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Old 10 November 2004, 11:31   #1
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Does anyone on here wakeboard at all?

- my mate are I are really up for giving it a go, were all ready keen snowboarders and are hoping its not that much different, we know nothing about beginner wakeboards tho

the boat in question is my 4metre searider + 60hp 2stroke with ski hooks on the transom, not ideal i know

any advice would be great!
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Old 10 November 2004, 11:56   #2
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Same here, I've been thinkin of buyin a wakeboard from www.buywake.com

I've got no problem with regards the boat, 6m/opti 150, although I've also only got low transom mounted towing eyes. A-frame is double 1.5" stainless bolted through hull and transom but I've been told it needs to be 2" to tow from. Do I really need the extra height for wakeboarding or is that only needed for serious tricks/flips?

Anyway Olly, have a look on here, very informative site especially the Wake 101 section.

www.wakeworld.com

Now anybody got any advice on wetsuits?? cheap online shops?? general information??
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Old 10 November 2004, 12:08   #3
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I wakeboard, (Davids son Harry)
We used to ski and board off a valiant 490 with a 60hp yamaha and it did the job fine. Not much of a wake...but it was ok other than that.

If you want to really progress in wakeboarding, to the point where your getting hige air and pulling flips and grabs and the like then yes you need some sort of tower, if you only wakeboard casually (like us) then towing from the transom is fine.
The bigest problem with the low transom on the valiant was the rope dragging in the water, buy the thinest rope you can if its likely to drag in the water and it wont make much difference.

We have about 500mb's of wakeboard video from our last Lake District holiday behind the new boat which ill host some of when i get around to it.
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Old 10 November 2004, 13:43   #4
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I've been thinking bout giving this a go aswell..... Im looking at buying a board over the winter and trying to learn to use it next year.

Is it easy enough to learn how to do? (anyone got any websites with tips on how to get started?).

I am a relatively good waterskier and up until the end of the season was in the process of starting mono skiiing, is there much different between boarding and skiing?

Cheers folks...
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Old 10 November 2004, 15:03   #5
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Olly (and others),

I managed to yteach myself to wakeboard a few years ago behind my little flatacraft (only 25hp!) and I love it!

I can give a bit of advice etc but don't have time at the mo as I am due out on the town to drink some snakebites. I'll try and post again later.

Olly, shame I missed you at the solent beer wotsit on Monday would've been good to meet you as I'm about to undertake a similar (ish) project. Drop me a PM if you want some wakeboard advice and I would be happy to meet up next summer (a while away I know!) to do some boarding together. I'm sure you other solent ribbers will be venturing down to the good old kings head in Yarmouth at some point!

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Old 10 November 2004, 16:03   #6
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Cheers tim, yeah bummer I missed u! - enjoy your "Shanting" this evening!
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Old 10 November 2004, 16:26   #7
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A couple of my buddy's are keen and good wakeboarders. If you want to go out anytime we'll take you in Billy. It puts up a tremendous wake
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Old 10 November 2004, 16:31   #8
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It puts up a tremendous wake
I can vouch for that! I'd love to see someone wakeboarding as BB does a 360 spin with the bucket control!
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Old 12 November 2004, 05:40   #9
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Had my first go at wakeboarding last Sunday thanks to Paul (Tue)
See here

Found it much quicker to get out of the water than skiing but harder to stay on the board once up. This could have been the board we were using though.

Not sure I was happy about being fixed to the board as it hurts if you catch the front edge in the water unlike skiing theres not much you can do to soften the blow and it gets you straight in the face.

Having never done it before I was up on the 3rd go and staying on the board after 5 feels very shaky though can't see myself doing any 'air' on it.

Have to get myself one for next year now
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Old 12 November 2004, 06:48   #10
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right am definately gona try and pick up a cheap board over the winter!

Anyone know the cheapest place in the UK to pick one up?

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