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Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing Evolution

Wakeboarding and wake surfing are similar, but are ultimately very different sports. In both sports, the rider moves over the waves caused by the wake of a motorboat. Wakeboarders are usually attached to the boat somehow, so that they can be towed behind.

Technically, they can also be towed by other means such as personal watercraft. Additionally, there are some cable water ski courses that also accept wakeboarders. Such courses are generally more popular in Europe than they are in the United States. Whatever the case, there is some sort of tow system involved.

Conversely, wake surfing doesn’t involve a towline. A surfer usually trails a ski boat, and catches the waves that it naturally makes. Since outboard motors expose their propeller, inboards are the only safe way to wakesurf. Most boats used in the sport have some sort of weight to make large wakes. If the boat should become swamped with water, weights from dense materials like lead will cause the boat to begin to sink. Water ballasts are preferred. Their neutral buoyancy can help to prevent this from happening.

Wakeboarding evolved from a combination of various sports. As such, the experience is something similar to a combination of surfing, snowboarding and water skiing all at once. On the other hand, wake surfing is considerably closer to the feel of traditional surfing. There are even other board sports that have grown out of the two, such as wakeskating. As the name suggests, a wakeskater gets a feel much closer to skateboarding. Of courseFree Web Content, many people enjoy all of these sports equally.

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