I would even go so far as to say it's not just a sport, but pretty much a lifestyle/culture, just like surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. As a sport, it is probably more pure than most mainstream sports. Hockey - on ice shifts are usually less than 1 minute max. Football - how long is a typical play? 10-15 seconds? Golf - you get to ride in a cart and toss back the beers. I have played lots of sports in my life, and I have never been worked harder than when I ride. No one can tell me that wakeboarding is not a sport
John, here's what you do: get these farmboys to put up or shut up. Take them out riding, so they can find out first hand how much energy and skill it takes. That ought to straighten them out, unless they are just too dense.