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Old                06-30-2005, 5:11 PM Reply   
What do people mean by the term, progressive edge?
Old                06-30-2005, 5:17 PM Reply   
you should trying doing a search, im sure there are a million posts about it.
Old    Andrew (atlsackedup)      Join Date: Mar 2005       07-01-2005, 7:34 AM Reply   
Anthony...a progressive edge is a controlled cut into the wake that basically starts with 0% energy and finishes with 100% at the top of the wake. Learn and master the progressive edge as your first step to becoming a better rider. It makes everything down the line much easier. I am a beginner rider and I've spent most my time trying to get better at progressive edging. A good progressive edge is essential to pull off most tricks in wakeboarding.
Old    DRAKE (drakewake)      Join Date: Dec 2004       07-01-2005, 11:49 AM Reply   
If you make your turn too sharp you will have slack in the line.
The key is to go outside the wake as far as you want to start from and stop. Then slowly start turning toward the wake until your fastest and hardest edge is at the top of the wake.
Old    Curt Bernstein (curtbernstein)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-07-2006, 8:02 AM Reply   
The transition from cutting out to cutting in is initiated by the boat, so that you never get any slack in the line. The idea is to build as much tension in the line as possible as smoothly as possible. The idea is NOT build speed, its about tension in the line.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       07-07-2006, 8:59 AM Reply   
Anthony, there is somewhat of an inverse relationship between edge and speed. Speed being the obvious and edge being the amount of force exerted against the boat/rope. The faster you are going (higher speed), the less force you can produce against the rope.

Typically when learning to wakeboard and jumping the wake, riders will cut out and lay into a hard edge. This results in a lot of speed when you hit the wake, but very little edge. However, jumps and inverts require lots of edge at the wake and are not so dependent on speed. So the term "progressive edge" means to reverse what comes naturally.

Instead of laying into a hard edge toward the wake, start off with a lazy cut back towards the boat and let the edge/cut build up slowly with the intent to maximize your edge and not speed at the wake. Try to save some edge so that you can lay into it even harder and explode right off the wake.

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