Kneeboarding sport have many resemblance with surfing or water ski. Using a board, a rider will try to surf across the water surface and ride the wave. Only in kneeboarding, the rider will ride the board in sitting position. Kneeboarding sport is also known with its extreme maneuvers.
With kneeboarding, the athletes or riders will able to handle with boat’s high speed which is too fast to handle for any standup surfer. The high speed is required to make good maneuvers, and the speed will influence the maneuvers duration.
The boat speed is also determine by the kneeboarder weight. If the rider is heavier than the average person then the rider will have difficulties to maintain its maneuver duration, therefore the boat will has to go faster to compensate this condition.
There are some basic equipment that are used in kneeboarding activity to make sure that the rider able to perform their skill to the fullest and make great maneuvers such as;
Basically there are two types for the board which are; the kneeboarding board for slalom and board for making tricky maneuvers. Board for slalom is relatively smooth on the bottom of the board with sharp rails.
The slalom kneeboard’s design is focusing on the speed so the rider can surf as fast as they can. Meanwhile the trick kneeboards have many curvature or rocker on the board bottom side with sturdy and thick rail. This design will help the rider to make tricky maneuvers and movement.
The average size for kneeboarding boards are from5 feet to 6.5 feet. Compare to regular surfing board, kneeboarding board have rounder tip as its nose. The boards usually made from grassfire with polyurethane foam material as its core.
The Rubber Pad
To avoid the rider knees from getting injured by the board and slipping from the top of the board, the upper side of the board has a rubber pad installed for the rider knees. The rubber pad is also improve the rider grip to the board and help the rider to control the board easier.
The fins more frequently used in slalom kneeboarding and consider not useful for the trick kneeboarding. Some boards are made retractable fins, therefore these boards can be used for whether for slalom and trick kneeboarding.
The fins made from various material such as Kevlar, the usual carbon fiber or even high grade material such as titanium alloy.
The rope is used to pull the rider using a speed boat. e minimum length for kneeboarding rope is forty five feet. Any strong rope can be used in kneeboarding. It will be better if the rope is made with non-slip material and easy to grip by the rider.
One of the best type of rope for the knee boarding is the braided rope. This type of rope will allow the rider to make twist and turn maneuvers as they want. The rope is also easier to grip bby the rider
The boat will pull the kneeboarders across the water surface and build the momentum for the kneeboarders to make their maneuver.