What is Wakesurfing?
Whether it’s contemplating riding toe side, heel side, lineride and freeride, one thing is for sure you are definitely practicing in the art of wakesurfing. Among its list of procurements it has its own wave terminology that is totally lip side. Lip side is when a rider and board floats on top of the wake but the board is sideways, thus it’s claim to notoriety among observers for being an other sport with a serious art form. There is a great deal of creation and skill that goes into the mastery of it.
Though similar in name and style, wakesurfing is not the same as wakeboarding, however, while it is a water sport it’s called wakesurfing because the surfer on board trails behind a wakeboard boat riding on the wake but is not connected by a tow line. The board glides smoothly across the ripples that mimic the feel of natural ocean waves.
This sport has a history that extends back to the 1950’s but it’s official recognition and first patents weren’t granted until 1997, making it fairly new still but its demand and following is quite seasoned. There’s an annual World Wakesurfing Championship and many other professional-level competitions that currently being hosted across the United States.
The water feats are amazing, especially since the surfer is not connected to a tow. It’s a very interesting process how the surfer comes to ride the waves:
The surfer starts by lying in the water with their feet on the board, in position to stand up quickly. Holding onto a towrope initially, the boat picks up speed and the surfer drops the rope before or around the 10mph mark and then springs up into standing surf position and surfs the waves that the boat makes. Some surfers are able to ride wave for five minutes or more, and more advanced riders perform tricks, spins and other stunts like pulling a fire hydrant, switch stance, double grab air or a 540 spin.
When performing in competition the level of skill is piqued to thrill and the judgment is austere. Judges critique wakesurfing skill in the areas of maneuver, power and style. If you think just riding a wave for a few steady minutes will cut it – think again. Judges are looking for the surfer to extend him or herself in show-stopping exhibitions that highlight the skill, commitment and endurance of the rider. As if that alone doesn’t insure you a ‘spectating of s good time,’ you’ll be excited to know that WWC competitors rarely disappoint in seizing the opportunity to exhibit admirable skill for onlookers.
Still young in its sporty stage of tide and not yet at its pinnacle wave in an ocean of watersport fascination interests in wakesurfing is growing more and more with every exposition and better news still - the beach is optional. As long as the weather is nice, the board is sound, your boat has a driver and there’s a body of water to tread upon -- there’s no reason not to hang ten or pull a 900 spin. Wakesurfing is here to stay.