We just recently published a very popular article about the benefits of training at the cable park as a compliment to kiting so we thought you might need a bit of help to get started.
Fortunately we got the chance to meet Paula Rosales and work together on few tutorial videos to help you build your confidence and love for the cable.
To get more women into riding boots and into wake-style riding here is the first article in our series to get you off the dock and into the water.
Now let’s talk about the starting options.
The easiest way to start on the wakeboard is sitting down on the dock.
As you wait for your turn make sure that the nose of your board is above the water and put 70 percent of your weight on the back foot.
As you wait for the rope to pull you at the start, a big tendency is to let the rope take you and you slam on the water nose first. To avoid this mistake which can result in a painful whiplash is to make sure that your elbows are next to your chest/waist and tense your upper body and lift yourself up at the start.
As you feel the pull from the cable it is time to go, you can start squatting until you are comfortable enough to stand straight but still putting more weight on the back foot, trying to pull the rope down towards your core.
A jump start is your next progression when you have done a few laps around the cable and are confidently able to get up consistently on each start.
A jump start is when you jump from the dock a second before the cable pulls you, which will automatically put you above the water and going in the when done right.
It’s all about timing and landing with your knees bent, your elbows next to your waist and your arms pulled in, consistently letting go only when you are above the water and feeling the cable pull.
Don’t forget to land and point your board in the direction of the pull from the cable.
Written by Paula Rosales.