There are a few crucial items needed when trying to get out on the water and ride. First off the rope stretch is an important component of wakeboarding. When wakeboarding you want to choose a non-stretch rope, if a rope has stretch it has the ability to recoil while the wake boarder is in the air, therefore lessons the chance of gaining the desired height you are trying to reach. A rope with stretch is typically made for waterskiing because it’s more forgiving and helps pull you back and forth around the slalom course. Using a stiffer rope allows you more control and gives you the opportunity to maneuver smoothly on the water. Another important part of wakeboarding is using the correct towrope length. The rope length has a lot to do with how well you will perform behind the boat. A good length to start with is about 45-50 feet when learning how to wakeboard. You want to pick a rope length which makes you feel comfortable in jumping and clearing the wake. If you encounter problems with clearing the wake, try shortening the rope for an easier ride and also gives you a narrower section of the wake to pass. As your skill level and experience increases, move to a longer rope length from 50-60 feet away. At this point you will be able to make bigger cuts in the water and catch way bigger air. Boat speed then comes into play; a faster boat can accommodate a longer rope. For example, if you are riding too much in the wash of the wake you should consider either increasing the boat speed or shortening the rope length. The majority of the time it’s a trial and error situation, just have to feel it out for yourself most of the time.
This pass Saturday, our buddies at Wakesports threw a Halloween party at Carlsbad Lagoon to celebrate one of the best holidays along with what we all love, wakeboarding. It was definitely a site to see, never thought I would see my childhood action figures wakeboarding but I guess there is a first for everything. Having Spiderman and Captain America ripping it up on the water was absolutely hilarious! Other characters included jokers, 70s pimps, and cavemen doing work. The weather was perfect and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves with the combination of sun, riding, and good food to eat after a long day of boarding. It was a good turnout for the event with about 40 to 50 people showing up and three of four bad ass boats giving people a pull all day long. Liquid Force Flew out professional wakeboarder Keith Lyman to join the festivities. At the end of the day Keith gave away one of his boards he actually used in an upcoming video for the best Halloween costume of the day. The lucky winner wore a gorilla suit and was blown away when he found out he won. All in all the day at the lagoon was a success for the riders and especially for San Diego by putting us on the map as a great place to ride.
Wakeboarding news in San Diego
Even though the mornings are becoming increasing frigid in San Diego County, it seems that the weather will still hold up for a few last sessions before it becomes too unbearable. We all know that SD is known for its year-round incredible temperatures but riding in winter doesn’t seem like too much fun when you refuse to move inside or outside the boat. I’m not saying we won’t do it but it makes the decision to go a little harder. The next couple of weeks are supposed to be upper 70s to low 80s, which are still great conditions to work with. The water is colder obviously, but the fact still remains that the season isn’t technically over just yet. So riders all around SD should suck it up and head to the river, bay, or lagoon soon because once its gone your going to kick yourself for not taking advantage of this great city we live in.
Hope to see everyone at the lagoon this Saturday the 18th for a big session!