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How Does Wake Surfing Work?

For many professionals or avid wake surfers surfing on a calm lake is second nature. To many others, the idea sounds foreign. Whether you have surfed on the ocean or never so much as gone tubing, wake surfing can be a great water sport for you to try. So, what exactly is wake surfing?

How does wake surfing work?

Wake surfers don’t rely on the wind and the tides for their waves like traditional ocean surfing, they follow in a boat’s wake. The best, and safest, wake surfing experiences happen behind a boat specifically made for wake surfing. Wake surfing specific boats have a deck in the back for easy boarding, specific places to tie your tow rope, and the propeller is not exposed which is much safer. Wakesurfing boats also come weighted very carefully to create the best wave


Wakesurfing is a relatively new water sport that is growing in popularity due, in part, to its relative ease and lower risk of injury. Wake surfing doesn’t require high speeds or years of experience, anyone can pick it up!

Getting Started

The wake surfer will start by lying down in the water with their heels placed on their board, tow rope in hand. The boat driver will tap the throttle in and out to give the rope some light tension. Once the surfer is ready the driver will begin driving at a slow speed, around 9-11 mph. The increased speed will pull the surfer unto the board allowing them to throw the rope back into the boat. The surfer can then follow the boat by surfing the wake with their dominant foot toward the boat and the wake in front of them. For more information, check out our beginner’s wake surfing tricks.

Now that you have everything you need to get started, hit the lake and get a board of your own!

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