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Rider: Summer Barousse
Getting up on a wakeskate is very similar to getting up on a wakeboard. If you can already get up on a wakeboard, then getting up on wakeksate will be a sinch. The method of getting up explained in the instructional will be an easy relaxing way to get up on a wakeskate without having to manage the rope, board and staying afloat while trying to get up for your first time. You will be able to sit back and relax and let the boat driver do the work for you.
Before getting up, you should be able to do the following things:
1. Be comfortable in the water behind a boat.
2. Be wearing a PFD.
3. Be able to pull yourself up from the sitting position.
Performing The Trick
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When preparing to get up, lay the board in the water perpendicular to the boat with the grip side up. Lay flat on your back perpendicular to the board and place your heels on the top of the board. Keep the rope in both hands around your belly button.
At this point, have the boat driver put the boat in gear giving a little tension on the rope. This will help you stay balanced over the board as you will have something to hold on to. When the driver starts to give the boat a little more throttle, the board will turn up to the bottom of your feet.
After the board lines up to your feet, relax and bend your kees allowing your bottom side to meet with your heels. Keep the rope out in front of your knees. Once in this position, you are almost up.
You should be squatted with your butt touching your heels and the rope out in front of your knees. Now you should slowly stand up and apply the most preasure to the foot that will be in the back. You may also find it easier to let go with your back hand in order to get your body in the correct riding position.
Once you are up, the possibilites are endless. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Cross both wakes to get use to feeling the board under your feet reacting with the water.
2. Slow the boat down to about 10 to 15 mph and practice sliding the board around.
3. Cut into the wake and surf carve away.
If you have specific questions about this trick or would like to discuss it further, talk about it in the Wakeskate Discussion Forum.
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