Most students find it difficult to try new jumping and somersault tricks for wakeboarding, as they require a lot of practice and involve a bit of crashing and falling. For beginners, wakeboarding will generally be easier to learn. Wakeboards have fins to keep the board straight and the rope can be used to maintain balance. A good boat driver will maintain a constant speed and avoid obstacles for the rider.
Wakeboarding instructors know that only about half of the students they teach get up on the first try. Whether wakeboarding or snowboarding is more difficult for you will largely depend on your level of experience in each sport. However, successfully climbing a wakeboard depends on the technique and does not involve strength: female students tend to succeed faster, since they usually don't give them strength. Once you've mastered waking to waking, learning advanced wakeboarding maneuvers, such as turns and reverse turns, is particularly difficult because of the risk of injury involved.
Learning to maintain balance in your natural posture (with your left foot or right foot forward, also known as a “normal” or “foolish” posture) while the boat is towing you is the first challenge you'll face in wakeboarding. Many wakeboarding beginners won't even be willing to try such difficult flights and somersaults before having at least a dozen “normal” wakeboarding classes. While snowboarding and wakeboarding are extremely fun in and of themselves, wakeboarding has an easier and faster learning curve for beginners. Pressing your legs with your knees straight and fighting the water against the pull of the rope will make it much more difficult to get up and may even make you give up.
Then, you'll learn to use the tension of the rope together with your hips to lean on the edges of the wakeboard and cut side by side along the steles. If you start learning to wakeboard at a cable park instead of behind a boat, you're likely to jump from an exit dock, which is a floating platform that is at the water level, allowing you to start sitting on dry land, which can make getting up and going much easier compared to starting in deep water. The hardest part of wakeboarding is getting up, as approximately half of new riders don't do it the first time. The first tricks to learn with a wakeboard are one-way toe jumps, one-way heel jumps and 180 %26 surface riding with changes in driving.
Learning to wakeboard is incredibly fun and rewarding, and once you master the basics, you'll have discovered a whole new world of possibilities in the water and the progression is fast. Students with a history of table sports (snowboarding, skaeboarding, surfing, kitesurfing) have an advantage in this regard, since the posture will come naturally to them. While wakeboard hits are quite hard, they continue to hit water instead of accumulated snow or, worse, ice.