Tips for beginner wakeboarders. Technique of getting out of the water
Starting to ride a wakeboard, you may encounter a number of difficulties that will seem insurmountable or surmountable after a series of trainings. However, training has nothing to do with it. No matter how many times you repeat the same mistakes, this will not bring you closer to eliminating them. In wakeboarding, everything is based on the technique of execution, you just need to know what exactly, at what moment and how to do it.
Getting out of the water is the first and main difficulty that a novice wakeboarder will have to face. There are times when a person gives up trying to stand on the board after seeming physical impossibility to do so. However, in fact, getting out of the water does not require absolutely no effort. This can be done by a child, a fragile girl, or a large man weighing one hundred kilograms. It is all a matter of technology and strict adherence to the rules described below.
IMPORTANT!!! Remember that all of your land reflexes are based on the fact that on land you have a fulcrum. Getting up from your squat, you rest against the ground. Getting up from the bench, you also rest against the ground with your feet. Swimming in water creates the illusion of support. You row in the water, starting from it. BUT THIS DOESN’T MEAN WHAT YOU CAN STAND ON THE BOARD, KNOCKED FROM IT BY FEETS, AS YOU DO IT, STANDING UP FROM SHOES ON THE EARTH.
In fact, in water you have no fulcrum. You are swimming, but you cannot get out of the water with your feet or board on it. Therefore, do not make these attempts, just waste your time. Out of the water occurs according to other physical laws that have nothing to do with your land laws. Therefore, in order to get out of the water, you will have to refuse these reflexes.
In order to get out of the water you will need the following:
1. Be sure to wear a life jacket. This is not to help you if you fall. This is absolutely a prerequisite for getting out of the water. Without a life jacket, a master can come out of the water, but not a beginner at all. The fact is that a life jacket ensures that your body is held in the correct position. Without it, you will plunge into the water to the chin. You will not be able to get out of this water. A life jacket will hold your head above the surface of the water when you will not move – this is the only possible starting position.
2. Go into the water and put on a board in the water, it is better not to rest your feet on the bottom, using the buoyancy of the life jacket.
3.Grab your halyard handle with your hands.
4.Swim calmly in the water, using the buoyancy of the lifejacket, tilt back slightly.
5.Pull your knees as close to your chest as possible, with your arms extended between your bent and tightened knees. Holding the handle of the halyard, you should be in the position of a fetus floating on your back. The closer you can pull your knees to your chest, the greater your chances of a successful exit.
6. Your wrists should be in front of the board, and not behind it, that is, from the side of the boat, and not from your side. If the wrists and the handle of the halyard are between the board and you, your posture is wrong and you will not come out of the water. In this case, you should tighten your knees to your chest, bend your back more and lean forward.
Wakeboard. Out of water
IMPORTANT!!! Hands should be straight !!! The straighter you hold your hands, the less they are bent at the elbows, the greater your chances of getting out.
After you have taken the pose described above, you need to give the command to the pilot of the boat so that he begins to pull you.
IMPORTANT!!! The exit from the water is carried out at FULL (!!!) thrust of the boat, regardless of its power. If the pilot does not give full power, but pulls slowly, you will not leave the water.
A common wakeboarder alert is a thumb extended upwards. Arrange this signal with the pilot. Raising your thumb, you can not even take your hand off the halyard. When the boat pulls, the most important thing begins.
IMPORTANT!!! In no case, under any circumstances, do not try to straighten your legs when water begins to put pressure on the board.
Contrary to logic and your reflexes, which force you to rest in water, you need to do the exact opposite. You need to pull your knees closer to your chest even more (pushing water will help you) and pull yourself very strongly after the halyard.
IMPORTANT!!! If you pull the handle of a file from your hands, then you do not reach for it. Reach for the halyards, easing the burden on the hands. Your reflexes will tell you that such an active lean forward will turn you face down. But your reflexes are deceiving you! It will not happen.
If you can’t get out of the water several times in a row, this can happen only for two reasons:
You do not lean forward enough and do not reach enough for the halyard. Stretch stronger! It’s better to roll face forward than not enough to reach for the halyard. If you have not been able to get out of the water several times, intentionally stretch so that you are guaranteed to fall face down. A couple of such falls will help you get out of the water.