Wakesurf Tutorial: How to Get Up

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How to Get Up On a Wakesurf Board

Maybe you're struggling to get yourself up or just looking for an easy way to teach the newbies on your boat... either way, we've created a short video tutorial that'll get you (or your friends) up and surfing quickly. 



Below are some wakesurfing basics that'll get you started right. If you're new to wakesurfing, be sure to check them out so your intro to wakesurfing goes smoothly. 



Boat: Probably the most important requirement. For your safety, ONLY surf behind a boat recommended for wakesurfing.

Rope: Wakesurfing ropes are thicker and shorter than tow ropes for other water sports. Looking for a new rope? Our high-quality Doomswell Wakesurf Rope  is constructed with a padded 9" handle and knots to aid the rider as they pull themself into the wake’s “sweet spot.”

Board: If you’re new to wakesurfing, try to buy a board aimed at beginners, or at least one with a multi-fin set up so you can adjust the feel of the board. Models geared toward more advanced riders can be difficult for newbies to learn on. 

For more info. on board selection, visit How to Choose a Wakesurf Board and Differences in Wakesurf Board Styles. While you're at it, check out our line of wakesurf boards to find a model that fits your riding style and ability level. 

Life Jacket/Vest: For safety, you’ll always want to surf with a CGA life vest or comp vest. These PFDs also help keep a beginner surfer’s in water position steady before taking off. 



RIGHT foot forward = “goofy” (surfs on starboard side)

LEFT foot forward = “regular” (surfs on port side)

Generally speaking, you will surf the same way you ride a skateboard. If you’re still clueless, do the pull test. While standing, have someone gently (but not too slowly) pull you forward until you naturally step out to brace yourself. This should be your front foot while surfing.

If you enjoyed the video, be sure to check out the rest of our tutorials, articles, and videos in our wakesurf blog

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