Now that winter is well and truly here the water temperature has plummeted, and most sensible people have hung up their wetsuits and are tucked up in front of the fire with a glass of mulled wine. Not the best time to try something new you might think?
JBSki ladies morning finished in September, but the cable is still open on Wednesdays and there are a few of the ladies who have carried on wakeboarding into the winter. Last week in a change from our usual cable session four of us decided to have a go at Wake Surfing at LBD Wakeschool
We all looked slightly nervous as we got on to the boat before Lee talked us through the basics, but after a quick run through of what was expected, it was time to get out on the water.
The boat was set up for right foot forward riders so Jane and Annic were first to have a go. Both managed the deep water start with ease and were up and riding quickly! Getting used to the feel of the board was next with a bit of carving back and forth, and then it was finding the sweet spot where you can catch the wake and the rope goes slack.
Lee then swapped the weight in the boat around and it was time for the left foot forward riders, first Sarah and then me! Having the benefit of watching the others and listening to Lee’s coaching certainly helped us, and Sarah was quickly up & riding on the wake. After a bit of practice Lee shouted for her to throw the handle to one side and she was up and surfing.
Finally it was my turn and despite reservations about the deep water start it was easier than I thought, and once I was up and out of the water I was in familiar territory. Finding the sweet spot on the wake proved to be quite difficult but I did manage a few seconds of surfing without the rope. However, once you lose the sweet spot the boat soon leaves you behind and you get an icy dip in the lake!
A Big thank you to Lee from LDBWakeschool for some top coaching, we all really enjoyed our Wake Surfing session (in spite of the cold water and ice cream heads) and we have already booked in for another go next week!
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