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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.


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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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
yes it is  :)
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"FBGirl" wrote:I like cheerleading, but definitely NOT a sport! Sports are physical activity with competition and GEAR. The closest thing cheerleaders have to gear are pom-poms. And, yeah. Boys CAN cheerlead, but chances are they will be made fun of(not by me). Cheerleaders do A LOT of physical cheers and stunts, and we use ourselves instead of gear. A lot and most people underestimate cheerleaders for just some girls with poms and uniforms going "go team! yay!" because they have seen that in movies and tv. look up some cheer comp videos and still only some people with change their view of cheerleaders as girls on the sidelines doing uncreative cheers and stupid words to match. I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about cheerleading and cheerleaders. Peace Out!
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"lamiraclelemiracle" wrote:no cheering is not a sport it's something to turn people and the players up I was a cheerleader for 2 years (before I aged out) and we do not only wave pom poms int the air and yell "go team!!". All cheerleaders and coaches put A LOT of effort and time into making and practicing cheers. It is true that cheerleaders turn people and the players on...but it's much more than that. it's about having fun, teamwork, having some more fun, getting some exercise (uh that kinda makes it a sport right?), and great times with the other girls on your squad.   Rant over lol
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Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
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