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Wake Surfing

Wake Surfing is the Ultimate Water Sport for All Ages

At H2O Sports Life, we love teaching and watching others enjoy wake surfing. Our owner shares, “Getting newbies to stand on a board for the first time, and seeing their excitement, is one of my favorite parts of my job.”

H2O Sports Life Provides Ultimate Water Sports Fun

Water adventure is not just our job, but our way of life at H2O Sports Life. We love everything from wake surfing to jet skiing.

Here is a full list of our water sports services:

  • Wake surfing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Jet skiing
  • Water skiing and wake boarding camps

What is Wake Surfing?

Simply put, wake surfing is surfing on the waves of a boat’s wake. Unlike surfing the ocean’s wave, a boat’s wake provides an endless wave.

Wake Surfing vs. Wake Boarding

While similar to wake boarding, wake surfing is a completely different water sport. There are five main differences between wake surfing and wake boarding.

  1. The biggest difference is the rider is not holding onto a rope in wake surfing. They have a rope to get onto the wave, but then let go.
  2. Speed is another varying factor. Wake surfing speed is typically 11 m.p.h.; whereas, wakeboarding is between 17 to 20 m.p.h. for non-professionals.
  3. Wake surfers are freely standing on the board with no bindings; however, wakeboarder’s feet are in bindings on the board.
  4. Distance to the boat is another varying factor. A wake surfer is anywhere from one to 15 feet behind the boat, but a wakeboarder is usually anywhere from 45 to 60 feet behind.
  5. Finally, a wake surfer is literally ‘surfing.’ Whereas, a boat pulls a wake boarder continuously.

One thing these sports have in common though is extreme fun!

History of Wake Surfing

There is debate on when wake surfing originated, with some claiming it originated in 1920. However, there is no proof of the sport until the 50s or 60s. Media at the time show pictures of surfers riding the waves behind boats in the ocean.

Where the sport originated is another debated topic; although, it seems as if it was likely the United States or Australia. The new millennium brought a new level of popularity to wake surfing. Today, there are numerous wakesurfing boards made specifically for the sport.

In 2013, wake surfing went to new levels by adding national and world competitions. It was also the first year of the World Wake Surf Championships. Past world champions and well-known wake surfing professionals include: Connor Burns, Ashley Kidd, and Jake Caster. Burns won the championship in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 World Wake Surf Championship took place on October 1-3 in Texas.

Necessities for Wake Surfing

First and foremost, it is important to always wear a life jacket while wakesurfing. Safety is a top priority for us at H2O Sports Life, so we do provide life jackets for all our water sports activities.

Next, similar to surfing at the beach, board shorts are often the top choice for wakesurfing as well.

Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and towels.

We provide all the equipment needed, from the board to the wakesurf rope and, of course, the boat. If you have your own wake surf board though, feel free to bring it along.

We pride ourselves on providing top-of-the-line equipment. It is always important to us to have the correct craft. This includes our wakesurfing boats. We use the lightest waterski boat currently available, which is the Ski Nautique boat. These boats are known to provide the best wakes for wake surfing, water skiing, and wake boarding.

Lastly, be ready to have fun! We will walk you through everything to ensure you have the best possible time with us on the water. However, if you are ready to learn some tips and tricks before your water adventure begins, then keep reading our blog below!

Tips for Beginners

Learning a new sport is a daunting task. But our experienced instructors are with you every step of the way. We also know the best times to be on the water. Additionally, we know this lake like the back of our hand. Therefore, we know the least crowded spots to go on the lake. These are all crucial aspects when learning and practicing water sports.

Plus, unlike wakeboarding, one benefit of wake surfing is the boat goes at a slow speed.

There are three main areas of focus for wakesurfing beginners. Those are:

  1. Getting up on the wakeboard
  2. Letting go of the rope
  3. Staying in the waves

Here are some tips to help you with each of those challenges.

Getting up on the wakeboard

First, keep in mind to stay relaxed and let the boat work for you! You will start by sitting in the water holding the rope with your heels on the board. Toes should point up towards the sky. Be sure to hold the rope with both hands to start. As the boat slowly begins to move, it will pull you up. Again, don’t fight to get up as the boat will do all the ‘heavy lifting’. It is best to keep your knees bent until your feet plant firmly on the board. You’ll stand up slowly until you are in position to drop the rope.

Letting go of the rope

Now that you are standing up, it is time to let go of the rope. You won’t let go of the rope until you are in the pocket of the wave.

A few things to keep in mind before dropping the rope:

  • Posture is key, so stand up straight!
  • Our staff will give you more and more slack on the rope until you are 100% ready to stand on your own.
  • Avoid tangling up with the rope. You can do this best by tossing the rope back into the boat or across to the other side of the wave.
Riding the waves

This is the best part! One important thing to know is how to speed up and slow down. Use your front foot to speed up, and your back foot to slow down.

Must-try Tricks

Wakesurfing tricks owe their origin to a variety of sports. The majority come from surfing, skating, and snowboarding. There are numerous tricks, from easy to advanced.

Here are a few tricks that are great for beginners to try out:

  • Floater – This is when the rider is on top of the wave.
  • Ollie – For this trick, the rider jumps the board off the water’s surface.
  • Pumping – The point of this trick is to generate speed by riding up and down the wave.

Check out World Wake Surf Champion Burns’ site for some awesome videos of must-try tricks.

Wake Surfing Equipment

The most important piece of equipment for a wake surfer is their surfboard. As the sport grows in popularity, the selection of wakesurf board choices grows as well.

Need help in selecting the best surf style board for our upcoming wake surf camps?

According to ‘Surf Hungry’, each of the following were selected a ‘best wake surfing board’:

  • “Driftsun Throwdown Wakesurf Board
  • Driftsun 50/50 Skim Style Wakesurf Board
  • Airhead Pfish Skim Style Wakesurf Board
  • Hyperlite Blue Broadcast Wakesurf Board
  • Ronix Koal Classic Fish Wakesurf Board
  • Hyperlite Misfit Wakesurf Board by Byerly
  • Hyperlite Landlock Wakesurf Board”

Three other pieces of crucial equipment for wakesurfing are the rope, boat, and ballast bags. We have you covered on all of those, since we provide them in our packages.

The tow rope and a wake boat are givens, but many aren’t sure what ballast bags means. Ballast bags help add weight to the boat to create a larger wake.

Benefits of Wake Surfing

As with any sport, wake surfing offers numerous health benefits.

Here are just a few to look forward to:

  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Burns calories
  • Relieves stress
  • Strengthens leg and arm muscles

In addition to these health benefits, wakesurfing is also a wonderful activity for family bonding.

Lake Surfing vs. Ocean Surfing

The most obvious benefit of lake wake surfing is proximity. It takes approximately three and a half hours to get to the nearest beach from the Piedmont Triad. That makes for a lengthy road trip!

Luckily, we have many amazing lakes within a short driving distance. One such lake is Belews Lake, which is an easy 30- to 35-minute drive from most spots in the area.

Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about sharks at the lake!

Belews Lake is the Perfect, Family-Friendly Destination

Belews Lake is a wonderful place to spend a day under the North Carolina sun as a family. We don’t allow alcohol, drugs, or smoking, which makes it the perfect family-friendly atmosphere.

Both U.S. Route 158 and North Carolina Highway 65 provide direct access to Belews Lake.

It boasts water fun for all ages. Top watersports at Belews Lake include:

  • Wake surfing
  • Wake boarding
  • Water skiing
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing

In addition to the many water sports, the lake has plenty of trails for hiking. There are also two marinas on the eastern side of the lake. Each marina sells food and supplies.

Three Great Packages for Constant Water Fun

Whether you want to enjoy the lake for a day trip, the week, or for the weekend, we have a package for all needs.

Our three packages are:

  1. 4 nights for $795/per person. This package is for during the week, Sunday through Thursday. It includes three meals per day and lodging.
  2. 3 nights for $675/per person. This is our weekend package for Thursday through Sunday. It includes three meals per day and lodging.
  3. 1 day for $200/per person. It includes lunch.

Our packages include the following:

  • Up to four private lessons on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Up to two private lessons on Sundays
  • Camp review
  • On ‘THE DECK’ instruction
  • Gear demonstrations
  • Air-conditioned lodging
  • Food and snacks – which also includes pizza parties with ice cream
  • Ultimate water sports fun! This includes wakesurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and even kneeboarding.

Children must be eight or older to attend water sports programs without their parent or legal guardian.

Book Your Water Adventure Today!

Are you ready to try out water surfing and conquer a large wake? Why wait? Book your water adventure and wake surfing lesson with H2O Sports Life today. You can book online or give us a call at 336-999-4618.

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We can’t wait to see you out on the water! Be ready for an incredible time!

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I have spent over 25+ years on the water with these people. Safety is #1! Teaching people how to learn these sports is fun and exhilarating, For everyone involved! I can not even count how many people we have taught how to ski, wake board, surf, and even how to properly ride a tube. Good equipment, safety training, and years of teaching knowledge make for an unforgettable experience !! Well worth the price for a new skill and an unforgettable memory!!! Remember the first time you rode a bike without training wheels? UNFORGETTABLE !!

-Chris D.