As a rookie at kneeboarding sport, you surely will find it difficult to play it for the first time. But, this boat towed game is really an exciting sport to play. For started you can use a kneeboard for practice.
With this board, you do not have to balance your weight with your leg just like water ski or wakeboard, since you will doing it in sitting position. The position will provide you with low center gravity, so you can balance your weight easier.
There are two basic positions when starting the kneeboarding sport which are; the abdomen start and the low buoyancy start.
The Abdomen Start
This is the most basic position to start the kneeboarding sport. This position is also called the belly start. To do this position, you need to lying face down with your abdomen on the top of the board and facing forward to the board’s nose.
The board’s nose must sticking out of the water surface. Put one of your hand on the board’s side and the dominant hand is on the other side of the board while holding the rope tightly. When the boat begin to move to drag your body, you must pull the knees and put it to the knee pad on the board.
When you are doing this, you should not bend your back forward to maintain your weight on the rear of the board. This will prevent the front tip of the board from going down the water surface which can flip your body out of the board.
After you manage to balance out your body and the board, use the hand that is not holding the rope to strap the knees to the board. While strapping the knees, you need to maintain the arms extended and bent slightly instead making it straight. Therefore, you can adjust your balance quickly when your body bouncing on the water surface.
The Low Buoyancy Start
In this position, you already in sitting position on the board when waiting the boat to pull your body. With this, the board is slightly sink from the water surface. This position will let you strap your knees to secure position before you begin to kneeboarding.
You can whether strap your knees when you already in the water or before you entering the water on the swim platform, on the boat or on the shore. When you have secure the knee strap, jump in the water along with the board strapped to your knees.
This position is more suitable for beginner because it need less effort to balance the board as the boat start pulling your body. You must maintain the balance to prevent from flipping over the surface.
You can do this by moving the arm to the front and back when surfing across the water surface. You need to keep the position while balancing the board’s nose to pointing slightly out of the surface.
Just like in the abdomen start you need to maintain the arms extended and bent slightly instead making it straight.