Tips for Jumping a Wake on a Wakeboard
From the moment you strapped a wakeboard to your feet, you probably dreamed of jumping from one wake to the other. If this sounds like you, then follow these steps to help your wake to wake progression.
Load the Line
In order to get enough air to "jump" from wake to wake, you must learn how to "load the line" with tension. The term "loading the line" refers to creating tension in your wakeboard rope so you can jump higher when you hit the wake. To get the most line tension, ensure you are using a wake specific rope that has no play in it. The best way to load the line is by building a nice progressive edge as you cut into the wake. Follow these steps on how to load the line.
- First, cut out as far as you can away from the boat.
- Once you have cut out, allow your board to flatten out for a moment as the slack in the line is taken out.
- Now allow tension in the line to slowly start to bring you back towards the wake.
- As you cut into the wake, you will build more and more tension in the line by progressively cutting harder and harder as you approach the wake. The edge that you create should look more like a C and not a diagonal line.
- Hold your edge all the way through the wake. If you flatten your board off, then you will lose all the line tension that you built up, and you will not get the pop you desire. When done correctly, a progressive edge will allow you to go wake to wake without needing aggressive and intimidating speed.
You read that right. "Don’t jump." Although we call it "jumping the wake," the technique you will use to go wake to wake will not include jumping. This is where many beginner riders struggle and take some hard falls. Instead of trying to jump as you ride up the top of the wake, you will instead stand tall. By standing tall from the seated position you are cutting into the wake with, you will cause the wake to push you up into the air. As you take your progressive edge into the wake, you will start to stand tall as you enter the trough or bottom of the wake. When done correctly, it should feel as though the wake has shoved you into the air.
Use Your Handle
Handle control is an important part of your wakeboard progression. How you control the handle as you ride up the wake can make a big difference in how much additional air you get. As you stand tall up the wake, simultaneously push the handle down and close to your hip. This motion provides leverage, which will boost you higher and farther across the wake. Keeping your handle in close will also give you added control as you are in the air. Read our tips on handle control here.
Follow these easy steps to load the line, stand tall, and use leverage the next time you hit the water, and see the difference in your wake to wake jumps.