Essay by Bjorn TonneUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, February 1997

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Wakeboarding is a fun and challenging sport. A couple of years ago I

was boating with some friends when one of them pulled out something I had

never seen before, a wakeboard. In the past I had tried water-skiing and

kneeboarding, but until then I had never heard of wakeboarding, I

haven't picked up a water-ski or kneeboard since that day.

A wakeboard is shaped a lot like a snowboard. It is 150 cm long and

about 60 cm wide. Riding a wakeboard has been compared to surfing,

skateboarding, waterskiing, and snowboarding.

At first I was nervous about learning a new watersport at age 18, because

I remembered how hard it was to get up one ski. My friends convinced me to

give it a try and I loved it. At first it was hard to get up, but after four try's I

could get up almost every time on the first pull.

One of the reasons this sport is

so great is that once you get up you can learn and excel very quickly. By the end

of that same day I was almost able to jump over the wake. I have friends who

are able to do backflips, so this gives me a goal. But for now I have to be content

with jumping the wake. I like this, because while there is always another level

that I'm aiming for I still feel and look competent on a wakeboard.

While jumping is the first skill that I learned, the second skill I began

working on was riding fakie. Riding fakie consists of riding with the opposite

foot on the back of the wakeboard. Normally I ride with my right foot on the

back of the board, this riding stance is referred to as regular. While riding...