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What is Wakeboarding?

Wakeboarding is one of the fastest-growing watersports in the world, and it offers a unique mix of adrenaline and fun.

Wakeboarding is a towed Watersport similar to waterskiing but you are sideways like surfing or skateboarding or snowboarding.

Wakeboarding is a water sport that involves riding a board, similar in shape to a snowboard or surfboard, behind a boat. The boat’s movement creates a wake, which the wakeboarder rides on, performing various tricks and maneuvers.

To start wakeboarding, the rider stands on the board, holding onto a rope that is attached to the back of the boat. The boat then pulls the rider, who can use the rope for balance and to help them perform tricks. As the rider gains speed and momentum, they can use the wake to jump and perform aerial maneuvers, such as spins, flips, and grabs.

Wakeboarding originated in the 1980s, when surfers and water skiers began experimenting with new ways to ride behind a boat. The sport has since grown in popularity, with professional competitions and dedicated wakeboarding parks and cable systems.

One of the key skills in wakeboarding is the ability to control the board by shifting the rider’s weight and using the edge of the board to carve turns. This allows riders to navigate the wake and perform tricks with precision and style.

In addition to the physical challenges of wakeboarding, the sport also requires a good deal of mental focus and concentration. Riders must be aware of their surroundings and the movements of the boat, and be able to quickly react and adjust their technique to maintain control and land tricks successfully.

Overall, wakeboarding is a thrilling and dynamic water sport that combines the excitement of surfing and snowboarding with the unique challenges of riding behind a boat. Whether you’re a beginner looking to try something new, or an experienced rider looking to hone your skills, wakeboarding offers a thrilling and rewarding experience.

Check out the top athletes at the Pro Wakeboard Tour and see some insane wakeboarding action.

How Fast Do You need to go for wakeboarding?

Wake Boat Speeds Based on Activity


Wakeboard speeds are typically in the 18-23mph range, but it depends on the rider. Kids and beginner wakeboarders can ride a wakeboard as slow as 10mph, but experienced and professional riders typically prefer speeds around 21.5-23.5mph.


Wakesurf speeds are typically around 10mph-12mph. That’s the sweet spot for creating a surfable wave.

Wakesurfing is when you are riding a surfboard behind the boat at slow speeds and letting go of the rope allows for a continuous wave to be ridden on.

What is Wakesurfing?

Wakesurfing vs wakeboarding?

Wakesurfing is when you are riding a surfboard behind the boat a slow speeds and you can let go of the rope and surf a continuous wave. Wakeboarding you are riding a wakeboard and going faster speeds and holding a wakeboard rope as the boat pulls you across the top of the water allowing for tricks to be performed.


What is the Wake Channel?

At The Wake Channel, we’re dedicated to bringing you the best wake AND watersports content in the world. With unrivalled access to the people and companies that define the sport, we deliver weekly how to’s, technique tips, humor, news and adventure for anyone interested in watersports.

Whether you’re a fan of wakeboarding or waterskiing, a beginner looking to improve their skills or an expert looking for tips on how to perfect your tricks, there’s something here for everyone!