When I tell people I can ride behind the boat without a rope, they usually look at me like I'm trying to pull some sort of prank. While the idea is preposterous to most, I can assure you that it's not a prank and very much a part of a real watersport. It's called wakesurfing (or inland surfing) and it's quickly becoming the sport of choice for a more relaxing day out on the water.
I personally have fallen in love with wakesurfing because of how laid back it is. And after a few days of taking spills on a wakeboard, a low impact recovery sport like wakesurfing can really help relieve the soreness. It's not exactly like surfing at the beach, but on the upside -- the wave will break for as long as you have gas in your boat.
Which reminds me -- in comparison to other high speed watersports, wakesurfing is a real gas saver. Since you only ride at about 13 mph, it's probably the most fuel efficient thing you can do behind a boat.
On wakesurfing days we pack the boat full of people (more weight in the boat makes for bigger waves), load up a mellow playlist, and ride like we're on a beach in Tahiti. It's a great way to spend an afternoon on the water.
So are you ready to try it yet? Then check out this step by step guide on how to start wakesurfing. And be sure to let us know how your first session goes.
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