A wakeboard looks similar to a snowboard, a little shorter and wider, with fixed bindings for a solid stance. The shape of the board depends on the weight and height of the wakeboarder the board has to serve. Longer, wider boards are great for choppy water and faster speeds you find riding behind a boat on the open sea while shorter boards are better to use on cable parks with obstacles.
The Wakeboard Boat
The crucial factor for serious boat wakeboard fun is the wake of the powerboat. Special wakeboard-boats are able to adjust the wake by use of ballast systems. The wake is used as a ramp to execute jumps similar to snowboarding. The shape of the boat hull and the high attachment point of the rope allow jumps up to several meters. The powerful V8-Engine plus an integrated GPS System lets the boat constantly ride with the same speed no matter how hard the wakeboard rider will edge against the pull of the boat.
Luckily we can use a perfect wakeboard boat, the Mastercraft x-25, in Lagos.
The gigantic wave produced by the wakeboard boat are not only used for jumps. An experienced boarder can ride the endless wake even without holding on to the rope. The start is similar to a regular wakeboard start but the rope will be a lot shorter. Once the wake surfer is up and riding, they try to find the “sweet spot” of the wake before they let go of the handle. For wake surfing we use a special small surf board.
The Wake Park
Wakeboarding does not necessarily need a boat. You can also ride on a cable park similar to a ski lift. An electric engine turns a metal rope around a lake with one up to 12 hooks for lines and handles. The wakeboarder rides around the lake and can ride obstacles like rails and ramps. Only a couple of minutes from the Kite House we are blessed with a 2.0 wake park in Lagos