Everyone who loves wakesurfing always wants to do those sweet tricks they see on TV or at the beach.
Of course, you want to try them out too. For beginners, the enthusiasm is a little bit more than regular surfers that have done many tricks. Frankly, who can blame the beginners for wanting to try a few tricks here and there?
Getting to nail the stance on the beginner wakesurf board was one thing, but you will soon wish to learn and master other tricks that will make you look cool on water.
However, beginners need to ease into these tricks as a superhero eases into mastering his powers.
It takes time, but you will surely be one of the pros doing tricks for days.
Thankfully, some beginner-friendly tricks are safe for you to try when you are out on a wakesurfing adventure.
We will take a look at these skills and how you can execute them without the barriers of being a beginner holding you back.
Here Are The Top 10 Wakesurfing Skills Every Beginner Can Try:
From the name, you can guess how this would probably look like. A snap is a sharp turn that creates a splash over the wave. With a snap, the rider has better control and upper body strength to turn quickly and perform the skill.
Ensure that your favorite foot leans forward when you perform this skill, and you adequately shift your weight around without changing your legs. But by moving your hips and torso to the area you want to turn to.
This is one of the most popular tricks any beginner can learn. It is the ability to lift the board over the surface of the water.
Most experts would recommend you should learn this trick away from the wave. If you can get this away from the wave, bringing it to the wave would be much easier.
This is a trick that beginners can easily learn, and it helps them to gain speed. It is a trick that requires people to ride up and down the wave to generate more speed. For this trick, your knees have to be utilized to the maximum.
Beginners will need to bend their knees to get enough pumps when they climb up. It is possible that when you try to pump back up, it could be difficult to have the same speed you once had.
So, see how far back you can get while riding up and down the wave. The further you get, the more power you can generate.
This trick looks so cool that everyone wants to try it. The 360 spin is all about control, plus you need to be careful so you do not overdo it.
When coming towards the boat, ensure that you have enough momentum. With good speed, hit the middle of the wave and stick your backhand in the wave.
After you do this, let the pull start tracking you back to the top of the wave. Your shoulder would come into play here.
Take a look over your shoulder until you sight the boat. Some beginners get too excited that they do not see the boat but perform the trick anyway. That is overdoing the 360. To be on the safe side, you can do 180 to help with slowing down.
This is a great trick for beginners to regain their stance or favorite position. It is when the rider jumps and spins the body while the boat is in the same position.
It would be best if you used your shoulders as a setup, so they are halfway. But beginners need to jump with enough and equal pressure on their feet. This will restrict the wakesurf board from going up in the air also.
Your knowledge of an Ollie and pumping will come in handy when trying this trick out. It is the combination of both. You will need to pump from the back of the wave as you approach the wave for this trick.
Point your front hand towards the wave at the top and perform an Ollie. As you are coming back down, swing your body enough so you can rotate. If you hit this right, you will land on a downward slope.
Riders rely on the boat's ability to switch the wave from side to side as they glide on the water. As this happens, you are at the back, with your knees bent, chest opened up as your waist rotates.
Most experts will say this is a simple way of teaching beginners how to ride on top of the wave.
A floater takes great agility and personality. All of the tricks do, but this is considered fundamental to many of the tricks mentioned here.
Some beginners find this a little bit difficult as there are different rhythms they have to follow to achieve the riding switch.
These rhythms are called blocks used to progress while riding. They help to master different soon variations.
You need to have mastered the floater not only in theory but in practice. The board slides entail riding the top of the wave for a short time but turning your board to face the wave.
There are variations to this trick; you can face the boat or away from the boat. For both cases, ensure that your stance is unshaken. It would help if you learned both variations from harnessing new skills; it will help you gain more experience doing other tricks.
Tips For Performing The Tricks
There are a few things to bear in mind when performing these tricks. Firstly, you must ease into every one of them gradually.
As enthusiastic as you are about performing a trick, there needs to be a form of calm when trying it out.
People often get so excited and go way beyond the intended trick; sometimes it works, while other times it is an epic failure. It is best to stay on the safe side.
Secondly, perfect the practice of one before moving to another. If you want to learn the Ollie for a week, try that for the period you have stipulated. Focus on one before progressing to another thing.
Finally, listen to your instructor or expert on the scene. Try not to be overconfident. Communicate with the expert and the people on the boat. Let them know when you are comfortable and when you are not.
The beautiful thing about learning these tricks is that they all come in handy when learning other new skills. Pumping comes in handy when you want to perform an air trick, so does an Ollie.
Although the tricks are somewhat intertwined, you have to get to each level gradually.
When trying these tricks, you cannot afford to force things. Your body has to be in control of the board. Hence, gain full mastery of the board and ensure that you can shift your weight around.
Finally, you need to learn these skills to build your confidence when you are on the water. These skills will also help in the case of an unforeseen event. You can easily maneuver any tricky situation with a skill move.