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How to Get Out of the Water on a Wakeboard

Updated on September 2, 2012

The joys of riding a wakeboard first begin by popping out of the water into a good riding stance. This is the first skill all wake boarders learn and can be done quite easily after just a few tries.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Make sure the rope attached to the boat is adjusted somewhere between 50 feet and 75 feet. Beginners generally start with a length of around 60 feet. After you get a feel for wakeboarding, you can adjust the rope length accordingly.

2. Sit on the back or edge of the boat to put on your wakeboard. Be sure that your feet are snug in the boots. Once you enter the water they will feel a little looser anyhow. Get into the water while holding onto the rope.

3. Your life jacket and board should both be keeping you afloat in a somewhat squatted position. Hold this position and hold the rope handle with straight arms out in front of you.

4. Have the boat lessen the slack of the rope. Once ready, give the boat driver a signal to go. For a beginner, the boat should be going about 16 mph. Once your skills have improved, you can choose to stay at 16 mph or increase to 18-20 mph.

5. When the rope handle pulls your arms, stay in the squatted position for as long as possible. Don’t let the water push your knees hard into your chest and don’t push back against the water too hard trying to straighten your legs. If you hold your position, you should pop right out of the water.

6. Your board should naturally swing sideways to a normal riding stance. If not, just a little hip movement will point the board towards the boat.

7. Once standing, keep knees bent and loose to absorb waves. Also keep shoulders back to prevent yourself from leaning over the front of your board.

8. Have some fun!


-The rope might pull you harder than initially expected. Get a firm grip on the rope handle. If your grip seems to be slipping often, invest in some water-ski, fingerless gloves.

-The pressure on your feet should be roughly 50% on the front foot and 50% on the back foot. There is no need to put all your weight on your back foot to avoid nose-diving.

-Look forward towards the boat. Not at your feet.


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