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Old    Brian Deegan (irishrider92)      Join Date: Jun 2009       09-15-2011, 3:27 PM Reply   
Hey going away for a couple days into warm water and wanna know is there a way to build up callouses quickly without wakeboarding, cause last time I was there without callouses I ended up ripping off a good bit of skin and ended up in a scar which took about 2 weeks to heal.

Any thoughts? I've just been rubbing my hand raw with sandpaper so far and kinda poking at it with my nails hoping for the best.
Old    Rob (fifty)      Join Date: Aug 2011       09-15-2011, 3:49 PM Reply   
get a razor blade and shave them callouses down. Also so a ton of pullups.... that toughens up the hands like nobodies bizzz
Old     (TheHebrewHammer)      Join Date: Jun 2011       09-15-2011, 3:55 PM Reply   
I have problems with this too. Every time I try to build up callouses they get ripped off when I fall and the handle gets ripped out of my hands. It bleeds everywhere and I have to start over again. Sucks!
Old    Johnny (johnny_defacto)      Join Date: Sep 2006       09-15-2011, 4:23 PM Reply   
went to florida for a week in 2008, first set that warm water ripped all my callouses off... had to ride the rest of the week in pain and with my hands taped. it sucked, but I still had fun. I have no idea how to prevent this.
Old    Ben Wilcox (benjaminp)      Join Date: Nov 2008       09-15-2011, 5:02 PM Reply   
Rockclimb.
Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       09-15-2011, 5:40 PM Reply   
ride a bike
Old    Parker Frost (waketowake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       09-15-2011, 7:11 PM Reply   
I hear alligator hunting and grizzly bear wrestling really helps
Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       09-16-2011, 4:43 AM Reply   
grow a pair
Old    Rob Flaherty (mc_x15)      Join Date: Jul 2008       09-16-2011, 5:33 AM Reply   
^^^haha
Old    Dustin Diaz (val_cal)      Join Date: Aug 2008       09-16-2011, 6:16 AM Reply   
Go dig some holes with a post hole digger
Old    Eric Anderson (e_rock32)      Join Date: Oct 2009       09-16-2011, 6:30 AM Reply   
Sandpaper doesn't sound like a good idea. The quickest option is to wear gloves, I usually put them on at the first site of blisters, but a lot of times they'll pop before I see them. But one way you could build them up slowly would be by shoveling some dirt to make some sweet jumps for your bike. Thats a win-win for your calluses.
Old    Jason Buffalow (buffalow)      Join Date: Apr 2002       09-16-2011, 11:59 AM Reply   
Whatch alot of porn?
Old    Small Light (stephan)      Join Date: Nov 2002       09-16-2011, 12:51 PM Reply   
All the jokes aside, there are some very easy ways to prevent calluses from tearing off. The misconception is that thick calluses are better and somehow protect your hands. The reality is that the callus is what gets bunched up while gripping and can be torn when a handle gets popped.

So what fifty said is accurate, you need to get rid of your calluses. Either with sandpaper, shaving razor or pumice stone, flatten those bad boys out so they can't get torn off. It may seem counter-intuitive but is actually the only thing that works.
Old    Jeff Seidenstricker (flydenrict)      Join Date: Nov 2009       09-16-2011, 12:57 PM Reply   
sounds like you need to do pull ups, dig ditches, ride a bike, etc to toughen the skin, but shave them down so they are not able to get ripped off?
Old    readyaimfire            09-16-2011, 12:58 PM Reply   
I don't really get them anymore. I used to get them bad when I was a kid/ teen. I guess over time my skin got tougher?
Old    David (Luker)      Join Date: Feb 2010       09-19-2011, 10:23 AM Reply   
I have a top secret way to fix this problem. Here it is in a step by step format:

1. Straighten your legs from the couch or computer chair you are in.
2. Stand up and walk outside.
3. Go wakeboard.


Fool proof. 60% of the time... it works everytime.
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-21-2011, 3:35 PM Reply   
i prefer using the GF's nail files rather than sandpaper or razor blades.
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       09-22-2011, 7:56 AM Reply   
motocross!
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-22-2011, 8:38 AM Reply   
I wear gloves when wakeboarding on the cable, but not on the boat. Back when I was slalom skiing gloves were a necessity, and even with gloves the calluses would build up. I used fingernail clippers to cut them down. As said above you cannot let them build up because the water will soften them and they will rip.
Old    Colin (funkyhomosapien)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-22-2011, 9:31 AM Reply   
Tie hockey skates early in the morning for a few years in a cold weather.
Old    Nick in the TC (nick_in_ssp)      Join Date: Aug 2006       09-22-2011, 3:28 PM Reply   
I have never had a problem wakeboarding but when water skiing even with gloves on, my callousess would start to hurt after a couple cuts. The thing I found that fixed the problem was, I was holding the handle to tight and making fists around the handle. Wakeboarding I have always kept my knuckles straight and just had the handle in the cups of my fingers. At first I hated skiing with the handle in my fingers but it seems I didn't loss any strength in holding the handle and now my hands don't get sore unless I get tired and sloppy and revert back to holding the handle to tight. If you look at the new water ski gloves made now days most high end gloves have the curled fingers molded in the gloves, thats how they're made, making you hold the rope just with your finger.
Old    fowl            09-23-2011, 10:35 AM Reply   
Manual labor

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