Well I bought my boat with the intent on doing both but now its about 90% wakeboard and 10% surf. Once you really get the hang surfing I find it kind of loses it's thrill. Its also kind of easy. I mean sure there are tricks you can do and all but the feeling isn't the same as wakeboarding imo.
We wakeboard almost exclusively. I find that people have trouble keeping the surf board under their feet when getting pulled up. Of the people that I ride with only myself and one other can surf. I don't even take the surf board with us on most trips to the lake. About the only time I will take is when I am on vacation for the entire week. Everyone down to my smallest kid (7) will rip it up on the wakeboard though. God please let winter end so we can get over the withdraw that we are feeling!!!!!
I should mention that when looking at new boats this year, EVERY salesman focuses on surfing during their sales pitch. Some don't even ask about wakeboarding and just talk about how awesome the boat surfs....... boring......
I for sure enjoy some surfing mixed in with wakeboarding. But in my crew we have never went out with surfing being our main priority. If its on a weekend and we wakeboard in the morning and no one has obligations in the afternoon... we'll surf the blown out water.
I had a boat full of newbs out, 3 of which got up on a wakeboard for the first time that day... they ALL surfed that day as well. One of which was throwing the rope in by the end of the day.
i wakeboard when its flat, its more fun.
i surf when its blown out and crazy busy but its too easy and after a few runs ive had enough, its a nice way to wind down after a set. but also im not ever going to be the D bag who ruins everyones water to surf. In the summer i ride 5 times a week, i surf maybe 2/3 of those days.
Also when you think about it, everyones going to pitch surfing, most people who can afford boats are older and more inclined to do the low impact surfing. i think its nice that my parents can get into it, considering they paid for the boat and my leaching ass just uses it...
I just learned to wake surf this year.I first learned to ski when i was 12 [they were wooden back then].Then i learned to Kneeboard,trick ski,Barefoot,AIR CHAIR Wakeboard and Flying tube.I ENJOY WAKEBOARDING the most of all as it is the most challenging to master.Oh yeah i've also wake skated,but at my age it would be too difficult to get good at it.Surfing i reserve for when the water is tore up already.P.S. i don't consider tubing a water sport.
most wakesurfers dont go to this part of the site.
if you asked in the boat section (where both riders go), the responses would be different.
nowadays a typical boater is more likely to surf than wakeboarding. a lot of people never imagine themselves doing flips, so they never do more than ride around so they get board. but i guess its the same as a lot of people with wakesurfing. They never imagine themselves doing 3s, airs, or shove-its so all they do is ride which gets very boring.
Surfing for me. The body just can't take the abuse from kneeboarding/wakeboarding anymore. And I'm not the kind that can just carve around. I have a go big or go home mentality, which isn't always a good thing. With that said, I see a TON of potential in wakesurfing and hope to help raise the bar a bit within the next couple of years.
wakeboarding, personally despise the wakesurfers on our lake/river. The guys that try and act super hard on the dock talking mad trash and then go out and ride a set with the rope on complete butter ruining the water for everyone else....
Wakesurfing has it's place, but I just don't see where there is to progress in the sport. There is only so much you can do with a mushy knee-waist high wave. Obviously it has, and will continue to, become all about the airs, but I just don't see the ability to do awesome/stylish airs on a small slow wave. Certainly not anywhere near as cool as ocean waves. With that said, I think it's a pretty fun activity for the wife and others who are into stuff that's mellow and low-impact. So in respect to that, there is reason to setup to the surf wake,t to get more people involved in water sports.
Personally, if it was JUST me that was riding, I would stick to wakeboarding.
I would wakeboard 99% of the time, until I turned 50 years young and have blown out both of my ACL's! Now its 90% wakesurf 10% wakeboarding! I would wakeboard more if my knees could take it! But, at least I havent given up totally on wakeboarding!
Wakesurfing has it's place, but I just don't see where there is to progress in the sport. There is only so much you can do with a mushy knee-waist high wave. Obviously it has, and will continue to, become all about the airs, but I just don't see the ability to do awesome/stylish airs on a small slow wave.
the sport is progressing rapidly. and these guys are getting more tech all the time. And watch the second video and try to say they arent doing big stylish airs.
People base their opinion of wakesurfing on what they see recreational riders doing. If people based their opinion on what they saw recreational wakeboarders did it would look like a joke too. The people taking it seriously (in all wake sports) have the ability to progress and legitimize the sports
This whole thread seems pretty ridiculous to me. I can't believe so many people seem to look at wakesurfing as a serious competitor to wakeboarding. They're totally different sports with totally different appeals that compliment each other nicely.
To me most definitely Wakeboarding,, my wife would say surfing....I have found that in my experience people that go to the lake with me that didn't grow up on the water like myself seem to really enjoy surfing.... most everyone that goes with me has picked up surfing. But don't get me wrong in my opinion,.... wakeboarding all the way but surfing is a nice time to relax and most ppl can do it....
i am about 60% surfin and 40% boarding.... which do I get more excited and amped for? Boarding... its more exciting for sure BUT how many out there can wakeboard more than a few good long runs? I know by the time I get a couple good long runs in I am wiped out, my legs are jello so if I want to keep active I better start surfin which I can do for MUCH longer....
I think the question is too broad... of course most are going to be more excited boarding but what are we spending the most time doing? Probably surfing because its easier on your body.