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While outside the wake, make the line tight (load the line) and start turning towards the wake. Keep an edge the whole way, even when you're going through the wake itself. A lot of people flatten the board right before they hit the wake. Don't do this. Keep an edge all the way through the wake. When you are in the air then you can flatten out the board. Look down and spot your landing. When you land don't expect to use the rope to keep you up. Try and land balanced because the rope will be slack and pulling on it will only make you fall backwards. All the rope does is keep you going once you have landed and regained balance. To go higher, dig in a sharper edge which will accelerate you towards the wake and straighten your legs when you hit the wake to be shot up.
this is great advice and seems to be the only advice anyone gives, but trust me on this.. when you edge out make sure you make it out far enough to build speed progressively till once you are going to colide with the wake you are at full edge and at top speed...if you time it right the combination with the edging, rope tension and speed will be enough to clear it. Im a beginner and the way i clear it right now is to keep in mind to straighten up my legs as i hit the wake and push up. Most of the time i get the right distance but i fall backwards, i need to stay more in control at the final 2 ft b4 the wake
I am a beginner and have yet to cross the wake. Every site I look at gives the same advice. It all makes sense when i read it but when Im out there it is a different story. My biggest fear is landing. Is there anyway to make this more comfortable.
I have been having trouble jumping the wake and this really helped alot!
That is a great tip I tried it and it works great.
You dont look down when you jump...Works of a wakeboarding instructor "if you look down, you WILL go down". Best tip to give a new wakeboarder.
Definitely some good advice here, I would just like to add that while you think of a progressive edge it helps to visualize what you look like when you are on your heel side going out as far as absolutely possible along side the boat. That is the position you want to be in when you edge THROUGH the wake and stand tall. I finally got wake to wake about a week ago and after i figured it out was getting into the flats nearly every jump (hurt my knee a bit to be honest). The trick is simply to allow the boat to start pulling you while you are flat, then edge more and more until you are in the position you would be in if you were going alongside the boat on your heel edge, then when you hit the wake you are already in the seated position and all you need is to straighten out your legs and push down into the wake. Simply put, this makes you pop into the air and you get to see what life is like as a bird for a few seconds.
Truthfully, DO NOT pussy foot this, casing the wake hurts A LOT more than landing on the other side of it. Your knees take a beating when you land on the wake. After I figured out this technique it is taking next to no energy to pull a wake to wake, I was using more when I was struggling with every wrong way I possibly could. Once you nail it it is just like when you first got up, you wonder how you could have possibly ever not been able to manage..
What an amazing tip! Keeping an edge all the way through the wake was so interesting to read. It is really fun to learn new things everyday. Your tip is worth sharing!