By definition wakeboarding is a surface water sport that involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques.
I camped with a group of friends at Arrow Rock Lake two weeks ago, but camping was not the sole reason I ventured to the lake. In fact, it would be my first time wakeboarding, something I can now successfully cross off my bucket list.
Not once in my life have I heard anything about wakeboarding being a sport that came naturally or was relatively easy to pick-up. On the contrary, my friends and anyone I had ever talked to have simply stated how difficult the sport is and the time and dedication it takes to become successful as a wake boarder.
I grew up in Southern California so it’s surprising even to me that up until this point I have not yet tried wake boarding. I had plenty of invitations and opportunities to go up to the lake, but the sport never really held any appeal for me. However, that changed after I ended the Defy movie premiere.
Unfortunately, Idaho weather is not as conducive as many of us would like for the wakeboarding. However, we did manage to have sunny, warm weather for our weekend getaway and thankfully the weather didn’t change every 30 minutes, as Idaho weather has a tendency to do.
I was extremely worried I would not be able to get up my first time during my first attempt at wake boarding, and what made it even more difficult was a boat full of people watching me try this sport for the first time.
Another complete shocker to my system was the cold water. Don’t get me wrong I was not expecting bathwater when I first got in the water, and I probably should have ridden earlier in the day instead of deciding to splash around at 7p.m., but we all learn from our mistakes.
Thankfully, wet suits were available and that helped immensely with the cold water. I wish I could say that I was extremely successful the first time I tried wakeboarding. I wish I could say that I hidden ridden across the wake and even attempted a jump. Unfortunately, if I were to say those things then I would be lying to you.
I did manage to get up after a couple failed attempts initially, but I was not very good at staying above water for long. In fact, I landed so hard on my face at one point I had to shake my head a couple times to clear the fogginess.
Overall, though I can say I successfully, got up and managed to go a short distance on the wake board. My next goal is to make it across the wake, but that is a feat I am currently trying to tell myself that it is not as scary as it looks.
Another valuable lesson that I learned on this trip that I would like to bestow on all of those who have not been wakeboarding before in a cold lake, bring warm clothes and a dry towel for use after you are done. In reality, I do not think I have been colder than when I got out of the water. The shaking did not stop for a good 30 minutes and if my friends had not been prepared I am sure it would have taken longer.
Take a splash and try wakeboarding, the wakeboarding club on campus is more than willing to show new riders the infamous “ways” of the sport.