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What are the key questions?

Like newspaper headlines, we use key questions to help you find the information that is relevant to where you are in your learning journey.  Here are the key questions in this section.

  • What is wakeboarding? Wakeboarding is a water sport that involves a rider on a wakeboard.  A boat (or a tow cable in a wakeboard park) pulls the wakeboard rider. Wakeboarder carves turns, do aerial maneuvers, and ride over features in wakeboard parks.

  • What do you need for wakeboarding? You will need a US Coast Guard approved life jacket (and possibly other safety equipment like a helmet), a wakeboard, bindings, a mainline and handle (for a boat), and a boat (or cable system at a wake park) to pull the rider.

  • How might you learn (or improve your) wakeboarding? We compiled several videos to help you get started before you get on the water and/or to refer to as you progress your wakeboarding.  When you are new to a sport, you will learn more safely and quickly if you access appropriate training resources and get training from a professional.

The sections below expand on the summary above. (Feel free to let us know about other helpful resources: we want to continue learning, too.)

What is wakeboarding?

Wakeboarding is a board sport that contains elements of sports like snowboarding and skateboarding.  A wakeboarder rides a board while a boat (or a tow-rope at a wakeboard park) pulls the rider.  Wakeboarders carve turns, jump the wake of a boat, and jump or slide on features in the water. 

The Finger Lakes region, as the name implies, has many lakes that are suitable for wakeboarding.  And Roseland Wake Park, just outside of Rochester, NY, has a wakeboard park with a cable system to pull riders around its waterpark.  

 

How might you learn to wakeboard?

Resources exist to help you prepare for (and improve in) a foil sport.  When you are new to a sport, you will learn more safely and quickly if you access appropriate training resources and get training from a professional.