Crossing the wake is one of the first tricks for slalom water ski novices to master. The wake might seem intimidating when you are cruising behind the boat on your slalom ski, but follow these easy steps, and you'll be on your way to fancier moves in no time.

Here are some tips to help you take on the wake:

Position yourself: Body position is essential to maintaining balance and control when water skiing. The proper body position on a slalom ski involves keeping your weight on the inside balls of your feet, with your knees bent and turned in slightly together. Keep your shoulders back and your chest out, so your torso stays centered over your feet.

Take it straight: Look ahead, not down, and point your slalom ski toward the wake. Keep your speed moderate until you have some experience, and remember to avoid leaning back as you ski through the wake. Eventually, you will be able to cut through the wake faster by leaning on the edge of your slalom ski, but beginners can keep the ski flat on the water and focus on keeping their balance.