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Wakeboarding 101

The Basics

Wakeboarding is a sport that combines elements of waterskiing, surfing and snowboarding. It's like waterskiing on a small surfboard with bindings. Wakeboarding most likely began when surfers started being towed with a ski rope behind a boat. In 1985, a San Diego surfer named Tony Finn developed the Skurfer - a cross between a surfboard and a water ski. Other designers advanced the sport by making wakeboards that were neutrally buoyant and more suited for deep water entry. This made it easier for beginners to get up on the board. Wakeboarding is now one of the fastest growing water sports in the world - with approximately four million people participating.

Getting Started

Wakeboarding is really easy to learn, but it can also be an expensive sport to get started in. You need a boat, a wakeboard, bindings, a life jacket and a body of water. If you don't have a lot of cash, you could try the sport out by taking a lesson and renting some gear for the day. Always make sure you receive instruction from someone who knows what they're doing. For a list of wakeboarding camps and schools across the United States and around the world, head to www.wakeworld.com.

Lingo

If you're going to enter the wet and wild world of wakeboarding, you'll need to know how to talk the talk. Here's some wakeboarding lingo to get you started.

  • Air Raley - When a rider hits the wake and fully extends his or her body, allowing the legs, feet and board to rise above the head.
  • Butter - A term used to describe smooth water.
  • Durf - Any fall. The harder the fall, the bigger the durf.
  • Fat Sack - A sack that is filled with water and placed in the boat to make the wake bigger.
  • Tantrum - When a rider approaches the wake backside and does a back flip.
  • Wake to Wake - When a rider does a trick where they take off from one wake, and land on the other.
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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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