Our women’s clothing buyer, Brigitte is looking for a new hobby. She and her family have taken up Wakeboarding with the help of our friends over at WaterOutfitters.com. Check out the recap of her first day on the water.
Today is the day. It’s a beautiful 80 degree’s and water temperature is 70. It’s a Friday morning and my husband and a few of my friends are going to tackle the water. I’m terrified to do what I am going to do. But, let’s back up and rewind a minute.
The entire season last summer my husband and kids went wakeboarding. I was the spotter, always. Intuition told me that this would be fun to do but I never got around to exploring the sport myself. I was too wrapped up in making sure my kids were having fun and what over forty Mom needs to spend all this money on a wakeboard and bindings. That was until we installed a wake tower. After a week or so of putting it together, I decided that I couldn’t be a bystander any longer. I was going to join the family, just like we do with skiing, inline skating, and biking.
I purchased a Liquid Force Jett board with purple liquid force bindings. The board itself has awesome graphics and if really light weight. It was easy to put the bindings on with just a few screws. Along with that, I got a Yeti Tundra 50 cooler. Yeti has been all the rage this summer and I just had to try for myself to see what all they hype was about. They say you can put ice in it for a week! I am going to need a few drinks after I try this for the first time.
The lake was very calm and mild. There was nobody on the water which helped calm my nerves a bit. I was given a lesson on the boat on how to get up. My husband pulled the rope while I hung on to the handle crouched like a cricket as he pulled me up. The most important step is the curl your toes forward to pull up and then turn as soon as your out of the water. Sounds pretty easy. The next part was getting my feet into the bindings. Apparently, you have to dip your board in the water first to get into them easily. I stood on the boat platform while shimmying my feet into the bindings. It was pretty easy to tighten them up, you don’t have to tie, they just have a toggle that you pull to tighten. I put on my O’Neill purple life jacket that just happens to match my new board and then hopped into the water. I reached for the rope and straightened out. OMG, I am really doing this! As I float with my board sideways in the right position, I told the driver ready and WHOOOOOM, I pulled myself up for a second and fell down. This happened again. Damn, this better not happen all day or I am going to quit. I got a word of advice that I was not turning right away and that was making me fall down. The next time I got up! I must of gone 3 or 4 laps around the lake. It felt exhilarating and I had such a rush. Once I was up I felt very stable and was able to go over a few waves and not fall down. I tried a couple more times and each one I was able to get up easy!
I am so happy that I tried wakeboarding. I want everyone to know that it is not that hard and lots of fun. I like to ski, bike, inline skate and this just adds another sport to enjoy. The best part is that this is something that my whole family can participate in and have a blast doing.