing the basics of the sport. You can look it up on Transworld Wakeboarding online at The website also has recommendations for quality wakeboard boots and other gear you may need for your first-hand experience.

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