Do you know why people love visiting Amsterdam?
Well, it’s because there are a lot of things to do in Amsterdam!
And among those things are water sports. Surfing, to be exact. Wakesurf boarding to be more precise!
Wait, what’s wakesurf boarding, you ask?
This may sound like a relatively new surfing activity but it seems like wakesurfing has been around for a long time. It’s just that wakesurf boarding used to be an aspect or surfing that eventually branched out and created its very own movement just recently.
Now you have boards and boats specifically designed for wakesurf boarding. Boards are specifically designed to have the ability to skim over the wake while boats are designed to create larger wakes by consciously weighing it down to increase the mass traveling through the water.
How do you wakesurf?
You start by sitting on the board with a rope in hand and allow yourself to get gently pulled by the lead boat. There are many variations to this initial move but it basically falls down to being pulled by the lead boat on the side of the wake that you want to ride on.
As soon as you hit the target speed and the correct pitch, shape and length of the wake is achieved, let go of the rope simply by tossing it towards the boat or to the side for those on the boat to simply pull it in for the next ride.
This is the fun part: now that you’ve let go of the roper, it’s your decision on how to maneuver the board you’re on to take full advantage of the wave.
There’s a growing community of wakesurfers on the rise and although a lot of these people started out as total newcomers to the surfing scene, it has become a very popular sport anyone can enjoy!
On a final note, wakesurf boarding is a very exciting activity and it can get very addictive quickly as the adrenaline rush achieved from this is incomparable to other water sports. Be a responsible wakesurf boarder and do it on the open beaches as this activity requires the creation of large ripples through the use of a lead vehicle (boat) which could affect those around you in a negative way through the waves you make. Do it in an area where wakesurfing is designed to be enjoyed like the Beaches of Amsterdam!