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, snow boarding
and surfing techniques. The rider is usually towed behind
a motorboat; typically at speeds of 18–24 miles per hour
depending on the water conditions, board size, rider's weight,
and rider's comfort speed. But wakeboarding can also be
performed with a variety of media including closed-course
cables, winches, PWCs, and ATVs.
What is Wakeboarding? Wakeboarders are
towed by a boat, while standing on a short board
and holding on to a rope.
Other Names for Wakeboarding: Wakeskiing,
Wakeskating, Wake Boarding, Skurfing, Skiboard
Wakeboarding in Foreign Languages:
Wakeboarding in Foreign
Wakeboarding History: Wakeboarding emerged
from a number of sports in the 1980s. Surfers
are most often credited with the birth of surfing,
because at different times in history surfers
were towed into waves by boats or jet skis.
Though snowboarders also take credit for the
hybrid sport. Tony Finn, a San Diego surfer,
developed one of the first wakeboards called
the Skurfer. The Skurfer was a hybrid of a water
ski and a surfboard. In 1985 foot straps were
added to the first wakeboard designs. Further
development of ultra-buoyant and light-weight
wakeboards (mainly the hyper-lite) resulted
in wakeboarding's increase in popularity. The
term "wakeboarding" was originally coined by
Paul Fraser, Murray Fraser and a pro snowboarder
Wakeboarding Competition History: Today
there are more than 200 wakeboarding tournaments
throughout the world. The World Skiboard Association
(later renamed the World Wakeboard Association)
was founded in 1989 and the first World Skiboard
Championships was held on the island of Kauai,
Hawaii. Wakeboarding was added to the X-Games
II as a competitive sport.
Modern Wakeboarding: Today it is said
that wakeboarding is the fastest growing water
sport. Wakeboarders are towed behind a boat
at speeds of 17–24 miles per hour.
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