Wakesurfing is a sport where you move on a special surfboard on the wave of a (wakeboard) boat with a speed of about 16 kilometers per hour. A good rider of a wakesurfer is able to stay on the gate without having to use a rope and handle. Wake surfing is already unprecedented in America because there is (still) mainly behind the boat wakeboard. In the Netherlands, wakesurfing is also on the rise because it is a very fun activity to do. Especially if the water is just a little too rough for wakeboarding or wakeskating.
A wakesurfer is made of plastic and, like wakeboards, has a slight curvature at the bottom which is called rocker. However, this is less explicitly present.
To be able to wakesurfer a good fencewave is required. You can get this by getting enough weight on board the boat. This can be done by taking enough people with you or by adding ballast.
Three types of wakesurfers can be distinguished
- Surfer: these resemble traditional surfboards. They are often a little longer and therefore very stable so good to learn or just to sail
- Skimmer: these are smaller and have less motive power. They are therefore very agile and very suitable for tricks
- Hybrid: a combination of surfer and skimmer
Wake surfers are measured in feet and inches instead of centimeters. There is no specific size chart for wake surfers because there is a very wide range of lengths, and the suitable length depends on the type of wakesurfer, what you want to do with it and who will sail on it.