The big difference with wakeboarding is not just that the board skills are almost exactly the same once you are up and riding, the big difference is that you learn to water start.
We often take people on our camps to the local cable park and the guys working there all ask the same question when the guys rock up to the dock to start for the first time.
The conversation goes something like this:
“Have you done this before?”
“Do you kitesurf?”
“Ahhhhhh…in that case you’ll have no problems, just do what you do there”
…and off they go.
While everyone else tends to flounder there for a good while before they actually get it.
All the same principles apply to the wakeboarding water start as to the kitesurfing water start and it’s fair to say that if you can do one, you can do the other.
So when we are teaching a wakeboarder to kitesurf and we run through the water start, instead of having to learn what to do with the board micro second by micro second, while fighting with the kite and getting gently caressed (battered around!) by the waves, they know exactly what to do and so only have to worry about the kite.
We have seen this so many times that wakeboarding is something we actually we incorporate in to our lessons and camps now.
What can you do right now?
Well wakeboarding is exploding at the moment and I’d bet my bottom dollar that there is a cable park somewhere near you right now where you can go and practice.