Go Back   TeamTalk > General MasterCraft Topics > Watersports > Wakeboarding & Wakeskating

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-23-2011, 03:07 PM
jconover's Avatar
jconover jconover is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Boat: 1988 ProStar 190/454HO
Location: Titletown USA, WI
Posts: 344
Getting Kids started wakeboarding

Can someone with some experience with kids provide some kind advice on a first wakeboard? Make/model, boot type? Took my kids and their friends on the lake last weekend, taught them all to ski on the bar, then the rope... one boy (age 10) was commenting that it was sort-of boring --so I think it might be time to hook him up on something more challenging. I'm not much of a wakeboarder myself - I can get up and maneuver, but I'm not into aerial tricks... but I get the impression the kids can/will be.

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-23-2011, 03:16 PM
rlwiley's Avatar
rlwiley rlwiley is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Boat: 09- X-35
Location: Southeast
Posts: 129
My now 8yr old has been riding Hyperlite Motive 109 since he was 4.
We have always used the tried and true learning techniques passed down from my parents.....

1. Arms straight
2. Knees slightly bent
3. Let the boat pull you up
4. Follow us
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-23-2011, 03:45 PM
LYNRDSKYNRD's Avatar
LYNRDSKYNRD LYNRDSKYNRD is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Boat: 1987 PROSTAR 190
Location: Alabama
Posts: 482
My sons started on a Hyperlite State size will depend on how much the weigh.

Remember you can pull a wake boarder really, really slow until they get a feel for it. I often pull new boarders at around 11 mph.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-23-2011, 04:25 PM
gr82bgreen's Avatar
gr82bgreen gr82bgreen is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Boat: 1995 maristar 200 vrs
Location: Calgary
Posts: 186
Quote:
Originally Posted by LYNRDSKYNRD View Post
My sons started on a Hyperlite State size will depend on how much the weigh.

Remember you can pull a wake boarder really, really slow until they get a feel for it. I often pull new boarders at around 11 mph.
And pull them up really, really slow as well. They still pop right up.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-23-2011, 04:35 PM
ricford's Avatar
ricford ricford is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Boat: 1996 Prostar190
Location: Muskoka, Canada
Posts: 546
Quote:
Originally Posted by jconover View Post
Can someone with some experience with kids provide some kind advice on a first wakeboard? Make/model, boot type? Took my kids and their friends on the lake last weekend, taught them all to ski on the bar, then the rope... one boy (age 10) was commenting that it was sort-of boring --so I think it might be time to hook him up on something more challenging. I'm not much of a wakeboarder myself - I can get up and maneuver, but I'm not into aerial tricks... but I get the impression the kids can/will be.

Thanks in advance!
I'm all for teaching kids new things, but your boy said that skiing was BORING! Sacrilegious!! Get him to try dropping one and see how boring it is. Then he can start using a slalom course and never be bored again.
Just kidding, good luck with the wakeboarding.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-23-2011, 04:38 PM
Trig2275's Avatar
Trig2275 Trig2275 is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Boat: 2010 Mastercraft X-15
Location: Southeast
Posts: 231
My boys 8 & 10 ride the Ronix Vision 120 with matching boots.

Knees in your chest
Elbows around your knees
Butt to the board
Wait for the boat to pull you up like tug o war
Attached Images
  
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-23-2011, 05:04 PM
Jerseydave's Avatar
Jerseydave Jerseydave is offline
TT Hero
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 2005 X-STAR & 1993 Prostar 190 Limited
Location: Jersey
Posts: 5,401
Daughter Taylor got up and rode for 2 mins. 8 years old.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB2mZwOoMng

Pull the little ones real slow at first, actually just dragging them.
It helps to run along the shore/beach first to get them use to the pull before putting them behind the boat. If someone is in the water floating next to them they can help keep the board steady for the initial takeoff.

Tell them the board is like an airplane wing, angle it toward the boat (point your toes) so the board will get on plane.
__________________
I was njskier on here.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-24-2011, 09:10 AM
NashCraft NashCraft is offline
TT Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Boat: Looking
Location: SouthEast
Posts: 22
What is the next step?

I get my daughter up, but then she does two switches and wipes out after 30 yards!

How do I descibe the proper position?

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-24-2011, 09:37 AM
jafo9's Avatar
jafo9 jafo9 is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Boat: 2002 X30 LTR
Location: Southeast
Posts: 707
I tell kids to pretend to try put the handle on their hip to go straight and to put it in their back pocket for toeside. Heelside usually takes care of itself. I like the hinge type boots for kids as they are so easy to use for little hands.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-12-2011, 11:11 PM
jonboy688's Avatar
jonboy688 jonboy688 is offline
TT Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Boat: mastercraft, tristar 190, 1989, 5.8l
Location: north carolina
Posts: 27
Send a message via MSN to jonboy688
Thanks for the tips guys got my 10 year old up in two trys this weekend and got my buddy up in a few more trys for the first time
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:47 PM.