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Old    silencer            07-29-2004, 8:44 PM Reply   
I recently purchased a Kampus K39 wakeskate and decided to give wakeskating a try. My main reason for buying a wakeskate was because my family no longer owns a boat, only a PWC, and I figured wakeskating would be a more gratifying use of the PWCs AA-cup sized wake. I bought the K39 because it was the cheapest thing on eBay and all the article I read about skate sizing said rider size wasn't a key in board sizing, it was more about riding style, whatever that means.

I have been wakeboarding since the boards were made of thick hollow plastic and had windsurf toe straps for bindings, if fact they were not even called wakeboards back then. So I figured getting up on riding the wakeskate shouldn't be all that difficult. And low and behold it wasn't all that difficult, my first pull was behind a friend's Malibu, I got up (deep water) no problem, rode around, fell her and there, and generally had a good time. Then the next day I decided to try to get up (deep water) behind my family's PWC (a Polaris 1200 DI triple, no power slouch) and dragged and flopped and dragged some more, but could not get up. Discouraged but not defeated, I tried to get up behind my other friends 185hp SeaDoo 4-stroke, still no luck. At this point I should probably mention the I weight a hair under 200 lb and I know the K39 is probably a little small for me, but I did not expect board size to cause this type of difficulty. Also, I can get up behind the Polaris on my full size wakeboard (Vero 143) with no problem.

The next day I did mange to get up on the K39 using the Polaris. This was accomplished by taking about 5 foot of slack in the rope and letting the PWC get a slight headstart, before it jerked me out of the water, much to the protest of my arms and shoulders. Although I was satifyied I concoured my demon, I hope not to have to use this "jerk" technique on a regular basis.

So, What is the secret to getting up behind a PWC on a wakeskate? Is there an alternative technique I need to use starting behind the PWC? Should I just buy a bigger board? Help me Obie Wan your my only hope.
Old     (kingskrew)      Join Date: May 2004       07-29-2004, 10:35 PM Reply   
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Old     (malibususpect)      Join Date: Mar 2003       07-30-2004, 5:32 AM Reply   
i cant get up behind my jetski either so what i have to do is either dock start or sit in really shallow water, just like you would be for a deep water start, but i have a little 700cc waveraider and i weigh 145lbs, but i ride the same board
Old     (jamie_lamar)      Join Date: Mar 2004       07-30-2004, 6:00 AM Reply   
Try a heal start like you would do for surfing. This way the board & you dont start deep in the water. Lay flat on your back with the board floating under your heals, and your rope & handle at your hips. Once the waverunner starts taking slack out of the line the board will kick up under your feet. Once the driver sees this he should hit it. I start newbies this way that have wakeboarded before because they like to stand up quickly.
Old     (mango)      Join Date: Mar 2004       07-30-2004, 6:57 AM Reply   
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Old     (doobie)      Join Date: Jul 2004       07-31-2004, 6:00 AM Reply   
Bro,I hear ya.I have a 85 hp seadoo gti.I weigh 190. Keep your board flatter, not so much lift.More patience.stay back and crouched.Still I find boats much easier.
Old    aaron14            07-31-2004, 3:01 PM Reply   
if your trying a heel start watch your knuckles. I tried it wakesurfing pulled my knuckles right into the board pretty painfull but at 50 or 60 feet u should be alright
Old     (JackAlmighty)      Join Date: Aug 2017 Location: Poland!       07-04-2018, 12:55 PM Reply   
Welcome in 2018, and yes I love diging. The reason I decided to replay in this post is that this page is first one in google results when you type "can't get up on a wakeskate".

I wanted to share my experiance with all of you. I own SeaDoo Spark 3up 90PS and getting up on a wakeskate took me a long while. I'm a big lad 250lbs+ with 41' Ronix board, with zero experiance in any towing sports. After three days of struggles I thought there's no way to do it, Spark lacks in power which results me getting dragged in water while jetski can't enter the slide. Luckly I was wrong.

The most difficult thing when you try to stand up on a wakeskate and you don't ve powerfull boat is to find a perfect angle of ur board. You control this angle with your foots and knees, and when the angle is wrong you get dragged in the water or fliped over your board.

I found that I my knees need to be bent less than textbook 90 degrees, and the board needs to stay relative flat to the surface of the water. This results much less drag and allows Spark to get into slide and eventualy pulling you out of the water. Reamember that if the angle of the board going to be too flat, you will get fliped over board.

I hope this tip will help some of you, and reamember you don't need a powerfull PWC to have fun on water.
Old     (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       07-05-2018, 10:14 AM Reply   
Not sure if this will help, but when I get up on a wakeskate or wakeboard I have it submerged and stand on it with my knees bend. When you start getting pulled just have the board slightly angled so that it's rides up to the surface pushing you up with it. It's much more easy than trying to put the board in front of you on the surface. And IMO creates less resistance against the boat.
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Old     (JackAlmighty)      Join Date: Aug 2017 Location: Poland!       07-08-2018, 11:31 AM Reply   
Wow thank you for this tip, I'm going to try that! By the way, that first picture basically shows me trying to stand up on a wakeskate for first few days of learning

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