Wakeboard is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. One of the most actively developing sports and recreation.
There are two disciplines in wakeboarding: wakeboard boat and wakeboard electric traction (cable wakeboarding). In boat wakeboarding, the athlete rides behind the boat, holding on to the halyard and performs various tricks using a running wave and springboards.
In cable wakeboarding, the athlete moves through the water using a mechanized cable-towing system that replaces the boat. There are ring installations, where movement takes place in a circle (wake parks) and reversible installations, where the athlete can only move forward and backward.
The boat, moving at a speed of 29-38 km / h with additional ballast on board, leaves behind a wave that the rider uses as a springboard to jump. You can perform many different tricks while jumping.
The emergence of wakeboarding was facilitated by the stagnation in the development of beach sports, and at that time there was nothing but surfing. In the mid-80s, one man came up with the idea to create a “Scarfer”, a bit like surfing, but more like skateboarding. And the straps attached to the board made it possible not only to ride on the waves, but also to perform various tricks during the flight. The inventor of this invention, Tony Fin of San Diego, did his best to promote it, and thanks to the efforts in 1990, the first tournaments were held.
Herb O’Brien became the continuation of wakeboarding, he turned his attention to such a funny novelty as the scarf. Moreover, he considered this sport to be related to his main activity, since he was engaged in business in the area of water.
In his factory, O’Brien experimented a lot with the buoyancy of the board, resulting in what he called “neutral buoyancy.” The board was easily submerged in the water and just as easily held on to it. O’Brien also redesigned the board’s shape and curvature, resulting in a result very similar to a modern wakeboard. He named his brainchild Hyperlite and released it to the market, thereby setting an example for other manufacturers.
Despite all their similarity to modern wakeboards, the wakeboards of those times had a pronounced front end. One of the famous wakeboarders, Jimmy Redmon, in 1993, proposed to create a board of a completely different shape. The new model had complete symmetry, which greatly facilitated the use of the board and significantly increased the number of tricks.
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The advent of the winch made wakeboarding a more accessible sport. Novice riders no longer need to look for and rent a boat. The start is carried out from a special platform on a low-water raft with a slippery surface. The main advantage of wakeboarding with a winch is the ability to ride on small bodies of water with pre-installed jumps and figures.
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