What Is Wakeboarding?
Wakeboarding is the latest action sport to take over the world. Born through a lack of waves and the desire to further surfing, wakeboarding has grown from its routes in Carlsbad California to cover every continent in the world. This high speed action sport is predominately practised behind a purpose built speed boat with rider towed behind at about 25 mph where they use the boat’s wake to launch into the air, pulling technical inverts and spins of up to 1260 degrees.
Over the last 12 years rails have become a dominant part of wakeboarding. Wakestock was the first contest in Europe to embrace this new development and had been home to some of the most famous rails outside the USA. The Wakestock rail course in Pwllheli Marina challenges the worlds best riders to not only make it to the end of their run, but to bring their own style and technical tricks to their run to come out on top in front of the contests 8,000 spectators.
In the same way that snowboarding has brought about a cultural revolution in the ski market, wakeboarding has reinvented water skiing. Wakeboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world and now has over 3 million participants worldwide. Although very different in principle all boardsports like surfing, skateboarding and surfing crossover very easily, not just through the similarities in the tricks that are pulled off and the names they are given, but also with the fashions and lifestyles which they encompass. It’s this lifestyle that Wakestock embraces and results in a unique, unmissable event, with a fantastic atmosphere.