Rules to play Wakeboarding
Rules to play Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which 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.
The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 30 40 km h 18 25 mph , depending on the board size, riders weight, type of tricks, and riders comfort. This speed could also depend on the year, make, and model of the boat because some boats, which are not designed for wakeboarding, create a different size wake which the rider may not feel comfortable with. But a wakeboarder can also be towed by other means,
2. Basics and history
Wakeboarding is organized by the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation IWWF founded in 1946 renamed from International Waterski Federation in 2009 and the World Skiboard Association founded in 1989 and then renamed World Wakeboard Association WWA founded in 1993. The IWWF has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an official partner since 1967. Wakeboarding has been part of the World Games since 2005, in the trend sports category. The WWA is the global leader in wake sport sanctioning; this non profit organization focuses on the progression and advancement of wake sports world wide. The WWA sanctions over 400 days of wakeboarding, wakeskating and wakesurfing events each year.
3. Beginnings of wakeboarding
Wakeboarding, which was originally called skurfing, arose in the late 1980s after the advent of skiboarding now snowboarding .
Skurfing is a sport that has many origins but is said to be created in Australia and New Zealand with bindingless hand shaped boards designed specifically for towing A skurf board was lent to Jeff Darby and friends in Queensland, Australia, who started to make their own and who later came in contact with Tony Finn who was to later produce their brand Skurfer under royalty. On the other side of the world in 1983, Howard Jacobs created several wakeboards by mounting windsurfing foot straps and partial hydroslide pads on some smaller surfboards that he had shaped; by 1984, he was throwing backflips on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.
A few years prior to Tony Finn and the Skurfer, Australian surfboard shaper and inventor Bruce McKee, along with associate Mitchell Ross launched in Australia, the worlds first mass produced plastic, roto moulded construction Skurfboard named the Mcski, later SSS skiboard and later Wake snake.The board had adjustable rubber foot straps, concave tunnel bottom and a keel fin. Two smaller side fins were later added for greater hold and more maneuverability. McKee and Ross also applied for and were granted two patents, one in 1984 for a basic adjustable binding system and the other in 1985 for a patent for their adjustable plate type foot strap system.
Boards are buoyant with the core usually made up of foam, honeycomb or wood mixed with resin and coated with fiberglass. Metal screws are inserted to attach bindings and fins.
The configuration and positioning of the fins and bindings vary according to rider preference and are adjusted for a variety of reasons. A wakeboarder will change the type of fins used for different types of tricks. For example, shallow fins which do not protrude into the water very far are better for surface tricks, such as flat spins. Many newer board models contain small moulded fins on the board, allowing the rider to use smaller centre fins and also to create less drag.
Board hardware is often set up to allow a rider to ride Switch or Fakie, with either foot forward. Such setups are usually symmetrical in layout. New riders normally set up their boards to be comfortable to ride with their natural foot forward, which does not allow for riding Switch without modifications.
For best results and easy wakeboarding, this sport is normally done in lakes, though the intercoastal waterways are also becoming popular.
The most common difference between a regular runabout and a wakeboarding boat is the wakeboard tower, normally constructed of thick walled stainless steel or aluminum tubing, which places the pull point about 2 metres 7 ft off the waters surface. The high tow point makes it easier to jump and get air as the rope is not pulling downward as when it is attached to the low tow point used for skiing. Most modern wakeboarding boats also have a variable ballast system, which allows for water to be pumped into and out of ballast tanks from the surrounding water. Adding ballast increases displacement, and consequently enlarges the wake produced.
A significant portion of wakeboarding boats utilizes V drive propulsion. These boats have a regular inboard engine, but are turned 180
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