Wakeboarding has had an increase in popularity over the last several years. If you have never tried to wakeboard before, it can be intimidating the first time you try it out.

Wakeboarding has quickly become a huge sport that is both thrilling, challenging and a blast of a water sport for kids, teens, and adults. The sport involves the rider being fastened to a board and towed behind a motorboat. The rider can ride the surface of the water or perform wakeboarding tricks behind the boat. It takes both practice and prowess as the boat is moving at around 30 mph.

For beginners, falling flat on their face is normal and will happen again and again when trying out wakeboarding. The experts have some excellent tips for those new to the sport:

Wearing a lifejacket.  A personal flotation device is essential every time one gets into the water, especially when participating in a sport like wakeboarding.

Arm Strength. Waterboarding expects a lot out of the human body, especially the arms. Pulling on the rope even for several minutes will create tired arms, but over time you will start to get used to the pull of the boat and be able to alleviate arm strain.

Footing Matters. When you start wakeboarding, one needs to choose the foot that will face forward on the board. The pros suggest considering the foot someone uses to kick a football. That foot will serve as the back foot.

Shorter Is Better. The point is to get up and out of the water, so beginners should choose a shorter rope that enables that action. A length between 30 and 50 feet is recommended.

Balancing Weight. Wakeboarding experts say that 60-percent of one’s weight needs to be on the front foot when getting up and out of the water. As one reaches the standing position, it is essential to balance and shift the weight back.

Handle To Hip. Beginners usually want to hold the handle high, but that can result in a face planting. The best advice is to keep the handle low and as close to the hip as possible.

Straight Ahead. Most beginners are busy trying to watch their feet as they see the board skipping across the water. Instead, the focus should be straight ahead and not down towards the board.