A wakeboard, a motorboat, a towline, and a relatively calm body of water. With all these requirements, one is now ready to do wakeboarding.
Wakeboarding is thus a water sport of riding or performing stunts and mesmerizing tricks on a short, wide board (wake′board`) while being pulled by a speedboat.
The participant rides wake produced by the towing boat, and attempts to do tricks and skills, on the basis of which, a participant is graded.
As much as the sport looks quite exciting, some concerns are being raised owing to its impact on the environment.
Noise, pollutants, shoreline degradation, and disturbance and dislocation of wildlife are some of the environmental impacts that the sport governing body, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), has been acting to reduce.
The IWWF also governs the related sports of barefoot skiing, cable skiing, cable wakeboard, disabled ski, racing, show ski, water skiing, and wakesurfing.
The IWWF is been recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an official partner since 1967.
Wakeboarding has been part of the World Games since 2001. Events are organized by the World Wakeboarding Association (WWA), founded in 1989.
The notion of being towed across water while standing on something like a monoski has existed for a long time, and surfers have used motorboats to be towed out to sea.
In the late 1970s boots were attached to the board, and the activity was known as skurfing.
In 1984 patents were granted for a basic adjustable binding system and the other in 1985 for a patent for an adjustable plate type foot strap system.