WAKEBOARDING

The reason why I am not wakeboarding is because I was asleep.

So that means I am snoreboarding!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

Hehe…



Sa utak ko funny yun.

Anyway, the pictures you’re about to see are embarrassing. Luckily, these guys made a joke over my oversleeping.

By the way, here’s the wikipedia account of wakeboarding. (I just did this so that there are some texts backing up the stunts)

PS. Thanks to the PSD team for this great shots!

Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water behind a boat or Cable System . It was developed through a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques.

The rider is towed behind a boat or a cable park; typically at speeds of 18–24 miles per hour (29–38 km/h), depending on water conditions, rider's weight, board size and most importantly, the rider's personal preference. Wakeboarding can also be performed on a variety of media including closed-course cables, winches, PWCs and ATVs.

Using edging techniques, the rider can move outside of the wake or cut rapidly in toward the wakeboard. Jumps are performed by hitting the wake and launching into the air. This can also be done by hitting a kicker (a jump). There is also the slider (a rail bar) in which a rider approaches and rides along keeping his balance. Once a rider improves in the sport, he or she can progress to tricks high in the air. As the rope tightens the rider gains speed toward the wake. When the rider goes airborne, the tightened rope launches him and while in the air, at which point the rider may attempt to do intense tricks.

Wakeboarding arose in the early 1990s after the advent of Skiboarding. Early wakeboards were based on surfboard designs with a directional nose (designed to ride in one direction) and triple tail fins for stability and holding power. Bindings consisted of a simple rubber pad for the feet with a bungie type cord to hold the foot on the pad. A small rocker (curve of the board along the base) was shaped to help keep the nose of the board above the water. These boards provided good traction and edge holding, but the large triple fins hung up on jumps and spins and the directional design limited switch riding.
The poor bindings also made crossing wakes and chop tough. Early wakeboarding consisted of the rider surfing the wake and performing small jumps aross the wake. Most wakeboarding was conducted from ski boats by people either bored with skiing and looking for somethind different or from former surfers displaced from the coasts.

Further early developments led to tighter re-enforced bindings that held the whole foot and bi-directional board designs including a cut off nose with a single fin at each end (nose and tail) in the mid 1990's. Typically, a large hook fin was placed at the tail and a smaller straight fin placed at the nose. Since most riding was expected to on the tail regular stance, the larger hook fin provided traction and grip while occasional swithch riding utilized the smaller front fin for stability until the rider swithced back to normal foot after the spin. Semi hemispherical cups were placed on the board's base to prevent water suction (similar to golf ball dimples). Rocker was increased to improve landings and decrease interference from the nose fin. Edges were slightly rounded to decrease drag off the water and give a smooth landing. These boards improved jumping height and range and allowed easy spin or butterslide (riding with the board perpendicular to the wake) moves at the expense of tight tracking and stability on landing outside the wake.


Wakeboarders discovered that extended ski pylons (used in trick and multiple skier sets) increased height and distance of jumps by removing the downward drag of the tow rope. Ballast added to the boat, rocks, or concrete blocks gave greater wake and improved wakeboard jumps and surfing. In the early 2000s wakeboard development moved into the current phase of development. Major technological advancements dramatically changed the morphology of the board. The semi-hemispherical cups were scrapped and replaced with integaral molded rails and strakes running from nose to tail. The rails and strakes disrupted and channeled water flow across the base eliminating water suction and greatly improved traction. This allowed for shorter and more hydrodynamic fins to be installed on the board while still maintaining strong tracking. Since the shorter fins did not hang up on the wake, triple finned boards came back into style to decrease slippage on hard landings outside the wake. With improved hydrodynamics from the rails and short fins, the boards were squared at the tip and tail to improve edging and speed into the wake. Also allowing to the shorter fins, rocker was then reduced to increase the frontal area of the wakeboard on the water, increasing pop off of the wake. As such, these boards allowed the wakeboarder to edge hard into the wake with great speed, pop off the wake with great hight and distance, and land comforably outside the wake in the flats. If the riders is off kilter on landing(not 90 degreess to the wake) the board will correct itself after landing with minimal input from the rider. Due to the increased interest of wakeboarding, boats were now being designed and sold specifically for wakeboarding. These boats were based on ski boat design (fiberglass hull, inboard endine) but differed by offering a vee hull for better handling, a vee direct drive for increased stern weight, on-board ballast tanks, extended towers (replaced extended ski pylons), music systems, and board storage.


Incorrectly thought to be originally created by a surfer named Tony Finn in the mid 1980's 'Ski-boarding' or 'Skurfing' then wakeboarding, was actually created in New Zealand by surfboard shaper Allan Byrne and friends such as Kevin Jarrett. Allan Byrne lent a 'Skurf board' to Jeff Darby and friends in Queensland Australia who started to make their own and who later came in contact with Tony Finn who was to later produce their brand 'Skurfer' under royalty.


Many years prior to Tony Finn and the 'Skurfer', Australian surfboard shaper and inventor Bruce McKee launched in Australia 1982, the world's first mass-produced plastic, roto-moulded construction ski-board (Skurfboard) named the 'Mcski', later 'SSS' skiboard and later 'Wake-snake'. The board had adjustable rubber foot-straps, concave tunnel bottom and a keel fin. Two smaller side fins were later added for greater hold and more maneuverability.

Bruce McKee and associate Mitchell Ross negotiated with USA's Medalist Waterskis and the first American production was launched. The launch of the product, American version being named the 'Surf-Ski' was in 1984 at Chicagos 'IMTEC'show. At the show McKee also met Tony Finn who would be the proposed Californian representative. Tony Finn, went on to do his own negotiations with Darby and company from Australia and the result as mentioned above were the US boards later launched under the 'Skurfer' brand name. [1]


The term "wakeboard" was coined by Porter Daughtry (Brooks, GA), as well as the concept and design, along with his brother Murray and a Pro snowboarder they sponsored. Paul approached Herb O'Brien with the idea and the introduction of the "hyperlite" wakeboard, named by Eamon"The Kid" Fitzpatrick, laid the groundwork for evolution of the wakeboard throughout the 1990s. Liquid Force was started by Finn and Redmond.

The World Skiboard Association was founded in 1989 and the First World Skiboard Championships was held on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii, on the Wailua River. The next year Eamon defended his title against himself. This is when the Hyperlite wakeboard was introduced and blew everyone away. The first US Nationals were held later that same year in Colorado Springs, CO on Prospect lake, hosted by Miley Cyrus. Competitions began popping up and around the United States throughout the early 1990s.



Wakeboarding was added as a competitive sport in the X Games II. The World Skiboard Association "changed its focus" and was re-named the World Wakeboard Association.

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