It’s been 4 months since I first started to seriously wake board. I’ve got my own board and a vest too!! Both very wonderful hand-me-downs from Charles, my friend and Charlie, my sister 🙂 I hit the water about once a month. That’s not a lot but enough to be pretty steady behind the boat. I’ve tried going out on my heel side. My toe side needs way more work and last week I did a fakie and surface 180.
A fakie is when you ride on your less dominant leg. In my case I ride with my right leg forward so when I do a fakie, it’s my left leg that is forward. Seems like such a simple thing but by golly, it feels very very weird like writing with your left hand if you’re right handed. Whatever the case may be, I can do it now 🙂 Not perfect but I can stand!!
Thanks to the kind people on Youtube, here’s what a Surface 180 looks like:-
BTW, the video is of a six year old doing the “stunt”. I’m not quite as smooth as him but I definitely crash as soon as I’m done with my 180, like he does in the video :p Again, he’s only 6 and I’m not.
My sister and cousins are jumping and getting to be quite the pros. It’s really fun to watch them and have their progress egg me on but seriously, I’m very happy just standing behind the boat and enjoying the view :p Like with most things in my life, I’ll just take each ride as it comes along.
Take it from me though, if you want to learn how to wake board in Singapore, the guy to call is Jim Chua aka Jimboh. He’s patient, attentive and knows exactly what you need from the water. Couldn’t ask more more than that in a wake boarding instructor … and trust me, I’ve had ones I don’t want to think about anymore.
Next on my wake boarding list stunts, to hold on with one hand!! Stay tune for my updates 🙂