Wakeboarding and wakesurfing are this summer’s hottest water activities.
To help you get started with either sport, we have integrated the 6 most useful beginner’s tips!
As a new rider, experience a stress-free and fun-filled first session with our introductory guide.
1. How much does wakeboarding/wakesurfing cost?
Many of you are probably wondering whether or not these activities are expensive. How much will they set you back?
Contrary to popular belief, these activities are very affordable!
For example, take a look at one of our wakeboarding packages.
This package’s speedboat can hold a maximum of 7 people, so if you split the total package price of 1300 HKD into 7, each person ends up paying only 185 HKD, even on weekends and public holidays!
It should be noted that our licensed instructors have suggested that each new rider get 30 minutes on the board at a time to properly get the hang of things. Therefore, additional hours can be added on if your party is larger.
Included in the package price, as mentioned earlier, are our licensed instructors and boat crews. Both are highly experienced and will adjust the lesson and boat speed according to you, so there is no need to worry!
2. Where are the best locations to wakeboard/wakesurf in Hong Kong?
In general, Sai Kung is the best place to go. It is one of our favorite areas of Hong Kong! Its beautiful countryside will provide a picturesque backdrop of deep green and clear blue, perfect for your first or next session.
3. Is wakeboarding/wakesurfing for me?
Most likely! There is no age limit for these activities. Whether you are 5 or 65, you can learn to ride!
That’s right, even children can participate, as long as they are not afraid of the water!
(We provide life jackets in case you or anyone in your party does not know how to swim.)
There are also no weight restrictions, although lighter people will generally have an easier time getting started.
If you want to learn how to do tricks, wakesurfing may be a better choice for you, as it is cordless and less restrictive.
We will get into the differences between the two sports in the next section!
4. What is the difference between the two sports?
So, what exactly is the difference between wakeboarding and wakesurfing?
Well, wakeboarding basically entails surfing atop the waves created by the wake of a speedboat that is pulling you along.
There are boots attached to the wakeboard that you strap into, so it is similar to snowboarding.
While riding, you hold onto a cord attached to the speedboat so that you stay afloat behind it.
Wakesurfing is essentially the same activity, except it is more similar to surfing.
This is because it is cordless, and there are no straps for your feet, making this sport less restrictive and more ideal for doing tricks!
5. Can wakeboarding/wakesurfing be dangerous?
To be fair, every sport has a certain level of risk.
A bit of physical fitness is necessary, as the body needs to maneuver the waves while keeping its balance.
Therefore, muscle strain is a possibility; however, if you fall off your board, the most you will get is a mouthful of salt water.
To reduce the chance of injury, please follow the professional guidance of your licensed instructor to maintain the correct posture and develop the fundamental skills.
Appropriate protective equipment, warm-up exercises, and safety rules should also be incorporated.
Again, we offer life jackets for those who want them.
The most important thing is to relax and have fun!
6. I’m worried about making a mistake and crashing. Any advice?
Yes! Don’t worry!
It is normal for beginners to feel nervous, but it is important that you try to relax.
Pulling at the cord and remaining tense and tight will only make you less balanced and increase the chances of your falling off.
When you relax, you will be more comfortable maneuvering the waves.
Also, do not try to stand too early!
Beginners are often anxious to get started and ride successfully, but standing too early will negatively affect your balance.
Take it slow and easy your first time!
Learn the basics first, then try to do tricks; otherwise, you run the risk of straining yourself and losing your balance.
The basics will include finding your center of gravity, which will help you feel confident on the board!
We hope that our brief guide has inspired you and your friends to get your adrenaline fix out on the water this weekend!