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Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-04-2017, 3:22 PM Reply   
Pretty sure we are done with cable.
My oldest son has been riding boat since he was 5 and started cable at 8 years old. He is no Parks but the kid has a decent bag of trick at 16 years old and can ride with any crew. He slaloms and barefoots as well/. So that's Cam.
Ian, now 14 has also been riding forever but never had the stoke of Cam and is limited to W2W a 180 and skate but has good fundamentals and enjoys riding (if I drag him out on the boat). He does not enjoy cable and only rides cable once a year at the Free For All when we all go.
Kaitlin is 12, been riding since probably 4 but prefers to wake skate and wont really do anything else. Cable skills are limited to making a successful lap.

This years injury report:
July 2017, Grassy Key Cable- Cam eats it on the slider two days into vacation and breaks his femur. $10,000 later, two vacation trips ruined and this years Colorado ski trip cancelled. Missed junior year football, wrestling and Lacross seasons.

May 2017 Ian misses on a 180 and takes an ugly back digger. 4 day headache, enters the Protocol and misses all of spring ball. Wont go near a board.

June 2017 Kaitlin misses a pop on her skate, strains her groin and is sporting a very unlady like scar up her left shin.
Hasn't rode since.

The wife no longer rides at all sighting lady problems.
I take a foot session now and again and have a low-risk set routine I do on the board but am terrified of smoking a knee.

Been a tough summer. Im not ready to sell the boat but it may soon be time to do just that.
My whole crew went down in one season.

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Old    Alex Faylar (wakeslash)      Join Date: Sep 2017       12-04-2017, 3:35 PM Reply   
Damn that sucks, yeah the pros are always blowing out there knee's behind the boat especially I guess thats why people just switch over to wakesurfing i mean it gets you on the water without as much risk of injury as wakeboarding.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       12-04-2017, 3:36 PM Reply   
Did somebody say... groin injury? Pulled this last year on a wakeskate.

Man, it sounds like you guys went through the ringer this year. Breaking a femur is serious.
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Old    Will (razorjaw)      Join Date: Jan 2003       12-04-2017, 3:36 PM Reply   
That's terrible! Hope everyone heals well.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       12-04-2017, 3:40 PM Reply   
So how does Cam feel about riding now? I'm guessing a femur takes a while to heal. But given his history of stoke I'm curious if he's willing to give it up.
Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-04-2017, 3:49 PM Reply   
Hi John.. he was in the boat puling his buddies with a cast on from his plums to his toes! No lack of stoke for Cam but I think he developed a healthy fear of rails.
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       12-04-2017, 4:07 PM Reply   
You have to pay the cost to be the boss... Progression and injuries go hand-in-hand. Staying flexible and strong will go a long way to keeping injuries away, but over a long enough time scale wakeboarding will maim and/or kill you--but that is part of the fun for the right kind of person. I'm 37 and I have had my fair share of injuries after wakeboarding 25 years. I don't regret any of it one bit.
Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-04-2017, 4:10 PM Reply   
but over a long enough time scale wakeboarding will maim and/or kill you

Ill just drop this here... But yeah, Cam will ride for life. he is that kind of person.
Old     (Bakes)      Join Date: Mar 2010       12-04-2017, 4:28 PM Reply   
Just go short line, drop the speed to 18mph and have a good time. Better than surfing.

Also...consider a sky ski. Lots of old dudes going huge on those and they are super fun.

So that’s my recommendation....30 foot mainline at 18 mph and a sky ski. Don’t sell your boat...ever.

Out of curiosity....wearing a helmet when the concussion occurred?
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       12-04-2017, 4:30 PM Reply   
He is a lifer. There is hope for our youth yet!! The only advice I have is eat sh*t and learn your fundamentals now. You want to get that out of the way as young as possible. Once you get over the hump the injuries are nastier, but way further between.

+1 on shortening the line and dropping the speed to learn new tricks. Also, consider hiring a professional for a few lessons here and there.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       12-04-2017, 4:38 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
Hi John.. he was in the boat puling his buddies with a cast on from his plums to his toes! No lack of stoke for Cam but I think he developed a healthy fear of rails.
LOL, had to read that twice before it hit me what "plums" are. Having a healthy fear of stuff has kept me riding. Nothing wrong with that!
Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-04-2017, 4:44 PM Reply   
No on the helmet. I dropped them once the kids skills got to where they knew how to fall. They are very important early and turn to a liability later behind boat. They all wore helmets during the scorpion years though. I have been concussed both with and without a helmet. Backside digger? Not a GD thing you can do about that, your gonna get bell-rung and a helmet wont help. Front side? yep, they help allot.

Cam has been riding boat 10 years. I have had local pros out for sessions and the kid can kill it on a local level but not so much compared to other regions. But yeah, he is a lifer behind boat. Cable at 8. first barefoot run at 12 etc etc. I have had pros on board when he started inverts, probably have to do that again next summer. Not cheap though at 200 an hour. (on my boat!)
Old     (simplej)      Join Date: Sep 2011       12-04-2017, 6:29 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
but over a long enough time scale wakeboarding will maim and/or kill you

Ill just drop this here... But yeah, Cam will ride for life. he is that kind of person.
So will driving a car.

Or eating like ****.

Or working construction.

Or working a desk job.


See what Iím getting at?
Old    Stephen P (stevo8290)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-04-2017, 10:22 PM Reply   
Nobody has ever pulled a muscle sitting on the couch eating Cheetos.
Old    Alex Faylar (wakeslash)      Join Date: Sep 2017       12-04-2017, 11:29 PM Reply   
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So will driving a car.

Or eating like ****.

Or working construction.

Or working a desk job.


See what I’m getting at?
I dont see what your getting at thats just called life and crap happens but doing a sport like wakeboarding puts you at a higher risk of blowing a knee out and having to get surgery and rehab it. If you want to progress in wakeboarding you have to push yourself and thats when injuries happen.
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       12-05-2017, 6:48 AM Reply   
I sit all day at a desk drawing furniture. I've had to go to rehab for a sciatic nerve because of sitting all day. That's what "simplej" talking about, If your going to be in pain it might as well because of something you love.

On another note I know one of the orthopedic doctors personally and as soon as he saw me walk in limping he says "WAKEBOARDING". I laugh and say "not this time" LOL
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       12-05-2017, 9:19 AM Reply   
I hear ya. After 14 years of owning a boat and riding this season I tapped out. Wife and Daughter are not into it. I'm facing hip surgery, surgery on both shoulders, and countless aches and pains from over a decade of riding hard. I seriously hope I can still walk when I hit 60. The first few steps out of bed every morning are scary.

On to other things.
Old     (simplej)      Join Date: Sep 2011       12-05-2017, 9:58 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by stevo8290 View Post
Nobody has ever pulled a muscle sitting on the couch eating Cheetos.
No, but Iím sure itís contributed to a few heart attacks, anyeurisms, etc.

Wasting away on the couch actually makes you more injury prone in real life so thereís that too.

Hell Iíve been laid up for a week because I gashed my leg wide open in the gym too wide to stitch.

Somethings gonna get you eventually....
Old    Andy Graham (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       12-05-2017, 11:25 AM Reply   
This is a tough subject that I ponder frequently. I'm no hard-core expert rider (not even close), but I love riding and average an outing 3 out of every 4 weeks. Fantastic exercise and so much fun that you don't even know that you're exercising. A water skier in my youth, I learned to wakeboard in my mid 40's and am 56 now. I'm not aggressive - my learning curve is just slightly steeper than flat. But, I'm still progressing, love being on the water & riding.

So I often think... How does this end? Does it have to? How does one decide to stop? Activities usually end in older age when something traumatic happens and you decide "that's it". Certainly I'm not eager for a "that's it" moment. But even more certainly, I can't imagine giving up riding while I'm still healthy, in great shape, riding consistently & loving it. It's just too fun and too much a part of me. Thus, The Dilemma.

I'm careful and happy to trade progressing slowly in exchange for the ability to keep riding. In some ways, I'm glad I didn't ride when I was younger, more aggressive and more in need of attaining certain levels. This might have saved me from nagging conditions/injuries later.

I've PM'd John Anderson about this subject - how to keep going, keep progressing and yet avoid catastrophic injury. There's no easy answer other than to stay in shape and keep at it. John's 5 years ahead of me and a much better boarder. When he quits, I'll be worried!

I often also think of Banana George. That guy rode barefoot aggressively into his 70's. I'd like to be on that program.
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Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-05-2017, 2:38 PM Reply   
I didnt want to or intend to give the impression that I'm quitting. Boating is easy for me, the boat is in a high and dry 1 mile from my house. The small CC is on the trailer and they trade spots when the water drops under 70. Its stupid to have two boats but the second one doesn't cost anything to store so its pretty cheap. The old Nautique is fun to drive and costs me next to nothing and Cam still loves it. Hes sixteen and it sure cant hurt in the girlfriend department to have a ski boat.
Ill still take my old man carving sets and throw a few weak sauce 180s and butter glides in every once in a while. But I think we are done with cable and no one will miss it. I also think the days of 300 hour seasons on the old girl are gone.
The world has moved on it seems. Everyone getting wrecked this year really put a wrench in the spokes and has lead to other interests. Who knows where we would be if Ian had landed that 180 and Cam never ate it on that rail?
Old    Will (razorjaw)      Join Date: Jan 2003       12-05-2017, 2:48 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by ottog1979 View Post
This is a tough subject that I ponder frequently. I'm no hard-core expert rider (not even close), but I love riding and average an outing 3 out of every 4 weeks. Fantastic exercise and so much fun that you don't even know that you're exercising. A water skier in my youth, I learned to wakeboard in my mid 40's and am 56 now. I'm not aggressive - my learning curve is just slightly steeper than flat. But, I'm still progressing, love being on the water & riding.

So I often think... How does this end? Does it have to? How does one decide to stop? Activities usually end in older age when something traumatic happens and you decide "that's it". Certainly I'm not eager for a "that's it" moment. But even more certainly, I can't imagine giving up riding while I'm still healthy, in great shape, riding consistently & loving it. It's just too fun and too much a part of me. Thus, The Dilemma.

I'm careful and happy to trade progressing slowly in exchange for the ability to keep riding. In some ways, I'm glad I didn't ride when I was younger, more aggressive and more in need of attaining certain levels. This might have saved me from nagging conditions/injuries later.

I've PM'd John Anderson about this subject - how to keep going, keep progressing and yet avoid catastrophic injury. There's no easy answer other than to stay in shape and keep at it. John's 5 years ahead of me and a much better boarder. When he quits, I'll be worried!

I often also think of Banana George. That guy rode barefoot aggressively into his 70's. I'd like to be on that program.
As a bloke who turns 40 next year, this post made me feel so much better about it! Thanks for sharing the stoke!
Old    Andy Graham (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       12-05-2017, 3:44 PM Reply   
Most welcome!

I also mountain bike and low & behold, this shows up today. I try to carry this same perspective to wakeboarding.
https://www.singletracks.com/blog/un...e-getting-old/

Bait - I wasn't implying that you're thinking of quitting. I was just relating to the concern and toll of injuries. In the 10-12 years I've been boarding, I've had sprained ankles, a concussion, bruised ribs, and felt pretty banged up at times. Lately, not as much though. I'm still learning but trying to do it in ways which I don't just aggressively huck it.
Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-05-2017, 3:50 PM Reply   
Update:
Just took(by text of course) a family poll to keep or sell the Nautique. 100% voter response is to keep the boat.
"So you saying theres a chance?"
We shall see what spring and warm water bring.
They will be 17, 15 and 13.. Its anybodies guess.
Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-05-2017, 3:57 PM Reply   
Andy, Nice grab but try to smile next time man. You look like me when I see those pictures in the gift shop after we get off the roller coaster.

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Old     (Bakes)      Join Date: Mar 2010       12-05-2017, 3:59 PM Reply   
GREAT SPORT BEGINS WHERE GOOD HEALTH ENDS

Progressive riding will inevitably result in injury. Just the way it is.
Old    Andy Graham (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       12-05-2017, 3:59 PM Reply   
Yeah, I gotta work on my "show" a little more! Nice job on putting it straight to a vote! (You knew how the answer would go!)
Old    Tre (tre)      Join Date: Jul 2002       12-05-2017, 6:07 PM Reply   
I've been through injuries, had crutches, etc. My last serious wakeboarding injury was 15 years ago. My last small one was about 6-7 years ago. How did I stop getting hurt? I felt my choice was to stop wakeboarding completely or stop riding at 10/10ths all the time. Now I ride at 4/10ths. Yes, I stopped progressing but who cares. I was not going pro. I'm in my mid 40's now and I just do big w2w and 180s. I still ride 3x per week (during the summer), I still have a blast, and I don't get hurt. This is a much better alternative than stopping completely. I like to slalom and surf but I still prefer to wakeboard even though I do it very conservatively. My board and bindings now last 6-8 seasons instead of 1. I don't get hurt and I live to see another day of wakeboarding. I have enough self awareness where I know what my capabilities are and I don't go beyond anymore. That is how I continue to ride. No, I'll never be a pro and I will never again attempt an invert but I get to participate in a sport I love.

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Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       12-05-2017, 10:38 PM Reply   
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I've PM'd John Anderson about this subject - how to keep going, keep progressing and yet avoid catastrophic injury. There's no easy answer other than to stay in shape and keep at it. John's 5 years ahead of me and a much better boarder. When he quits, I'll be worried!
My main advice would be to ride often and don't sweat throwing anything that you have to force on yourself. A lot of my stuff comes and goes. I hadn't thrown a scarecrow behind the boat in nearly 10 years then got it back better than before. Then lost it again after breaking my foot. I threw my last one at 60. I just turned 62. When I say lost it I don't mean can't land. I mean I can't convince myself to try even though I'll throw them all day long on the XL kicker. But I promise to post a video of me throwing one behind the boat at least by sometime next year.

I've noticed that my energy level goes up and down a lot. When it's down I question if I'm over the hill and on the downside, then it goes back up and I forget about that bad thought. I lost my air tricks on the cable almost all of this year then got them back on labor day weekend. Now I make it a point to throw them all the time. If I didn't ride so much I'm afraid I might lose everything.

I do get injured every now and then, but make it a point to get back on the water as quickly as possible. But when it comes to progression I am the slowest learner on the planet. I really feel like most anyone regardless of age can wakeboard without hurting themselves and the workout is worth it. If you are hurting yourself then you need to accept it's because you want more, not less. So it makes no sense to get hurt and then quit completely.

I've never taken a lesson and the instructors that pull me on the G23 at Odub are really cool about just letting me ride and not trying to force me to try a new trick. But they do offer some good tips watching my riding. Darin Shapiro happened to be watching me throw scarecrows on the kicker and gave me two suggestions that were a big help. I even took those same tips over to the boat and cleaned up some awkwardness on my backrolls, which is my most reliable trick.

A lot of rambling but in summation... "Quantity over quality" is what keeps me riding and even progressing. Which is probably the opposite advice for everything else on the planet. I turned 60 in 2015 and it was my best year in 22 years of wakeboarding to that point, both cable and boat. 2016/17 were small set backs but attitude is that I'm expecting 2018 to be even better.

BTW, I find that the cable is much more gentle on the body. I take some pretty serious body slams on the boat. Case in point from 2 months ago....


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Old    Baitkiller (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       12-06-2017, 5:17 AM Reply   
Ouch
Old    Mark V (mark197)      Join Date: Dec 2009       12-06-2017, 7:39 AM Reply   
I've had friends come and go from injuries riding. Our crew has definitely shrunk over the last few years and we are just in our early 30's. I've broken an ankle, bruised ribs and a few concussions. I want to be able to ride aggressively enough that my kids are impressed and want to get out there. As long as I have a crew I'm game. I hear you on the second boat as well I picked up an older 2001 just to use with the smaller crew.
Old    David Posey (granddaddy53)      Join Date: Dec 2013       12-14-2017, 9:02 AM Reply   
July 1st on 1st hour of my vacation in gulf shores AL, I Butterfly fractured my femur ( exploding it at or near the knee)as a 54 year old on a Flowrider on my 23 rd hour riding it (22 hours over 2 years previous), that legs knee was trash (31 years removed from trashing mcl/acl in Rugby as a 24 year old, followed by lots of hard court tennis on that surgical knee old style procedure-1985 when new surgery technique just out) didnít flex completely barely past 90 degrees but usable but I wore a brace reinforcec metal hinge style. Bent knee went under body on fall near edge at bottom of ride and sheared off end of femur with the metal brace sort of contributing to result . 4 days later I leave hospital with a femur nail and 3 pints of blood and that $7-8k after bill later, I go home. Thank you much from the wife for her help and care those first 30ídays and her urging me to man up and get back after it cause she didnít want some scared depressed husband . I went to work on crutches driving my truck Monday after hospital Sunday, trained my boss/client at our healthclub at 9:00 am on crutches. Worked at his shop on Wednesday with leg on a bucket under desk never missing a day on an admitted part time bookkeeping schedule for a CPA

9 month early recovery till March 28 my birthday , Doctor allows me to surf (no plyometrics) with the butterfly portion, that doesnít get anchored by the nail, still trying to knit to rest of bone. it was the size of a 10 year olds hand maybe a little less wide. On October 31st the X-rays show it had healed. Tried my Board after doing surface 3,7,9 combos of every board presentation tricks all summer on the skate, got some tendinitis going over barge small repetitive wake rollers just riding no tricks and gave up for season , BAD IDEA

Iíve never been good but always loved w2w, lost my toe side guts a little when I finally by a decent wake and wskeboat(1st inboard with tower and ballast ). This year cause if time pressured when we go , part true part me being scared, I finally on my injury anniversary July 1, 2 years later I get across heal side and land but donít hold on 12-15 times, making my toe side but never all the way across when I owned a w2w180 tieside for years before the real wakeboard wake

Long story short we go to wake the doc in MS late year to surf comp and a 56 year old wins master wakeboard on one wake 180ís that I own snd 1maybe two wake to wakes , no toes across. I regret not trying harder this year now. Iím pledging to work on it next year.,

Have my 2nd snowboard trip this Jsnuary since my release nov 16í. This year took a high speed tumble on Board in some wet powder and popped right up after going head over heals 2+ times. Iím much more scared now of any winter, not spring, terraine parks.

I no longer ride ripstik cause comcrete(that was great surf training and offseason exercise as I did it long course sprints with end course maneuvers) and my favorite saying now is my n**s havenít dropped. But the idea of progression is done except maybe I go for w2w heals 180.

Iíll never be the same and I canít afford another major, but I do find that if you stay reasonable in wake you can keep it safe as even slams of a lesser nature like mine ard bad just not as bad as guys trying real tricks and going for progression

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Old    David Posey (granddaddy53)      Join Date: Dec 2013       12-14-2017, 9:57 AM Reply   
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I hear ya. After 14 years of owning a boat and riding this season I tapped out. Wife and Daughter are not into it. I'm facing hip surgery, surgery on both shoulders, and countless aches and pains from over a decade of riding hard. I seriously hope I can still walk when I hit 60. The first few steps out of bed every morning are scary.

On to other things.
Surfing is a great tapout and a lot of older smart rich wake and skate pros surf a lot !! Damn good fun, but if you go for progression there you snd the board do meet up coming ftom opposite directions snd that can hurt but not quite like riding by any means and real fun to teach
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       12-15-2017, 8:53 AM Reply   
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Surfing is a great tapout and a lot of older smart rich wake and skate pros surf a lot !! Damn good fun, but if you go for progression there you snd the board do meet up coming ftom opposite directions snd that can hurt but not quite like riding by any means and real fun to teach
that ain't happenin'!

I've enjoyed surfing the last few years after a pretty good snowboard injury to shoulder and back 5 years ago.

do I miss wakeboarding? of course. but's hard to beat a day on the water with friends. shoulder is fine now, back is still giving me some issues and don't think I'll ever be able to wakeboard enough to start progressing again. I'm fine with that. I take a wake set or two every now and then just to knock the dust of the board, but nothing exciting.

Got a pretty solid boat crew again and being on the water IMO is 80% of the experience. surf/wake/skate/chill doesn't really matter to me. I'll always be a lake rat. blasting the wake is fun, but not the end of the world if I never strap in again
Old    Ryan Shimabukuro (ryan_shima1)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-15-2017, 10:04 AM Reply   
I broke my femur on a crow back in 1999, and blew out my ACL & Meniscus in 2004. That didn't stop me from riding but after my 2nd surgery, I said that I'd rather not risk learning another trick, stop progressing & just be happy with what tricks I had, than miss another summer behind the boat. I can tell you that my stoke is just as strong today as when I first start 24 years ago.

Younger kids may be more standoffish once they go through a traumatic injury....I get that. But it doesn't mean they have to walk away from it completely. It's definitely an mental issue at first to get back on the board after an injury, but it's also the best mental therapy as well. It was for me at least.

It never crossed my mind to sell the boat after my injuries, but again, I wasn't married with children at the time. However, I could say with confidence right now, that I wouldn't sell my boat if it happened now. Being on the water is the one definite thing that really recharges me, so crossing my fingers a severe injury doesn't happen again.

Best of luck to you & your family. I hope you end up staying on the water!
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       12-15-2017, 10:39 AM Reply   
Progression isn't just up. It is out too. So you don't want to learn a new flip. Can you do a BS 180? Try it switch.

Look, I understand that age is rough and at some point everyone needs to recalibrate their riding--I've done it several times myself. I'm 37 and had major knee injury in 2014. I had 2 surgeries, spent 6 months on crutches, 12 months before I could get on a board at all, 24 months before I could ride normal line, speed, wake; and 36 months to land a 720 (a trick that I have been landing for 15 years). When I meet a 27 year old bitching about bad knees and I ask, "what did you injure?" And they respond with "I've always kinda had bad knees." I laugh, but also cry a little on the inside. I plan on trying to ride better than I ever have for as long as I live, but I am a lifer.

I'm from a different era in the sport so progression will always be a key tenant for me. If I am 70 and progression is just making it out 3 days a week vs 2, that will be my progression.
Old    Chris Dunkley (Droopington)      Join Date: Jul 2015       12-15-2017, 2:16 PM Reply   
Injuries will happen.

I would say it pays to learn properly maybe get some coaching.

If you go out there just hucking stuff at 21 mph's and commiting without going through the proper building blocks you will get slammed a few times.

I always say learn things in blocks, and at slower speeds.

Injuries of course will still happen. I have had 3 mild knee sprains in the last 1.5 years. Thankful they all turned out to be sprains.

Have had my concusions and a surgery from kiteboarding.

Always respect the sport and just remember to have fun!
Old    Wakesurf Media (WakesurfMedia)      Join Date: Sep 2017       Yesterday, 7:37 AM Reply   
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Been a tough summer. Im not ready to sell the boat but it may soon be time to do just that. My whole crew went down in one season.
I would say to not give up one wakeboarding or the boat quite yet. The kiddos had a string of bad luck - when it rains it pours and y'all definitely got soaked. But, if you think about it, how many sets have you and the kids taken without injury? My guess would be a lot. While injury is always a risk with wakeboarding, it's also a risk in football, wrestling, lacrosse, and snowboarding. So are they going to stop all of those sports too, heck no! Give them time to recover over the winter and they might get the itch again.

Stay positive and warm!

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