Wakesurfing is a water sport in which a rider trails behind a boat and rides the wake without being pulled directly by the boat.
Wakesurfing’s origins are somewhat contested, with various people and companies claiming to be at the sport’s birth. Some claims place the beginning of boat surfing or wakesurfing as early as the 1920s.
Because the propeller is located beneath the boat, inboard ski or wakeboard boats are the most common choice for this activity.
The optimal weight arrangement for wakesurfing is to position the majority of the weight near the corner the surfer is surfing on.
The deeper the boat is in the water, the bigger the wake will be overall.
Many riders perform a wide array of tricks while wakesurfing, with most owing their origins to surfing, skating (both vert and street) and snowboarding.
Wakesurfers often go at speeds ranging from 9 to 13 miles per hour.
Lori Keeton, from Lizton, Indiana is the Guinness World Record holder after she wakesurfed for eight straight hours! Travelling to Raccoon Lake, with additional fuel gallons and gas cans on the boat to refuel.
Hunter Sims stormed onto the wakesurfing scene in 2014 and went Pro in 2015. Hunter made his mark with the Guinness Book of World Records with 106 consecutive shuv-it’s behind the boat!
Wakesurfing’s growth and mass appeal led the watercraft industry to advance technology to increase the size of wakes. This, in turn, provided an opportunity for wakesurfing to emerge from the shadows.