Jun 10

Starting Position In Kneeboarding Sport

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 StartThe 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 StartThe 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.

May 21

Basic Equipment For Kneeboarding Sport

Equipment For KneeboardingKneeboarding 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;

Kneeboarding Board

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

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

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

The boat will pull the kneeboarders across the water surface and build the momentum for the kneeboarders to make their maneuver.