Wakeboarding is next up for the Sun & Sand Sports ‘How To’ series and we were lucky enough to have Pro Wakeboarder David O’Caoimh and outdoor adventurer Ghida Arnaout showing us how it’s done. We teamed up with Sea Riders UAE for a session on the water, learning what’s what – from basic positioning and standing, to the more advanced tricks and flips.
Wakeboarding is hugely accessible in this region, with numerous companies operating out of various locations in Dubai, and a popular cable park in Abu Dhabi, just a 40 minute drive away, which is great for practising tricks and overall technique. Watersports are becoming more and more popular in the region, with great weather for outdoor sports – even in the searing summer heat, you just need to hit the water early in the morning, or in the early evening, so you can definitely practice all year round. It’s a good idea to build up core stability and focus on holistic body training, because wakeboarding is dependant on a lot of different muscle groups, particularly when you start to incorporate tricks, which will have an impact on the body as you hit the water, so you need to be aware of the muscles to strengthen and the best ways to land. Wakeboarding is one of those sports that provides not only a great workout, it’s also a lot of fun being out on the water, in the sun, and going for a boat ride with friends. I could certainly think of worse ways to spend a couple of hours. Check out the video with David and Ghida for a few key wakeboarding tips and tricks in our latest instructional video.
Here’s a little recap of the things you need to know:
1. Work out your positioning: Are you ‘goofy’ (right foot forward) or ‘regular’ (left foot forward).
2. A general rule when wakeboarding: Keep your arms straight and your knees bent.
3. Let the boat do the work: The boat will pull you onto your feet, so you don’t need to pull the rope in towards you, just wait to be pulled.
4. Slowly bring yourself up: Move your position in towards your leading leg, and maintain this position.
5. Relax: Keep your head up, look in the direction that you want to go and relax into it.
Check out the other episodes in the How To Series, and try something new today – whether that’s surfing, or boxing, Pilates, or Parkour. Don’t forget to sign up to the Sun & Sand Sports newsletter by entering your email in the box below, for all the latest updates from the world of sport and fitness.