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Intermediate Waksurfing Tricks

Congratulations, you’ve mastered the wakesurfing basics! Ready for something more exciting? It’s time to get that adrenaline racing and start learning some new tricks. Luckily, you can build on what you already know and be wakesurfing like a pro in no time. We’ve collected a few intermediate wakesurfing tricks to get you started! 

As you get into more intermediate tricks, you’ll find that some tricks are better suited to a surf style or skim style board. But there’s no need to worry! These are all tricks that you can do on either style of board.

  1. Pumping: While pumping might not be the most impressive trick on its own, it is a great skill to have and will help you get the speed you need for some of the more exciting tricks. It will also help you get the momentum you need for jumps and spins. Once you’ve mastered this, you’re ready to keep learning!

Wakesurfing trick: how to pump the wave 

  1. 180 Spin: This trick is easier with a skim style board, but you can try it with a surf style as well! Check out this tutorial video and then hit the lake to try it out. You might find it helpful to practice with the rope first, but you can try without once you feel confident. 

Wakesurfing trick: How to do a 180 

  1. Switch 360: Time to spin! If you’ve perfected your 360 spin, why not mix it up a bit and try the switch? This tutorial video will walk you through the Switch 360 and have you showing off to your friends in no time. 

Wakesurfing trick: how to do a switch 360 

  1. Airs: Do you have your ollies down? Sounds like you’re ready for airs! The biggest difference between an ollie and an air is that airs require rotation while ollies are straight jumps. There are several types of airs, but here are a few resources to get you started. Again, it may be helpful to practice with the rope first, but you can ditch the rope whenever you’re ready. Check out the tutorial below and best of luck spotting those landings!

Wakesurfing trick: how to do an Air Reverse

  1. 720: Ready to get a little dizzy? This trick is for you. You can attempt the 720 Spin on both styles of board, but you may have better luck with a skim style. The key here is to gain as much speed as possible before going into the spin. Approach the wake, look over your shoulder and bring your hands in. Do your first 360, but keep looking over your back shoulder so you continue into the second without losing momentum. Spot the edge of the boat as you come out of the second rotation and you’ll be good to go!

We hope these tutorials will get you started, but you can find more wakesurf tricks here if you are eager to keep learning. Happy wakesurfing and best of luck!

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